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Friday, 22 February 2013

Back when movies came and went within a single weekend.  Back when theaters showed films that violated every conceivable line of good taste.  Back when theaters routinely showed films that cost less than $200,000 to make.  Back when censors were asleep at the wheel.  Back when movies cost a buck and popcorn a couple quarters.  Back, back, back...

It's easy to get lost in the nostalgia of it all, since it was such a wonderful experience - and so foreign to today.  Now, if I'm paying big bucks to see a film, it damn well better be good - a lot of money and valuable time is at stake.  The theater better have high tech sound and stadium seating and no one, and I mean NO ONE, better utter a peep, or I'm going to be pissed.  I just invested fifty bucks on tickets and snacks, and another fifty on a babysitter - so this better be goddamn good, or I will blow a gasket!

Sounds like fun, eh?

Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get my point.  Movies could afford to be schlocky and lame back then.  Every once and a while you'd land on a B-movie gem (like Halloween for instance), but for the most part, as long as it had a car chase and some full frontal nudity, you were satisfied.

So, in honor of those days, here's some images of theaters showing movies that would likely never make it to a typical theater these days. Apologies if some of the pictures are low quality (like the movies themselves); there's still plenty here to appreciate. I'd be interested to hear if if any of you caught these films in the theater.

Okay, I know - Invasion of the Body Snatchers wasn't exactly a low budget film.  Let's not over-analyze this, folks.

I've seen Trader Hornee.  It's like Trader Horn (1931) but with lots of naked red-heads.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a great gialo film. It Won't Rub Off Baby, probably not so great.

Kung Fu Zombie has to be the coolest title for a movie ever.


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