We met in Beanscene for a swift Latte and London Fog before rodeoing to Asda for supplies. Refreshments were needed to get us through what was about to come - 10 hours in the cinema watching 5 of the goriest and most hilarious films ever commited to 35mm. We stocked up on Mikado sticks, banoffee muffins, Special K crackers, and iced coffees. I had my blanket, she had a sports bra - we were go for a horror marathon.
First up was the 1971 sexy party and backstabbing fest The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba) by Emilio Miraglia. Red heads like myself should beware of master 'Alan' and his obsession with his deceased paramour. The best part of the film (aside from the total looneytoons plot) was the fact it is so beautifully dubbed - worth a watch for the non-sequiters alone! Reminded me of a few Amicus films but much less 'serious'.
Second came Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's 1992 effort Braindead. Easily the most amount of zombies I've ever seen killed with a lawnmower. Braindead is a bit of a romantic gem - the period detail is beautiful and the plot doesn't follow the usual tropes of modern zombie flicks that often render them so boring. It's lead actors are charming and engaging and if this next clip doesn't convince you it merits your time, nothing will. (fair warning: contains Kiwi accents, kung-fu servants of the lord and skiffling zombies)
Fourth up was 1988's They Live by the legendary John Carpenter. Right of the bat Roddy Piper is packing some mad sweet 80's dad jeans the whole way through this. Canada's "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is BUFF ladies and gentlemen. They Live held together plot wise much more effectively than the previous films (even my beloved Braindead) and featured much less gore and much more broken social commentary - we see you consumerism! The scenes showing 'them' in their true form are utterly iconic and there are some great lines including "I got news for 'em. There's gonna be hell to pay. 'Cause I ain't Daddy's little
boy no more." and this -
We both opened and closed with Italian movies and to see us into Sunday morning was 1981's The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà). Apparently many Lucio Fulci fans think of this one something of a masterpiece and maybe it was the time of day or that it came 5th in a late starting show but I wasn't really feeling this one. It spent a long time with dreamy zoom shots of the gorey special effects and takes a somewhat cerebel attitude towards the concept of purgatory but I found it kind of frustrating however I think that may have been the intention. It's certainly a much more intellectual and artistic look at life and death then other films of the time but no-one continues to shoot the undead in the stomach after they clearly see a headshot takes them down.
I have a lot of respect and time for those involved with putting on the Allnight Horrormadness shows. To have taken something from a personal interest to a frequently sell out night in two cities with a loyal following is huge. Going to something like this for me requires a fair bit of preparation both physically, mentally and y'know just scheduling it but it was totally worth it and I plan to go again to future events. Was damn disapointed I missed out on getting a poster this time because I didn't have any cash so I will have to go back!
You can catch Allnight Horrormadness at Edinburgh's Cameo cinema too.