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Julia Marchese’s Movie List 2019

These are the movies Julia Marchese watched in 2019 (in case you care about such things)



Shout out to all of the insane, terrific cinema I attended this year (especially when shown on film) and all of the folks who programmed & made it happen –  courtesy of  The EgyptianThe AeroThe El Capitan, Voyager Institute, Beyond Fest, Friday Night Frights, Secret Sixteen, The Nuart, Dynasty Typewriter, the BFI, Maltinfest, Alamo Drafthouse DTLA, and the incredible Somerville Theatre. 



and to all of the friends who watched this movies with me/because of me. 




MN – Movie Night – my weekly movie night I have had with friends for over 8 years – (name in parenthesis chose the movie that week).


HMSG – movie watched for and talked about on my podcast Horror Movie Survival Guide.


BC – Brian Crewe‘s movie night, a friend who shows a wide variety of cinematic gems in his unbelievable home movie set up 



  1. Maid to Order – MN (Teri)

  2. The Haunting – HMSG 

  3. Poltergeist 2 HMSG 

  4. Unbreakable – BC

  5. Split – BC

  6. Fried Green Tomatoes – MN (Melanie) 

  7. Freaks – HMSG

  8. Private Parts (1972) 

  9. The Recordkeepers – BC

  10. Bingo Long and his Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings – MN (Julia)

  11. The Little Mermaid (El Capitan) 

  12. All is True

  13. The Parallax View 

  14. Dressed to Kill (Egyptian) 

  15. Paddington 2 – MN (Paul)

  16. Oculus – HMSG

  17. Purple Rain – BC 

  18. Soapdish – MN (Eric)

  19. The Stay Awake – HMSG

  20. Happy Death Day – HMSG 

  21. The Shining – HMSG

  22. Ready Player One

  23. Putney Swope – MN (Matt)

  24. Creep

  25. Mr Deeds Goes To Town 

  26. I Am Not Your Negro – MN (Teri)

  27. Sleepwalkers – HMSG

  28. The In Crowd

  29. Poor Little Rich Girl – BC

  30. Sparrows – BC

  31. Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House

  32. Harold and Maude

  33. Martin HMSG

  34. The Gang’s All Here – MN (David)

  35. Let the Right One In HMSG

  36. Ju-On HMSG 

  37. Live.Die.Repeat (Edge of Tomorrow) – MN (Julia)

  38. Cruel Hearts

  39. Sorry, Wrong Number (BFI) 

  40. Night Train Murders

  41. Island of Death

  42. Juliet, Naked

  43. Slaughterhouse Rulez

  44. The Darkest Minds

  45. A Simple Favor

  46. The Favourite

  47. Paper Towns – MN (Melanie)

  48. Us

  49. Alien – HMSG

  50. The Thing– HMSG

  51. Fire in the Sky – HMSG 

  52. Event Horizon – HMSG

  53. Secret History of UFOs – (MN) – Eric 

  54. Pet Sematary (2019)

  55. Hollywood Shuffle – MN (Teri)

  56. The Omen – HMSG

  57. 28 Days Later – HMSG

  58. The Kiss – HMSG 

  59. Wall-E – MN (Melanie)

  60. The Love Witch – HMSG

  61. Blood and Sand – MN (David)

  62. Sing Street (Maltinfest)

  63. The Death of Superman Lives (Maltinfest)

  64. Songcatcher (Maltinfest)

  65. Absolute Beginners (Maltinfest)

  66. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town – MN (Julia)

