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The best film picks, Dec. 7

CorrespondentDecember 6, 2012 

Wednesday night, the Cinema Overdrive series at the Colony Theater is serving up some holiday horror with a screening of Lee Harry’s 1987 cult classic “Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.”

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  • Other Highlights: • Friday night in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s monthly Retro Classics film series (an offshoot of Retrofantasma) presents a double feature that explores “What Waits Below”: Robert Gordon’s 1955 classic sci-fi flick “It Came from Beneath the Sea,” and Richard Fleischer’s 1954 Disney favorite “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The double bill begins at 7, and admission is $8 ($6.25 for Star members). 919-560-3030; www.festivals.carolinatheatre.org/retrofantasma. • Sunday evening, The Cinema Inc. at the Rialto is screening Jacques Tati’s “Mon Oncle” (1958), starring Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie and Lucien Frégis. The French comedy, which won the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, concerns Tati’s classic character Monsieur Hulot struggling to adapt to the modern domestic technology of his sister’s household. It starts at 7. Season passes are $20. Details: 919-787-7611; www.cinema-inc.org.

Wednesday night, the Cinema Overdrive series at the Colony Theater is serving up some holiday horror with a screening of Lee Harry’s 1987 cult classic “Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.” Cinema Overdrive co-founder/curator Adam Hulin says the slasher sequel is “a strange, cheap cash-in that wound up being, whether intentional or not, outrageously ridiculous. It’s one of those flashback horror films like ‘The Hills Have Eyes 2’ where the producers wanted to make an ultra cheap sequel by padding the new film’s running time with lots of footage from the previous film.”

Hulin adds that “Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2” contains an “epically over-the-top performance from Eric Freeman as the film’s antagonist; a performance where he raises his eyebrows for emphasis on practically every word he speaks. Freeman’s acting grows increasingly bizarre and nonsensical as the film progresses, which turns what could have been a brutal slasher into an exercise in surreal camp. Augmented by vintage trailers, it starts at 8, and admission is $5.50. Details: 847-5677; www.ambassadorcinemas.com.

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