December is traditionally a time we turn to looking for the good in man, or at least films that highlight the better side of human nature. It’s a Wonderful Life is almost required viewing during the month as we prepare to gather with loved ones and celebrate. This year PhilaMOCA would also like to bring Philadelphia residents together for a gathering, but this gathering isn’t quite the type you’re expecting…in fact, they’re looking to conjure dark spirits instead of angels. On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the space will host the premiere of James Sizemore’s occult horror masterpiece The Demon’s Rook.
An official selection in renowned international film festivals like Fantasia and Sitges, The Demon’s Rook is the story of a young man who, in his attempts to flee three malevolent demons, inadvertently draws evil into his world through an interdimensional portal, unleashing a literal Hell on Earth. Not just another clever horror film, The Demon’s Rook is both a tribute to and an affirmation of the splatter-filled mayhem of the 1970s and 1980s as it forgoes the campy CGI of most modern films for the kind of practical effects that recall John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and Ridley Scott’s fantasy epic Legend (1985).
Doors for the event will open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch The Demon’s Rook in what will likely be its only Philadelphia screening!