BasilicaScope Weekend Film Festival: Straight To Hell Returns
$10 or $25 for all three
Friday Sep 19, 2014
8:00PMFilm Begins
9:30PMExtended Q&A

Basilica Hudson
Inside the main hall of the Basilica Hudson
110 South Front Street Hudson, NY 12534
Take Exit 82 off the Taconic or take Amtrak to the Hudson station.


Straight to Hell Returns offers a cruel new vision of a quirky cult classic.

BasilicaScope, in its second year, runs Sept 19 & 20, 2014, and dedicates its entire run to Alex Cox with his cult classics Repo Man, Straight to Hell Returns, and Walker. A visionary filmmaker who made the 1980s all the more bearable for us, Cox masterfully used pinpoint satire and a rambunctious stable of actors to illuminate the sleazy politics of the era. Cox will be live in Hudson for the Festival.

Basilica Scope digs into the visceral aspects of motion pictures by celebrating films that explore the furthest extremes—from remote landscapes, unconventional perspectives, fanatic personalities, radical examinations of film’s materiality, to the blood and emotion that create it. BasilicaScope presents extraordinary films during its weekend-long summer festival in a reclaimed 19th century factory.

Q&A with filmmaker Alex Cox following the film


Straight To Hell Returns (Alex Cox | 91 min.)
Alex Cox's Straight to Hell Returns is a slightly tweaked re-release of his 1987 cult classic, punk rock, Spaghetti Western comedy, Straight to Hell. Cox, never a director to shy away from a challenge, cowrote the script with Dick Rude, who also steps into the role of Willy, one of a trio of ne'erdowells that also include Simms (played by Joe Strummer) and Norwood, whose shoes are filled by Sy Richardson, a tremendously underappreciated actor who should be getting a cut of royalty checks from Samuel L. Jackson, whose cool, nononsense routine is very reminiscent of Richardson's style, especially in this film. Also along for the ride is Courtney Love as Norwood's pregnant girlfriend, Velma. Following an unseen bank robbery, our heroes quickly find themselves seeking refuge from the their criminal boss, Mr. Dade (Jim Jarmusch) in a dirty town straight out of any cheaply made Spaghetti Western of the 60s or 70s.”

- DVD Talk

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