God of Clay and More Upcoming Horror Flicks at the Bigfoot Crest Theater
We recently received a metric ton of updates about upcoming events at the Bigfoot Crest Theater in Los Angeles so strap in because there's a lot for you guys to check out - including what could be THE GREATEST MONSTER OF ALL TIME!
The Bigfoot Crest is going to be putting on some very cool screenings over the next two months, including showings of Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster, The Thing, a new H.P. Lovecraft film (The Whisper in Darkness) and what wins the award of most unique looking new monster The God of Clay (see images below and know that somewhere The Foywonder is giving high fives to random strangers).
Check out all the details below, and see even more at the Bigfoot Crest website.
From the Press Release:
The historic Bigfoot Crest Theater in Westwood – recently hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the best screens in town – is proud to premiere a new monthly series: “Spirits in the Dark: Horror at the Crest”, presented with the website Chud.com and featuring fan favorites, tributes to legendary horror directors in-person, and sneak previews of works by exciting new genre filmmakers.
Spirits in the Dark: Horror at the Crest
NOW SHOWING: MAY 14 at MIDNIGHT-MAY 22nd & 29th + June 5th & 12th at 12:35 am
World Premiere Event - Presented with CHUD.com
MIDNIGHT MOVIE: THE KILLER CUT, 2011, Bigfoot Entertainment, 82 min. Dir. Jack Messitt.
“One of the best direct-to-DVD horror films ever made” (Huffington Post) comes to the Crest for a special one-night event. Experience the world premiere of Jack Messitt’s definitive director’s cut of his award-winning horror film. Midnight Movie is “an entertaining rollercoaster-spookhouse-ride of a film!” (Examiner.com).
A group of friends go to a midnight screening of a cult horror movie. Sounds fun, right? It is, until the killer from the film comes into the theater and turns the screening into a blood-filled massacre. Caught between reality and the screen's flickering shadows, the audience becomes the unwilling stars of the very horror movie they were watching.
With new and enhanced visual effects, never-before-seen footage and extended scenes, what Movieweb.com called “a true modern day horror classic” just got better. With an “atmosphere that oozes dread” (Blu-Ray.com), Midnight Movie is “a gory and fast-paced good time” (DreadCentral.com).
Presented with Chud.com: Sneak Preview of Brand New H.P. Lovecraft Film!!
THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS, 2011, HPLHS Motion Pictures, 104 min. Dir. Sean Branney.
Gigantic flying mutants from other dimensions … disembodied brains kept alive in metal canisters … murky New England woods haunted by ancient legend and ritual: Welcome to the world of author H.P. Lovecraft! From the same Los Angeles-based independent film team who brought you the terrific THE CALL OF CTHULHU in 2005 – widely hailed as perhaps the best Lovecraft film adaptation ever – comes a sneak preview of their brand-new feature THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS, based on one of the author’s most terrifying stories.
Skeptical folklore professor Albert Wilmarth (Matt Foyer) discovers a century-old manuscript describing weird creatures and demonic rituals in the remote Vermont hills – setting off a chain of events that will lead him deep into the mountains and to the very edge of madness as he confronts the true purpose of these shadowy visitors from the dark edges of the universe.
Shot on a shoestring budget with great creativity and imagination, WHISPERER is a loving homage to classic B&W supernatural horror films of the 1930’s (it’s deliberately set in 1931, the year Lovecraft first published “The Whisperer In Darkness” in Weird Tales magazine), and even features a sly cameo appearance by the godfather of cryptozoology himself, Charles Hoy Fort!
Discussion following with director, producer and co-writer Sean Branney; producer, co-writer and production designer Andrew Leman; producer, cinematographer and editor David Robertson, and other cast and crew.
Thursday, June 23 – 7:00 PM
The Thing - Actor David Clennon, producers David Foster and Lawrence Turman, and cinematographer Dean Cundey In-Person!!
THE THING, 1982, Universal, 109 min.
A team of unsuspecting scientists at an isolated research station in the Antarctic are confronted by a hideous, mutating alien organism in director John Carpenter’s bleak, brilliant vision of the horror within. Kurt Russell is at his very best as sarcastic, sombrero-wearing helicopter pilot MacReady, joined by a terrific cast including Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Masur and Donald Moffat. Gorgeous, chilling cinematography by longtime Carpenter collaborator Dean Cundey (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, HALLOWEEN) perfectly captures the frozen Antarctic wastelands – and master make-up F/X artist Rob Bottin’s mindbending alien horrors are among the most surreal and disturbing ever put on film. Adapted from writer John W. Campbell Jr.’s classic story “Who Goes There?” (earlier filmed by Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby in 1951 as THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD), Carpenter’s vision of THE THING easily ranks as one of the finest American sci-fi and horror films of the past three decades.
Thursday, June 23 – 9:30 PM
World premiere of The God of Clay with special screening of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
THE GOD OF CLAY 2009/2011, Marbling Fine Arts, 13 min. Dir. Koichi Kawakita and Nobuaki Sugimoto.
A legendary, never-before screened project created as a labor of love by some of Japan’s best-known F/X artists, The God of Clay is a loving homage to classic 1960’s-era Japanese kaiju giant monster movies. This short film, adapted from the anti-war children’s book by author Masamoto Nasu, revolves around a boy named Ken-chan whose parents are killed in WWII and who creates a tiny clay god to punish those who profit from war. Fifty years later, Ken-chan has become president of an arms company – and his forgotten God of Clay grows to enormous size, wreaking havoc and destruction until it confronts its maker. Co-director Koichi Kawakita is best-known as VFX director on the 1990’s Godzilla Heisei Series (BIOLLANTE, etc.). Produced by miniature F/X company Marbling Fine Arts, “The God of Clay” was the last film shot on the now-vanished Toho Built sound stages where Kurosawa made THE SEVEN SAMURAI and features contributions from Eizo Kaimai’s company (who created the original 1954 Godzilla suit), production designer Tetsuzo Osawa (“Ultraman” TV series), background painter Fuchimu Shimakura (DESTROY ALL MONSTERS) and many others. (In Japanese with English subtitles.)
GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER (aka EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP), 1966, Toho Co., 87 min.
One of the most entertaining of the mid-1960’s Toho giant monster films – and the first directed by Ishiro Honda’s successor, Jun Fukuda – this features one of Godzilla’s best-loved rivals, the giant lobster known as Ebirah, along with Mothra and a terrorist group known as Red Bamboo. Coincidentally, this was the very first Godzilla film that The God of Clay co-director and VFX master Koichi Kawakita ever worked on. (On 35 mm. English dubbed version).
Short discussion following The God of Clay on the making of the film and the history of Japanese giant monster movies with producer Norihiko Iwasaki of Marbling Fine Arts, Godzilla expert Steve Ryfle and film restoration expert Oki Miyano.
Bigfoot Crest Theater
1262 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024-4801
(Just south of Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood)
Box Office Phone: (310) 474-7824
Recorded Program Info: (310) 474-7866
$11 General Admission
$8 Seniors & Students with valid student I.D.
Advance tickets are generally available several weeks before the date of the program. Advance sales available through Fandango, or at the Bigfoot Crest box office, which opens 30 min. prior to the first show of the day.
Parking meters on Westwood Blvd. are free after 7:00 PM with a 2-hour limit before that. There is a lot directly behind the theater run by Standard Parking which charges a $4 flat fee after 4:00 PM.
Enough talk! Dig the imagery from God of Clay below!