2007 Cinema Rex

Monsters, Inc.

   G—2001—92 min
dir. Pete Docter, David Silverman w/John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi
A delightful film that is truly fun for all, this is Rex’s favorite Pixar film. His only beef is that they didn’t cast him in the movie.

The Mummy

   NR—1932—73 min.
dir. Karl Freund w/Boris Karloff, Zita Johann
Rex agonized long and hard trying to pick the one classic 30s Universal horror film to represent the Creature Feature theme. Dracula and Frankenstein get more attention so Rex decided to even the odds.

The Thing

   R—1982—109 min.
dir. John Carpenter w/Kurt Russell and some other people
Easily one of John Carpenter’s best, this version is more horrific and more faithful to the original story than the 1951 film. Plus, it’s got Kurt Russell!

Cthulhu Fan Film Fest:

Rex and his Cthulhu advisory board carefully sifted through many independent short Lovecraftian films to create this installment of the Cthulhu Film Fest. Sorry, no Shoggoths allowed.

The Descent

   R—2005—99 min.
dir. Neil Marshall w/Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
The first installment of the Neil Marshall double feature focuses on a “girls’ night out in the wilderness.” Almost two films in one, a group of women first must face the challenges of spelunking in a vast but claustrophobic cave complex. Then they must face another unexpected challenge. Ultimately they must face themselves.

Dog Soldiers

   R—2002—105 min.
dir. Neil Marshall w/Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham
Part two of the Neil Marshall double feature focuses on a “boys night out in the wilderness.” See how the boys fare compared with the girls as an isolated military exercise goes to the dogs.

Aliens (director’s cut)

   R—1986—154 min.
dir. James Cameron w/Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser
Rex knows what you’re thinking: oh if only someone would show one of the greatest sci-fi/action movies of all time at 2:00 am so I don’t have to go to bed yet. Don’t worry, Rex has got your back. Missing this would be a bad call, Ripley, a bad call.

The Valley of Gwangi

   NR—1969—96 min.
dir. Jim O’Connolly w/James Franciscus, Gina Golan, Richard Carlson
Some cowpokes decide to lasso themselves an Allosaurus and put him in a circus. What could go wrong? Rex thought that maybe you haven’t seen his favorite Ray Harryhausen film.

Pathogen (with Emily Hagins)

   NR—2006—68 min.
dir. Emily Hagins w/Tiger Darrow, Rose Kent-McGlew, Alec Herskowitz
Written and directed by Guest of Honor Emily Hagins, you’ll find it hard to believe this zombie movie was made by a 12 year old. Emily will be at this showing to chat with the audience about her experiences working on the film.

King Kong (restored version)

   NR—1933—104 min.
dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack w/Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong
Peter Jackson can keep his overblown 3 hour “epic”… groundbreaking and powerful, the original is still the best. A recently restored, gloriously luminescent print offers several scenes that had been cut since the film’s original release, which Rex knows many of you have not seen.

The Call of Cthulhu

   NR—2005—47 min.
dir. Andrew Leman w/Ramon Allen Jr, Leslie Baldwin, Daryl Ball
This fan film was too long to include in the Cthulhu Film Fest and is certainly worthy of its own time slot in the Cinema Rex schedule. Shot in black & white, this silent film does a great job of mimicking the era of 20s film making as it tracks a doomed ship on its fateful journey to an uncharted island.

Lake Placid

   R—1999—82 min.
dir. Steve Miner w/Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Betty White
Somethin’ just ain’t right in that there lake, and Bill Pullman ‘n’ Bridget Fonda are gonna find out what. A fun popcorn flick that features a giant alligator and Betty White spewing profanities!

The Thing From Another World

   NR—1951—86 min.
dir. Christian Nyby, prod. Howard Hawks w/Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness
Howard Hawks’ witty, fast-paced overlapping dialogue create a sense of tension and realism that is his trademark. This original film version of The Thing shares similarities with Carpenter’s version but has a very different feel. Rex likes them both and he has decided that you will, too.

Resident Evil

   R—2002—100 min.
dir. Paul W.S. Anderson w/Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez
With surprisingly good cinematography and stylish direction, this film will keep you entertained with lots of action, over the top banter and attitude. You don’t have to be a fan of the video game to enjoy this movie. A fact known only by the few Convergence attendees stalking the corridors on Thursday night is that this is the official Cinema Rex sound check movie; those geeks who appreciate great sound design are in for a treat.

Trailer Park:

See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts. This is one trailer park that probably won’t get hit by a tornado.

Midnight Chronicles -Behind the Scenes

w/commentary by Christian Petersen, Tod Gelle, Keith Hurley, and Jason Beaudoin
Still in post-production, this dark fantasy film based on Fantasy Flight Games’ Midnight RPG world is nearing completion. Meet some of the film-makers as they discuss the filming process while showing scenes, outtakes and the new trailer.


   R—1989—86 min.
dir. Stan Winston w/Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino
Lance Henriksen delivers a top notch performance in this twisted story of vengeance and rage. This film is a hidden gem with a well-written script and great special effects designed by director Stan Winston. You won’t be disappointed.

Pan’s Labyrinth

   R—2006—112 min.
dir. Guillermo del Toro w/Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi Lopez, Doug Jones
Don’t bring the wee ones: this may be a fantasy, but this visually stunning film is alternately intense, gorgeous and disturbing. One of the best movies of 2006.


   R—1979—109 min.
dir. John Badham w/Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasance, Kate Nelligan
Striking visuals and strong performances dominate this unique adaptation of the classic Dracula story. Frank Langella does more than hold his own against Legosi, Lee, and Oldman. Lawence Olivier is superb. The John Williams score is amazing. This film is a must see.

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