3rd annual Halloween special film screening & live score: 1962 “Carnival of Souls” with music by Light Upon Blight Ensemble Sat., Oct. 28

Avant-garde rock group Light Upon Blight Ensemble returns for their third annual Halloween special on Saturday, Oct. 28, this time improvising a live score to Herk Harvey’s 1962 horror classic “Carnival of Souls.” The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover. Costumes and other Halloween trick or treatery are encouraged and welcomed.

From the Criterion Collection Web site on a page that features video of director Herk Harvey discussing the film:

Fifty-four years ago, director Herk Harvey made his atmospheric horror film Carnival of Souls, and in the time since, it has become not only a beloved cult classic but a landmark of American independent cinema. Made independently from the Centron Corporation, a company in Lawrence, Kansas, where Harvey had made several industrial and educational films, this low-budget feature was shot primarily at an abandoned amusement park on the shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Initially released in drive-in theaters in 1962, Carnival opened to a limited audience as part of a double feature, but it left an indelible mark on those who did see it, like director George A. Romero. It wasn’t until 1989 that the film finally had a proper revival and was given a theatrical release in New York, establishing it as one of the most influential horror films of its time.

Much like volcanic eruptions, Light Upon Blight performances are uncompromising acts of spontaneous destruction and creation. Purging and destroying the old while simultaneously laying new, fertile ground. No two Light Upon Blight performances are ever the same, just as nature intended. Sounds like: Free Jazz with a noise aesthetic or an exorcism.

The Light Upon Blight Ensemble is the jazzier & groovier off-shoot of the Psych/Free Improv/Doom/Noise project Light Upon Blight. For this show, Light Upon Blight Ensemble features Jeff Cedrone (guitar, analog synth), Bob Gorry (guitar), Tom Hogan (drums), Pete Riccio (drums), Pete Brunelli (bass), and BVFCC’s own Richard Brown (alto sax).

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Oct. 25. NEW ORLEANS-STYLE FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

New releases 7/12/16

Top Hits
Green_RoomGreen Room (thriller/drama, Anton Yelchin. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 79. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “In the opening scene of ‘Green Room,’ the members of the Ain’t Rights, a punk band from the East Coast, wake up in a cornfield somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. The driver fell asleep at the wheel, the van is out of gas, and the hassles escalate after that. A promised gig falls through, a podcast interview becomes a little awkward, and the group’s corporate assets, not counting the van and the gear inside it, add up to around $25 and a few takeout containers of rice and beans. Things will only get worse. There will be guns, machetes, dogs trained to gobble human flesh, and a forest full of scary homegrown fascists.” Read more…)

Miracles from Heaven (family/faith drama, Jennifer Garner. Rotten Tomatoes: 44%. Metacritic: 44. From Ken Jaworski’s New York Times review: “Until it delivers an eye-rolling scene near the end, ‘Miracles From Heaven’ is an unexpectedly effective tear-jerker. More surprising still, that late diversion doesn’t negate much of the movie’s early sincerity.”  Read more…)

I Saw the Light (Hank Williams biopic, Tom Hiddleston. Rotten Tomatoes: 21%. Metacritic: 47. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “‘I Saw the Light’ is the latest movie to try to capture that certain ineluctable something about Williams [1923-1953], the poor Alabama boy turned country-music star who died at 29 and inspired later legends like Bob Dylan. Other big-screen disinterments have tried to do right by Williams, including ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart,’ a 1964 biopic starring George Hamilton, whose singing was dubbed by the teenage Hank Jr. The writer-director of ‘I Saw the Light,’ Marc Abraham, sticks closer to the facts than previous treatments, but perhaps because he’s farther from Williams’s moment, he turns the story into an old-fashioned, hand-tinted postcard that’s as inert as it is pretty.” Read more…)

Everybody Wants Some!! (drama/comedy, Will Brittain. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘Everybody Wants Some!!!’ is many things — a baseball caper, a sex farce, a campus romance, a campus bromance — but the film’s real claim to distinction may be that it’s the least suspenseful ticking-clock movie ever. We start out counting down the days and hours over the last long weekend before the beginning of the fall semester at a Texas college, and at the end of the movie [spoiler alert? are you kidding me?] it’s time for class.” Read more…)

