Continuing Education

Schlock Cinema: Practice to Deceive

This fall we will explore the themes of deception and related
skullduggery. First off we’ll burrow into Universal’s classic, "The
Mole People", (1959) starring John Agar and Hugh Beaumont
as luckless archeologists who stumble upon a colony of giant,
spade-foot creatures only to discover their human masters are
the true monsters. Then it’s William Castle cult-favorite, "Homicidal" (1961), which starts with a woman stabbing a justice of the peace and ends in one twisted identity crisis. This film promised so terrifying a conclusion, it featured a 45-second “fright break” and a coward’s right to refund. After that we jump back in time with "The Yesterday Machine" (1963) where Tim Holt ("The Treasure of Sierra Madre") is sent to Nazi Germany by a former Third Reich scientist to change the outcome of WWII. We then explore former radio drama "Inner Sanctum"’s movie franchise with "Pillow of Death" (1946) starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and Brenda Joyce about a philandering attorney accused of murdering his wife and taunted by her voice from beyond the grave. We close with "Terror in the Jungle" (1968), surely one of filmdom’s most glorious messes. This foundling-child-turned-White God-by-discombobulated-jungle tribe tale was filmed in Griffith Park, Hollywood and Peru by two different directors, both of whom quit. A third director completed the project by inserting random scenes from a forgotten 1940’s jungle film.

For a more in-depth discussion of this class, please take a look at  The Beauty in the Bad: Why We Love Schlock Cinema.

And don't miss Professor Fred's Top 10 All Around, Best-Ever Schlock Films Under the Sun.

Scheduled Classes

Th 7pm–9pm Oct 19Nov 16 (5 sessions) $79.00
On Campus: LB Bldg, Room 1131 (Main Campus, Map)
9600 College Way North Seattle WA 98103
Fall Quarter
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