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SERPENT SEA: SPACE HORROR

August at the Trylon

The terrors of outer space can be deep and unrelenting, reminding us that we are weak creatures who inhabit a small, fragile, barely significant outpost on the fringes of an enormous universe. Enter an alien species bent on our destruction…. We’re done for!

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Starts Fri, August 2

ALIEN

(1979, DCP, 116m) dir Ridley Scott w/Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton. When a space freighter helmed by Sgt. Ellen Ripley (Weaver) fields a distress call on a desolate moon, a malevolent lifeform attaches itself to one of the crewmates. Scott’s meticulously paced and brilliantly designed horror flick gave life to one of the movies’ strongest female protagonists. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:30

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Starts Sun, August 4

ALIENS

(1986, DCP, 137m) dir James Cameron w/Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn. Ripley (Weaver) is rescued from a 57-year hypersleep, only to return to the same moon she escaped from. Tough luck for those alien bastards. Cameron spun the space horror of Alien into an action franchise, cementing Ripley as a cinematic icon. SUN 8:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:30  

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Starts Fri, August 9

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

(1965, DCP, 86m) dir Mario Bava w/Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda. After a team of astronauts lands on the planet Aura, they begin violently and inexplicably attacking one another. This frighteningly atmospheric art film influenced Alien and every space-horror movie that followed it. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00

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Starts Fri, August 9

FORBIDDEN WORLD

(1982, DCP, 77m) dir Allan Holzman w/Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick. This Roger Corman-produced horror “cheapy” is an obvious Alien ripoff that revels in its gratuitous gore and nudity. Rarely screened yet highly watchable, it boasts Susan Justin’s excellent new-wave synth score. FRI/SAT 9:00 SUN 5:00

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Starts Sun, August 11

LIFEFORCE

(1985, 35mm, 116m) dir Tobe Hooper w/Mathilda May, Steve Railsback, Peter Firth. When a space shuttle is sent to investigate Halley’s comet, its crew rescues three humanoid creatures from an alien craft. The creatures escape to Earth, spawning a horde of zombies. The superior European cut of this film is presented on a rare 35mm print. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:30

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Starts Fri, August 16

IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE

(1958, 35mm, 69m) dir Edward L. Cahn w/Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding. When an expedition to Mars ends in catastrophe, a rescue crew is sent up. They find one survivor, who claims that his team was wiped out by an unknown life-form—now stowed away for the trip back to Earth! This standout B picture is a favorite of Alien screenwriter Dan O’Bannon and director John Carpenter. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00

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Starts Fri, August 16

EVENT HORIZON

(1997, DCP, 96m) dir Paul W. S. Anderson w/Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan. When the spaceship Event Horizon returns after having disappeared on its maiden voyage seven years earlier, the investigation team finds that the vessel has traveled somewhere evil. FRI/SAT 8:30 SUN 4:30

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Starts Sun, August 18

THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT

(1955, 35mm, 82m) dir Val Guest w/Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean. In this beloved sci-fi classic, a rocket ship comes crashing back to Earth. Only one astronaut remains alive, and he’s violently ill. Professor Bernard Quatermass (Donlevy) must race to find a solution to the creeping unknown! SUN 6:30 MON/TUES 7:00 8:45

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Starts Fri, August 23

FANTASTIC PLANET

(1973, 35mm, 72m, French w/ English subtitles) dir René Laloux w/Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Valmont. On the planet Ygam, blue giants dominate humanoid slaves called Oms, until the Oms discover a way to revolt. A rare 35mm screening of this cult favorite. FRI/SAT 7:00 8:45 SUN 3:00 4:45

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Starts Sun, August 25

THE GREEN SLIME

(1968, DCP, 90m) dir Kinji Fukasaku w/Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel. When an asteroid threatens Earth, a group of astronauts head out to destroy it and accidentally bring a green substance into the spacecraft with them. A joint Warner Bros.-Toho production, Green Slime is a Godzilla-like mashup of rubber suits and great fun. SUN 6:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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