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The Black Cat + A Bucket of Blood

Tue, Aug 16, 2016
  • 4:30PM
  • 8PM
RUN TIME: 138min total with intermission
MEMBERS: $7 (free for Level 4 and above)
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Tuesday August 16, 2016
Performances no longer available.
The Black Cat

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
With Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners
1934, 65min, 35mm


Cult auteur Edgar G. Ulmer’s ultra-perverse Poe adaptation features the first onscreen pairing of Karloff and Lugosi in a twisted tale of Satanism, sadomasochism, and human sacrifice inside an outrageously designed Art Deco mansion. The stark, expressionist visuals and lurid violence yields one of the sppokiest movies ever made in Hollywood.

“Ulmer’s dark masterpiece was his last studio movie, so grim that a third of it had to be reshot. It’s still the creepiest and most poetic of all the early Universal horror films; certainly the finest collaboration between Karloff and Lugosi. Great classical music score, disturbing psychosexual underpinnings, and a pervasive atmosphere of evil that has latterly spawned literary works by Ramsey Campbell and Theodore Roszak.” —Joe Dante

A Bucket of Blood

Directed by Roger Corman
With Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone
1959, 63min, 35mm


Dante regular Dick Miller gives one of his most memorable performances in this black comic horror spoof of beatnik culture. He plays hapless busboy Walter Paisley, whose remarkably lifelike sculptures impress the bohemian crowd. His grisly secret? They’re corpses covered in plaster. Shot in five days for a song, Roger Corman’s drive-in classic is a model of B movie resourcefulness.

“The counterculture wit and wisdom of writer Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman’s hipper-than-thou alter-ego, is in even fuller flower here than in his classic follow-up, Little Shop of Horrors, aided immeasurably by Dick Miller’s indelible performance as psychotic busboy Walter Paisley. Pretty good for five days and $50,000.” —Joe Dante

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