O Cinema is known (and loved) for its eclectic mix of weird, wacky and wildly artistic flicks, and now they're branching out into another genre. Namely, what the fuck? In their own words, that sums up the films in their new series, BiZz-R-O Cinema, kicking off on April 5.
The new lineup, programmed in partnership with the folks at Gutter Films, will offer a late-night glimpse into the offbeat, kitschy and "downright disturbing" for four Fridays in a row. Think serial killers, man-eating gators, and batshit crazy Scandinavians. You don't wanna miss it.
The first film, screening on Friday, April 5, is Alligator, a flick about a pet Florida gator who gets flushed down a Missouri toilet and ends up living on the corpses of dogs who were test subjects for growth hormones. You can probably infer the course of events.
Attendees are encouraged to "come dressed as your favorite Florida swamp dweller, be it a gator, flamingo, tacky tourist or snow bird."
According to Matt Walter, who programmed the series with colleague
Kevin Bosch, the concept came about based on a tradition of offbeat, late-night film programming that dates to the 1930s.
As far as selections, Walter wanted to get weird. Really weird.
"Fortunately there's little shortage of unusual films out there, but we want to make sure we're not just settling for the typical run-of-the-mill stuff," Walter says. "It's our job to not only select films that are both weird and good, but that leave you thinking 'Now that was weird!'"
While flicks are scheduled through April as of now, they're hoping it becomes an ongoing "weekend refuge for those who are overexposed to the mundane normalcy of the typical workweek for a night filled with beer-fueled cinematic madness," according to Walter. Normalcy = bad.
The experience is also designed to be interactive, with everything from costumes to cosplay being incorporated into the pre-screening festivities. The evenings will kick off at 10 p.m. with beers, BBQ, tunes and games in the theater's massive parking lot slash courtyard. $3 beer specials are also on the menu.
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The rest of the month's lineup will feature The Shining on April 12, Kubrick's classic "Where's Johnny?" Jack Nicholson flick; Häxan on April 19, a surrealistic old-school Scandanavian silent film about superstition and mental illness; and Brazil on April 26, a 1985 British science fiction fantasy film.
So don your best swamp-dweller getup and get ready to let your inner freak out next Friday. Don't worry, Miami's best weirdos will be there right along with you.
Visit the Facebook event page for more details.