Cult classics, slasher films and ‘Madness’ at Ken Cinema

The tradition of midnight movies will return to San Diego with the start of the Midnight Madness series at Ken Cinema.

The series kicked off earlier this month with a screening of the campy, and appropriately titled horror anthology film “The Theatre Bizarre” and will continue through March with a handful of equally colorful films.

Following “Bizarre,” was a weekend full of cartoons made for the 18 and older crowd with the arrival of “Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation” and the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Over the top gore gags will welcome the premiere of “Father’s Day” on Feb. 24 and 25. The film is distributed by Troma Entertainment and is a reflection of the company’s fondness of 1950’s horror, grindhouse and exploitation films with this story of a serial father killer and rapist.

Troma Entertainment co-owner and the film’s producer Lloyd Kaufman will appear  at the Sunday screening.

The George Lucas and Steven Speilberg 1984 film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” starring Harrison Ford will screen on March 3 and 4.

“Donnie Darko,” the 2001 psychological science-fiction film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will follow with screenings of the original theatrical cut version of the film on March 9 and 10.

According to Ken Cinema, “The Room” is a “midnight cult sensation and quirky black comedy” that has already enjoyed a run for more than six years in Los Angeles and follows the relationships surrounding five friends. The film will premiere March 16.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will return on March 17 with “Crazed Imaginations,” San Diego’s official “Rocky Horror” cast. Similar to the tradition of its live stage productions, “Crazed Imaginations” will integrate the film with the fans by including audience participation to make for a fun evening.

Tim Burton’s widely beloved stop-motion animation classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will screen on March 23 and 24.

The madness concludes with a screening of Joss Whedon’s “Serenity” on March 30 and 31. The film takes inspiration from both cowboy westerns and science fiction and is inspired by Whedon’s television series “Firefly.”

All tickets are $8.50 and all showings are on Friday and Saturday night at midnight.

For more information visit or call Ken Cinema at (619) 819-0236.

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