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    June 20 2014: Exhumed Films presents a John Carpenter Sci-Fi Double Feature!Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00pm - Admission $15
    International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
    STARMAN (30th anniversary screening)
    1984 / 35mm / Dir. John Carpenter / 115 min.
    Coming off of his gruesome 1982 masterpiece THE THING and 1983's Stephen King adaptation CHRISTINE, few would have anticipated that John Carpenter's next movie would be a touching science-fiction romance.  STARMAN is a unique, impressive entry in Carpenter's oeuvre, and arguably his most underrated film.  An alien being (Jeff Bridges in a stellar performance-no pun intended) is stranded on earth and assumes the form of a deceased human.  The alien then "kidnaps" the dead man's widow (RAIDERS OF THE LAST ARK's Karen Allen), and the two begin a cross-country trek in an attempt to escape government agents and get the Starman back to his home planet before it is too late.  STARMAN clearly borrows elements from classic science fiction films like E.T. and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, but still manages to tell an exciting, funny, and moving tale of its own.
    1981 / 35mm / Dir. John Carpenter / 99 min.
    So you thought Snake Plissken was dead?  Think again!  Kurt Russell stars in John Carpenter's beloved apocalyptic sci-fi action adventure as a ruthless renegade who may be America's only hope!  In the far off future of 1997, the President of the United States (Carpenter favorite Donald Pleasance) has been taken hostage in New York City, which is now a maximum security prison/no man's land.  It's up to former convict and special forces operative Snake Plissken (Russell) to infiltrate the wasteland of Manhattan and rescue the president before his top secret cargo falls into the wrong hands.  ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is a bona fide classic and features one of Carpenter's all-time best ensemble casts: Russell, Pleasance, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers, and Harry Dean Stanton!  

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    July 20: Exhumed Films Presents The Lost Film Festival!More Details to Follow
    International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
    Exhumed Films has spent the last seventeen years scouring the globe to unearth the rarest, most obscure genre films in existence. On Sunday, July 20, we will present five "lost" film exclusives: these are movies which have never been officially released on video or DVD in any form-and in some cases, the movies have never even received a theatrical release!  All projected from original, one-of-a-kind 35mm prints.  The five films will span a variety of genres, from horror to crime to comedy to musical.  Only one thing unites these titles: they can only be seen at an Exhumed Films screening!

    August 23 2014: Exhumed Films presents a double feature of Underrated Science-Fiction Films!Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00pm - Admission $15
    International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
    STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (30th anniversary screening)
    1984 / 35mm / Dir. Leonard Nimoy / 105 min.
    STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN was one of the biggest box office hits of 1982, so Paramount was anxious to quickly ramp up a sequel.  Although Trek fans generally loved KHAN, the film's decision to kill off Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock was a controversial one, to say the least.  As its title implies, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK focuses on Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Enterprise as they attempt to retrieve the body of their fallen comrade.  However, they run afoul of a cruel Klingon commander (BACK TO THE FUTURE's Christopher Lloyd) who plots to steal the rejuvenating secrets of the planet Genesis for his own nefarious purposes.  While not as lucrative as either STAR TREK II or the oddly light-hearted sequel STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is an intelligent, enjoyable, and underrated entry in the TREK film series.
    DUNE (30th anniversary screening)
    1984 / 35mm / Dir. David Lynch / 137 min.
    Frank Herbert's epic science-fiction novel DUNE was long considered unfilmable, though several directors-most famously, Alejandro Jodorowsky-tried to bring the classic to the screen during the 1970s, only to see their projects ultimately fall apart.  But in 1984, acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker David Lynch followed his art-house successes ERASERHEAD and THE ELEPHANT MAN with an ambitious, big budget adaptation of Herbert's masterpiece.  Lynch's DUNE is infamous in the realm of sci-fi films: it is a divisive movie, one that fans tend to either love or hate.  Many of the film's perceived weaknesses can be traced to the fact that producer Dino DeLaurentis forced Lynch to excise over 45 minutes of footage in order to get the running time down to a more reasonable (but still lengthy) 2 hours and 17 minutes.  But flawed or not, DUNE's story of political intrigue, galactic warfare and religious allegory set in the far-off future is visually stunning and truly epic in score.  Featuring an impressive cast (Kyle MacLachlan, Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, and Sting, among others) and an orchestral/rock hybrid score by the band Toto (!), DUNE is definitely an interesting film that deserves a second look.

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