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Cleveland Cult Film Festival 10

REEFER MADNESS

United States | 1936 | Louis J. Gasnier

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With medical marijuana already legal in Ohio, and efforts to legalize recreational weed afoot, the time seems right to resurrect this cautionary classic that helped keep Buckeyes safe from hopped-up maniacs for many decades. (Hopefully, it’s not too late.) This educational classic dramatizes, as only film can, the horrors that are unleashed when a pusher entices innocent high schoolers to try cannabis. Be forewarned: it’s not a pretty picture—but it’s an important one. “The ultimate camp film: a sensationalistic account of a subject its filmmakers obviously knew nothing about.” –Danny Peary, Cult Movies. “The Jaws of midnight movies.” –NY Times. “One of the first unintentional cinematic gutbusters, a proto-noir melodrama so preposterous it’s like a transmission from Mars.” –American Genre Film Archive. Preceded at showtime by vintage trailers and commercials. DCP. 76 min.

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