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When: Fri., Aug. 2, 7:05 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 3, 9:40 p.m. 2013
Price: $9
“Paramount Pictures dares to give you the strangest story ever written” announced the promotional material for the 1932 Sci-Fi Horror Classic The Island of Lost Souls, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque dares to screen it for you tonight and tomorrow evening for the low, low cost of $9 ($6 with Cinematheque membership). It’s a weird one for sure, based on the famous H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. It tells the grisly tale of a twisted doctor performing genetic experiments in the South Seas, much to the stomach-twisting dismay of a handsome shipwrecked man. The film was seminal in all sorts of ghastly ways, not the least of which was makeup effects. Bela “Dracula” Lugosi plays some sort of ape man, and boy is he ever convincing. The film’s themes and infamous dialogue even inspired Devo (“Are We Not Men?”) and was so fucked up in the soft-roaring '30s that Britain banned it for 25 years. It screens tonight at 7:05 and tomorrow at 9:40 p.m. (Sam Allard)


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