Oh, the horror! If our Grindhouse flick every Friday at midnight isn’t enough to send you running for cover, get ready for a triple threat of thrills and exploitation every Thursday in June. Kicking off at 9pm ET, it’s back to back to back thrill and chill featuring classic horror films like “Eaten Alive” (featuring a young Robert Englund, pre-Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series), Joe Dante’s “The Howling”, John Carpenter’s “The Fog” (which literally petrified me into thinking creatures would appear whenever the weather called for non-visible conditions after seeing it as a kid,), “Return of the Living Dead” and a slew of others that’ll leave you screaming for more.
This June, IFC is also celebrating gay pride month with fabulously queer cinema every Friday night in “Out at the Movies.” Boldly going where mainstream films won’t, these indies don’t hold back when it comes to same-sex love. Don’t miss this chance to catch Christina Ricci trying to steal her brother’s boyfriend in “The Opposite of Sex,” a teen dealing with his crush on a male classmate in “Wild Tigers I Have Known” and a pair of boarding school girls secretly getting frisky (while a young Mischa Barton observes from afar) in “Lost and Delirious.” Tune in for a double dose of girl-on-girl and guy-on-guy relations all month long.
And of course, June is also the month IFC premieres our original doc “Heavy Load,” which follows four members of the UK band Heavy Load over the course of a year. Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell captures the struggle of these musicians, some with mental handicaps, as they try to fulfill their dreams of becoming successful rockers. “Heavy Load” premiered at the 2008 SxSW Film Festival, and has its first gig on IFC Monday, June 23rd at 9pm ET/10pm PT.
PREMIERING IN JUNE:
- “Made” The much-anticipated Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau reunion after their indie darling “Swingers,” “Made” takes the duo on a comedic journey into organized crime. The famous phrase “You’re so money!” from their original teaming takes on new meaning in the follow-up. Saturday, June 7th at 9pm ET.
- “Body of Evidence” The one “body” of film work Madonna actually did a decent job with, this film is pure erotica as she plays a woman engaging in a dirty affair with the lawyer hired to defend her. Monday, June 9th at 9pm ET.
- “Stay” Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Lars and the Real Girl”) is in it. ‘Nuff said. Thursday, June 12 at 8:50am ET.
- “Mistress” While some still deny the casting couch ever existed, this one argues otherwise. A screenwriter shopping his script around to potential financiers runs into the same obstacle with them all: each wants his own mistress to star in the film. Danny Aiello and Robert DeNiro are just a few of the noteworthy performances. Friday, June 20 at 6pm ET.
- “Scanners” Eccentric director David Cronenberg takes psychosis to an extreme in this film about a man with superior mental powers on the hunt to find others just like him. Thursday, June 26 at 10:35pm ET.