Feb. 17 at The Sentient Bean, the Psychotronic Film Society opts to dispense with the traditional Valentine’s Day emphasis on romance, and instead will offer a rare screening of the brutal, nihilistic Italian Eurocrime gem “The Death Dealer,” directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring famed leading men Tomas Milian and Henry Silva as, respectively, an unstable psychotic criminal and the tough cop who relentlessly pursues him.
Also known under the alternate title “Almost Human” (an apt description of Milian’s heinously violent and sadistic character), the film is an almost gleefully twisted blast of antisocial behavior that was roundly condemned by most Italian film critics upon its initial theatrical release. However, now, decades later, the movie enjoys a small but loyal cult following worldwide for its almost absurd levels of nastiness and witty banter. The PFS will screen the full, uncut widescreen version of the film, which has been dubbed into English.
So, after you’ve had a few days to ruminate on all things warm and cuddly, set aside what’s left of that Whitman’s Sampler and cleanse your palate with some gunfire and sleaze. Showtime is 8 p.m., with $7 admission for mature audiences only.
Until next week, see you at the movies, and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.