If you know your grindhouse, then you know Lynn Lowry. Starting with 1971's I Drink Your Blood—the first and also the last film in the hippies-with-rabies genre—Lowry appeared in a string of auspicious drive-in classics including George Romero's The Crazies (1973), Radley Metzger's softcore/hardcore switch-hitter Score (1974), and David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975).
Lowry also took a meaty role in 1973's Sugar Cookies, delivering a particularly strong (and heartbreaking) performance in a film that plays like a Times Square inversion of Vertigo made by Abel Ferrara (but actually directed by Theodore Gershuny). She also worked with Jonathan Demme and Peter Fonda in 1976's Fighting Mad, while Paul Schrader employed Lowry's oddball feline presence in 1982 to play the one character in Cat People who wasn't a cat.
On April 23, the Northwest Horror Show brings Lowry to the Vancity Theatre for a screening of I Drink Your Blood and a follow-up Q&A. Festival director Shane Burzynski tells the Straight that Vancouver will be treated to the uncut 35mm print of the film, restored by Grindhouse Releasing in 2014. (We suggest serving meat pies instead of popcorn.)
Opening on April 22 with Lucio Fulci's Zombie, the three-day event includes screenings of Night Of The Creeps (1986), Maniac (1980), followed by a Skype Q&A with director Bill Lustig, Street Trash (1987), Cannibal Ferox (1981), Pasolini's Salo (1975), and a secret closing night film that couldn't possibly improve on that line-up—OR COULD IT?
Stay tuned for more details.