This Summer we bring you a fun-filled season of cult films that aren’t so easily pigeon-holed into one genre or another. Mixed Nuts Season showcases a selection of films that draw on many influences and utilise multiple styles to create fresh takes on old ideas and provide their fair share of WTF moments. It’s gonna be great! And weird!
We start things with a film fast becoming a modern cult favourite, What We Do in the Shadows (2014) is a New Zealand comedic Vampire mockumentary about a group of flatsharing bloodsuckers whose living situation is thrown into hilarious chaos when a new addition goes out of his way to disrupt the status quo.
Starring Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark), What We Do in the Shadows is a tongue-in-cheek passion piece and a fresh take on both vampire folklore and an exhausted film style.
There aren’t many film genres that Takashi Miike hasn’t tackled. 13 Assassins is a mix of Japanese history and Hollywood Western à la Seven Samurai. Audition is a film of two halves; romantic-comedy and torture-porn. The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) though is a grand melting pot of imagination. Described as ‘The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead‘, it is a zombie comedy family horror musical with claymation pixies and a volcano.
When a family buy an inn on a mountain, life couldn’t be better… until all their customers start dying. Surreal hilarity ensues and blood-curdling terror isn’t far behind.
Our third and final entry in this season is the cult classic Westworld (1973). Written and directed by Michael ‘Jurassic Park‘ Crichton, this too is a film about a theme park offering hyper-reality as vacation. For $1,000 a day, customers can live and breathe Ancient Rome, Medieval Britain or the Wild Wild West. Dinosaurs are swapped out for robots that look near-indistinguishable from humans and the experience is all the more ‘real’ for it. But, as the inhabitants of Isla Nublar, it isn’t long before things go wrong.
Wickedly funny and highly influential on subsequent movies, Westworld is a blend of Western and Sci-Fi, satire and tension, topped off by Yul Brynner’s Gunslinger, one of cinemas most unnerving villians. As well as capping off our Mixed Nuts Season, Westworld will also be screened as part of this year’s nationwide Scalarama celebration of cult and classic cinema.
As with each film season we program, Mixed Nuts Season offers a much visual variety and diverse substance but has a comon thread running throughout, in this case ‘fun’. A peculiar kind of fun, but fun nonetheless, and it all kicks off on July 16 at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills. Tickets are available now from our online ticket office and Eventbrite.
Get ready to go Nuts!