On Thursday May 20 at 7 p.m., the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art's Reel to Real Series features John Beifuss, film reviewer and reporter at The Commercial Appeal.
He will talk about his theory that 1932 was the best year for horror movies, ever – as evidenced by this screening of the controversial pre-code classic Island of Lost Souls. Not available on DVD and banned in England until 1958, the film stars Charles Laughton as an obsessed scientist seeking to accelerate Darwinian evolution by transforming men into animals in his jungle “House of Pain.” Sex, religion, race – it’s all here! With Kathleen Burke as “Lota the Panther Woman” and a fur-faced Bela Lugosi, who asks the question that decades later would inspire Devo: “Are we not men?” Based on a novel by H.G. Wells.
Tickets: $6 members, $8 non-members. Free with VIP Film Pass. For more information or to purchase tickets call 901.544.6208. Go here for more info.