FREE April Movies at The Carolina

Carolina Cinemas

 

Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., the Asheville Film Society puts on a FREE movie at the Carolina in theater 6. Membership is not necessary to attend. Arrive early as they have gotten very crowded.

4/1 The White Sheik (1952, Federico Fellini)

4/8 Shanghai Express (1932, Josef von Sternberg)

4/15 Monte Carlo (1930, Ernst Lubitsch)

4/22 The Devils (1971, Ken Russell)

4/29 A Hard Day’s Night (1964, Richard Lester)

Thursday Horror Picture Show

 

Every Thursday night at 8, Ken Hanke & Justin Souther put on a FREE horror movie in Carolina’s cinema lounge.

4/3 Spider Baby (1968, Jack Hill)

4/10 Werewolf of London (1935, Stuart Walker)

4/17 Fear No Evil (1981, Frank LaLoggia)

4/24 Eyes Without a Face (1960, Georges Franju)

FREE February Movies at The Carolina

Carolina Cinemas

 

Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., the Asheville Film Society puts on a FREE movie at the Carolina. Membership is not necessary to attend.

2/4 Midnight (1939, Mitchell Leisen)

2/11 The Good Thief (2002, Neil Jordan)

2/18 Funny Face (1957, Stanley Donen)

2/25 The Working Man (1933, John G. Adolfi)

Thursday Horror Picture Show

 

Every Thursday night at 8, Ken Hanke & Justin Souther put on a FREE horror movie in Carolina’s cinema lounge.

2/6 Paranoiac (1963, Freddie Francis)

2/13 Spider Baby (1968, Jack Hill) w/ Lon Chaney Jr.

2/20 Angel Heart (1987, Alan Parker)

2/27 Phantom of the Opera (1943, Arthur Lubin)

Spider Baby

Poor Lon Chaney Jr. was never fully able to step out of his father’s shadow. He acted in Hollywood for many years under his given name of Creighton (he wasn’t actually a Jr.) and gave a marvelous performance as Lennie in Of Mice and Men (1939). Throughout the 30s, he steered clear of the genre pictures his father had been famous for. In 1941, he starred in Man Made Monster and in the role he would forever be associated with – The Wolf Man. From that point on he would either be billed as Lon Chaney Jr. or just Lon Chaney.

Spider Baby

WATCH: Spider Baby (1964) – “The last of the Merrye clan afflicted with a degenerative brain disease that’s turned them into bloodthirsty savages live in a tumbledown mansion, spinning a homicidal web and carving up those unlucky enough to cross their paths. Meanwhile, loyal family chauffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) covers their tracks. Trouble arrives in the form of two conniving cousins and their unctuous lawyer, who decide to spend the night … and come to regret it.”

The 60s were a time of experimentation for horror movies. Hammer studios and AIP discovered that people really enjoyed seeing period horror in lavish color. Other films laid the groundwork for today’s horror genre. Try watching Jack Hill’s Spider Baby – made in 1964 but not released until 1968 – and not think of Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) even though they are completely different in tone. Jack Hill wrote and directed this cult film. Lon Chaney gives a nice low-key performance that helps ground the rest of the oddball family. The two creepy young sisters are wonderful as is a young Sid Haig. While this is a horror film about, among other things, cannibalism – something not talked about at the time, the whole tone of the film seems whimsical. Lon Chaney Jr. even sings the theme song. While not great, this movie is a lot of fun.

AVOID: Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) – Unfortunately this truly dreadful piece of trash was both Lon Chaney Jr. and J. Carrol Naish’s last film. This is really only watchable as a train wreck. Director Al Adamson originally envisioned it as a sequel to Satan’s Sadists so you have bikers who appear and disappear throughout the film. In fact it looks like this is a mix of just about every possible late 60s/early 70s genre except science fiction (yes there is an LSD trip and a musical number). Superfan Forrest J. Ackerman (Famous Monsters of Filmland) has a small role as Dr. Beaumont.