THE WARRIORS will be shown on November 9th, 2012 as part of a SFCult 35mm double-bill with SLAUGHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO at San Francisco’s historic Victoria Theater. Buy tickets here!
What’s not to love about THE WARRIORS? Taking the dirt and grime of New York City’s late-70s decay and pushing it to a downright surreal place, THE WARRIORS is a funhouse of deserted subway stations, late-nite DJs and crazed gangs, like the green-faced, baseball-bat waving Baseball Furies, or the top-hatted, mime-faced Hi-Hats.
Spawning a mini-spree of vandalism and violence upon its release, and with reviews confused by the film’s unique and flamboyant style, THE WARRIORS was dumped by Paramount – but, through home video and late-night TV showings, took on a second life.
“It has—in visual terms—the kind of impact that “Rock Around the Clock” had when it was played behind the titles of “Blackboard Jungle.” It’s like visual rock, and it’s bursting with energy. The action runs from night until dawn, and most of it is in crisp, bright Day-Glo colors against the terrifying New York blackness; the figures stand out like a jukebox in a dark bar. There’s a night-blooming, psychedelic shine to the whole baroque movie.”
– Pauline Kael, The New Yorker