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Local filmmaker brings 'Brutal' to Valley Theater midnight movie series

'Warriors' actor Harris, soundmeister Alan Howarth join Michael Patrick Stevens tonight


What: Midnight movie featuring "Brutal," by independent filmmaker Michael Patrick Stevens, a Beaverton resident

Where: Valley Theatre - Cinema Pub, 9360 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway

When: midnight (12 a.m.) Saturday, June 7, with musical performance by Alan Howarth at 11 p.m.

Who: Stevens and special guests David D. Harris, who played the role of "Cochise" in "The Warriors" from 1979, and an Alan Howarth, who created the soundtrack to "Brutal" as well as the first six "Star Trek" installments, "Escape from New York" and "Poltergeist"

Cost: $10, proceeds to benefit The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children

For more information: Visit valleycinemapub.com/index.php, or call 503-296-6843

Facebook: Facebook.com/ValleyCinemaPub

Fans of independent filmmaking and the imaginative soundscapes from movies such as "Star Trek," "Escape from New York," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Jurassic Park," will have plenty to enjoy tonight as the Valley Theater brings back the midnight movie with "Brutal," a film by Oak Hills resident Michael Patrick Stevens.

Stevens, who saw his first movie at the Valley, 9360 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, chose the theater for a midnight movie run of "Brutal" on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June. Tickets are $10, and tonight includes a musical performance by Alan Howarth, a veteran movie soundtrack wizard whose credits include the aforementioned films, along with collaborations with John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg on films such as "Christine," "Poltergeist," and "Big Trouble in Little China," at 11 p.m.

Howarth, who created the soundtrack to "Brutal," is in town this weekend to support his friend Stevens, along with David D. Harris, who played the role of "Cochise" in "The Warriors" from 1979. The musician and actor will both be at the Valley before the show to greet the public.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, a topic that "Brutal" touches on.

The movie, described as a "complex, psychological horror ride," is the story of a family man who becomes ensnared "in the evil web of a madman," as Stevens explained in the film's promotional materials.

Howarth, who manned a merchandise table at the Valley Theater on Friday night while Stevens and Harris attended a viewing of "The Warriors" across town at the Laurelhurst Theater in Northeast Portland, said "Brutal" immediately fired up his creative juices when Stevens presented it to him.

"It's real simple," the Los Angeles resident explained. "It's written from the viewpoint of parents of murdered children. It's about a two guys in a basement About seven minutes of it is violent ... It's like (movies) you don't understand until you get all the clues.

"It's so original," he added. "Michael had a hard time getting distribution because it doesn't fit into any boxes, so he contacted (The Valley) theater. He thought what if we give it a run here for a month and see if it gets any traction."

Susan LaClair, Valley Theater's general manager, said she couldn't remember the last time the theater served up a midnight movie, but welcomed the opportunity to present a new nightlife option for the Beaverton area.

"It's going to be fun to see how it goes," she said.



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