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Eraserhead

Eraserhead

David Lynch‘s debut feature, ERASERHEAD is one of the “classic” late night titles; a strange, surreal examination of male paranoia with a serious underlying “creep” factor is a perfect fit in our Friday Late Night Movie series on May 18.

Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking. Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple’s baby turns out to be a bizarre lizard-like creature that won’t stop wailing. Other characters, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, inhabit the building and add to Henry’s troubles.

David Lynch‘s surreal ERASERHEAD uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man’s fear of parenthood.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“What makes EREASERHEAD great — and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch’s films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it’s the single-mindedness of its vision.” (Chicago Tribune)

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” (Village Voice)

Friday, May 18
Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons, passes, and #SavetheRio “perks” OK! Please redeem at the door.

ERASERHEAD (David Lynch, 1977 / 89 mins / Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Rocky IV (1985)

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Rocky IV (1985)

Our hearts are literally on fire in anticipation for Wednesday, May 9, when The Gentlemen Hecklers (who wrote jokes for Netflix‘s latest season of Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to the Rio Theatre to provide live, hilarious commentary for a very special treat – writer-director Sylvester Stallone’s thoughtful ode to Reagan-era USA/USSR cold-war tensions, the… Continue Reading

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the most talked about films from this year’s Academy Awards (who could ever forget Frances McDormand‘s Best Actress acceptance speech?!) is finally coming to the Rio Theatre, starting April 23. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit… Continue Reading

Lowlife

Lowlife

What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los… Continue Reading

Hard Core Logo (A #SavetheRio Fundraiser!)

Hard Core Logo (A #SavetheRio Fundraiser!)

The Rio Theatre‘s toast to National Canadian Film Day (April 18) continues on Thursday, April 19 with a #SavetheRio fundraiser screening of, hands down, one of the most acclaimed Canadian films ever made, HARD CORE LOGO. Based on the novel by Michael Turner, director Bruce Macdonald plays “himself” – a filmmaker following the cult punk-rock… Continue Reading

Delinquent (Vancouver Premiere!)

Delinquent (Vancouver Premiere!)

Join us at the Rio Theatre – and toast National Canadian Film Day (April 18) – with the Vancouver Premiere of director David Strasser’s, DELINQUENT, the first feature-length film to be shot on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island. DELINQUENT tells the inspirational story of a rebellious teenager on a downward spiral. Jakob Levin is sentenced… Continue Reading

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

In addition to THE SHAPE OF WATER winning the highly-coveted Oscar for Best Picture, master Mexican story-teller and director Guillermo del Toro took home a lot of hardware – including the Best Director Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Golden Lion from the Venice Film Fest – for this other-worldly fairy tale, a sci-fi love letter… Continue Reading

Paprika

Paprika

Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name “Paprika,” is a dream detective at night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong hands it could destroy people’s minds. When a prototype is… Continue Reading

Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds

Writer-director Cory Finley‘s tight (and tart) debut feature is a deliciously wicked tale of female friendship gone thrillingly awry – think HEATHERS meets AMERICAN PSYCHO, by way of Whit Stillman. THOROUGHBREDS benefits greatly from strong performances by its stellar young cast – including Anya Taylor-Joy (THE WITCH, SPLIT), Olivia Cooke (READY PLAYER ONE, ME AND… Continue Reading

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman took home a well-deserved Oscar for his career-high performance in the role of a lifetime, as Winston Churchill, in director Joe Wright‘s (ATONEMENT, PRIDE & PREJUDICE) DARKEST HOUR (which was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, including Best picture). This thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World… Continue Reading