Roky Erickson’s death last month was a bummer for all lovers of campy horror story-telling and imagery. He was a master of the macabre in music, meshing psychedelia and swampy jams for a sonic experience like no other. Just take a listen to “Two Headed Dog” and “Night of the Vampire” for a spooky sample of his work, or take note of how his music complements the creep factor in The Return of the Living Dead (“Burn the Flames”).
Paying tribute to this madman of monster rock, American Cinematheque and Cinematic Void present a double-feature repping Roky with two fitting films — the aforementioned zombie fave (whose soundtrack features The Damned, The Flesh Eaters, The Cramps and 45 Grave, in addition to Roky) and classic cut-up sequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Living Dead will be introduced by actor Clu Gulager, while actress Caroline Williams will be kicking off the torture and mayhem of Massacre 2.
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., July 7, 7:30 p.m.; $8-12
Read about Erickson’s epic “I Scream Social” in Eagle Rock back in 2010 which inspired (and maybe scarred) L.A. kids to this day, here.