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A TRIBUTE TO ARCH HALL, JR. - THE CHOPPERS/THE SADIST/WILD GUITAR
A TRIBUTE TO ARCH HALL, JR!!
THREE CLASSIC FILMS ON THE BIG SCREEN!!
Monday, February 4
Mention the name Arch Hall, Jr. to anyone with the slightest degree of cinema hipness and they're likely to drop to their knees in sacred reverence. In the early 60s Hall appeared in this trio of sensational films which have earned him a special place in the Hall of the Cinematically Demented! The legendary Johnny Legend (a good pal of Arch's) will host this one-night extravaganza so DON'T DARE NOT BE HERE!
THE CHOPPERS. Arch plays "Cruiser" Bryan, a slick teen delinquent who heads a gang of car thieves who strip the rods and sell the parts to a crooked junkyard dealer. It does't take the cops too long to dope things out leading up to a sensational, tragic finale! Also in the cast are Robert Paget, Marianne Gaba, and Bruno Ve Sota (!). Written by Hall's dad, Arch, Sr. Directed by Leigh Jason. In B&W. Digital. 66 mins. 1961. SHOWS at 6:30 only.
THE SADIST. Hall's greatest performance (and film) is this stunning portrait of deranged teenage psychopath Charlie Tibbs who, along with his mute girl friend Judy, hold a trio of high school teachers in a net of unspeakable terror at a deserted junkyard. A true masterpiece of mounting horror, it is also a brilliantly written and filmed (by Vilmos Zsigmond) thriller that will permanently embed itself in your unsuspecting brain. Very loosely based on the late 50s murder spree of Charlie Starkweather and Caril Fugate, immortalized years later in the film BADLANDS. Also starring: Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning, Don Russell, and Helen Hovey. Written and directed by James Landis. In B&W. 35mm PRINT. 92 mins. 1963. SHOWS at 8:00 only.
WILD GUITAR. One of the 60s most supremely surrealistic rock & roll movies, it also brought together two of the screens most legendary giants: Arch Hall, Jr. and Ray Dennis Steckler!! Here Arch plays Bud Eagle, an up and coming rocker who takes a shot at the big time with the help of an unscrupulous record label owner (played by Arch's dad). Bizarre beyond belief. Also starring: Nancy Czar, Ray Dennis Steckler, Robert Crumb. Written by Arch Hall, Sr. Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. In B&W. Digital. 92 mins. 1962. SHOWS at 9:45 only.