THE BEAST
BLOOD DEEP
BROKEN
THE CHAINSAW MASSACRES
DARKLANDS (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
DARK REMAINS
DEFENCELESS: A BLOOD SYMPHONY
EVIL (TO KAKO)
FEED
GHOST OF MAE NAK
THE GRAVEDANCERS
THE HAMILTONS
HAZE, ‘ORIGINAL LONG VERSION’
THE LAST EVE
THE LOST
MEATBALL MACHINE (MITOBORO MASHIN)
RAMPO NOIR (RAMPO JIGOKU)
ROOM 6
SIMON: KING OF THE WITCHES
THE SLAUGHTER
STARSLYDERZ
ZARDOZ

 

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SIMON: KING OF THE WITCHES

Bruce Kessler
1971, USA, 91 minutes

Roxie Film Center June 11, 12:30 Buy


"My name is Simon. I live in a storm drain. When it rains, most people go in. I go out."
This rarely-seen (and never released on DVD) 1971 indie starring Andrew (Barn of the Naked Dead) Prine is occult psychedelia at it's best. It's clever, funny, bizarre, contains awesome psychedelic effects (just like 2001: A Space Odyssey but cheaper), and the script is far more literate concerning magickal esoterica than one could possibly expect. Add self-awareness, pointed satire, incredible dialogue like "Magnetic. Electric. Magnetic. Electric. Magnetic. Electric.", and colorful 1971 California occult-hipster ambience - and you've got a huge win. So, our Sunday matinee presentation will be a perfect palate cleanser for the more serious HoleHead horrors to come.

Simon is a cynical warlock who lives in a storm sewer (which is a fine place to crash as long as it doesn't rain), and wants to rule the World (but who doesn't?). Simon befriends a hustler named Turk in jail, and the two of them enter the wild world of rich parties to make some money and gain unlimited power. But things never run as smoothly as planned - particularly when the plan involves world domination- so Simon has a series of misadventures with rain, a floating red light, pot dealers, evil Wiccans who don't like to be teased (led by Andy Warhol 'Starlet' Ultra Violet), and a big tree. It's really hard not to love this movie! Fun fact from the Wikipedia: the character of Simon was reputedly based on the public persona of the ceremonial magickian and occult author Poke Runyon, a well-known figure in the Southern California Neo-Pagan scene at that time. Runyon acknowledges the likeness, but insists that he "never lived in a sewer".

 

 

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