LAist Film Calendar 10/27-10/31: Horrific Inclinations at Cinefamily, 'My Reincarnation' at Laemmle's

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PHANTASM II courtesy Universal Pictures

What happens when your birthday falls on Halloween weekend? If you're the Cinefamily, you go all-out & enjoy the hell out of it!

This year's celebration starts Thursday with a ballsy opener of the first two Phantasm films! Perhaps the weirdest franchise in horror history, Phantasm follows a boy & heavily armed ice cream man's attempts to fend off a mysterious mortician known only as "The Tall Man". His mausoleum (doubling as the gateway to another dimension) is fraught with terrifying traps, including a cloaked dwarf army & soaring spiked spheres. And that's not even the crazy part! Writer/director Don Coscarelli will appear for a Q&A and, if schedules allow, Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man) & other cast members will join him.

Friday, the freaky fun starts with the return of Cinefamily's 100 Most Outrageous Kills. It's exactly what it sounds like. Bring your own barf bag! Then bring another for an all-new HD restoration of The House By The Cemetery. Written & directed by Italian gore-teur Lucio Fulci, the story stalks a family as they discover the previous resident of their new home was a mad doctor who tortured & murdered a century ago...and may still live. The program plays as part of the "Up From The Depths: Rare Horror From Beyond the Limits of Human Sanity" series.

Saturday, the Cinefamily flaunts its fourth birthday with film & funk during the Disco Dracula Dance Party! On the film side, the family unearths Nocturna as their undead headliner. Projected "in glorious VHS", the flick is very 70s, from its velvet vampires & literally cartoonish transformation scenes to its biting satire on New York's contaminated blood supply. On the funk side, the costume ball fundraiser features dublab DJ sets & live performances from synth starlets Violet Tremors & guy-girl AM throwback The Singles performing a "one-night-only zombie ABBA" set. Check for your reflection in the photo booth, or take a creative sanity break with arts & crafts (no garlic necklaces please!). Hungry? Don't gnaw on your neighbor! Refuel at the Komodo Truck or freshen up at the Guinness open bar!

If you make it to sunrise, "Up From The Depths" concludes Sunday, bloody Sunday, with hair metal monster-piece Shock 'Em Dead. Co-presented by Everything Is Terrible!, the film takes a familiar story - dweeb dabbles in demons for mad rock skills - and cranks it to 11 with super shredder Michael Angelo Batio & his trademark double-guitar. Traci Lords co-stars as the object of all affections. As of this writing, it's unknown whether she'll appear at Cinefamily as part of the cast & crew reunion, but Batio will definitely be there for a live set that will blow you away!

We take a complete 180 from the depths of hell toward the heights of enlightenment with the documentary My Reincarnation. It's a common conflict in immigrant families: an old world father wants to uphold cultural heritage, while his new world son wants little to do with it. My Reincarnation adds a unique spiritual layer to this story: the father, Tibetan Buddhist Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, is a Rinpoche, a celebrated teacher who travels the world and expects his family to fit neatly alongside his followers. His Italian-born son, Yeshi, feels particularly left behind. When he learns he's the reincarnation of another Rinpoche, he decides, to his father's chagrin, to devote his life to other pursuits.

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MY REINCARNATION courtesy Long Shot Factory. Photo Credit: Luigi Ottaviani.

Shot over 20 years, My Reincarnation ponders a simple question: does our family ultimately drive our decisions, or can it be fate? The backdrop of Tibetan spiritual leadership transforms a familiar struggle into something truly fascinating. Those familiar with the faith will flock to the unprecedented access into the private life of a Rinpoche, including his teachings, seminars & meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The footage was all personally recorded by the film's producer & director, Jennifer Fox, which lends a welcome consistency & completeness to the story. Even as the story spans decades, it feels as though it unfolds in real time, before our eyes. As a non-believer, it's strangely reassuring to see that the regional wise men popularly portrayed as literally "above it all" encounter the same difficulties in their day-to-day lives that we do. My Reincarnation opens at Laemmle's Santa Monica, with Jennifer Fox appearing for Q&A's after the Sunday & Monday evening shows.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
13 (2010) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Anonymous (2011) (The Landmark)
Dam999 (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Glitch in the Grid (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Hipsters (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
Hollywood Black Film Festival (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Inni (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Like Crazy (2011) (The Landmark)
Margin Call (2011) (Lammle's BLVD) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
My Reincarnation (2010) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Oka! (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Oranges and Sunshine (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Ra One (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Take Shelter (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Way (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)