The Dresser (drama, Anthony Hopkins. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 84. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times TV review: “As you watch the new version of ‘The Dresser,’ a durable 20th-century work, a thought born of 21st-century television trends might go through your mind: ‘This would make a dandy TV series.’ Ronald Harwood wrote ‘The Dresser’ as a play in 1980, it made Broadway in 1981, and in 1983 it was adapted into a well-regarded film. It’s a vehicle for two graying actors that gives both a chance for tour-de-force performances, and in the new television version Monday on Starz, a couple of esteemed veterans, Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, get about as much out of the tale as there is to get. Yet against some other recent television offerings — ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Call the Midwife,’ ‘Manhattan,’ ‘Mad Men’ — ‘The Dresser’ today feels like an opportunity that needs fleshing out.” Read more…)

Model Hunger (horror, Lynn Lowry)

New Foreign
Mountains_May_DepartMountains May Depart (China, drama, Zhao Tao. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 79. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “Three times in ‘Mountains May Depart,’ the latest from the transformative Chinese director Jia Zhangke, people stand near a river that weaves through the landscape like a snake. In the first instance, three friends light fireworks that send out modest sparks. In the second, only two return to the river, where they ignite a bundle of dynamite. By the third trip, only one of the original three remains, everyone’s life having changed as profoundly as China, a cataclysm that’s expressed by a series of rapid explosions in the river, suggesting a drowning world.” Read more…)

The Dark Horse (New Zealand, drama, Cliff Curtis. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “‘The Dark Horse’ rides on the impassioned performance of Cliff Curtis, the Maori actor who plays Genesis (a.k.a. Gen) Potini, a New Zealand chessmaster with bipolar disorder. With a partially shaved head and many extra pounds, Mr. Curtis is barely recognizable from his roles in ‘Whale Rider’ and ‘Once Were Warriors.’ The film, directed and written by James Napier Robertson, is inspired by Jim Marbrook’s 2003 documentary, ‘Dark Horse,’ which focused on Mr. Potini, a speed-chess player who died in 2011.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Carnival of Souls (1962, Criterion edition cult classic, Candace Hilligoss. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%.)

New British
The Dresser (drama, Anthony Hopkins)

New: Halloween film screenings at Best Video Sat., Oct. 26, and Halloween night

Plan_9_DVDBest Video Performance Space presents a special pre-Halloween double feature of campy classic horror on Saturday, Oct. 26. The first movie is at 7 PM and the second at 8:30 PM. Free popcorn and $1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbons from the Best Video/Coffee Wine Bar. The $5 admission gets you into both movies.

Experience these cult classics on Best Video’s big 120″ projection screen.

7 PM: “PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE” (dir. Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1959) Grave-robbers from outer space! See the film widely hailed as the “Worst Movie Ever Made!” Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson, Vampira, The Amazing Criswell and Bela Lugosi!

8:30 PM: “TROLL 2” (dir. Claudio Fragasso, 1990) Trolls are loose… no, wait, make that goblins are loose in the sleepy little town of Nilbog! Unfortunately for young Joshua Waits his family has just arrived there for a vacation: will they survive? Luckily, however, the ghost of dear, old grand-dad swings by to help… A perennial frontrunner in the “Worst Movie Ever Made” sweepstakes! Must be seen to be believed! Starring: Michael Stephenson, Margo Prey

Night_of_the_Living_Dead_DVDCan’t get enough Halloween movie madness? Best Video Performance Space presents a special Halloween double feature of classic horror on Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31. Free popcorn and $1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbons from the Best Video/Coffee Wine Bar. the $5 admission gets you into both movies.

7 PM: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” (dir. Herk Harvey, 1962). Mary Henry miraculously survives a horrific car-wreck but when she takes a job as church organist in another town she keeps seeing strange visions… or could they be actual manifestations of the living dead?! A creepy, low-budget chiller! Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger

8:30 PM: “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” (dir. George A. Romero, 1968) A number of strangers hole up one evening in an abandoned farmhouse as the countryside is overrun by wave after wave of flesh-eating zombies! The original experience in white-knuckled terror! Starring: Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea