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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cinepocalypse ’17: Curtain-Raiser

Where can you experience the terrors of vintage 1980s video games from Hell, subterranean warfare during WWI, and dirt-biking in the mountains of Brazil? This year’s Cinepocalypse, which will screen at least three of the year’s most distinctive genre releases, Graham Skipper’s Sequence Break, Leo Scherman’s Trench 11, and Vicente Amorim’s Motorrad. Plus, you will also find Mickey Keating’s nightmarish rebound film, Psychopaths.

But wait, there’s more. Mr. Eric Roberts and his super-human work ethic will make two special appearances at the festival, including a screening of Larry Cohen’s The Ambulance and a live recording of the podcast Eric Roberts is the Fucking Man. In the time it’s taken you to read this far, he’s already made another three movies, so show some respect.

We’re looking forward to covering the festival. We’re particularly psyched to have a chance to catch up with Andy Collier & Toor Mian’s Charismata (with Collier scheduled to attend), Lukas Feigelfeld’s Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, Jimmy Henderson’s Jailbreak, Adolfo Kolmerer & William James’ Snowflake (with the filmmakers scheduled to attend), and Seth A. Smith The Crescent, so keep an eye out for that coverage.


This year’s Cinepocalypse runs from Thursday to Thursday (11/2-11/9) at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Check out their website here for films descriptions and schedules.

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