42nd street forever night | Offscreen
In the 60's and 70's, New York's Times Square was one of the most notorious entertainment districts in America. Its main artery was on 42nd Street: behind an uninterrupted strip of flickering neon signs you could find numerous cinemas, sex shops, gun stores, strip bars and tourist traps. Grindhouses like the Cameo, Lyric, Empire, Rialto and Apollo showed the wildest and most extreme films: blaxploitation, sexploitation, eurotrash, kung fu, nudie cuties, horror, mondo and biker films. A true nirvana for B-to-Z film lovers, but a visit was not without danger for life or limb. Society's outcasts and misfits found their natural habitat in the seedy district, as “the other” was not only found on the screen but also present inside the cinemas, crawling with junkies, prostitutes, criminals and petty thieves.
With “42nd Street Forever Night”, Offscreen wants to recreate an authentic grindhouse experience at Cinema Nova with hard seats, sticky floors and vintage 35mm oddities.
Charles Manson meets “Night of the Living Dead” when rabid, drug-infested hippies go on a blood-crazed killer spree in this wildly demented and unrelentingly violent shock film. One of the first films to be rated X for violence and a true grindhouse classic – shown in its rare uncensored version!
Full-on exploitation mayhem made by the legendary Doris Wishman (“Deadly Weapons”, “Blaze Starr goes Nudist”) under the pretense of a serious documentary on transsexuality and sex change operations. One of the most jaw-dropping and unclassifiable films ever to ooze forth from the 70's grindhouse.
A business man stumbles upon a string of erotic encounters in a seedy, dilapidated building in New York. The color-coded rooms read as a variation of the circles of hell. Is he trapped in Purgatory or the victim of a real plot? A decidedly Lynchian blue movie from notorious cult director Roger Watkins.