The BACK ALLEY FILM SERIES will screen films at CAROLINA CINEMAS CROWNPOINT on 9630 Monroe Rd. Kicking off the series on August 18th, TROLLHUNTER is a “Documentary” style creature feature shot in the beautiful countryside of Norway. From Norwegian writer/director Andre Ovredal, TROLLHUNTER tells the story of a veteran hunter who is shadowed by a group of film students and brings the audience into a world of beasts known only to Norwegians in childhood stories. To make the film feel as documentary as possible, the cast had few rehearsals before shooting began, and was called upon to improvise the entire film.
August 25th HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN starring Rutger Hauer. In 2007, at the South by South West (SXSW) Festival in Austin Texas, legendary director Robert Rodriquez co-sponsored a “Grindhouse” style trailer contest for a fake movie. The winning trailer was HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN. Fans fueled a campaign to have the trailer developed into a feature length film. Shot in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the film HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN takes place in a dark seedy world with actor Rutger Hauer taking the lead role as “The Hobo”. Trying to get a fresh start in a new city, the Hobo finds himself in an urban hell. After spotting a second hand lawn mower and wanting to make the city a safe and beautiful place, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with a shotgun and two shells in its chamber.
September 22nd NORWEGIAN NINJA, a 2010 action comedy, is loosely based on the story of a Norwegian politician and diplomat Arne Treholt, who in 1985 was convicted of high treason and espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union and Iraq. In an alternative universe, Treholt leads a group of ninjas (appointed by the King) to combat the Soviets and is set in period appropriate time. Keeping much of the films details a secret, the Wall Street Journal stated “Hilarious and menacing, absurd and insightful, and an accomplished work of genre film making that authoritatively upends the cold war spy thriller.”
October means Halloween and horror films, and October 20th brings an interesting twist to the classic “college coeds vs. hillbillies” horror flick. TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL is a horror comedy that has been hitting all the high marks on the festival circuit. Winning the Midnight Audience Award at the 2010 SXSW, Tucker and Dale are two friends who head off on a vacation to the mountains and cross paths with a group of preppy college kids. When the kids mistake the guys for murderous backwoods hillbillies and the comical yet tragic misunderstandings continue, the body count rises and so does the audiences laughs. Staring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk, TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL has been noted as “doing for killer rednecks what SHAUN OF THE DEAD did for zombies.”