Things are always a little crazy in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN but not quite as crazy as the people in the two features this week!  UNCLE PETE will be bringing you that “feel good” double feature of the summer they’ve all been talking about (in those abnormal psychology conferences)!  First it’s Maniac (1934).  an exploitation classic from film legend Dwain Esper.  Mad scientist Dr. Meirschultz (Horace B. Carpenter) conducts experiments to bring the dead back to life.  When his assistant Don (Bill Woods) kills the doctor, he uses his experience as a former vaudeville impersonator to pose as the mad doctor – with an emphasis on the mad.  When his treatments of mental patient Buckley produce violent fits, Buckley’s wife (played by Phyllis Diller – no, not that one) finds out what’s up and blackmails the fake doctor into turning her husband into a zombie.  Loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat, it’s Dwain Esper’s Maniac.

Next, UNCLE PETE has to use a extra restraints on El Vato during part two of this Dwain Esper double feature.  From 1938, it’s the full-blown scare film Sex Madness (aka – They Must Be Told).  This cautionary tale warns about the perils of venereal disease, something concerned citizen Paul Lorenz is crusading against the spread of.  On the evil side are several frequenters and employees of a local burlesque show, a sex-crazed secretary or two, and unfortunately, Paul’s son Tom.  But amidst all the decadence is Millicent, a reformed (but infected) ex-burlesque dancer who is seeking a cure on her journey back to the straight and narrow but discovers the world of quack medicine.  This movie was far outside the Motion Picture Production Code of the 1930s but was permitted because of its educational tone.  Starring Vivian McGill, Rose Tapely, Al Rigeli, and Stanley Barton, it’s Sex Madness.

UNCLE PETE does his best to hold down the fort situated in front of the Official DVOPD Cathode Ray Video Viewer while trying to control the other Dark Vault Denizens from running amok during this evenings extra warped features.  So tune in this Friday night (8/16/19) on channel 1301 in the Rochester/western Monroe county area at 10pm and midnight, and Saturday night (8/17/19) from 10PM to midnight (with a replay at midnight) to channel 1301 in the Binghamton area, northern Pennsylvania, and westward to the Corning/Hornell/Elmira area, channel 99 in the Utica/Rome area, channel 30 in the North Country (Ogdensburg/Watertown/Malone/MassenaLowville), channel 2 in the Champlain, Saranac, and Tupper Lakes areas and in Cortland County, and channel 98 in Syracuse/Onondaga County at 10pm Saturday with a replay on Thursday at 10pm.  In Ithaca, NY, tune to channel 13 at 9pm and midnight.  It’s a mind-melting Dwain Esper double feature – Maniac and Sex Madness – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!


~ by UNCLE PETE on August 17, 2019.

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