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Retrofantasma Classic: Witchfinder General and The Asphyx

When: Fri., June 3, 7 p.m. 2011

You asked, and they deliver: The Carolina Theatre presents a double feature of cult classic horror movies requested by the venue's regular attendees. First up is a super-rare original print of Witchfinder General, the 1968 film so violent it was given an X rating in its native England. (It also inspired a 1980s metal group of the same name.) Directed by 24-year-old Michael Reeves, who died just nine months after the film's release, it stars Vincent Price as a hugely fictionalized version of the real-world lawyer Matthew Hopkins, who burned and tortured confessions out of suspected witches during the English Civil War. The violence and nudity disgusted many critics at the time, and the British Film Board had bits of the film cut—though in the states, the uncensored version proved a hit under the title The Conquerer Worm, with lines of Edgar Allan Poe's poem added at the beginning and end (despite the movie having nothing to do with Poe). The film was also painful for Price, who clashed mightily with director Reeves, though he praised the end result. This British print is followed by another cult classic, 1973's The Asphyx, which ironically ran into trouble for not being violent and depraved enough in the age of The Exorcist. It's the story of a photographer who figures out how to photograph the spirit of death ... and how to trap it. The double dose of fan favorites starts at 7 p.m.—Zack Smith

Price: $8

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