Eaten Alive is wall-to-wall frenzied energy, all taking place on shadowy sound-stages pierced by bright colours (most commonly: bright red blood, of course), to provide a disconnected, horrific landscape for its viewers. Loosely based on the story of Joe Ball (or the Bluebeard of South Texas or The Alligator Man), who owned a bar with an alligator pit as a local attraction in Elmendorf, Texas. After several women began to go missing and strange flesh was found by his gators, he was suspected of the murders but was never formally convicted because he committed suicide before he was arrested. Eaten Alive feels like an inescapable backwoods carnival nightmare, offering one of the most bizarre experiences you can find this October without actually tracking down an alligator pit yourself.
The notorious tagline "an exercise in poor taste" almost seems politely understated compared to what John Waters' film Pink Flamingos actually delivers. In actuality, Pink Flamingos is an exercise in unrestrained gritty, heaving, slobbering deviancy - murder, assault, gluttony, voyeurism, cannibalism, and all means of repulsion are all at the forefront of Waters' film, to create one of the most infamously disturbing films to ever grace the screen. We're not being cute when we say that if you haven't seen Pink Flamingos before you really have to prepare yourself for what you're about to witness. If you so dare: join us for an exercise in absolutely unrelenting filth!
Remaining as a staple figure in science fiction and horror for decades, and is certainly a favourite of The Royal Cinema and Retropath, it is not much of a surprise that this year we tip our hat again to the iconic smokey legend and his Christmas birthday. In this current climate more than ever, maybe the works of Serling might hit too close to home, but that only speaks to the timelessness of shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Night Gallery. Join us for a 90 minute slot of some of his most infamous and beloved works! The selection changes annually!
Frank and Eleanor Perry's The Swimmer holds a powerful lens on the main character, slowly breaking apart Ned Merrill to reveal a truth that cannot be expected. It is equal parts bizarre, uncomfortable, enthralling and devastating, offering a perfect counter-balance to the sunny rays of August.
Alongside all of the butt jokes anyone could ever want, Society is an aggressive Invasion of the Body Snatchers-esque story, absolutely skewering the rich yuppie culture of the 1980's by depicting them as murderous, incestuous beasts.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 lives in infamy as a cult classic, laden with queer subtext, and remains one of the most layered and interesting instalments to the franchise.
With a combination of Joan Crawford at the helm, king of schlock William Castle behind the camera, and Robert Bloch (who most know for penning Psycho, another little story about a bad mom!) writing the script, Strait-Jacket is an assured Retropath! favourite.
The Honeymoon Killers is a sordid masterpiece - written and directed by Leonard Kastle and inspired by the true story of 'The Lonely Hearts Killers", a dangerous duo named Raymond Ferandez and Martha Jule Beck, who murdered as many as 20 women between 1947 and 1949, by answering lonely hearts ads in newspapers.
Friends and enemies of Valentine's Day and lovers of the Great Canadian Slasher Film rejoice, because our annual screening of MY BLOODY VALENTINE is back, with a vengeance!
[...] the movie makes you feel like you mixed Nyquil with Prozac and you’re trying not to freak out." - Jason Soto
"[...] meat never looked more distasteful." - The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre
Ten year-old Michael Laemle has a couple of problems on his plate. He just moved to a new neighbourhood, he's got no friends, he's painfully shy around the other kids at school, he's plagued with nightmares, and to top it all off: he's pretty sure his parents are cannibalistic killers.
Does the thought of WHITE CHRISTMAS and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE make you want to puke? If yes, then we have the holiday event for you! Join fellow trash connoisseurs as Ladies of Burlesque and Retropath: A Bizarre Cinema Showcase co-present a yuletide celebration of teenage delinquency, unwed mothers, and crime sprees with FEMALE TROUBLE—John Waters' smutty exercise in debasement and degradation!
Imagine, if you will, a more important event than Christmas taking place on December 25. 92 years ago on Christmas day, Esther Cooper Serling and Samuel Lawrence Serling welcomed their little bouncing baby boy into the world: the inevitably smokey sci-fi powerhouse behind such shows as The Twilight Zone and The Night Gallery, Rod Serling.