NEWLY RESTORED SPIDER BABY TO PREMIERE IN NEW YORK CITY ON HALLOWEEN
On Friday, October 31st, and Saturday November 1st, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the New York University Orphan Film Symposium will be presenting "The Real Indies: A Close Look at Orphan Films" at the Academy Theater in New York City. A newly restored 35mm print of the classic Spider Baby will open this showcase on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Writer and director Jack Hill will introduce Spider Baby and filmmaker William Lustig (Maniac, Vigilante, Maniac Cop) will host and moderate a conversation with Hill afterwards.
From the press release:
Filmed in 1964 but not released theatrically until 1968, Spider Baby marked director Hill's solo debut. Cheekily subtitled “The Maddest Story Ever Told,” it follows three orphaned siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder that causes them to regress, the narrator warns us, “to a pre-human condition of savagery and cannibalism.” Prior to the screening, a trailer reel from the Packard Humanities Institute Collection will highlight six other films written and directed by Jack Hill, including House of Evil (1968), Coffy (1973), and Switchblade Sisters (1975). Hill will introduce the film and participate in an onstage discussion following the debut of Spider Baby.
So this is pretty sweet for those of you in the area. It gets even better considering tickets are only $5! That's simply insanity.
You can purchase tickets for the event online at oscars.org and at the Academy box office on October 31st.
The Academy theater is loacted at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.
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