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The Music Box hosts the Grindhouse Film Festival June 3-5!
Friday, May 27th, 2016

Hey Horror Fans,

Next weekend, climb aboard the exploitation starship as we travel to the outer reaches of cinematic insanity with the Grindhouse Film Festival! Dan Halsted, the “Indiana Jones of film archivists” visits the Music Box for 3 nights of 35MM madness, presenting the best & rarest oddities from the ’70s & ’80s.

On Friday night, Dan will show off his favorite Grindhouse Trailers, with Italian horror, blaxploitation, sexploitation, hicksploitation, revenge films, kung fu obscurities and so much more. On Saturday night, it’s an Old School Kung Fu Double Feature, with the only known 35mm prints of The Mystery of Chess Boxing & Shaolin vs Wu Tang. The festival wraps up on Sunday evening with an Exploitation Double Feature, with the gore-riffic The Gates of Hell & a Secret Screening that will knock your socks off.

Double Features are only $12 ($9 for Music Box Members). That’s two movies you’ll likely never get to see on the big screen again for one low price! Dan’s presentations have sold out theaters all over the country, so don’t wait, get your tickets today!

Friday, May 27th – Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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Grindhouse Film Festival

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 June 2016


Presented by Dan Halsted

All films presented in 35MM!

Climb aboard the exploitation starship as we travel to the outer reaches of cinematic insanity! In the 1970’s and 80’s, distributors trying to creatively sell strange movies in over-saturated markets unwittingly created some of the most mind-blowing pieces of cinema to ever rip through a film projector. Buckle up for the insanity!

Old School Kung Fu Double Feature – The Mystery of Chess Boxing & Shaolin vs Wu Tang
Exploitation Double Feature – The Gates of Hell & a Secret Screening

Dan Halsted is the head film programmer at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR. He’s also the founder of the theater’s monthly “Grindhouse Film Festival” and “Kung Fu Theater” series’. He’s an avid film collector, with a passion for Hong Kong cinema, and in 2009, he unearthed a massive collection of extremely rare 35mm kung fu films. For his unorthodox film preservation efforts, he was dubbed “The Indiana Jones of film archivists” by the Willamette Week newspaper.


Fri, Jun 3   Grindhouse Trailers   10:00pm
Sat, Jun 4   The Mystery of Chess Boxing   7:00pm
  Shaolin vs Wu Tang   9:00pm
Sun, Jun 5   The Gates of Hell   5:00pm
  Secret Screening   7:00pm

Grindhouse Trailers


This is a 70 minute lineup of some of the best of Grindhouse trailers, presented on rare 35mm. All the wildest scenes, strangest taglines, and oddball promotional gimmicks packed into two-minute cinematic roller coaster rides. We’ll see Italian horror, blaxploitation, sexploitation, hicksploitation, revenge films, kung fu obscurities and so much more. Guaranteed to work the crowd into a mouth-foaming frenzy!


Fri, Jun 3 10:00pm

The Mystery of Chess Boxing

A film by Joseph Kuo starring Jack Long, Yi-Min Li, Mark Long


The original Ghostface Killer is on the loose! A vicious villain with an unstoppable five element technique, Ghostface is killing off all his old rivals. Meanwhile, a young student tries to learn kung fu and is taken under the wing of an old chess master. The basics of chess prove to be the same as the basics of fighting, and eventually the heroes will have to fight Ghostface Killer, who verbally insults his opponents as he annihilates them. A true classic, and obvious favorite of the Wu Tang Clan, directed by Joseph Kuo (SEVEN GRANDMASTERS).


Sat, Jun 4 7:00pm

Shaolin vs Wu Tang

A film by Gordon Liu starring Gordon Liu, Adam Cheng, Johnny Wang


An evil lord murders a Wu Tang master in an attempt to turn the Shaolin and Wu Tang against each other. The two schools each begin training to prepare for a showdown while the villainous lord attempts to combine the two styles to become the supreme kung fu master. This is old school kung fu at its best, filled with excellent fight scenes, strange training sequences, martial arts weaponry, and an opening credit sequence that alone is worth the price of admission. Starring and directed by Shaw Brothers superstar Gordon Liu (36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN) with fight choreography by the great Lau Kar Leung.


Sat, Jun 4 9:00pm

The Gates of Hell

A film by Lucio Fulci starring Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo


A surreal Italian gutmuncher from gore-maestro Lucio Fulci! A priest commits suicide and unwittingly opens the gateway to hell. The rotting dead rise from their graves to feed on the living in gruesome fashion, while a psychic and a journalist attempt to stop the rancid carnage.


Sun, Jun 5 5:00pm

Secret Screening


An extremely rare 35mm print of one of the greatest exploitation films ever made! Not to be missed in this incredibly scarce big screen appearance.


Sun, Jun 5 7:00pm

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