"I know you don't eat opium. I know this; but I'm gonna get you high today, 'cause it's Wednesday; you ain't got no job... and you ain't got shit to do." - Vincent Price in CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER
Tonight's Free Weird Wednesday Movie is designed to blow your mind. There's never been any movie remotely like it. It will send you into a downward spiral of drug addiction and bad life-choices that you'll thank me for later.
CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER
DECEMBER 27 MIDNIGHT, FREE, DIR. ALBERT ZUGSMITH, 1962, 16MM, 85 MIN, NR
Not an adaptation of Thomas DeQuincey's gonzo drug memoir by any means, this is instead possibly the weirdest movie ever to come out of Hollywood. It stars Vincent Price as a two-fisted, rough and ready adventurer (!) in turn of the century San Francisco. He gets caught up in a Chinatown Tong war over smuggled sex slaves, beautiful Chinese "picture brides" who are kept in bamboo cages and forced to dance provocatively for prospective buyers at huge underground auctions. On the run from hatchet-wielding thugs, Price hides out in an opium den, where he has a long incredible trip, complete with dragons, tigers and leering midgets. I won't spoil it for you but it only gets weirder from there. Price is amazing: he is constantly spouting absurd, fortune-cookie Confucianese proverbs for every occasion. Stuff like, "There is no poison in a green snake's mouth as in a woman's heart." With a very strange theremin and no-wave guitar soundtrack by Albert Glasser.(Lars)
The Alamo Drafthouse is located at 4th and Colorado. Admission is Free. Movie starts at midnight. Be there or be a fascist.