Straight-Jacket & Homicidal

Title: Straight-Jacket & Homicidal
Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Date: October 16 at 6pm
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Description: As part of its “William Castle Shockers” series, the 3rd Annual Cinefamily Halloween Horror Film Fest presents this double bill of black-and-white cult thrillers.

Strait-Jacket – 6:00pm
It’s a night of William Castle psychodrama! First, we break out of the loony bin with Strait-Jacket. What’s the gimmick, you may ask? Well, technically none — but one could argue that having Joan Crawford (pitched at full What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? tilt) as a recovering axe-murderess is pretty carny in and of itself. Her scene-devouring performance is amazing, and “Psycho” novelist Robert Bloch’s script is a twisty delight that delivers tension and surprises a-plenty. And who’s that as Ms. Crawford’s first victim? Why it’s The Six-Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors, in this fine and rarely seen example of Grande Dame Guignol.
Dir. William Castle, 1964, 35mm, 90 min.

Homicidal – 7:45pm
With the murderous mood set, we then get positively Homicidal with William Castle’s fevered riff on Psycho that ups the Hitchcock’s ante every chance it gets. The enigmatic Jean Arless will leave an almost as much of an impression on the audience as she does on her victims in this film that is so intense and terrifying that we will take a “Fright Break” before the last reel in order to give those too scared to continue a chance to collect a refund before the final mindblowing twist is untwisted. Those brave enough to stay out of Coward’s Corner will have bragging rights that they doubled up on the crazy and lived to tell the tale — just so long as they don’t tell the secret!
Dir. William Castle, 1961, 35mm, 87 min.