  67. Howard the Duck

  68. Gremlins 2 (Egyptian)

  69. They Look Like People HMSG

  70. The Ritual – HMSG

  71. The Taking of Pelham 123 – MN (Eric)

  72. The Woman – HMSG

  73. Slither – HMSG

  74. Booksmart

  75. Doctor Sleep

  76. The Quiet Ones – HMSG

  77. Rocketman

  78. Sister Sister – HMSG 

  79. The Perfection – HMSG

  80. The Descent – HMSG

  81. Gypsy 

  82. Rocketman

  83. Jennifer’s Body – HMSG

  84. April Fools’ Day – HMSG

  85. The Great Buster – BC

  86. Battling Butler – BC

  87. The Bees – MN (Matt)

  88. Phantom of the Paradise

  89. Easy A

  90. The Book Thief – MN (Melanie) 

  91. Yesterday

  92. Rocketman

  93. Do the Right Thing

  94. About Time

  95. Playtime – MN (David)

  96. Happy Death Day 2U

  97. Slumdog Millionaire

  98. A Field in England

  99. The Aristocats

  100. Yesterday

  101. The Sword in the Stone

  102. Under the Silver Lake

  103. Clowns & Robbers

  104. Glass

  105. Isn’t it Romantic?

  106. The Devil’s Rain – HMSG

  107. Amityville 2: the Possession  – HMSG

  108. Detention – MN (Matt)

  109. The Wicker Man

  110. The House on Haunted Hill (B&W 35mm marathon at Egyptian) 

  111. The Thing From Another World (B&W 35mm marathon at Egyptian

  112. Freaks (B&W 35mm marathon at Egyptian

  113. Them! (B&W 35mm marathon at Egyptian

  114. The Haunting (B&W 35mm marathon at Egyptian

  115. Cat People (B&W 35mm marathon at Egyptian

  116. The Legend of Billie Jean – MN (Julia)

  117. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

  118. A Woman in Paris – BC

  119. Souls for Sale – BC

  120. Terrorvision – HMSG 

  121. Midnight – HMSG

  122. From Beyond – HMSG

  123. Right At Your Door – HMSG

  124. The Id – HMSG 

  125. The Stuff – HMSG

  126. Annihilation – HMSG 

  127. Wizards – MN (David)

  128. Swiss Family Robinson – MN (Melanie) 

  129. Ladyhawke – MN (Eric)

  130. It Chapter 2

  131. Season of the Witch – HMSG 

  132. It Follows – HMSG 

  133. Apollo 11 

  134. Never Too Young To Die – MN (Matt)

  135. It Chapter 2 (All Clown Screening at Alamo Drafthouse

  136. Breaking Away (Egyptian)

  137. Shaun of the Dead – HMSG

  138. Three From Hell 

  139. Step Up 3D – MN (Teri)

  140. Firestarter

  141. Nightmare Before Christmas (El Capitan)

  142. Tootsie – MN (David)

  143. Dreamcatcher – HMSG 

  144. Puppetmaster HMSG 

  145. Joker

  146. Absentia– HMSG

  147. Don’t Look Now – HMSG

  148. Tales from the Crypt – (16mm Horror Anthology Marathon at Dynasty Typewriter)

  149. Creepshow 2 – (16mm Horror Anthology Marathon at Dynasty Typewriter)

  150. Twilight Zone: The Movie – (16mm Horror Anthology Marathon at Dynasty Typewriter)

  151. Asylum – (16mm Horror Anthology Marathon at Dynasty Typewriter)

  152. Black Sabbath – (16mm Horror Anthology Marathon at Dynasty Typewriter)

  153. The Skeleton Key – MN (Julia)

  154. Zombieland (All Zombies Double Feature Screening at Alamo Drafthouse)

  155. Zombieland Double Tap (All Zombies Double Feature Screening at Alamo Drafthouse)

  156. Oculus

  157. The Monster Squad – MN (Melanie)

  158. Crazy Stupid Love 

  159. He’s Just Not That Into You

  160. Ju-On – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  161. Battle Royale –  (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  162. Fade to Black – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  163. Cutting Class – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  164. Psycho – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston)  

  165. Firestarter – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston) 

  166. The Dead Zone – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  167. Carrie – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  168. Nightmare on Elm Street (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  169. New Nightmare – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  170. Frozen – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  171. Freaks – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  172. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – (my Halloween Hullabaloo programming series at the Somerville Theatre in Boston

  173. Rocky Horror Picture Show (Somerville Theatre) 

  174. Plus One

  175. Moonstruck 

  176. Bridesmaids 

  177. Doctor Sleep

  178. Hour of the Wolf– HMSG

  179. The Fly– HMSG

  180. Carnival of Souls HMSG

  181. Tapeheads

  182. Gymkata – MN (Matt)

  183. The Invitation – HMSG

  184. Ladybug, Ladybug (Joe Dante’s personal 16mm print at Egyptian)

  185. Green Room – HMSG

  186. 7Up – MN (David)

  187. 7 Plus 7 – MN (David) 

  188. Knives Out

  189. Jojo Rabbit

  190. Charlie’s Angels (2019)

  191. Parasite

  192. 21 Up

  193. 28 Up

  194. 35 Up

  195. 42 Up

  196. 49 Up

  197. 56 Up

  198. 63 Up

  199. Big Hero Six – MN (Melanie)

  200. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Aero)

  201. The Force Awakens

  202. The Last Jedi

  203. Miracle on 34th Street 

  204. Rise of Skywalker

  205. Firestarter

  206. Blow Out

  207. In Fabric


Here’s to LOTS more fantabulous movies in 2020!! 



