From Wednesday, October 24th, until Friday, October 26th, Film Events and Filmtheater Kriterion jointly present the third edition of the three-day genre film festival “Amsterdamned”.

The programme includes eleven current and classic films in the genres horror, fantasy and science fiction, most of which will not get a regular Dutch cinema release. Opening film of Amsterdamned 2018 is Dick Maas’ rarely screened first feature film RIGOR MORTIS, from 1981. Dick Maas and several members of the cast and crew, amongst whom Olga Zuiderhoek and Wim T. Schippers, will be present.

Jan Doense took the initiative for the Amsterdamned film festival in 2016, with the blessing of Dick Maas himself and the enthusiastic support of the Kriterion crew. In the Kriterion cafe, decorated for the occasion, festival visitors can get together before and after the screenings to discuss the state of affairs in genre cinema while enjoying one of the many specialty beers Kriterion has available on draft.

After Nicolas Roeg and John Boorman were put in the spotlight in earlier editions, this year Amsterdamned again honours a filmmaker who has been extremely important to genre film: Brian De Palma. The programme includes the Hitchcockian thriller BODY DOUBLE, the horror musical PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and the re-edited psychological thriller RAISING CAIN..


From October 14th, the Kriterion cafe will display an exhibition of collages by artist Peter de Jong. De Jong likes to be inspired by the silent horror classics from the early years of film history, like DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI (1920) and LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927). De Jong runs weekly ‘collage colleges’ at his studio in Ruigoord.

A small exhibition of obscure genre film posters from the collection of Wim Jansen will be displayed in Kriterion’s stairwell during Amsterdamned 2018. His new gallery The Sick Smell of Success, located at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 125 in Amsterdam, is only open on Saturdays from 11AM to 6.30PM and by appointment. For more info, please visit Movie-Ink.com.

Affordable, freshly prepared meals will be served daily at the Kriterion Cafe. Further information to follow.


Visit Mr. Horror’s Halloween Horror Show as well! In the night of Saturday, October 27 th, to Sunday, October 28th, at Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam and various cinemas throughout the country. Click here for more info.


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

15.00, K2 De Griezelbus (children’s programme)

17.00, K2 Body Double (Brian De Palma tribute)
Preceded by: Väg 13 (Road 13)

19.30, K1 Opening night: Dick Maas – Early Works
Rigor Mortis + Historia Morbi
Preceded by: M.A.M.ON.

21.30, K2 Anna and the Apocalypse (Powered by Imagine)
Preceded by: Amy

Thursday, 25 October 2018

17.00, K2 Raising Cain Re-Cut (Brian De Palma tribute)
Preceded by: Coyote

19.30, K1 Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens (genre classic)
With live musical accompaniment by Kevin Toma

21.30, K1 Suspiria
Preceded by: Meet Jimmy

Friday, 26 October 2018

17.00, K2 17.00, K2 Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma tribute)
Preceded by: CRYING BITCH

19.30, K2 Housewife
Preceded by: Muil (Maw)

21.30, K2 Straight to Video Meets Amsterdamned: A Henenlotter Halloween!
Brain Damage + Frankenhooker
Preceded by: Belial’s Dream

24.00, Cafe
Closing party with Big Hare

24.30, K3 Piercing (midnight special)
Preceded by: We Summoned a Demon

Saturday, October 27th

From midnight at Pathé Tuschinski: Mr. Horror’s Halloween Horror Show with HE’S OUT THERE, BOARDING SCHOOL, STILL/BORN and THE LODGERS. Click here for more info.


Ticket sales start on Tuesday, October 2nd, via kriterion.nl and at the Kriterion box office.

Single ticket: € 9,50
Day pass (3 films): € 24,00
Day pass (4 films): € 32,00
Free entrance for Cinéville cardholders