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Comfort Film Presents: Strangers in Paradise (1984) VHS Outdoor screening.

  • Comfort Station 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Comfort Film Presents: 
Strangers in Paradise VHS Outdoor screening.

We screened Strangers in Paradise as part of our "Lost and Abandon: Forgotten oddities of the home video era" series last month but we felt it should be shared with everyone. So we are going to do an outdoor screening, weather premitting, of this amazing wonderful movie from the 80's and we are going to project it in its orginal VHS format. 

Strangers in Paradise (1984) 

Plot: Mesmerist Jonathan Sage escapes Nazi Germany via a cryogenic tube. In the 1980s, a group of Fascist Americans thaw him out, hoping to use him as a way to rid their community of homosexuals, free-thinkers, and other "radicals." The story is interspersed with many rock dance numbers.

"Strangers in Paradise is a lost classic which deserves its place in the pantheon of B-grade musicals right next to Can't Stop the Music and The Apple! The film is about a Wiemar era hypnotist who goes into cryogenic suspension in order to escape Hitler only to be thawed out by an ultra conservative political party who use him to further their own agenda.
Most of the story is told in musical numbers, and no 80's genre is left unsullied! Devo style art-rock, hair metal, and pretty much anything that was on MTV in 84' is trotted out, often with unintentionally hilarious results. My VHS copy of this is the pride of my bad musical collection." -IMDB review.

"‘Strangers In Paradise’...Neon-Nazi Christian conspiracies, New Wave musical numbers, sinister mind-control experiments and cryogenic reanimation. It's total trash, but delivered with frightening conviction. Much like the resurrected 'mentalist' Jonathan Sage, 'Strangers In Paradise' is beyond good and evil. No rating could sum it up for me. Jaw droppingly cringe-worthy, but a totally unique viewing experience, 'Strangers In Paradise' is to New Wave what 'The Apple' was to disco. An underground network of American fundamentalists really should've got together to stop Ulli Lommel...not 'rock n roll'."--Letterboxd review.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Writers: Thom Jones
Stars: Ulli Lommel, Ken Letner, Thom Jones
Running time: 84 mins.
Presented by Paul Freitag-Fey

Media: VHS projection.

Free.
Outdoor on the Comfort Station lawn weather premitting.