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Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Dagon

DAGON
Spain | 2001 | 35mm | 98 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Washed ashore in a small coastal village after a boating accident, Paul (Godden) and his girlfriend Barbara (Meroño) uncover a frightening community of half-human/half-fish creatures who target the couple for a ritual sacrifice to Dagon, God of the Sea. After Re-Animator, From Beyond, and Castle Freak, director Gordon and screenwriter Dennis Paoli return to adapting H.P. Lovecraft in this clever and suspenseful monster movie. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 2-3:45 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: From Beyond

FROM BEYOND
USA | 1986 | 35mm | 85 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree
Hot on the heels of his cult favorite debut feature, Re-Animator, Gordon teamed again with screenwriter Dennis Paoli and actors Combs & Crampton for another equally dazzling and gory adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The plot revolves around sinister experiments to stimulate the pineal gland in humans, awakening a “third eye” that turns the test subjects into raving maniacs! Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 2-3:45 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Stuck

STUCK
USA | 2008 | 35mm | 85 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Stephen Rea, Mena Suvari, Russell Hornsby
A monstrously self-absorbed driver (Suvari) hits an unemployed white collar worker (Rea), then heads home and parks the car in her garage while she figures out the most effective way to finish off her victim, who remains stuck in the car’s windshield! Gordon’s final theatrical feature, which finds the veteran director in peak creative form and employing his blend of shocks and satire. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 2-3:45 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: The Pit and the Pendulum

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
USA | 1991 | 35mm | 97 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Lance Henriksen, Oliver Reed, Mark Margolis
In this violent and visually striking variation on Edgar Allan Poe’s story, set in 1492, Torquemada (Henriksen), Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition, is tormented by his attraction to a baker’s wife accused of being a witch. “Strong, well-researched script (by Dennis Paoli) owes little to Poe, but is vividly realized by Gordon. Auditorium, Chazen Museum of Art. 2-3:45 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

UW Cinematheque – At the Chazen: Stuart Gordon Retrospective, Part One

Decades before Pacific Rim, director Gordon and writer Joe Haldeman conjured up this futuristic action movie set in a world where war has been outlawed and replaced by gladiatorial matches between giant robots, piloted by men known as robot jockeys. The story revolves around the fight over the territory known as Alaska that comes down to a battle between American and Russian jox. Chazen Museum of Art. 2 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: 262-3627, ben.reiser@wisc.edu

UW Cinematheque – At the Chazen: Stuart Gordon Retrospective, Part One

Director Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet’s one-act play follows everyman Edmond Burke (Macy) as he visits a tarot reader who tells him “You are not where you belong.” Walking out on his job and his family, Edmond immerses himself in a big city underworld of violence and prostitution, believing he’s found the answer to the most existential of questions. Chazen Museum of Art. 2 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: 262-3627, ben.reiser@wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Robot Jox

ROBOT JOX
USA | 1989 | 35mm | 84 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo
Decades before Pacific Rim, director Gordon and writer Joe Haldeman conjured up this futuristic action movie set in a world where war has been outlawed and replaced by gladiatorial matches between giant robots, piloted by men known as robot jockeys. In a way this is the original live-action Transformers movie, but with more handmade charm. Chazen Museum of Art. 2-4 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Space Truckers

SPACE TRUCKERS
USA | 1996 | 35mm | 96 min
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar
Transporting goods throughout the galaxy, a trio of spaceship driving long-haulers (Hopper, Dorff, and Mazar) discover that their unknown cargo is a secretly developed new super weapon. A comic sci-fi fantasy, Space Truckers is filled with director Gordon’s signature outlandish and colorful visuals, imaginative production design & flamboyant props. Chazen Museum of Art. 2-4 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Edmond

EDMOND
USA | 2005 | 35mm | 82 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Joe Mantegna
Director Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet’s one-act play follows everyman Edmond Burke (Macy) as he visits a tarot reader who tells him “You are not where you belong.” Walking out on his job and his family, Edmond immerses himself in a big city underworld of violence and prostitution, believing he’s found the answer to the most existential of questions. Chazen Museum of Art. 2-4 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Fortress

FORTRESS
USA | 1993 | 35mm | 91 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith
In a dystopian 2017, the U.S. government has limited families to one child per female. Arrested after daring to conceive a second time, Brennick (Lambert) and his wife, Karen (Locklin), are imprisoned in a high-tech maximum security prison run by a sadistic and cybernetically “enhanced” Warden (Smith). Now, the couple must attempt an escape before his wife gives birth. Chazen Museum of Art. 2-4 p.m. Information: jprey@chazen.wisc.edu