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Genre: Fantasy

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 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

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

From Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, and PONYO, and director of WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARIETTY – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers with JFL Film Fest present: Twilight

The Gentlemen Hecklers with JFL Film Fest present: Twilight

Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival presents: The Gentlemen Hecklers at The Rio Theatre Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Doors 9pm/ Show 9:30pm.  Tickets $12/ $14 at the door Tickets are on-sale now by clicking HERE!  +19 only for admission. No Passes or Groupons accepted for this show, sorry.  _ Come see folks who wrote jokes… Continue Reading

Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

WINGS OF DESIRE is Wim Wenders’ artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants to become a mortal human thus giving up his heavenly life. Filmed… Continue Reading

Groundhog Day – 25th Anniversary Screening!

Groundhog Day – 25th Anniversary Screening!

“I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” Is there anything else we’d be playing as a Friday Late Night Movie on Groundhog Day (February 2) than… a 25th Anniversary Screening of, uh, GROUNDHOG DAY?!? Of course not! Bill Murray,… Continue Reading

It

It

Based on Stephen King‘s hugely popular novel IT – which has been terrifying readers for decades – director Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation became one of 2017’s breakout hits, and makes for perfect Friday Late Night Movie viewing on January 12 (if you dare…). When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group… Continue Reading

Shrek

Shrek

I bet you have never seen a donkey fly! Sometime since the release of this lovable animated satire in 2001 and now, SHREK has morphed into something of a cult-classic, a generational touchstone that make is perfect for a Friday Late Night Movie screening (with friends!) at the Rio Theatre on November 24. Minors welcome… Continue Reading

The Rio Grind Film Festival: Tigers Are Not Afraid

The Rio Grind Film Festival: Tigers Are Not Afraid

Mexican writer-director Issa López is an emerging talent on the international genre film circuit, drawing both critical (Best Horror Director, Fantastic Fest and Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screamfest) and audience (Audience Award Best Feature, DEDfest) accolades thanks to her remarkable third feature, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID – a dark, fantasy-fueled fairy tale about a gang… Continue Reading

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November…” In 2006, Alan Moore‘s cult-classic and politically-minded, subversive graphic novel ‘V for Vendetta’ hit the big screen with an electrifying script courtesy of THE MATRIX‘s Lana and Lilly Wachowski and a memorable turn from a freshly-shorn Natalie Portman. It goes without saying that director James McTeigue’s highly-stylized, dystopian sci-fi thriller… Continue Reading