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OH GORY NIGHT 

Thursday, Oct 15 2009
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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. 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.  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

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