Film Preview: Cult! USA, 25 January – 17 February, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow

3 Jan

From day one of itsonitsgone’s existence I’ve tried hard to search out the rarest screenings of the best cult films being shown locally – I Bury the Living at the Cameo was one of the first – and 2010 is already shaping up to be a good year for aficionados (or, to be more precise, geeks).

The Glasgow Film Theatre are proud to announce the launch if their Cult! USA strand, a chance to see some rarely screened gems from the various decades. Though the title suggests the films are all American, at least one of the offerings appears to be Italian which is slightly confusing.

The season opens on Monday 25 January (also being shown on Tuesday 26) with Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) starring Donald Sutherland in a tale of paranoia and horror.

Next up on Sunday 31 January is 1968’s Theorem from director Pier Paolo Pasolini and starring Terence Stamp – according to IMDB the film’s tagline was “There are only 923 words spoken in “Teorema” – but it says everything!”.

The GFT go on to explain that: “The story of Teorema is simple. A mysterious stranger arrives at a bourgeois household in Milan and successively seduces the son, the mother, the daughter, and the father, not forgetting the maid.

“The consequences for each are decisive and as Pasolini brilliantly maps out the disintegration of the fragile family we begin to understand his allegory which merges his ideas on social forces, religion and sexuality. An intense yet rewarding film with a brilliant Morricone score.”

Finally on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February there’s Cutter’s Way (1981) starring John Heard and Jeff Bridges, a film noir murder mystery which centres round a physically and mentally scarred Vietnam veteran and his near-demonic pursuit of a tycoon who he believes to be a murderer.

Here’s a look at the film’s opening sequence:

Details of future Cult! USA films will hopefully be released soon, but till then visit the Glasgow Film Theatre website to find out more.

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