Psychotronic Film Night: THE MAD BOMBER aka THE POLICE CONNECTION (1973, USA)

  • The Sentient Bean 13 East Park Avenue Savannah, GA, 31401 United States

$7 admission for Mature Audiences Only.

Seating at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8:00pm

A former Professional Baseball player (with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels) and Pro Basketball player (he was the Boston Celtics’ center in 1946), CHUCK CONNORS came to national fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s via his starring role as Lucas McCain in the hit Western TV series THE RIFLEMAN (and as Jason McCord in BRANDED).

Despite landing featured roles in such big screen offerings as OLD YELLER, FLIPPER and SOYLENT GREEN, he’s forever a psychotronic cinema icon due to his freaky turn as the disturbed wax museum proprietor in the low-budget 1980 slasher hoot TOURIST TRAP.

We pay tribute to Connors on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of his birth (he passed away in 1992 at the age of 71) with a rare screening of one of his least-known, but most intense roles: that of uptight serial killer “William Dorn” in the grindhouse classic THE MAD BOMBER.

Alternately released to drive-ins and some cinemas under the title THE POLICE CONNECTION to unscrupulously piggy-back on the success of 1971’s crime smash THE FRENCH CONNECTION, this gritty slow-burn of a thriller finds Connors playing an early example of the prototypical mass murderer.

In this feature, he’s a disgruntled misanthrope who’s angry at the public for what he perceives as a lack of common courtesy and civility, and he takes his revenge by planting powerful bombs in public places throughout Los Angeles.

Surprisingly well-made for its humble origins, this is an occasionally dated, but consistently taut piece of exploitation filmmaking, and Connors turns in ONE HELL OF A CONVINCING PERFORMANCE.

Plus, the shocking ending is perhaps second only to the final frames of Quentin Tarantino’s DEATH PROOF in sheer Grand Guignol.

We’ll proudly show the fully uncut, widescreen version – just as it was displayed in run down independent cinemas and Drive-Ins more than 40 years ago.

Don’t you dare miss this terrifically entertaining slice of early ‘70s sleaze. It’s a time capsule of post 1960s American angst!

Until 9PM, the Bean will have special discounts on both Craft Beer and Organic Wine for anyone 21 and older, as well as their usual great selection of award-winning vegetarian cuisine, pastries, desserts and Fair-Trade Coffees and Teas.

For over a decade now, The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah has been repeatedly named the BEST LOCAL FILM SERIES in annual reader polls. The PFS of SAV shows obscure and/or underappreciated films from around the world every Wednesday at the Sentient Bean (and occasionally on other nights as well). Whether extremely well-made or “so bad they’re good,” their selections are always rare, unique and memorable.

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