Film Screening 25th October, 2007

Poster for Bad Luck Blackie

Bad Luck Blackie 

8:00 PM, 25th October, 2007

  • G
  • 7 mins
  • 1949
  • Tex Avery

A cute kitten gets his own back on a bulldog by engaging a "bad luck service" - every time he blows a whistle, a black cat will cross the bulldogs path, bringing a swift attack of bad luck. This is one of director Tex Avery's most iconic cartoons; he was never as happy as when he had a good excuse to drop an anvil on someone's head.'

Adam Gould

Poster for Black Sheep

Black Sheep 

8:07 PM, 25th October, 2007

  • MA
  • 86 mins
  • 2006
  • Jonathan King
  • Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney

The tagline for this movie was enough to hook me in: Get ready for Violence of the Lambs! If they had called this film 28 Sheep Later, there would be no need for me to describe the film any further. Genetically engineered sheep become bloodthirsty killers that terrorise a New Zealand farm. The main characters are: the younger son with an inexplicable fear of sheep, who returns to the farm after many years away; the new age greenie woman (the offal pit scene wouldnt be the same without a hint of romance); and the evil baaastard elder brother (pun intended), who is behind the genetic engineering. But wait, there's more!! Not only do they have to deal with the sheep, they also have to deal with the humans who have been bitten by the sheep. I don't want to give too much away. There is plenty of blood and gore but I don't think anyone would be genuinely scared by this film (except maybe for New Zealanders - they are outnumbered and surrounded, after all....) There are the usual bit characters who do stupid things and end up dead - why does no one ever just jump in a car and drive away????

If you want an evening of shear enjoyment (again - bad pun intended) with laugh-out-loud moments, don't miss Black Sheep. While it won't be winning any Oscars, it's an evening of cheesy fun- just the sort of film you want to see with the Film Group crowd.'

Kathy Bakewell

Poster for The Black Cat

The Black Cat 

10:00 PM, 25th October, 2007

  • PG
  • 65 mins
  • 1934
  • Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Before the days of blood and gore driving the horror genre, gothic creepiness was the order of the day. In literature, none pulled it off better than Edgar Allan Poe. On the silver screen, nobody was scarier than the domineering Karloff or the sinister Bela Lugosi. Jumble these three together and you have one of the most enduring horror films of its era, The Black Cat.

Travelling to their honeymoon destination in Hungary (how romantic!), Joan and Peter Allison share a compartment with Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi). Werdegast spent 15 years as a POW, but is now free and has tracked down the traitor general whose actions had him imprisoned: Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff). After sufficient exposition, a road accident sees the Allisons and the nutty Doctor seek refuge a Poelzigs freaky castle. Little do the three yet know, but Poelzig is a satanic priest and Werdegast must outplay him in a battle of wits to save the souls of the Allisons. '

Adam Gould