Movie Madness Double Feature! Freaks (1931) and The Woman In Black (2012)

  • December 7, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Imagine, if you will, a circus operating during the Great Depression.  The beautiful blonde trapeze artist is pursued by a lovesick midget half her size.  She rejects his advances until she hears he has just inherited a fortune.  She and her strongman lover then make nefarious plans that ultimately don't turn out as they wish.

Tod Browning's controversial film Freaks was banned in the UK for almost 30 years.  It caused such an uproar with test audiences that it was severely edited before general release in the US in 1932.  After which it was banned in Boston and Browning's career took a major nosedive.  The reason for this was that Browning -- who had run away to a circus at 16 -- used actual circus freaks in the film.  This is still controversial in some countries. During the 60s this film began making the midnight cult film circuit.  There will be a brief Robert Osborne-type intro and post-script by the hosts at the event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lReemWmO5o

Daniel Radcliffe -- long after graduating from Hogwarts' -- stars in The Woman In Black as a troubled lawyer sorting out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric.  However he soon discovers that the town holds a deadly secret:  His client's house is haunted by the spirit of a vengeful woman from whom no one is safe.  Stylish, creepy, and filled with Hammer trademarks, this film also features Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer as parents touched by the ghost's revenge.

Pizza will be ordered when all have arrived; cost to be shared.  Popcorn and candy will be provided by the hosts.

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  • Rachel

    So sorry Sheila, Meehan-- I'm not going to be able to make it after all... I'll be keeping my eyes on your event calendar, tho, and look forward to getting together with you guys soon.

    December 6, 2013

  • Sheila C.

    Welcome, Vinnie! This will be a great evening.

    November 4, 2013

    • Vinnie V.

      oUCH! Sorry to say I have to change my RSVP to a 'no' :( a friend got me tix (without telling me first) to another event type thingy....drat :(

      December 5, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      Don't worry; we'll see you next time.

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • Edward Z.

    Dude, you should have a triple feature of David Cronenberg's awesome movies: The fly, Naked lunch, and Videodrone

    November 27, 2013

    • Meehan H.

      On a side note, we will be taking suggestions for future movie madness content during this meetup.

      November 27, 2013

    • Jen

      I vote Crash in place of The Fly

      December 4, 2013

  • Tanisha

    Hey everyone this will ve my first meetup with this group. I can't wait!

    November 27, 2013

  • jeremiahmagic

    I really want to come - I LOVE Freaks and have been wanting to see Woman In Black. Before I RSVP I just wanted to make sure- I can get to your place from Manhatten by taking the R to Woodhaven right?

    November 14, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      Welcome, Jeremiah! We're looking forward to this.

      November 15, 2013

    • jeremiahmagic

      Oh man, I thought this was tomorrow! Glad I figured that out now! Not sure yet if I'll be free the 7th!

      November 15, 2013

  • Rachel

    It'll be my first event with the group, too (hi, everyone!). :) Love the movie Freaks, btw (a *classic*)! I've never seen The Woman in Black-- but from the description, it looks pretty good, too...

    November 4, 2013

    • Vinnie V.

      Rach, hi I'm new to this group too.

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • Rachel

      Awesome! --thanks, Sheila. Hi, Vin. ...lol. :)

      November 4, 2013

  • Jen

    Never been with this group and excited to meet everyone!

    November 4, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      Welcome! We're a fun group and love good movies and books. Feel free to suggest some for the future on our message board or when you come for this event.

      November 4, 2013

  • Forrest

    I might miss "Freaks" but can definitely make "The Woman in Black".

    November 3, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      No prob. Believe it or not, I found the Cookie Bites in Deals today!

      1 · November 3, 2013

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  • Sheila C.
    Suspiria Survivor, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Meehan H.
    Silent House Survivor, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Forrest
    King Kong Survivor
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