Thursday 10/27
Accattone (1961) (LACMA) (Film Independent at LACMA)
Coffin (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) / Bend of the River (1952) (w/ actress Julie Adams) (Egyptian Theatre)
Ghost Story (1981) (w/ make-up artist Dick Smith) (New Beverly Cinema)
L.A. Air 2: Rick Bahto (Echo Park Film Center)
Medea (1973) / I & I: An African Allegory (1979) / Child of Resistance (1972) (w/ filmmaker Ben Caldwell) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)
Phantasm (1979) / Phantasm II (1988) (w/ special guests) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Friday Night Frights Presents Franchise Thursdays)
Please Teach Me English (2003) (Korean Cultural Center)
The Poll Diaries (2010) / Jasmin (2011) (Aero Theatre) (German Currents: 2011)
Saint (2010) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Friday 10/28
The 100 Most Outrageous Kills / The House By the Cemetary (1981) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Up From the Depths: Rare Horror)
The Burning (1981) / Friday the 13th (1980) (New Beverly Cinema)
Coffin (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Day I Was Not Born (2010) / Westwind (2011) (w/ producer Fabian Maubach & director Robert Thalheim) (Aero Theatre) (German Currents: 2011)
Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009) (w/ special guests) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
The Haunted House (1921) / Haunted Spooks (1920) (free event) (Echo Park Film Center) (Filmmobile Screening)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Lost Boys (1987) (Egyptian Theatre)
Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Live Shadowcast Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
The Room (2003) (midnight show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Shaun of the Dead (2004) (Long Beach Cinematheque) (Downtown Drive-In)
Tape 407 (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Welcome Home, Brother Charles (1975) (w/ filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema)

Saturday 10/29
6th Annual Dusk to Dawn Horrorthon (w/ snacks & surprises) (Aero Theatre)
Bitter Rice (1949) / Without Pity (1947) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neo-Realism)
The Burning (1981) / Friday the 13th (1980) (New Beverly Cinema)
Channel 101 (Downtown Independent)
Cinefamily's Disco Dracula Halloween Dance Party & Fundraiser (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Films By Paul Climpson (Echo Park Film Center)
Frogs (1972) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Le Havre (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
If Not Us, Who? (2011) / Stopped on Track (2011) (w/ director Andres Veiel) (Egyptian Theatre) (German Currents: 2011)
The Man Nobody Knew (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
My Afternoons With Margueritte (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Live Shadowcast Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
Senna (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Sleepy Hollow (1999) (The Bay Theatre)

Sunday 10/30
Distributing the Avant-Garde: The CFS Collection (Egyptian Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Le Havre (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Island of Lost Souls (1932) / Them! (1954) (w/ Joe Dante at 7:30pm show) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Look (2011) (w/ director Angelina Maccarone) (Aero Theatre) (German Currents: 2011)
The Man Nobody Knew (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Mulholland Dr. (2001) (Egyptian Theatre)
Munster, Go Home! (1966) (free event) (Hammer Museum) (Family Flicks)
My Afternoons With Margueritte (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
My Reincarnation (2010) (w/ filmmaker Jennifer Fox at the 5:20pm & 7:40pm shows) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Paisan (1945) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neo-Realism)
Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Price-a-thon 100! (free event) (LACMA)
Senna (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Shock 'Em Dead (1991) (w/ cast & crew) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Up From the Depths: Rare Horror)
Sleeping Sickness (2011) / Lollipop Monster (2011) (w/ director Ziska Riemann) (Aero Theatre) (German Currents: 2011)
Sleepy Hollow (1999) (The Bay Theatre)
Tape 407 (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Winter's Daughter (2010) / Gruffalo (2009) (Goethe-Institut) (Kinder Kino)

Monday 10/31
Island of Lost Souls (1932) / Them! (1954) (w/ Joe Dante at 7:30pm show) (New Beverly Cinema)
My Reincarnation (2010) (w/ filmmaker Jennifer Fox at the 5:20pm & 7:40pm shows) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Tingler (1959) (presented in Percepto) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)