By Indiewire | Indiewire April 8, 1998 at 2:00AM
Rolling Thunder, Grindhouse and Cowboy Go 'Beyond' Dinner and a Movie, To Midnight
by Mark Rabinowitz
This summer, Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder, Grindhouse Productions
and Cowboy Booking International are getting set to re-release Lucio
Fulci's classic scream-fest, "The Beyond." After initial runs in New
York, L.A. and five other cities for midnight screenings on June 12th,
Cowboy is planning a summer roll-out to other cities across the country.
indieWIRE spoke with Cowboy Vice-President John Vanco about the
re-release, which started with Rolling Thunder principles Tarantino and
Jerry Martinez. "Fulci is one of (Tarantino and Martinez's) favorite
directors," said Vanco, adding that the pair "wanted to have someone
with a little more kind of midnight movie specialized kind of background
(distribute the film)." That brought them to Vanco and his Cowboy
partner Noah Cowan, who started the Midnight Madness series of
screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival.
When prompted, Vanco said that "it would be great" to play at some of
the remaining drive-in theaters in the country along with the usual
indoor locations. "In some places we're playing in arthouse theaters, in
calendar houses," adding, "in some places we're going to be playing in
college film series. We're really gonna go to whatever venues have
thriving midnight traditions going on." Vanco also said that Rolling
Thunder in interested in having this re-release "be the beginning of a
midnight revival," giving traditional midnight films a place to play
outside of television.
Programming a midnight movie can be easy or hard, depending on the part
of the country being targeted. Cowboy recognizes that, with Vanco
saying, "In some cities like Los Angeles, for instance, have really
strong midnight movies going on (with) maybe ten or fifteen screens with
different movies every Friday and Saturday night, whereas in (other
cities) there's one. Rocky Horror is playing on one screen. It's gonna
be a little harder (in cities like that)."
Bob Murawski and Sage Stallone's Grindhouse Productions, which purchased
the re-release rights to "The Beyond," is a Hollywood-based company
"dedicated to the restoration and preservation of motion pictures
historically held in very low regard," according to the press release
issued about the re-release. Grindhouse will also be releasing the laser
disc release which promises to have all sorts of extras, like behind the
scenes footage and interviews with the stars, according to Vanco.
Cowboy Booking International is releasing Tim Kirkman's documentary
"Dear Jesse" on June 19th in New York, with a national roll-out set to
follow during the summer.
Rolling Thunder, was created, according to Quentin Tarantino's prepared
statement, because "it's a film buff's dream to give the theatrical
experience to films that might never be seen in this country." Films
released by the company include "Chungking Express," "Switchblade
Sisters" and Takeshi Kitano's "Sonatine."