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“The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana!”
Reefer Madness screens Thursday August 4th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143). $6 for the screening.
In 1932, Harry Anslinger was named head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The position was not much more than a figurehead because all the bureau was involved in was the amount of morphine etc. that were in medicine like cough syrup. Anslinger wanted more power and the best way to get power was to put more “narcotics” under his control. So he set his sights on marijuana. He met and became friends with Charles Randolph Hearst (the Citizen Kane guy!) and they talked about their shared dislike of cannabis. During this time, »
- Tom Stockman
4A Games, Ukrainian developer behind both Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light, is quietly toiling away on two secret, as-yet-unannounced projects.
Following the closure of publisher Thq some years ago, doubt was cast over the studio’s immediate future. But rest assured, 4A Games is alive and well, and the dev recently took to Facebook (via VG247) to post a status report revealing that, after persevering through testing times that included a studio move to Malta, it’s ready to come out of its self-imposed hiatus.
Hello everyone, yes we are alive! So thank you for putting up with us during a slight hiatus. Yes 2 years is a bit long but we have lots of exciting times ahead and wanted to bring you up to date since the last news that we were in Malta.
The burning question that you are all going to be asking (and have been asking) is: »
- Michael Briers
Horror in the ‘50s tended to lean towards the sci-fi end of the spectrum. And why wouldn’t it? This was the atomic age, and hiding under your school desk during a bomb drill (the safest place to be!) was scarier than any monster Hollywood could muster. So as a form of social moralizing (or an excuse to display giant, mutated lizards on screen), filmmakers merged the fear of nuclear annihilation with the need for entertainment. Most filmmakers, that is. Paul Landres’ The Vampire (1957) is a deliberate ride through the (mostly) human condition, small in scope but surprisingly big on emotion. Just don’t expect any vampires, radioactive, sparkly, or otherwise.
What you do get is a story much closer to Stevenson than Stoker, a simple riff on Jekyll and Hyde shot through a cautionary tale about America’s then growing concern with pill poppin’. The Vampire is more concerned »
- Scott Drebit
“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!”
St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions have included Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Glen Or Glenda, Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Star Wars Trilogy (!!). In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: The Abominable Dr. Phibes in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody.
This year, those crazy Smoking Monkeys are presenting Mad Max – a spoof of all four of those great Mel Gibson action movies (and that Tom Hardy one). So join Mad Max and a cast of rowdy characters in an epic race for guzzolene, freedom and a better life beyond Thunderdome…in 60 minutes or less. That’S Right! »
- Tom Stockman
4 items from 2016
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