On Sunday, October 28, the Secret Cinema will present their only
horror-themed program of the season, when we present THE SECRET CINEMA
HALLOWEEN GRAB BAG (admittedly three days before Halloween). The main
attraction will be Universal’s rarely-shown 1943 mad scientist/horror
feature THE MAD GHOUL. And, since this “b-movie” classic runs just a
snappy 65 minutes, they’ll include an extra-generous helping of surprise
short subjects to round out the show — all with a spooky or supernatural
It takes place at The Living Room at 35 East, in the heart of downtown
Ardmore. Singer-songwriter Laura Mann recently opened this intimate space
to provide a comfortable setting for the enjoyment of live music, poetry,
comedy and now, films. The venue serves coffee, soft drinks and snacks,
but is BYOB for alcohol.
There will be one complete show at 7:00 pm. Admission is $13.00.
As usual, this Secret Cinema program will be entirely projected in 16mm
film on a giant screen (not video).
THE MAD GHOUL (1943, Dir: James Hogan) – This overlooked Universal horror
was called “best of the bunch” by author Don Miller, in a comparison of
the studio’s genre output of the era. It stars George Zucco in perhaps his
ultimate mad scientist role, as a professor experimenting with a gas used
by ancient Egyptians to turn enemies into zombies! Jealously in love with
the fiancée of his assistant (David Bruce), he tests the formula on him,
causing the transformed victim to require fluid from human hearts to
survive. Soon there are grave robbings and murders, and things only get
worse from there. Rounding out the excellent cast are Robert Armstrong
(KING KONG), “scream queen” Evelyn Ankers and Turhan Bey. “An unusually
classy B picture, thanks largely to (Milton) Krasner’s camerawork and
excellent performances…(with) Zucco, at his unctuous best.” – Phil
Hardy, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HORROR MOVIES.
Spooky short subjects will include cartoons, trailers and other surprise
short films…including one in 3-D!