The Oak Street is up and running with a full slate of films which includes a late night horror film series every Thursday and Friday at 9:30 with a different film every week. So far they seem to have a great line up of the good, the bad and the campy, but most importantly they are offering up films on the big screen that no one else was going to show. The series kicked off last night with I Sell the Dead, and here are a few others on the schedule:
September 17 and 18, 9:30pm
I Sell the Dead (2008) directed by Glenn McQuaid
Starring Dominic Monaghan (Charlie from "Lost"), Ron Pearlman, and Larry Fessenden (director of Wendigo and The Last Winter)
"18th century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake (Monaghan) tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy (Ron Perlman). Before long, Arthur spills the beans on how he got started in the grim corpse peddling business with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes (Fessenden)"
Review in the Star Tribune.
September 24 - 26, 9:30pm
Pontypool (2008) directed by Bruce McDonald
Starring Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, and Georgina Reilly
"Bruce McDonald, critically acclaimed director of The Tracey Fragments, teams with author Tony Burgess to adapt Burgess' own novel about a small town in the grip of a mysterious frenzy. It may be Valentine's Day, but for caustic radio personality Grant Mazzy (McHattie) that's just another reason to be miserable. Mazzy used to be a certified radio superstar, but working in Pontypool is a far shot from working in the big city. Today, however, as Mazzy prepares for his regular routine of reading the weather, updating school closings, and pleading his case for a little on-air controversy to producer Sydney Bryer (Houle), the appearance of an unexpected figure signals the beginning of a disturbing phenomenon in the small town of Pontypool. Heading to work, Mazzy is nearly run over by a distraught woman who seems to have lost her grip on reality. Later, reports of a shoot-out between provincial police and a group of local ice fishers are made even more bizarre by the revelation that they were all screaming gibberish, running around nude, and missing body parts. By the time a riot breaks out in Dr. Mendez's (Hrant Alianak) office, it's obvious to Mazzy that the residents of Pontypool are suffering from a strange form of contagious dementia, but what has caused this bizarre outbreak and, more importantly, how can it be stopped?"
Article on Pontypool in Cinema Scope 36.
Pretty mixed reviews here on Metacritic.
October 8 - 10, 9:30pm
Dead Snow (2009) directed by Tommy Wirkola
"Eight medical students on a ski trip to Norway discover that Hitler's horrors live on when they come face to face with a battalion of undead Nazi soldiers intent on devouring anyone unfortunate enough to wander into the remote mountains where they were once sent to die. It's Easter vacation, and what better way to spend the break than skiing down the isolated hills just outside of Øksfjord, Norway? After packing their cars with enough beer and ski equipment to ensure that a good time will be had by all, the students set out for their destination and prepare for a relaxing snowbound getaway. Shortly after arriving at their remote cabin, however, the students receive an unexpected visit from a rather suspicious hiker. According to their shady visitor, the Nazis occupied this territory during World War II. In the aftermath of their brutal raping and pillaging, the locals revolted, driving the few surviving Nazi soldiers -- including their iron-fisted leader, Colonol Herzog -- deep into the hills. Neither the soldiers nor their leader were ever seen again. Everyone in town assumed that they simply froze to death. But there's something stirring out there in the trees, and it won't be long until the unsuspecting students discover how the story really ends."
Reviews overall not bad here on Metacritic.
Admittedly this looks bad. Bad good or just bad bad, I don't know.
Check out the Oak Street's calendar for more information.