Catch a Thrill! is a series designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), an Austin-based collection of grindhouse features, trailers, and neo-classics that has expanded to over 6,000 holdings. UCLA’s seven-night screening series will feature some of the choicest titles in the archive, by which we mean some of their weirdest and wildest. The series kicks off with Don’t Panic (aka Dimensiones ocultas), boldly billed as “the greatest movie you’ve never seen.” (But what if you’ve never seen Vertigo?) This cheapo 1988 Mexican horror flick features a teenager who summons a demon from hell and spends most of the runtime fleeing in a pair of dinosaur pajamas. Joe Ziemba, Sebastian del Castillo, Alicia Coombs, and Bret Berg of AGFA will be joined by Shock Waves podcasters Rebekah McKendry, Robert Galluzzo, and Elric Kane.
UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., July 12, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu.
Also opening/screening this week:
Stuber, Crawl, Art of Self Defense, Darlin’, Three Peaks, Come Around, Miracle Mile, Gremlins, Armstrong, The Farewell, Firecrackers, Lying and Stealing, Rojo, Saving Zoe, Sea of Shadows, Summer Night, Super 30, Sword of Trust