Spaghetti Fest @ Clinton Street Theater, Portland [from 4 to 13 January]

Spaghetti Fest

4 - 13
18:00 - 22:30

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Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, Oregon 97202
From Dorado Films, beat the cold and winter blues with fantastic «spaghetti» westerns, horror, spy, crime and sci-fi films.

Eight different films:

A PISTOL FOR RINGO January 4 @ 6pm

Before there was Django there was… Ringo! The name alone became famous across the European frontier and soon spawned countless imitators. A Pistol For Ringo rocketed Euro-Western icon, Giuliano Gemma, into mega-stardom at the box office throughout the euro-sphere--ushering in a new demand for more «Ringo» success. With this outstanding Spanish/ Italian production, director Duccio Tessari crafts a Spaghetti Western classic which can be placed on the top-shelf next to the best the genre has to offer!


Ken Clark is Dick Malloy (AKA Agent 077), essentially the CIA's answer to 007. Just like Bond, 077's adventures find him tackling villainous and vicious bad guys while visiting a number of exotic locations and interacting with a bevy of beautiful women.

These features wouldn't have existed if the James Bond films hadn't been successful. But, at the end of the day, the producers of these «spaghettie» spy films were able to construct quality genre features that remain capable of giving even the early Bond films themselves a run for their money in terms of their sheer entertainment value.

LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN January 5 @ 10pm (NO ONE UNDER 18 ADMITTED due to the explicit sexual content and violence in this film.)

Italian master (of eye trauma) Lucio Fulci’s underseen exploitation flick pushes every possible envelope and offends every possible sensibility. Lush to the point of lurid, it’s notable for a dog vivisection sequence that F/X wizard Carlo Rambaldi had to testify in court to save Fulci from prison, and a surreal score by master Ennio Morricone.

Indelible and not for the weak of heart.


Step back in time with us. This film has such amazing character and culture. Just examine the stages and props. It is SO 1960's… almost as if this film was a video «definition» of 60's sci-fi and TV.

Napoli spara! (Weapons of Death) January 7 @ 6:30pm

Fast paced Italian crime movie with the various action scenes revolving around bank robberies, street violence, car chases, cops verses the underworld at its greatest. If you have ever been interested in seeing what the Euro-crime genre is all about, watch this one!

NIGHT OF THE SCORPION January 7 @ 8:30pm

Released in Spain under the equally illogical title of LA CASA DE LAS MUERTAS VIVIENTES (trans. “The House of the Living Dead”), Dorado’s new 4K transfer, which was taken from the original 35mm film print, definitely adds considerable vigour to an already compelling, Gothic-styled giallo.

ANY GUN CAN PLAY January 13 @ 6:30pm

«Any Gun Can Play» lives up to its title. In fact, many guns do play, and at least twenty or more corpses pile up before fade-out. This western isn't so much a parody as it is a knock-off of Sergio Leone's «The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.» Mind you, bad guys and good guys fall as frequently as ten-pins in a bowling alley, but their deaths aren't depicted in the brutal fashion of a Leone western. «Any Gun Can Play» doesn't take itself as seriously as the aforementioned Leone masterpiece. The three leads jockey back and forth for supremacy. Each has a piece of the puzzle that will lead them to the treasure, but they refuse to share their information until the shoot'em up finale.

HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB January 13 @ 8:30pm

Black magic. Possession. Decapitation. A séance gone wrong. A sickle. The living dead. Supernatural talismans. A haunted painter. And Paul Naschy (in a double-role!). Director Carlos Aured takes all these classic Euro-horror ingredients and mixes them into 1971’s HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (aka El espanto surge de la tumba).
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