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When: Sun., March 10, 7 p.m. 2013

Fritz Lang's black-and-white, proto-film noir M, released in 1931, remains one intensely creepy freakout of a movie. Perhaps the most shocking thing is how Lang got away with making such a bleak and haunting film. (He did receive some hate mail when he announced he was making a film featuring a child killer as the protagonist.) Inspired by the serial killers that terrorized Germany in the early 20th century—among them Peter Kurten, aka "the Vampire of Dusseldorf," who many considered Lang's primary inspiration for the movie—Lang's first sound film tells the story of the fear, paranoia and hysteria that resonates among Berliners when it's revealed that a child murderer is among them. That killer is played by bug-eyed, nasally-voiced Peter Lorre, who would go on to play a slew of shifty-looking characters always up to no good thanks to this career-defining performance. —Craig D. Lindsey

Price: $20 (season ticket)

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