Julia Marchese’s All Killer No Filler Halloween Hullabaloo!



Halloween is my favorite holiday – I love dressing up, getting candy, listening to ghostly tunes and watching scary movies. (I mean, I always like these things, but especially around Halloween!) 

Every year I try to do special things and really enjoy the holiday to its fullest – and this year is certainly going to be my best Halloween yet. 


The incredible Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts (who I have programmed film series for the last two summers – The Summer of Love series in 2017, and the female half of their Play it Cool series in 2018) asked me to program the week leading up to Halloween this year, and I am simply over the moon about it – a horror hounds dream! 


The best part about it is I will be attending the screenings as well! I’ve never been to the theatre so I am chuffed beyond belief to be able to watch all of these wonderful films with you! 

Ladies and gentlemen, won’t you join me for my All Killer No Filler Halloween Hullabaloo?! 





*Thursday Oct.24: BATTLE ROYALE at 7:30 , JU-ON: THE GRUDGE at 9:45


*Friday Oct. 25:  FADE TO BLACK at 7:30 , CUTTING CLASS at 9:40 , PSYCHO at 11:45


*Saturday Oct. 26: FIRESTARTER at 7:30 , THE DEAD ZONE at 9:45 , CARRIE at MIDNIGHT


*Sunday Oct. 27: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST at 6:30 , WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE at 8:30


*Monday Oct. 28: FROZEN (2010) at 7:30


*Tuesday Oct. 29: FREAKS, with short subjects at 7:30


*Wednesday Oct. 30: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE at 7:30





Battle Royle & Ju-On – J-Horror Double Feature



The the early 2000’s, Japan was crushing the new horror wave with its violent, unique, terrifying visions. Battle Royale (2000) smashed its brutal way around the globe, shocking everyone with its barbaric premise and dark sense of humor,  influencing countless other movies.  If you’ve never seen this film on the big screen before, hope you’re ready for an intense ride! Ju-On (2002) is my absolute favorite of the J-Horror craze – with disturbing images that won’t leave your mind and a new spin on the old haunted house trope, this film is scrumptiously frightening.





Fade to Black, Cutting Class & Psycho – Killer Crushes




These three fantastic films are linked together by the fact that I have an intense crush on each of the killers in the film – I know, I know, kinda weird to admit – but when you see the actors portraying each one, you’ll understand. Dennis Christopher plays the shy cinephile loner Eric Binford in 1980’s Fade to Black, an under seen film that I show to everyone I meet, with a great concept and terrific lead performance. Another under seen gem, 1989’s Cutting Class, might be best known for being one of Brad Pitt’s very first lead roles, but I’m more interested in Donovan Leitch’s off kilter, bowling shoes wearing teenage psycho Brian Woods. And lastly, but certainly not leastly, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho, with that voyeuristic mama’s boy that gets my heart beating a little bit faster, that adorable psychotic Norman Bates, played by the incredible Anthony Perkins.





Firestarter, The Dead Zone and Carrie – Stephen King Pyro/Telekenesis

Triple Feature 



I am, to put it mildly, super obsessed with Stephen King (ask me about my Dark Tower quest!) and his stories of people with special powers they can’t quite control are some of my very favorites. We start off with 1984’s Firestarter, with Drew Barrymore giving a powerhouse performance as the pint sized pyrokenetic Charlie McGee – this movie is so good – and there would be no Stranger Things without it. Then we flip on over to Cronenberg’s 1983 film The Dead Zone, where Christopher Walken stars as harmless school teacher turned paranoid psychic John Smith – whose visions are terrifying, but not as terrifying as the fact that he can’t quite see if they’ll come true or not. We end with Brian de Palma’s 1976 classic Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek as the bullied, broken Carrie White. The film is meticulously crafted and directed, with star turning performances and is the movie that launched Stephen King’s name into the stratosphere, so we should all give it the mad respect it deserves.





