There is no other Christmas movie that both captures the adolescent joy and adult horror that comes with the holiday season than A CHRISTMAS STORY. This film version of the childhood memoirs of Jean Shepard is a painstakingly accurate depiction of Midwestern middle-class suburban life told through the eyes of little eight-year-old Ralphie, who wants nothing more than a Red-Ryder BB Gun to make his Christmas dreams come true. But as the months of November and December pass, we are also viewers of his home life and his brilliantly subjective take on it. A CHRISTMAS STORY is so much more than a great Christmas movie, but the commercialized sentimentality that is forced on us during this time of year makes its unabashed sincerity that much better.
Terry Zwigoff’s (Ghost World) hysterically bold, underground variation of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, with Billy Bob Thornton as a foul-mouthed, alcoholic con man posing as a mall Santa, who teams up with his friend Marcus (Tony Cox) to rob the store just before Christmas. Thornton is reminiscent of W.C. Fields (only drunker, and worse to children!) in this rare intelligent adult comedy. Featuring two late greats John Ritter and Bernie Mac.
R18Violence & sex scenes
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hell-bent sixties style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer—whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.
Easily the most unhinged Halloween-set horror movie to ever be unleashed by a major studio, DEADLY FRIEND is about a teenager named Paul who has a pet robot named B.B. The robot is voiced by Charles Fleischer aka Roger Rabbit, and he sounds like the baby that Donald Duck and Gizmo from GREMLINS never had. B.B. also has a tendency to kill people. This all leads to a robot zombie Kristy Swanson with a taste for human flesh. One part After School Special, one part slasher, and three-thousand parts unclassifiable lunacy, DEADLY FRIEND is total satisfaction from start to finish. This includes the B.B. rap song that appears over the end credits. By the way, this movie was directed by the late Wes Craven. He disowned it. We love every second of it. FREE ENTRY INTO THE HW GARDEN BAR FROM 6PM COME EARLER from 2pm for a fun event: All Deadly Friend ticket holders get $10 entry into The Deadly Dreams Presents Hollywood Sunday Session. Live Music & Food in our Garden Bar. More info at undertheradar.co.nz
Bruce Willis plays wise-cracking cop John McClane, an endearing Everyman who becomes an unlikely hero when a group of professional thieves takes his wife’s office building hostage at Christmastime. One of the most purely entertaining movies ever made, this fast, funny and visually elegant thriller set the template for the Hollywood action flicks that followed it and made Willis a movie star. Come early: Doors 7pm, Trailers 7:30pm
FREE MEMBERS OF THE HOLLYWOOD SCREENING Lucky dip 35mm extravaganza! You never know what you are going to get but what we can tell is that it’s going to be memorable. A wild mix of trailers, educationals, music videos and ... actually just trust in us, it’s your one chance to see something that you will never find on any medium ever again. It’s a rare beautiful happening and you're invited. Regular pricing for all you non-members out there. Or simply join the club. Click the MEMBERSHIP link on our website homepage to do so.
Prepare for a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Sonny Chiba's karate-horror mashup WOLF GUY is an intense addition to the pantheon of unheralded ‘70s classics -- and an eye-popping example of cinematography and production design. Chiba stars as the only survivor of an ancient werewolf clan who rely on supernatural powers to solve crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unknown force, Chiba uncovers a conspiracy to harvest his blood in order to steal his powers!
Based on a Manga by Hideo Yamamoto, director Takashi Miike’s cult classic Ichi the Killer returns in a stunning all-new 4k restoration. This visceral, bloody, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara, a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi.
Carrying on our Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) appreciation club - we are screening his rare Christmas wonder ‘R Xmas. An awful title, sure but it’s a fantastic hypnotic tale about a matriarch of a small time drug-dealing operation in New York. Our heroine faces off against greedy competitors and corrupt cops to save her family. Ice-T co-stars.
A staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight-arrow cop Holly Hunter. The kidnap scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they can’t conceive kids is guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of 1930's screwball cinema.
The Rocky Horror Picture show is back! But this time, for the first time since 1988 a Shadowcast returns to the Hollywood stage! The Hot & Flustered Shadowcast are bringing their show to the Hollywood for the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Round up your friends and come down to The Hollywood Cinema for a tantalising night of singing, dancing and fun as the Hot and Flustered Cast takes the stage. Come dressed as your favourite Rocky Horror or Halloween character, and see this infamous film brought to life on stage by our cast. Amazing prizes from our friends at ATMS to be won for best dressed and Demon Energy Drink for anyone who has the nerves to hop up on stage! Doors open at 8:00pm and the show will begin at 8:30pm. Tickets: $25 (includes propkit) $1 from each ticket sold is donated to New Zealand AIDs Foundation. Our interactive prop kits are included in the ticket price! Come along early and grab yourself a drink! What are you waiting for? Dig out those fishnets, dust off your heels, and bring your virgin friends down to The Hollywood and take them on a strange journey.