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!