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If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering where you can catch some Mexican wrestling films, Japanese pinku eiga, Filipino midget Bond spoofs, Troma splatter flicks, and Golan-Globus low-budget post-apocalyptica – projected in formats from VHS to “Brown-ray” – in Prague cinemas. Thankfully, the Shockproof Film Festival – now in its ninth year – promises all this and much more at Kino Aero from March 5 – 10.
Maybe you’re not like me. This year’s fest also features a high-profile local premiere in Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, the highly-anticipated English-language debut of director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy). The psychological family thriller just premiered at Sundance a few weeks ago to (mostly) positive reviews, and should see a wide release in Prague later this year.
Below is the full lineup for Kino Aero’s six-day fest, along with some brief comments and projection notes. Outside of the Santo movie, all films are English-friendly. Check out the festival website (only partially translated in English) for full details.
Tuesday, March 5:
- 18:00 S&M Hunter: why shouldn’t the fest open with Japanese pinku; for the uninitiated, expect some extreme content (in Japanese with English subtitles) (DVD projection)
- 20:30 Stoker: the fest’s one mainstream(ish) offering; get your tix early (in English) (HD projection)
Wednesday, March 6:
- 18:00 Midori: The Girl in the Freak Show + The Death Lullaby: obscure low-budget anime; the fest has put up a couple clips on YouTube (in Japanese with English subtitles) (DVD projection)
- 20:30 Trash Humpers: I’m a fan of director Harmony Korine, but ten minutes of this film – a found footage spoof featuring actors in old-age suits raising a ruckus – goes a long way (in English) (DVD projection)
Thursday, March 7:
- 18:00 Beyond the Black Rainbow: this trippy Canadian sci-fi from director Panos Cosmatos (son or Rambo director George P. Cosmatos) has already built up some significant cult cred since its 2010 release (in English) (Blu-ray projection)
- 20:30 Demons: an 80s splatter classic from director Lamberto Bava (son of horror icon Mario Bava); don’t bring your mother, but this one skews more cult-mainstream then most of the other films presented (in Italian with English subtitles) (Blu-ray projection)
Friday, March 8:
- 18:00 Santo vs. the Ghost of the Strangler: 60s luchador horror; in Spanish with Czech subtitles, but you aren’t missing much without the dialogue (DVD projection)
- 20:00 America 3000: Obscure Golan-Globus low-budget post-apocalyptic oddity; expect 80s awesome awfulness (in English) (VHS projection)
- 22:00 D’Wild Wild Weng: Weng Weng, the three-foot Filipino star of the Agent 00 James Bond spoofs, stars in this unearthed Pinoy Western (in English) (VHS projection)
Saturday, March 9:
- 16:45 Aero Naslepo: “Blind Date with Aero”, Shockproof edition: you won’t know the movie until it starts playing, and only pay afterward what you think it should cost; already seen it? Leave after 10 minutes for a free beer at the bar.
- 19:00 Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead: though not for the uninitiated, this zombie KFC sendup is one of schlock studio Troma’s better comedy-horror efforts (in English) (“Brown-ray” projection)
- 21:30 Stitches: zombie clown comedy-horror from Ireland (in English) (Blu-ray projection)
- 23:30 Ogenki Clinic Adventures: obscure Bakunyū (“bursting breasts”) hentai weirdness; warning: this is probably this year’s most explicit exhibit (in English) (DVD projection)
Sunday, March 10:
- 16:00 Poor Pretty Eddie: cult classic Southern-fried grindhouse fare with Leslie Uggams, Shelly Winters, and Slim Pickens; a favorite among bad movie aficionados (in English) (Blu-ray projection)
- 18:00 Animalada: this love story about a man and a sheep should be easier to take than The Pig Fucking Movie, which I caught at the fest a few years back (in Spanish, English subtitles) (DVD projection)
- 20:00 Motel Hell: the fest closes with the only HD presentation apart from Stoker in this 80s horror parody starring Rory Calhoun as a farmer who plants living victims in his garden; “it takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters” (in English) (HD projection)
From March 15-16, a smaller selection of these films will also be screening in Brno; check the fest’s website for details. You can also check out clips from most of the films on the fest’s YouTube channel. And if your stomach is strong enough, I’ll see you at Aero March 5 – 10.