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

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....