THE MADNESS IS BACK!
Back in the old days, when UNCLE PETE was working on the railroad, they used to call the refrigerated train cars “reefers”. So UNCLE PETE was all kinds of reminiscing and stuff about trains when he heard El Vato had dug up a movie all about refrigerator cars. Turns out REEFER MADNESS isn’t about trains, but it is a bona fide cult classic scare film and one of our fan favorites. Join UNCLE PETE in the DARK VAULT DEN this week for our feature film from 1936 originally released as Tell Your Children, an anti-marijuana educational film. It stars Carleton Young (as Jack) and Thelma White (as Mae) – a couple of scurvy pot dealers – and Dave “Tex” O’Brien) as Ralph, a strung out, unbalanced ex-college student. They soon get youths Jimmy (Warren McCollum) and Bill (Kenneth Craig) turned on to some real good cigarettes, starting them on a downward slide into the dark, destructive world of cannabis.
Reefer Madness is probably the greatest departure in the career of Dark Vault favorite Dave “Tex” O’Brien who spent much of his long career in westerns (many with Tex Ritter) and East Side Kids movies. Originally intended as an educational movie directed at parents to warn them about the pitfalls of pot, Reefer Madness made its move into cult movie super stardom after NORML founder Keith Stroup bought a cheap copy in 1971 and began to circulate it in the college movie circuit.
Meanwhile, back at the Dark Vault, UNCLE PETE seems to be feeling the effects of something El Vato is burning. But while relaxing in the den, he brings you the usual offbeat assortment of shorts, a film from the 60’s called Keep Off The Grass and a musical interlude called Radiation Baby. Azul stops by to demonstrate a new use for a Vito Gold product, and UNCLE PETE tickles the ivories between a few refreshments and snack breaks along the way.
The Dark Vault gets a jump on Earth Day and goes green this Saturday night, April 20, 2013 at 10PM on channel 4. It’s murder, debauchery, and some jazzed up piano playing as UNCLE PETE bring you the 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness. The smoking lamp is lit – and so are UNCLE PETE and EL VATO – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!