To mark the beginning of Cornerhouse’s big January show, Jamie Shovlin’s Hiker Meat, the centre for the arts is hosting an all-night celebration of exploitation films under the ‘Sleazeathon’ moniker. The 1970s produced some of cinema’s most outrageously sleazy moments and this six-film packed programme has been curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford. Following a full night of movie mayhem, film fans are invited to tuck into Breakfast with CP Lee where the local author and cultural commentator will give a talk about Cliff Twemlow, Manchester’s king of exploitation. The opening film in the night’s session is a highlight: The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue / Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (pictured, Jorge Grau, 1975), which features a lot of blood and gore as well as an acclaimed and hypnotic electronic score. This is Manchester as a smog-filled hell hole – somethings never change. The event also includes outings for Mandingo (Richard Fleisher, 1975) which is seen as the true inspiration behind Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) and is a tale of an 1840’s slave owner who trains one of his slaves to be a bareknuckle fighter. Elsewhere look out for Jackson County Jail (Michael Miller, 1976). This film is a classic mid-1970’s American exploitation film with much car-themed mayhem and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux and Lisa Copeland and A Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, 1971), Act of Vengeance (Bob Kelljan, 1974) and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento, 1970). Tickets go on sale to the public today.

Sat 18- Sun 19 Jan 2014, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH, 9pm – 9.30am, six films £24 (£21 concessions), three films £16.50 (£15 concessions)

Sat 18 Jan - Sun 19 Jan
Steven Brown
Published on:
Fri 17 Jan 2014