50 Years of Bijou: Malatesta's Carnival of Blood, with Late Shift at the Grindhouse

Mar 29, 2023

10:00 PM - 11:59 PM

FilmScene (Chauncey)

404 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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A man with a grey face and wild eyes looks offscreen.

Bijou partners with Late Shift at the Grindhouse to bring you a series of 50th Anniversary screenings! See Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973), free for UI students! A restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

An evil carnival impresario lures young people to work at his fun fair, so that he can feed them to the ravenous cannibals who live in a cave beneath the carnival. They also watch silent horror film classics projected on the wall while they feast. Set entirely in a rotting amusement park (which was bulldozed not long after the film was completed) and starring little person superstar Herve Villechaize from Fantasy Island, Malatesta is a hallucinogenic voyage that stands tall with Messiah of Evil as a masterpiece of 1970s outsider horror.

Celebrating 50 years, Bijou Film Board is a nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to the exhibition of independent, foreign, and classic cinema. Our 50th Anniversary series celebrates half a century of Bijou Film Board's commitment to making thoughtful cinema accessible to all students.

Wednesdays get weird at FilmScene when Late Shift at the Grindhouse hosts Ross Meyer, Joe Derderian, and Aaron Holmgren dig up low-budget B-movies, horror and gore-fests, and camp classics for your viewing pleasure. Buy your ticket and take a ride in our Time Machine! Punch in and earn a bonus! $3 small popcorn! PLUS—special custom trash trailer reel curated by Ross with cheap swag and prize giveaways!

All Bijou programming is FREE for UI students, screened at FilmScene (at the Chauncey) at 404 E College St.

Free student tickets for Partnership films must be claimed at the door. To purchase general admission tickets in advance, visit the FilmScene website at ic.filmscene.org/series-special-events/ .

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at