First up, Greg Proops — one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth — records his latest episode of his lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly Film Club podcast live, and then it’s time for a 35mm screening of the eerie French classic Eyes Without A Face. Greg sez: “A lyrical masterpiece of creepy horror. Upon its release, one critic called it “the sickest film since I started film criticism.” A mad doctor responsible for his daughter’s face being horribly disfigured makes her wear a mask (later, John Carpenter snarfed the idea for Halloween’s Michael Myers.) The good Doc then kidnaps girls so he can remove their faces, and graft them onto his beloved kid. The fun starts there. If you like your horror with a bit of poetry, this one is all up in your haunted house. Music by Maurice Jarre, shot by the master Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis.) Vous allez mourir de peur. No Billy Idol will be played.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!
Dir. Georges Franju, 1960, 35mm, 84 min.
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