Festival Hosted by Punk Bad Boy John Lydon Featuring
The IFC Original Co-Production “Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror”
With Argento’s “Inferno,” “Blue Velvet,” “River’s Edge,” “After Hours,”
“Repo Man,” “Dawn of The Dead” And Many More
Some are drawn to their boldness. Others are attracted to the eccentric characters and unconventional subjects. Whatever the reason, we think they’ve earned the right to be hailed as cult classics. From April 16 – 22, IFC salutes some of the world’s most offbeat films and underground filmmakers in “IFC’S CULT FILM FESTIVAL.” Hosted by John Lydon (former frontman of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.), the line-up boasts a devoted following and features films from cultural icons who refused to play by the rules. The festival includes the premieres of the IFC Original Co-Production “Dario Argento: An Eye For Horror,” and Argento’s Inferno as well as Gummo, Repo Man, Performance, River’s Edge, Time Bandits, Blue Velvet, Dawn of the Dead, Re-Animator, Crash, After Hours, Shadows, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, With Nail & I, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and the IFC Originals In Bad Taste: The John Waters Story, The American Nightmare and Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance.
Punk rock’s answer to Roger Ebert, Lydon and his trademark “John Rotten” scowl will lure audiences into a discussion about the films. In addition to introducing each movie and reviewing cult cinema in general, Lydon has composed an original score for the spots and interstitials, which he describes as “western with a punk rock flair.”
Beginning Monday, April 16 and continuing each night through Sunday, April 22, IFC’s Cult Film Festival is scheduled to air as follows:
REPO MAN (1984) – directed by Alex Cox
Monday, April 16 at 8:30PM/ET
Produced by former Monkee Mike Nesmith, this clever tale of a cynical car repossessor and his unusual sidekick hot on the trail of a gold Chevy Malibu with strange cargo in its trunk, stars Harry Dean Stantonand Emilio Estevez and features a remarkable punk soundtrack.
IN BAD TASTE: THE JOHN WATERS STORY (1999) – directed by Steve Yeager
Monday, April 16 at 10:15PM/ET
This IFC Original chronicling the career of America’s most uninhibited, provocative indie director features interviews with Kathleen Turner, Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch, Patty Hearst, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Debbie Harry and the “King of Trash” himself.
GUMMO (1997) – directed by Harmony Korine
Monday, April 16 at 11:45PM/ET
From the writer of the highly controversial film Kids, comes a startling, strange and hilarious portrait of small-town life in the tornado ravaged town of Xenia, Ohio.
DONALD CAMMELL: THE ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE (1999) – directed by Kevin MacDonald
Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00PM/ET
This IFC Original traces the creative, yet troubled, journey of the misunderstood filmmaker Donald Cammell and the making of his first and greatest film, Performance, featuring interviews with the film’s stars Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and co-director Nicolas Roeg.
PERFORMANCE (1970) – directed by Donald Cammell
Tuesday, April 17 at 9:15PM/ET
A gangster on the lam (James Fox) becomes ensnared in a reclusive rock star’s (Mick Jagger) bizarre world of sexual ambiguity.
RIVER’S EDGE (1987) – directed by Tim Hunter
Tuesday, April 17 at 11:15PM/ET and Sunday, April 22 at 10:00PM/ET
Independent Spirit Award Winner for Best Feature and Screenplay. Crispin Glover and Dennis Hopper give electrifying performances in this drama inspired by a true story about a murdered high school girl whose corpse becomes the main attraction for a group of teenaged outcasts. Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye co-star.
TIME BANDITS (1981) – directed by Terry Gilliam
Wednesday, April 18 at 8:00PM/ET
Ralph Richardson, Sean Connery, John Cleese and Michael Palin star in this witty and wild fantasy about a six-year-old boy who is catapulted through time by a group of dwarves who have stolen a map of the universe from the Supreme Being.
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – directed by Tobe Hooper
Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00PM
The landmark horror film about stranded teens who meet their fate at the hands of a family of cannibals in rural Texas. An indie phenomenon that combined art-house cinema v