WEIRD WEDNESDAYS

We're dredging up some bizarro B-movie gems from the dank depths of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) to screen every Wednesday night at Lido.

An ex-cop moonlighting as a disco DJ, a killer snowman, suburban mothers with a taste for their family's flesh, a half man-half lion, ass-kicking filipino pirates, sexy telephone calls, and Bruce Lee fighting alongside Popeye the Sailor. This program has something for everyone...if you're into weird s**t of course.

Come get weird with us.

A valid proof of age card is required for entry to every screening.

Screening
Wed 27 Jun 7:00 PM
“One of my favorite films of the Seventies.” -- Steve Martin

Truly alive and more wonderfully whacked with each passing minute, this underground comedy plays like a randy sketch show devised by Robert Downey Sr., with a little Bakshi and De Palma thrown in for good measure.

A cute, bored young ditz (LAUGH-IN's Sarah Kennedy) is invigorated after a life-changing obscene phone call from a baritone weirdo. In a who’s-who of the era’s counterculture personas, she quests to call every last Village crackpot in the search for her velvet-voiced wonder. THE TELEPHONE BOOK’s bizarre peanut gallery includes future Oscar nominee William Hickey (PRIZZI’S HONOR) bedridden with priapism, Warhol superstars Ondine and Ultra Violet, Barry Morse (THE FUGITIVE) as a fallen stag filmmaker and voiceover guru Norman Rose (wearing an unforgettably disturbing pig mask) as the obscene call king. Heady, heated, capricious and oh-so-right.
Cast
Sarah Kennedy, Norman Rose, James Harder
Director
Nelson Lyon
Classification
R18+, 87 mins
Genre
Comedy
Running Time
87 minutes
Screening
Wed 4 Jul 7:00 PM
“Slashed from the same cloth as other satirical late-’80s horror-comedies like SOCIETY, PARENTS and MY MOM’S A WEREWOLF, FLESH EATING MOTHERS is a raucously funny and gloriously gory parody of Ronald Reagan’s legacy: an America where monstrosity and cannibalism lie somewhere just beneath a veneer of conservatism and civility.

White picket fences, carefully tended gardens, monstrous middle-class cannibals -- welcome to Anywhere, USA, where a devastating sexually transmitted infection spreads like wildfire amongst the town’s adulterous matriarchs. Enraged, deranged and hungry for flesh, these ravenous mothers are starving. Their husbands will make a good starter, but they’re saving their children for the main course!” (88 Films)
Cast
Robert Lee Oliver, Donatella Hecht, Neal Rosen
Director
James Aviles Martin
Classification
R18+, 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
Running Time
89 minutes
Screening
Wed 11 Jul 7:00 PM
“The name Russ Meyer has some striking connotations -- the first being a comic-book style obsession with large, heaving, fleshy female breasts. As well, Meyer’s signature films boasted top notch editing that never let you finish a breath, plot lines that played out like the weirdest morality tale and characters that were so over the top and wild, that you really wished real life could be just like that.

Out of the 24 feature films he’s credited with directing, one has been fairly obscure in the shadows until now. FANNY HILL stars Italian actress Leticia Roman as the very pretty, sweet natured and brain-damaged/naive titular character from the classic 1700’s purple-prose book.” (Heather Drain, Dangerous Minds)

Young, pretty and innocent Fanny Hill has lost her parents and must find her way in life amidst the perils of turbulent 18th century London. She is fortunate enough to find rapidly a place as chambermaid of the effusive Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown lives in a large house teeming with female "relatives" in négligée and with very relaxed manners. She also insists that Fanny meets alone various gentlemen who show an ardent interest in Fanny.
Cast
Miriam Hopkins, Alexander D'Arcy, Walter Giller
Director
Russ Meyer, Albert Zugsmith (uncredited)
Classification
R18+, 104 mins
Genre
Comedy
Running Time
104 minutes
Screening
Wed 18 Jul 7:00 PM
“Fulci's classiest horror movie... if that's a superlative that can be applied to a movie which, in the first five minutes, has a guy smash through the windshield of his car and then catch fire and burn to death on the hood.” -- Laird Jimenez, Letterboxd

Italy’s own “Godfather of Gore” goes Gothic! Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE GATES OF HELL) gruesomely reimagines the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale with Patrick Magee (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and Mimsy Farmer (THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK) in tow. When a young couple goes missing in a sleepy English village, Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, THE BEYOND) is brought in to assist on the case. But what starts off as routine investigation turns into a murder inquiry when the couple are found dead in mysterious circumstances.

Fusing a classically creepy atmosphere with more decidedly visceral elements that are the hallmark of Fulci’s films, THE BLACK CAT is a too-often overlooked and underrated entry in the Italian master filmmaker’s canon.
Cast
Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck
Director
Lucio Fulci
Classification
R18+, 92 mins
Genre
Horror
Running Time
92 minutes
Screening
Wed 25 Jul 7:00 PM
Perhaps the most accomplished film from Ed Wood collaborator A.C. Stephen (aka Stephen C. Apostolof), FUGITIVE GIRLS is a quick hybrid of action and sexploitation, co-starring Rene Bond and Tallie Cochran, and featuring a typically singular screenplay from Ed Wood himself (who also appears in the film.)

Dee is implicated in a fatal liquor store shooting committed by her boyfriend. Sent to an all-female work camp, she finds herself at the mercy of four other violent, sex-crazed prisoners who force her into their daring escape. Once on the outside, the five fugitives embark on a brutal sex-filled rampage, making their way to a mystery site rumored to have a buried suitcase full of money.
Cast
Jabie Abercrombe, Rene Bond, Tallie Cochrane
Director
Steven C. Apostolof
Classification
R18+, 96 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Crime
Running Time
96 minutes