The Rio Theatre‘s got the cure for what ails you on New Year’s Day with one of our most essential annual traditions – the New Year’s Day Hangover Movie Marathon!
Every January 1, we kick things off with audience favourites; the kind that are best enjoyed with friends (maybe in your pajamas, an old bathrobe, or a comfy Cowichan sweater – your call, no judgement) and maybe an adult beverage (perhaps a delicious White Russian or two – it is a holiday, after all, and you deserve it). Rest your weary (and bleary) head with us, in the dark, and chase every last remnant of 2017 away with some cinematic “hair of the dog” goodness. This year, we’re featuring the bizarro 70’s Japanese cult-classic oddity that is HOUSE (definitely a title that benefits from being both weary and bleary), THE BIG LEBOWSKI (we can’t abide a New Year’s Day Hangover Marathon without it, man – it really ties the day together), and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (New Year’s Day – what a lovely day). See one, or seem ’em all for one sweet price!
Some movies can’t be explained; they need to be experienced. HOUSE is one of those movies. (Trust.) How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of ‘Scooby-Doo’ as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home who comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.
“The best thing in this wild assemblage of collage and cartoon and fairy tale is that the girls, when they’re eaten, scream with glee as their cut-out body parts spin around the frame. It’s cannibalism as the ultimate kiddie ride.” (Vulture)
Monday, January 1
Doors 4:30 pm | Movie 5:00 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door
Marathon Movie Tickets $18 advance HERE | $22 at the door.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film only! Please redeem at the door.
***Please note that the cutoff time for online sales of the New Year’s Day Hangover Movie Marathon is at 4:00 pm. Marathon and individual film tickets will still be available for purchase at the box office.
HOUSE “Hausu” (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977 / 88 mins / In Japanese with English subtitles) | In an effort to avoid spending time with her father and his creepy new lover, young Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) resolves to visit her aunt’s remote mansion. With six of her closest friends in tow, including the musically inclined Melody (Eriko Tanaka) and the geeky Prof (Ai Matsubara), Gorgeous arrives at the estate, where supernatural events occur almost immediately. A severed head takes flight, household appliances come to life and a portrait of a cat seems to contain an evil spirit.