Shockarama Theater Volume 1

Crypticon Conventions presents two gruesome horror films that form a gory, gleeful double feature on New Year's Day. Both explore the theme of killing people in order to use their body parts to regenerate life. In House by the Cemetery, a decrepit home hides a bloody secret in its basement that young Bob and his family find out about firsthand (oh, that Dr. Freudstein). An Italian film directed by Lucio Fulci in 1981, the flick was even considered a "video nasty" in the United Kingdom. But not to worry—this is the uncut version. Second on the bill is Grindhouse Releasing's Pieces, with the tagline, "You don't have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre." It's a fairly straightforward gross-out fest about a serial killer obsessed with creating a jigsaw puzzle from human parts. It boasts a couple of American television actors, employs Valencia, Spain, for its Boston setting, and features a testicle-ripping scene—which may be why director Eli Roth is such a big fan. This double bill is a must-see for fans of '80s sleaze horror.
Sat., Jan. 1, 9 p.m., 2011

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