By The MUFF Society
We need to talk to you about something. Something very important. It’s love, you guys (cue “Finally” by CeCe Peniston).
We here at The MUFF Society have a deep and unabashed love for all things Jackie Kong, which is why after Etheria‘s Director of Programming, Heidi Honeycutt, suggested we do a PJ party double bill of The Being and Blood Diner, two bonkers crazy and seriously fun horror gems from the 1980s, we ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY needed it to happen. We’re teaming up with Etheria to bring you the best in schlock and gore, epitomized in these two staple viewings.
Need more reasons to come? Gimme a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!
5) The Being rules
We’re kicking off the evening with Kong’s first foray into horror, The Being, the story of a toxic waste mutant who terrorizes the small town of Pottsville, Idaho. While the monster is running amok and killing people left and right, there is a moral upheaval amongst the town’s church-going elite. A dirty massage parlour is being opened, and we all know what kind of debauchery goes on in places like that….
The Being is an insanely charming debut feature. The monster looks gross and great, the characters are funny and super over-the-top, and there’s an overall biting satire that makes it extremely apparently who Kong is as an artist and a filmmaker. If you want a creature feature schlock-fest (don’t we all), this movie is a glorious place to go to first.
4) Blood Diner also rules
When someone told me that a ‘80s schlock homage to Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Blood Feast existed, I basically fucking fainted. Right out of the gate, there’s jokes about a maniac holding a machete in one hand and his genitals in the other, and people are dying in a lunatic bizarro world that looks like it’s what would later inspire the music videos of GWAR. There is a talking brain in a jar, a resurrected evil goddess with an enormous mouth for a stomach, blood by the gallons, decapitations and mutilations, and even a super animated punk band who mock Hitler.
I REALLY MEAN IT WHEN I SAY THIS MOVIE HAS EVERYTHING.
3) J. Kong’s oddball movies are for the weirdo in all of us
Jackie only made a small handful of silly and feverishly fun pictures in the ‘80s (she’s making another movie this year called Lost in Vietnam, which you can contribute to on Indiegogo!), but every single one of them is equipped with this unabashed R-rated goofiness that makes it so easy to love her. I recently interviewed her and she was mentioning how she never bothered to censor herself because she didn’t feel the need, but it paid off because people come up to her at conventions and tell her that her weird movies validated them and made it feel like it was okay to be a freak, and that’s exactly how I feel watching her movies. Freak solidarity for all!
2) GROSSNESS GALORE
Seriously. If you want blood, look no further than The Being or Blood Diner. This flicks have goop and blood and limbs and vomit, with all of the disgusting charms that ‘80s special effects allow. I, like many people, am definitely of the school of thought that special effects will always look and gross-out better than any CGI could possibly fathom, and that is especially apparent in Kong’s flicks. Just wait for the uber yucky end scene in Blood Diner. I definitely recommend not eating during it.
1) Jackie Kong does not give a fuck
As I said before, Jackie does not censor herself for anybody. Her films are so profoundly out-there, with her opting to take everything to the nth degree because she wanted to take it there, and it is just. so. great. You watch the movies in her filmography and you feel a weird sense of inspiration to be like her and just tell the story you want to tell and say “whatever” to anyone who doesn’t like it. So, be like Jackie: be creative, be weird, be edgy, be uncensored, because MUFF supports freakiness 100 per cent.
The MUFF Society’s screenings of THE BEING and BLOOD DINER take place Friday, April 22, 2016. Join them in the lobby of the Carlton Cinema at 8 p.m. for MUFFtails, limited-edition buttons, and as always—a photobooth! The screenings will start at 9 p.m., will be preceded by assorted short films, and will feature video intros and Q&As with Jackie Kong.
And make sure to catch next month’s MUFF Society screening of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY on Wednesday, May 18th!