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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< February 20 - 21, 2010 >>>

Merchant of Nightmares: A Tribute to Wes Craven


This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Director Wes Craven is blessed with the instincts of a carnival showman: He possesses an unerring sense of what scares people. Audiences will have the opportunity to be chilled by a sample of Craven’s work from the past four decades – from his harrowing 1972 directorial debut LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, to the wickedly frightening and uncanny THE HILLS HAVE EYES, to the renter’s claustrophobic nightmare THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS.

Not only does Craven -a humanities professor turned filmmaker -have the innate ability to tell a ripping good yarn, he’s also on intimate terms with the myriad sources of our primal fears. Whether it’s a world reverting to barbaric savagery, a long-buried evil assuming supernatural form, or the average individual’s sense of powerlessness in a cruel universe, Craven is the storyteller for the job.

We are thrilled to welcome director Wes Craven to the Aero Theatre!



Saturday, February 20 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE HILLS HAVE EYES, 1977, 89 min. Dir. Wes Craven. A family is stranded in the California desert and is forced into battle against their doppelganger, a "nuclear" family made up of outcast mutants! Ingenious, scary and thrilling, with a cast of largely unknown performers that makes the premise all the more disturbingly plausible.

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LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, 1972, MGM Repertory, 83 min. Wes Craven’s directorial debut is an audacious, grueling and all-too-believable grindhouse remake of Ingmar Bergman’s VIRGIN SPRING. A pack of degenerate psycho killers led by the deliciously slimy David Hess unknowingly find a night’s lodging with one of their teen victims’ families, to their ultimately gory woe. Director Wes Craven will not appear for discussion as was previously announced.

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Sunday, February 21 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, 1991, Universal, 102 min. Dir. Wes Craven. Claustrophobic terror and a savage satire of Reaganomics drive this tale of a teenager who tries to keep his family from being evicted but ends up trapped in the home of his psychotic landlords.

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THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, 1988, Universal, 98 min. Dir. Wes Craven. Dedicated anthropologist Bill Pullman is on the track of an elusive toxin used by voodoo priests to simulate death and feign zombie resurrection. He meets beautiful Cathy Tyson (MONA LISA) and devilish Zakes Mokae, invaluable guides to both a tropical paradise and an exotic hell of supernatural evil seldom glimpsed by North American eyes. Mick Garris will lead a discussion in between films with director Wes Craven.

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