Your plans for Friday night…
At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that you have seen James Cameron’s 1984 movie The Terminator. It’s also probably safe to assume you’ve seen a couple of the sequels and maybe played an officially licensed pinball machine or two.
It seems less likely that you caught the 1989 Indonesian entry into the canon, Lady Terminator. The film adds a layer of mysticism to the franchise, and focuses less on technology as an enemy. The result is an extremely potent mix of action and fantasy. The South Seas Queen possesses an attractive anthropologist (Barbara Ann Constable, also the film’s makeup artist) in order to carry out a curse she put on a former lover. Armed with unimaginable strength and powers, she sets out to kill the great-granddaughter of the man she cursed so long ago. Erica is in a fight for her life, but not without the help of a ragtag team of cops with terrible hair to help her. The body count rises and the action doesn’t let up for a minute. The film contains a number of scenes directly copied from Cameron’s film (especially the attack on the police station), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t done well.
Co-presented with Junk Food Dinner.
Part of the series Rip-Off Cinema.
Director: H. Tjut Djalil. 82 min. 1989. 35mm.
Coming this Thursday to the 92Y Tribeca Screening Room… VHS Trailer Show Part Deux! I hope you guys are not tried of hearing me talk about VHS cause it ain’t stopping anytime soon.
Some of us refuse to let go of our VHS tapes.
One reason is that they have become a treasure trove of trailers for movies that time forgot. Being forced to scan past them each time you want to get to the feature, you end up developing an affection for these seemingly made-up movies. For the VHS Trailer Show, we present you with our favorite trailers, directly from VHS tapes. Armed with their favorites will be Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh (I Love Bad Movies), Mark Freado (Junk Food Dinner), Zach Clark (Modern Love is Automatic), Harry Merritt and Reid Bingham (Cinebeasts), Matthew Desiderio (Horror Boobs/VHS Vault) and a special segment of “VHS Trailers That Should Have Been” from the Found Footage Festival. Expect Vidmark oddities, action heros, and erotic thrillers, to name a few. We’ll also invite audience members to share their favorites, so if you’ve got a tape, cue it up!
Seems like they were stupid nice enough to bring me on board for a segment… finally some recognition! I call it a way to validate all the piles of tapes in my apartment.
Here are the details one more time…
VHS Trailer Show, Part Deux
Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 8 pm
92YTribeca SCREENING ROOM
200 Hudson Street Manhattan NY