Nightmare on Elm Street & Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – My Favorite Final Girl 



My podcast, Horror Movie Survival Guide, is all about how to survive horror films and become the final girl, and all of that final girl love stems from one character – Heather Langenkamp’s fiery Nancy Thompson from the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Nancy in 1984’s Nightmare on Elm Street (my very favorite horror films of all time) is such a terrific role model – fearless, loyal, smart, and most importantly – self-reliant – Nancy is always fun to watch and admire, but watching Heather Langenkamp play herself in the superbly meta 1994 film Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is even juicier, and watching them back to back is absolute perfection.








Adam Green’s 2010 film Frozen is super potent and packs a powerful punch – a hyper intense watch, this film brings out of control amazing performances, a tight, super inventive script and Green’s fun directing style to create a nonstop white knuckle ride from beginning to end. To me, the best horror films are those that focus on strong characters that I like and identify with, going through trying situations and pushed to their limit, with lots of deep dialogue – this film is all of that and more.








Tod Browning’s 1932 film Freaks is a classic for a reason. Yes, it’s scary, but not for the reasons you might think and it’s also charming, heartbreaking and life affirming. Browning himself performed in the circus as a youth and had great affection for his cast, which comes through in the finished film. A wonder to behold (especially on the big screen), this film is so well directed and a must see for every film fan. And because Freaks is only a little over an hour, we’re gonna throw in some short Halloween themed surprises before the movie!





Texas Chainsaw Massacre 



I’ve watched hundreds of horror films in my lifetime, and I can say with great confidence that Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the scariest horror film ever made. No other film matches the grainy, gritty, dirty, snuff film feeling of this movie, with its unknown actors, bare bones budget, lack of soundtrack and some of the most intense villians ever put to screen. If you’ve never seen this film on the big screen with an audience, get ready for a whole different experience than watching it at home. And if you’re looking for the perfect horror film to scare the hell out of you and get in the mood for Halloween, this is the film. 


Summer of Love



So very excited to announce that I have been asked to program a summer series at the amazing Somerville Theater in Massachusetts – entirely on 35mm! 


You can read about what I chose to program and why below:


“2017 heralds the 50th anniversary of 1967’s famed “Summer of Love”, where every hippie in America hightailed it to dear old San Fran to turn on, tune in and drop out. To stand up to the generation before them and say: “No. We don’t like your way. We are going to try something different.” 


This counterculture lived in incredible, bold new ways in 1967 – communally, out front and with love for free, and with sincere hope for true equality.


They listened to incredible music – Sgt, Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Their Satanic Majesty’s Request were two of the dozens of mind blowing releases of that year.


They ingested incredible drugs – like Acapulco Gold and Owlsey’s outta site LSD.


But most importantly, the hippies were genuinely trying to do a truly incredible thing – to get the world to simply stop fighting and love one another.


Let’s say that again. Simply stop fighting and love one another.


In 1967 it was a radical idea to strive for, and sadly, now, in 2017 – 50 years later – it still is.


When Ian Judge very kindly asked me to curate some films this summer, he generously gave me absolute carte blanche on what I could program.


And I chose to program four films that will let you time travel back to 1967, and take a snapshot of the world of film that year.


We start with Roman Polanski in a carefree mood, having fun and slaying undead in THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS.


Next is one of my very favorite films, with all of the sex and drugs and heartlessness of show business on glorious, lurid display – VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.


Los Angeles counterculture gets exploited, and the grown ups get put in their place in RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP


And lastly, Godard puts his crazy, out of control stamp on the era in the under seen WEEKEND


I hope when you come to these films, you’ll put away your cell phone and mentally transport yourself back 50 years.


The 35mm projector will spin to life just as it did then, and when the images start dancing on the screen, pretend it really is 1967.


Let the films show you the people, the colors, the sound and the psychedelic sights of 1967. Let yourself be carried away by the counter culture, and let them whisper their battle cry in your ear:


Simply stop fighting and love one another.


Peace and love, Julia Marchese”



If you live in the Somerville area and would like to attend, you can buy tickets at the links below:


Fearless Vampire Killers


Valley of the Dolls


Riot on Sunset Strip




Thanks again to Ian Judge and all of the other cool cats at the Somerville for giving me this bitchin’ opportunity! Long live 35mm!