In case you missed it, the Times Cinema (5906 W. Vliet St.) reopened earlier this month with a new programming format. Yes, more than two years after closing due to COVID-19, the cozy neighborhood cinema is back, screening a mix of second-run and classic flicks. And speaking of those classic flicks…

WMSE’S FRIDAY NIGHT FREAK SHOW WILL RETURN TO TIMES CINEMA MAY 20 WITH BETTER OFF DEAD.

Tickets are $2 $11. Get them HERE.

Directed by Savage Steve Holland and starring a fresh-faced John Cusack, Better Off Dead follows the wacky suicidal misadventures of Lane Myer (Cusack) as he struggles with his ex-girlfriend Beth (Amanda Wyss), his snow-snorting best friend Charles de Mar (Curtis Armstrong), his nasal spray-snorting neighbor Ricky (Dan Schneider), his bizarro parents (David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby), his How To Pick Up Trashy Women-reading little brother Badger (Scooter Stevens), a prototypical ’80s jock/bad guy (Aaron Dozier), and a homicidal paper boy (Demian Slade). Oh, and those drag racers who talk like Howard Cosell. And the guy who runs Pig Burger. Oh well, at least there’s French foreign exchange student Monique (Diane Franklin), who can totally fix Lane’s ’67 Camaro but has a phobia of, eh, how you say? Octopus? Testicles?

Can Lane beat Roy Stalin in the big ski race down the K-12? Can he pass the time at Pig Burger by imagining an elaborate burgers-and-fries claymation video of Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”? On May 20, will WMSE’s DJ Marty kick things off at 6:30 p.m. with some Van Halen tunes? Will the film then begin at 7:30 p.m.? Will the Friday Night Freak Show then return to the Times on the third Friday of every month? YES, YES, YES, YES, AND YES.

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