It's Tiki Night at Cinema a Go Go! Friday, June 8 / 7:00pm Liberty Hall
Cinema a Go Go goes to hell with the return of Tiki Night! Our big double feature kicks off with From Hell It Came (1957), a grade Z jungle thriller and the greatest walking tree movie ever made.
A band of well-intentioned American scientists from the Atomic Energy Commission battle the plague on a remote tropical island. Because who better to battle the plague than a bunch of nonsense-spouting nuclear physicists?
Of course things go awry with the arrival of Tabonga, a murderous island spirit who takes the form of a huge shambling tree monster. From Hell It Came has everything: awful dialogue, ludicrously untalented hula dancers and a giant walking tree.
Our second tiki-tastic feature is Hell's Half Acre (1954), a tidy little film noir produced by Republic Pictures, a studio that specialized in Westerns, serials and action films.
Don the Beachcomber is listed in the credits as technical advisor and parts of the film were shot on location in Waikiki. Racketeer Chet Chester (Wendell Corey) runs a tiki bar in a seedy section of Honolulu but finds his life complicated by some former gangster cronies. This one's helped enormously by director John Auer's sure-footed style and the presence of film luminaries like Keye Luke, Jesse White and Marie Windsor, the queen of hard-boiled B-films!
Doors open 6:30pm - Tickets $10.00 at the door.
Retro Cocktail Hour - Kansas Public Radio, 1120 W. 11th St. - The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66044 • (785) 864-4530 • (888) 577-5268