Sunday, October 28, 2007

Weak Ten @ Chez Poulet: Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein

The last Ask Dr. Hal! show will be trailed by an engagement of KrOB's Film Farm, as is traditional.

Tuesday, October 30th, the very Eve of Hallowe'en, we'll show the immortal Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).

Chez Poulet -- 3359 ARMY (Cesar Chavez) St. @ Mission SF

Abbott and Costello were America's preeminent film comedians, translating their popular stage act to several motion pictures and becoming part of the 20th century's pop-culture landscape. And, as it happened, in the late '40s Universal Studios realized they had two very marketable items under their contractual roof, as the duo were building a popular film career not too far away from a legion of legendary movie monsters who had been turning out more and more implausible sequels year after year. 1944's House of Frankenstein, for example, is a (very entertaining) monster rally which is practicallyA & C Meet Frank minus the comedic twosome. And so, in the final, magnificent example of Universal's monster world, in which Lugosi gives his all, throwing himself into the Dracula role for the last time, and John P. Fulton's great special effects still entertain, Bud and Lou make cinematic history-- and the best of any of their own comedies. 'The Boys' don't actually meet Dr. Frankenstein, of course, but they do tangle not only with Frankenstein's Monster (Glenn Strange), on whose unearthly, cadaverous physiognomy the old Don Post Monster Mask was based, not Karloff -- but also Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.). The plot is rather interesting-- this far along in the Universal monster movie cycle we now observe a sinister and clearly defined Conspiracy of the Monsters. The story centers around the undead Count Dracula, who has acquired Frankenstein's creature, but wants to improve it -- with a more suggestible, more docile brain-- Lou Costello's, in fact. Surprisingly funny, genuinely atmospheric, and inventive, it's a movie worth cultivating-- a KrOB Klassic.

KrOB will also show his marvelous Eye Noise edits, making this the second-to-last iteration of the Film Farm. a don't-miss for this Hallowe'en Season.

With copyright-free popcorn, drinks of all colors, halloween candy, and, of course, spook-tacular SPY antics and appetizers...

KrOB's Film Farm-- Tuesday, OCT. 30th @ 8PM-- FREE

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Weak Nine @ Chez Poulet: Island of Lost Souls

3359 ARMY (cesar chavez) ST. @ MISSION in SAN FRANCISCO

Island of Lost Souls, a masterpiece of '30s horror. Filled with dank jungle settings, dark caves, and huge mutant plants, Island of Lost Souls percolates with a decadent atmosphere that charms while it also horrifies. With genre director Erle C. Kenton at the helm, the island becomes a sinister, vile environment of creeping shadows that infiltrate right into the souls of the characters on screen. When the shipwrecked Edward Parker, (Prendick in the novel) is abandoned on his South Seas island, Moreau (Charles Laughton) doesn't want any prying eyes on his jungle paradise where he conducts medical experiments on animals, but he quickly sees that Parker might serve a useful scientific purpose. Taking a sadistic glee in his enterprise, he eagerly pushes the shipwrecked Parker together with the almost-human panther woman (Kathleen Burke) in hopes that the two might just sire a child. He waits in the shadows, carefully underplaying his part, while watching his plot take form. His eyes take on a sparkling glee. Laughton's performance is one of the great performances in the history of screen horror as he leads Parker around his island, cracking a whip to scare off hulking vaguely-human brutes who leer from the shadows. Meanwhile, agonized screams echo and the creatures cower while bleating "The... House of Pain!" Based on H.G. Wells's tale of horror, Island of Lost Souls boasts a screenplay by Philip Wylie, the marvelous cinematography of Karl Struss, one of the great cinematographers of Hollywood, a wonderful performance by Bela Lugosi as the "Sayer of the Law," meet who chants "What is the Law?" to a goofy, but creepy bunch of barrel-chested "beast men." One of the beasts in one delightfully decadent scene climbs a tree so he can crawl through a window and into her bedroom. The revenge of the animal-men is one of the most frightening scenes ever filmed for any movie. It got the film banned in Britain until some 25 years after its initial release

Monday, October 1, 2007

Weak Eight @ Chez Poulet: Parents


(dir. bob balaban, 1989)23 8pm - The Show Is FREE!

Wednesday Night in San Francisco

Featuring super-secret SPY specials and fucktons of all-american opening EYENOISE from yours truly, KrOB.

Free, yes, FREE popcorn can be yours simply by reaching for it!

Mouth-watering drinks and bone-decaying snacks will also be available. order a "long island ice tea" from us while simultaneously feigning ignorance, and get the second one FREE!

Chez Poulet Gallery 3359 Army St @ Mission

-- Just Added --

We go from Great Guidance (ROBOT MONSTER - 10/26) to Parental Guidance (PARENTS - 10/10) with 2 Meat Scientists and lucid refugees from another local Movie Night. A certain Geekboy, and the classic proud poppa, Dr. Pete Goldie will be in the house preparing STRANGE MEATS (terrestrial oddities you can eat!) for our Feature Presentation. Will we be munchin' on forbidden bi-peds? Who knows?... but fellow carnivores won't be dissapointed as the gourmet mysteries become solved!