FREE Screening / Local Feature Premiere
Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson , AZ 85716
When: Tuesday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.
"Join us for a free screening of acclaimed filmmaker Pearry Teo's stylish new shot-in-Tucson horror film NECROMENTIA, which premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles and was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival! Pearry will discuss the challenges and possibilities of filming in Tucson, and will also present a pair of locally made short films and trailers for upcoming local productions before the feature. Pearry will introduce the film and join members of the NECROMENTIA cast and crew for a post-film Q&A session." - from the promotional e-invitation sent out by The Loft Cinema
DIRECTOR: Teo Pearry
CAST: Layton Mathews, Chad Grimes, Santiago Craig, Zeileann Rivera, Cole Braxton
SUMMARY: This dark, twisted tale of erotic tortures and shocking torment dares to open the gates of hell for three men desperate to transcend the boundaries of death. One harbors a lingering passion for his dead girlfriend, another is a professional sadist determined to save his troubled brother, and the third hungers for the most brutal kind of revenge. But to open the portals of hell, an ancient map of the occult must be carefully carved into one man's flesh. From the acclaimed director of GENE GENERATION, NECROMENTIA is a disturbing nightmare that will haunt your dreams long after it's over.
THE FILM/SCREENING EXPERIENCE: I love free movie screenings especially when afforded the rare opportunity to see one filmed in Tucson, Arizona - the place I've called home for 16 years. I'd not heard of the film or the director prior to an email from The Loft Cinema the day before, so kudos to them for getting the word out. The event was a well attended, though not too crowded. I love the Loft Cinema, it is a true Tucson institution of arthouse and indie cinema. I have fond memories of seeing WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (1995) , CEMETERY MAN (1994), and THE CITY OF THE LOST CHILDREN (1995) when I first arrived in Tucson, as well as seeing more recent screenings of The Loft's CULT CLASSIC series, including DR. STRANGELOVE (1964), BRAZIL (1985), CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) and upcoming this week, a brand-new 35mm print of the Sam Raimi classic EVIL DEAD (1981). The main auditorium is cavernous, the seats are comfy and the beer on tap is awesome, this months beer is Green Lakes Organic Ale, tasty stuff. Also, the film was an HD Digital presentation on the brand new Loft Cinema screen replaced just last week and it looks great. Longtime patrons may miss the old screen's unique character, including a nice tear dead center at the bottom of the screen, but we'll make due with perfection.
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VERDICT: I've not seen Pearry Teo's previous film THE GENE GENERATION but this film interested me enough that I'll be visiting his filmography again. It's not perfect, but it is an interesting Faustian tale of betrayal and revenge. While some of the imagery is a bit cliche the strong storyline kept me rapt. RATING *** (3 out of 5 stars)