Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events

As Rebecca Black once said, it’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Indeed:

Trailer Trash: A Mini-Movie Extravaganza
There’s a scene in William Castle’s 1960 cult film 13 Ghosts in which actress Jo Morrow can be seen lying in bed in a negligee, her hands clasped tensely against her chest and her face frozen in terror as she watches a cobwebbed, ghoul-like figure move about her bedroom in the (clearly haunted) mansion left to her family by a late relative. Morrow’s horrified visage is precisely what Steve Seid, the video curator at Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft way, Berkeley) hopes to elicit from audience members during a one-off screening of Trailer Trash: A Mini-Movie Extravaganza — going down tonight, Friday, June 8 — a ninety-minute fusillade of forty movie trailers played back-to-back. Culled from the PFA’s film collection and tediously whittled down from several hundred trailers from the Fifties and Sixties, Seid’s eclectic compilation merges teasers for gaudy thrillers and campy comedies with others for blockbuster films like Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita. It might be the only time you’ll get to watch in rapid succession Don Knotts declare, as the cringe-worthy Abner Audubon Peacock in The Love God?, “I am cursed with an abnormal sexual magnetism for women”; a sultry Zsa Zsa Gabor imprison hapless male astronauts in The Queen of Outer Space; and the infamous Scream shower scene. Here, it seems, at least one thing is certain: You should definitely arrive in time for the trailers. $5.50-$9.50. 510-642-0808 or BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu. — Cassie McFadden


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