Hooligante is Milwaukee Film Festival’s Dark Side

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theater Cinema Hooligante, the Milwaukee Film Festival’s series of midnight or cult films, expands to present two genre classics in glorious 35mm: a 40th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and a 40th anniversary screening Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining.

For many it may be the first time they have seen these films in the theater.

The other films being shown are:

–Bang Bang Baby (Canada/Jeffrey St. Jules) This hybrid of “Bye Bye Birdie” and a Troma studio film involves a singing ingenue in a town where the factory leaks toxic waste.

–Extraordinary Tales” (Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain/Raul Garcia) Animated versions of classic Edgar Allan Poe tales narrated by Christopher Lee, Guillermo del Toro and others.


–Nina Forever (UK/Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine) Horror-comedy-romance about a man whose girlfriend was killed in a grisly accident but returns to keep from romancing a co-worker.

–They Have Escaped (Finland, Netherlands / J-P Valkeapää) Two misfits run away from a juvenile facility into an escalating series of nightmarish scenarios. The Hollywood reporter describes it as an “impressionistic fairy tale” full of “dark twists and surprises” that goes from “slightly uneasy” to “surreal.”

–Turbo Kid (Canada, New Zealand/Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell) In the bloody post-apocalytpic “Mad Max” type future of 1996 a teenager who collects 1980s memorabilia becomes a reluctant hero.

White God (Hungary/Kornél Mundruczó) Hungary’s 2015 Oscar submission and winner of Cannes Festival Un Certain Regard is a thriller about an abandoned dog that becomes leader of a canine apocalypse. Compared to “The Birds.”

–The Shining


The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Journal Sentinel, runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 8. Cinema Hooligante is presented by Milwaukee Record. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 9 for members, Sept. 10 for the public.



Duane Dudek is a Milwaukee native. For more than 30 years, he was film critic and television columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He continues to apply his expertise at DuaneDudek.com.