The Secret Cinema presents insane double-feature at International House: TRAILER TRASH and THE BLACK ANGELS
Saturday, February 4, 2012
8:00 pm – TRAILER TRASH
10:00 pm – THE BLACK ANGELS
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, the Secret Cinema will return to International House for a fun-filled and quite unusual Saturday-night double-feature, all shown from scarce 35mm prints. It begins with TRAILER TRASH, a mind-blowing assortment of coming attractions previews culled from the Secret Cinema archive, featuring “our kind of movies” from the 1960s and ’70s. That will be followed by the ultra-rare race-baiting biker film THE BLACK ANGELS.
TRAILER TRASH was previously shown by the Secret Cinema ages ago (at the Prince Music Theatre and Colonial Theatre), but is long overdue for a revival — while we’re pretty sure THE BLACK ANGELS has not been shown anywhere since 1970!
General admission is $9.00 (Free to IHP members, $7.00 for students & seniors).
A single admission covers one or both features.
A complete description of the program follows…
TRAILER TRASH (First showing in 10 years!) 35mm
TRAILER TRASH is a non-stop orgy of rare, original preview “trailers” advertising some of the Secret Cinema’s favorite films of the 1960s and 70s — exploitation, sexploitation, science-fiction, bikers, horror, rock musicals, beach movies, bloated big budget bombs and possibly some films that no longer survive in feature form. All will be shown from archival 35mm prints (with several in true, IB Technicolor). TRAILER TRASH stars Elvis Presley, Sean Connery, Nancy Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Linda Blair, Dean Martin, Cherie Currie, Tony Curtis, The Village People, The Yardbirds, and a cast of unknowns. It was directed by a team that includes Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin, William Friedkin, John Boorman, John Cassavetes and several forgotten hacks. Its budget (adjusted for inflation) was in the hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s in black and white and color, and it has laughs, screams, spies, monsters, sex, drugs, rock n’ roll and bikinis. As if this weren’t enough, additional graphic eye candy will be provided in the form of vintage drive-in messages, theater commercials and date strips, from the 1950s and beyond.
A sampling of the many trailers to be shown includes BIKINI BEACH, BURY ME AN ANGEL, WILD IN THE STREETS, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, MONDO TEENO, DEVIL’S ANGELS, PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE, FOXES, MURDERERS’ ROW, CHASTITY, THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK, BLOW UP and many, many more, with some guaranteed surprises.
THE BLACK ANGELS (1970, Dir: Laurence Merrick) 35mm
“White is pale, and pale is sick…and I hate all sickness!” This extremely rare entry from the biker genre also sought to cash in on the newer phenomenon of blaxploitation films, by pitting two rival motorcycle gangs, one white and one black, against each other in a race-motivated war for turf. This intriguing idea is either foiled or enhanced (depending on one’s tastes) by mostly amateur acting, aimless script and a nearly-constant stream of awkward dialogue, intermittently interrupted by some thoughtful commentary on race relations. The film was written and photographed by the director in various locations in and outside of Los Angeles. The black biker gang “The Choppers” was portrayed by a real-life black biker gang. The original rock music soundtrack contains several decent instrumentals and songs in assorted styles, some performed by Smokey Roberds, previously of soft rock band The Parade. Much of the cast and crew from THE BLACK ANGELS worked on the equally obscure GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO COUNT DRACULA.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.