Sunday, 26 August 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 245: Sun Sep 2

Island of Lost Souls (Kenton, 1932) & Corruption (Hartford-Davis, 1968):
Roxy Bar and Screen, London Bridge, 4pm
This is screening as part of the Scala Beyond, a six-week season celebrating all forms of cinema exhibition across the UK, from film clubs to film festivals, picture palaces to pop-up venues. You can find more details here at the website.

Chicago Reader review of Island of Lost Souls:
'One of the best-kept secrets in rock criticism is that all of Devo's original act—from the “de-evolution” rap down to the chant of “Are we not men?”—was a straight cop from this 1933 adaptation of H.G. Wells's Island of Dr. Moreau. Charles Laughton, with an obscene caterpillar mustache, is the mad doctor working on the transformation of animals into (sub)human beings by means of sickening “surgical techniques”; Richard Arlen and Leila Hyams are two shipwreck survivors who, unsuspecting, wash up on his shore. It's a grand, hokey chiller, dripping with sex and sadism and photographed in dense, Sternbergian shadows by the great cinematographer Karl Struss. With Bela Lugosi as the leader of the pack, and Kathleen Burke as the unforgettably insinuating Leopard Woman.' Dave Kehr

Here is the Roxy introduction: The Classic Horror Campaign, Cyberschizoid, Scare Sarah and Filmbar70 return to The Roxy Bar & Screen. Once again we join forces with the Scala Beyond season to present our homage to the much loved cinema. Recapture those halcyon days of the old BBC2 Saturday night horror double bills in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere at one of London’s premiere boutique cinema venues.

Island of Lost Souls (1932)
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
Here is the trailer

Corruption (1968)
A respected surgeon disfigures his beautiful model wife in an accident and resolves to retore her beauty. He develops a technique which involves the use of fluid from the pituitary gland and embarks on a killing spree to obtain more of the fluid. As events spin more and more out of control, carnage ensues and the dead bodies start piling up…
Here is the trailer

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