The Psychotronic Film Society’s long-running Wednesday night series of obscure, forgotten or simply underappreciated feature films from around the world continues April 11 at The Sentient Bean. That night they’ll pay tribute to the life and influential career of iconic mystery and hardboiled crime author Jim Thompson, who is held in high regard for the body of his written work, which at times includes elements of Greek tragedy buried within the plots of his gritty, dark tales of sometimes quite despicable characters who engage in all manner of unpleasant and destructive behavior.
Over the years, a handful of his works have been adapted into respected motion pictures, such as: “The Killer Inside Me,” “The Grifters,” “After Dark, My Sweet” and “The Getaway.” This mystery screening will be held just a few days after the 40th anniversary of Thompson’s death at the age of 70 after a long and hard life.
The exact title of the film featured will remain a secret right up until showtime, but it can be said that this neo-noir is one of the least-known adaptations of his work, and one which was essentially unavailable for years. Its impressive cast includes one of the male stars of one of the highest grossing films of all time, and one of the female leads from one of the most beloved and celebrated TV series ever made. Adventurous viewers who enjoy dark and sexy thrillers are encouraged to buy a ticket, take a chance and be pleasantly surprised. Showtime is 8 p.m. with discounts on craft beer and organic wine during the show.