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Cinefamily, the Grindhouse Film Festival, Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and Temple of Schlock are hosting a special double feature in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 30, highlighted by the first theatrical screening in over 40 years of the exploitation thriller THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL (a.k.a. THE FEMALE TRAP).
The show will take place at LA’s Silent Movie Theatre (611 North Fairfax Avenue) starting at 8 p.m. Originally released in 1968, THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL was directed by Gunnar Hellström from a script by STANLEY’s Gary Crutcher (reportedly based the latter’s own experiences), and stars a pre-HAWAII 5-O Jack Lord as Symcha, a Hungarian émigré (!) who becomes entangled with three twisted sisters (played by Susan Strasberg, Collin Wilcox and Tisha Sterling) and their estranged mother. The film was an early credit for future Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (whose imagery has been compared to Mario Bava), and a rare archival print on loan from the George Eastman House will be shown. Crutcher, Zsigmond and composer Stu Phillips are scheduled to attend (subject to availability), and the first 100 attendees will nab a free NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL prize pack!
And that’s not all: the second feature will be a 35mm screening of 1975’s THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD, directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Michael Sarrazin in the title role of a man whose investigation into a past life puts his current one in jeopardy. Jennifer O’Neill and Margot Kidder co-star in the film, which is currently slated for remaking by David Fincher. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered here. See more info here and here.
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