THE MAFU CAGE/THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
March 12 only
House of Psychotic Women:
THE MAFU CAGE and THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
Thursday, April 11
Kier-la Janisse’s “autobiographical topography of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films” is officially our favorite film book in a long, long time. In the book, anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and examination of female madness — both onscreen and off. We’re very, very excited to present two more titles culled from the pages of her book (which will be available for sale during the show!).
THE MAFU CAGE – In one of the most compelling and uniquely dark films of the psychotic women subgenre, Ellen is an astronomer who lives with her feral sister Cissy in the large house left to them by their now-deceased anthropologist father. Hints at a past incestuous relationship illustrate why the bond between the two sisters is difficult to shake. When a co-worker courts Ellen, Cissy’s bubble is threatened and the interloper finds himself at the center of a violent sacrificial ceremony. Starring Lee Grant, Carol Kane & Will Greer. Dir: Karen Arthur. 1978. 35mm. 102 mins. 7:15pm
THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA – As Cinefamily put it “The most colorful trip about a waitress’ psychological disintegration into castration mania ever committed to celluloid!” Millie Perkins (who played the title role in 1959’s THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK) plays Molly, whose father was a seafaring man who molested her repeatedly as a child. She loves her father desperately even though she senses that what he is doing to her is wrong. As an adult she mythologizes him. She grows up to be an alcoholic, drinking excessively to quell the flashbacks that haunt her and living out a fantasy life in which she seduces and murders men. Stars Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman & Vanessa Brown. Dir: Matt Cimber. 1976. 35mm. 83 mins. 9pm