Halloween Comes Early to Cinema a Go Go! Friday, October 12 / 7:00pm Liberty Hall
'Tis the month of All Hallows Eve, and Cinema a Go Go is here to get you in the spirit a little early with two black-and-white horrors from the 1950s.
From 1959 we've got the horror/heist movie Beast from Haunted Cave, which is a half-baked remake of John Huston's Key Largo. A gang of crooks steal a bunch of gold in Deadwood, South Dakota. What a bunch of gold is DOING in South Dakota in the first place is another question. As the crooks flee into a blizzard they're hunted by a creepy, bloodsucking spider whatsit. Maybe he just wants in on the gold.
The beast of the title was made of plywood, bedsheets and spun glass and despite its cheap construction, it still manages to come off pretty creepy in a few scenes.
Also on the bill is cult classic The Giant Gila Monster (1958), a hot rod/monster/science fiction thriller shot in five days around Dallas, Texas.
A lot of the plot here is given over to a bunch of teenage hot rodders. Soon, however, idiot townspeople go missing and before long it's clear they've been munched by a 70-foot long Gila Monster (actually a Mexican beaded lizard filmed on miniature sets). The monster lumbers around, eating the occasional hitch-hiker, wrecking a model train and, worst of all, disrupting a sock hop!
This one was produced by Ken Curtis, Festus of TV's Gunsmoke and was originally released on a double bill with The Killer Shrews.
Doors open 6:30pm - Tickets $10.00 at the door.
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