Still from "Nude on the Moon" (1961) Dir. Doris Wishman (as Anthony Brooks)
Screenings

Nude on the Moon / Smut without Smut: Bizarro Horror Nite

Friday Aug 9, 2019 7:30 PM This is a past program
The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents classic film and contemporary cinema in the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater. Archive tickets are $9 general admission and free for UCLA students.

Nude on the Moon

New digital preservation and Los Angeles premiere


According to fellow schlock-maker Frank Henenlotter, this second feature from reigning exploitation auteurist Doris Wishman (1912–2002) “represents everything that’s perfect about American pop culture. Stupid to the point of breathtaking, Nude on the Moon is also one of the most enjoyable examples the long-extinct nudie-cutie,” a tamer sexploitation sub-genre that grew out of American nudist colonies popular in the 1950s. With Southern Florida’s weirdo tourist attraction Coral Castle standing in for the moon, the result of Wishman’s vision produces, again according toe Henenlotter, “less a movie than a catalog of pure kitsch delirium.” Followed by a conversation with Something Weird Video vixen Lisa Petrucci, who will share the legacy of one of the longest-running facilitators of exploitation rarities on home video formats. (1961, dir. Doris Wishman as Anthony Brooks, DCP, color, 83 min.)

Smut Without Smut: Bizarro Horror Nite

An original copresentation by AGFA and Vinegar Syndrome

 

Beneath the dumpsters of 1970s America, a netherworld of adults-only horror movies lurked in the gutter. But what if these movies were less about the smut and more about the horror? Smut Without Smut: Bizarro Horror Nite is hardcore horror movies with the hardcore removed. Watch gory Argento-esque killings in skid row apartments. See Bigfoot in his most “natural” habitat. Observe credits like “Art direction by DeSade.” Dreamy, hilarious, and filled with plastic vampire fangs, Smut Without Smut: Bizarro Horror Nite will be the most unforgettable party you’ll attend this year. That said, we cannot be held responsible for any lasting trauma. (Various, digital, color, 75 min.)