L.A. Readers! Join William Lustig For A Down-And-Dirty Double Feature Of MANIAC And VIGILANTE This Thursday!
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
Makes me want to open my own theater down here just to have exploitation saturdays
Oct. 17, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST
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
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
Oct. 17, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
Okay, and the wheelchair, but...yes, it IS epic.
Oct. 17, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST
by Monnie Knapp
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
by Margot Tenenbaum
Now I know that.
Oct. 17, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST
by Ian Masterson
Oct. 17, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST
by Steve Lamarre
Vigilante and Bronx Warriors. Although Vigilante looks quite a bit better.
Oct. 17, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST
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
by Steve Lamarre
The killer himself from Maniac! This just gets better and better. :)
Oct. 17, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST
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
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
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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