As the punctuation mark affixed to its title might
is a study in excess. Directed by
Indiana-native Curt McDowell and co-written/co-starring
cult icon George Kuchar, the film follows a group of
outré strangers (including an amorous gorilla) as they
spend the night breaking social-sexual taboos in a gothic
setting that queerly reimagines James Whale’s The Old
Dark. It’s a forgotten entry in the canon of 1970s underground
filmmaking that reminds us that the line between
tastelessness and the sublime is very fine indeed.
screening will be preceded by an introduction from Jamie
Hook, a Ph.D. student whose work centers on taste
politics and stigmatized films, genres, and spectators.
Contains graphic nudity. (Digital presentation)