The Grindhouse Film Festival screens 35mm prints from the exploitation heyday of the 1970’s and early 80’s. Genres covered include horror, crime, blaxploitation, sexploitation, hicksploitation, revenge films, biker films and more. Vintage 35mm trailers play before each film. In addition to being a cinematic study, this series is also a sociological study of the time period these movies came out of. Some of the movies are offensive, some are sexist, some are excessively violent. It’s the responsibility of the series to show these films, even if some of them are extremely controversial. Dan Halsted, the Hollywood’s Head Programmer, is the organizer and founder of the Grindhouse Film Festival. He is passionate about the caliber of the films in this series and believes they are an important part of cinema history that deserve to be seen on the big screen in their original format, 35mm film.
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SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980) The story of Lone Wolf and
Cub! Tomisaburo Wakayama stars as Lone Wolf, “the greatest samurai in
the empire”. When he is betrayed and his wife murdered by the shogun’s
ninjas, he takes his young son on "the road to hell" and seeks out blood
soaked vengeance. Roaming the countryside, they face off with countless
ninjas and assassins, and are ultimately led to a confrontation with
the Masters of Death, three of the fiercest killers in the history of
cinema. As the tagline states: "Meet the greatest team in the history of
Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass.