The most shocking thing about tonight's holiday slasher horror triple-bill at Silent Movie is that L.A. movie theaters use to be like this all the time. Guest director George Mihalka presents a version of My Bloody Valentine
(1981) with footage unseen by anyone without a subscription to Fangoria
.Â Particularly gory stills of washer-dryer deaths and pickaxes through throats -- excised from the theatrical version -- made the rounds of excited young fans who duly practiced deepening their voices or bribing their older brothers in hopes of getting into the R-rated revenge-themed kill-fest set in a small mining town. Â Second- and third-billed: the self-aware genre thrills of April Fool's Day
(1986) and Don't Open 'Til Christmas
(1984), the late Edmund Purdom's directorial turn featuring a killer killing Santas, instead of a killer Santa.
Thu., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., 2009