Schlock Cinema

Bad to the Bone This summer, Professor Fred tutors us with a series of oddball films focused on a stratum of society’s remorseless and recitative. First up, Door-to-Door Maniac! (AKA Five Minutes to Live) (1961) features the “Man in Black” himself, Johnny Cash alongside Hollywood aristocrat Ronnie Howard in a thriller about a psycho (Cash) using his musical talents to terrorize a dysfunctional family while his accomplice (Vic Tayback) robs a nearby bank. Next, we will attempt to resist Revolt of the Zombies (1936). Dean Jagger (Twelve O’Clock High) is a research scientist who, upon being jilted by his girlfriend, uses his knowledge of voodoo to create “a ravaging army of zombies!” Talk about your fragile male egos. Then we explore an early film by renowned auteur Alfred Hitchcock, Sabotage (AKA The Woman Alone) (1936). Oskar Homolka stars as a terrorist hiding his secret life behind the façade of a mild-mannered movie theatre owner. With a Rotten Tomatoes aggregate score of 100%, Sabotage is ranked as the 44th best British film ever made. Yes, but is it Schlock? Bomb’s the word. Then comes The Damned Don’t Cry! (1950) Thanks to a wealthy mobster, impoverished Joan Crawford breaks into high society. Alas, a “free lunch” is never free and she winds up pinned with a murder rap. Things go very, very bad for Joan after that. Made at the height of Crawford’s fame, this film is joyless, nasty, mean-spirited and sure to be a kick. Finally, Christopher Lee stars as the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes and The Deadly Necklace (1962). A German/French/Italian co-production, the film was shot in English and poorly re-dubbed in English with American actors as cost-cutting effort. Clearly, something was lost in translation.

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  • Fee: $79
  • Item #: 7038
  • Summer 2019

  • This class is already in session. Please contact our office at conted@seattlecolleges.edu or 206-934-3705 to inquire about late registration.

What I like best about the class is Fred's knowledge and passion about the subject. Fred makes you feel like you are at home with a bunch of your friends.

- Eric

  • Oct 17, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Session(s): 5; Thursday
  • Location : On Campus: LB Bldg, Room 1131
    9600 College Way North,Seattle,98103

  • Fee: $79
  • Item #: 7135
  • No class on 10/31/19 due to Halloween.
  • Fall 2019

    Registration opens August 5 at 7:00am

What I like best about the class is Fred's knowledge and passion about the subject. Fred makes you feel like you are at home with a bunch of your friends.

- Eric