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SUNSHINE AND NOIR: A 1980s LA Horror Marathon with LA Philharmonic & The Void This May

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

We're proud to team up with programmer Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to bring you SUNSHINE AND NOIR at The Aero this May. You can get tickets right here, and we'd recommend moving on them sooner rather than later, because they have been selling quickly.

Borrowing its name from the phrase cultural historian Mike Davis used to describe how Los Angeles is more sinister, intense, and foreboding than the city’s boosters care to admit, Sunshine and Noir: 1980s L.A. Horror Marathon takes a deep dive into the L.A.-based horror films that terrorized a generation and continue to define its fears. Programmed by Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and co-presented by Cinematic Void, the marathon foregrounds the contributions of women and people of color, while also illuminating the ways in which horror films played out 1980s L.A.’s preoccupation with ambition, health, and wealth. Featuring a combination of film screenings and guest artist panels, Sunshine and Noir promises a chilling descent into the City of Angels’ dark side and a nostalgia trip of epic proportions for those whose first encounters with horror took place on VHS.

– words by Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh


THEY LIVE, 1988, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter.

FORMAT: 35mm

SOCIETY, 1989, AGFA, 99 min, USA, Dir: Brian Yuzna.


THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, 1982, AGFA, 77 min, USA, Dir: Amy Holden Jones.

FORMAT: 35mm

CHOPPING MALL, 1986, AGFA, 77 min, USA, Dir: Jim Wynorski.

FORMAT: 35mm

BLOOD DINER, 1987, Lionsgate, 88 min, USA, Dir. Jackie Kong.

FORMAT: 35mm

ANGEL, 1984, AGFA, 94 min, USA, Dir. Robert Vincent O’Neil.

FORMAT: 35mm

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