Cinema a Go Go Is Abominable! Friday, August 23 / 7:00 pm Liberty Hall
Summer fun continues at Cinema a Go Go with a wild double feature chockful of mad scientists and crazy inventions that defy the laws of physics!
From 1971 comes the cult classic The Abominable Dr. Phibes starring Vincent Price in one of his most memorable roles. Dr. Anton Phibes is a mad genius who blames his beloved wife's death on the medical team that attended at her surgery. And so Dr. P (who is horribly scarred from a car crash) devises an ingenious series of murders based on the Ten Plagues of Egypt from the Old Testament.
Directed by Robert Fuest, this one's become a favorite of movie lovers for its art deco sets, blacker-than-black humor and an over-the-top performance by Vincent Price.
Throughout the 1960s Europe was a hotbed of 007 wannabes. One of the worst (or best, depending upon your point of view) is the mind boggling Danger! Death Ray! (1967) starring onetime movie Tarzan Gordon Scott.
A brilliant scientist invents a powerful death ray to be used "for peaceful purposes" (??). Not surprisingly, enemy agents make off with both the death ray and the scientist. You can bet they're not interested in using it for peaceful purposes!
That's when super secret agent Bart Fargo (and what kind of name is THAT for a secret agent?) is yanked away from his vacation to save the day, and then the fun really begins, sort of. What follows are some half-hearted chases on land and sea, a lot of fistfights and some romantic byplay between Bart Fargo and a couple of lovely ladies. There's so much good-natured ineptitude on display here that Danger! Death Ray! was featured on MST3K!
Doors open 6:30pm - Tickets $10.00 at the door.
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