We're excited to announce the launch of the brand new film series Vinegar Syndrome Presents, coming to Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide starting this December with the surreal and insane Santa Claus slasher from 1980, Christmas Evil / You Better Watch Out. Vinegar Syndrome is recognized as perhaps the most important home video label in the world for genre film -- the Criterion Collection of exploitation/horror/weirdo movies. Founded by genre-film lovers for genre-film lovers, the label's mission is to preserve, restore, and release the rarest and most unique exploitation and horror movies from their massive archive. Vinegar Syndrome works tirelessly to rescue these titles from the brink of oblivion with brilliant new digital restorations from original negatives, spending countless hours preserving them in their state of the art restoration lab.
Each month, Vinegar Syndrome Presents will showcase one of these brand new 2K digital restorations on Alamo screens across the country. And in true exploitation fashion, there will be drink and menu specials that complement the raw, dirt-cheap nature of the movies themselves.
"Vinegar Syndrome sets a new precedent of respect for vintage exploitation and horror movies that have been misunderstood or feared by the general public,” explains Alamo Programmer Joe Ziemba. “The level of care devoted to their restorations feels almost surreal. The identity of the Alamo Drafthouse is built on the appreciation of these movies, so we're proud to showcase Vinegar Syndrome's gorgeous restorations the way they were meant to be seen -- on the big screen, with an audience."
The new series arrives just in time for the holidays with the perversely fun Christmas Evil / You Better Watch Out. Slasher Santas may have ruled the 1980s, with a wide variety of ho-ho-homicides perpetrated by tubby bearded men in such films as Silent Night, Deadly Night and Don't Open 'Til Christmas. But Christmas Evil / You Better Watch Out is the only holiday horror-ride that not only features one of cinema's all-time finest performances -- Brandon Maggart (of Sesame Street!) as a misguided St. Nick in a full scale spiral of Santastic savagery -- but also the greatest closing shot of any movie ever.
Future Vinegar Syndrome Presents titles include: Raw Force, Demonoid: Messenger of Death, The Telephone Book, Some Call it Loving, Massage Parlor Murders and many, many more.
"We're very excited to be teaming up with The Alamo Drafthouse for this series,” says Vinegar Syndrome co-founder Joe Rubin. “The Alamo is run by people who genuinely love movies and value the importance of creating a memorable theatrical screening experience. We're hoping that this partnership will give a new generation of movie goers the chance to experience some rare and awesome films on the big screen, where they belong."