"Grrrindhahs!!!" (or more the commonly spelled Grindhouse) is a term that refers to movies that played theaters on New York's 42nd street in the heyday of the 1970s. These art houses would play independently produced flicks, unrated and often stuffed with lurid themes shown with an in-your-face style, grinded out all day long to packed houses of entertained fans.
And when a certain type of film would catch on and become a hit, copycats were sure to follow. Giving birth to the Exploitation genre. Martial Arts cinema, Women in Prison films, Blaxploitation pictures, Spaghetti Westerns, Slasher flicks, Italian crime films and Biker movies. All of these fitting under that banner.
Well, come Saturday, February 23rd, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Pa. is having an all day event to honor some of these forgotten classics featuring yesterday's stars, like Kung Fu great Sonny Chiba, Nazi temptress Dyanne Thorne or the original Django, Franco Nero. 9 action-packed films (over 13 hours of viewing) playing from 11 a.m. until Midnight!
Passes for all day are only $15 (that includes a free poster while supplies last) or each film costs only $5 individually. Vendors selling movie memorabilia will also be in attendance with concessions, such as popcorn and soft drinks available. Proceeds for this celebration go to the Hollywood theater's campaign of go digital or go dark. Click here for more information or to make a personal donation.
Movies tentatively scheduled:
11:30 a.m. - Savage! (1973, Philippines)
1 p.m. - Angels from Hell (1968, USA)
2:30 p.m. - Wolf-Devil Woman (1982, Taiwan)
4:15 p.m. - The Killing Machine (1976, Japan)
5:45 p.m. - Weapons of Death (1977, Italy)
7:15 p.m. - Massacre Time (1966, Italy)
9 p.m. - Pieces (1982, Spain)
10:30 p.m. - The Big Bust Out (1972, Italy/West Germany)
11:45 p.m. - Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia (1977, Canada)