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L.A. Readers! Join William Lustig For A Down-And-Dirty Double Feature Of MANIAC And VIGILANTE This Thursday!

Published at: Oct. 17, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST by mrbeaks

Beaks here...

If you love seeing New York City at its scuzzy, early '80s worst, the classy folks at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have a perfect double feature for you!

Tomorrow night (10/18), Film Independent at LACMA will celebrate the grit and grime of a city in decline by showing two of William Lustig's best films: MANIAC and VIGILANTE (tickets available here). Neither of these movies should require an introduction around these parts. MANIAC is a nasty piece of work featuring a truly disturbing performance from the late, great Joe Spinell (who co-wrote the script) and some unforgettably gruesome practical f/x from Tom Savini. VIGILANTE is a shamelessly rousing riff on the DEATH WISH formula, a grindhouse/video store classic that makes you want to pick up a sock full of quarters and beat the streets clean of scumbags.

If these are your kinds of movies, then you're probably already a huge Lustig fan. If so, you've added incentive to see these films on the big screen tomorrow, as Lustig will be on hand for a Q&A in between features.

Need more enticement? How's about some trailers!





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  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    I love sleazebag cinema!!!

    by macheesmo3

    Makes me want to open my own theater down here just to have exploitation saturdays

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    LACMA is a great venue to catch films in

    by beamish13

    I loved the Nagisa Oshima and Donald Cammell retrospectives they've hosted. They have a 70mm projector, too.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Holy christ, that Vigilante trailer is EPIC.

    by Danny Boil

    There's a movie that totally passed me by. Wow. Would love to catch this double-header.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    this would have been perfect for me :(

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I just bought the 'Vigilante' Blu-ray because of that trailer.

    by Bill C.

    Okay, and the wheelchair, but...yes, it IS epic.

  • Lustig directs such amazing sleaze. Maniac Cop is, of course, a scglock classic, and pairs really well with Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant for a night of 80s exploitation filth.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    I never knew the mom from Amityville II was in other movies.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Now I know that.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I am SO. DOWN.

    by Ian Masterson

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Gonna have me a Fred Williamson double feature

    by Steve Lamarre

    Vigilante and Bronx Warriors. Although Vigilante looks quite a bit better.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by GhostDad

    Why the hell can't they have this on a Friday night?! Some of us have to work!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Joe Spinell a crooked cop in Vigilante!

    by Steve Lamarre

    The killer himself from Maniac! This just gets better and better. :)

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    lawyer not cop

    by GhostDad

    Anyhow, Lustig does a great Q&A, went to a Maniac screening a few years ago at the Nuart, he really gave a lot of insight and really seems surprised that there's such a big cult following around his movies. Vigilante is absolutely worth seeing on the big screen.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Vigilante, wow, there's one that somehow slipped by me

    by Stegman84

    Maniac is a scuzzy masterpiece in my opinion, and the original Maniac Cop was a late 80's schlock classic. I actually quite enjoyed the sequel too. Maniac Cop 3, not so much. Hell, I'm probably the only person who honestly likes Lustig's Jan-Michael Vincent versus Lance Henriksen (as assassin/shoe salesman) actioner Hit List, and the serial killer Judd Nelson flick Relentless. So yeah, as a Lustig fan, not sure how I missed Vigilante, especially with a cast line up that has Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Joe Spinell, Woody Strode, Steve James, Richard Bright and Frank Pesce in it. Must fix that immediately.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Missed Vigilante (not sure how)

    by John Baranick

    but I saw Maniac when it came out. It was the "late" flick at the local Drive-in triple feature....

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