This is a collection of media from the initial runs of "Psychomania" (1963) and "Monstrosity" (1963) and in the Pacific Northwest. This reissue pairing only appeared to play in Portland and the PNW was skipped for the initial releases of both films.

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Psychomania (AKA "Violent Midnight," 1963)
“Violent Midnight” is a 1963 film that delves into the unsettling occurrences in a small New England town. The narrative centers around Elliot Freeman, a war veteran and portrait artist with a troubled family history, who finds himself entangled in a web of suspicion following a series of brutal murders near a women’s college. As the town grapples with fear and mistrust, Freeman’s past and present actions draw the attention of the local authorities, leading to a tense exploration of truth and perception. The film weaves a complex tapestry of relationships and secrets, all set against a community on edge. With its blend of psychological intrigue and social commentary, “Violent Midnight” offers a gripping cinematic experience that reflects the darker aspects of the human psyche.

Director: Richard Hilliard
Writers: Robin Miller, Richard Hilliard, Mann Rubin
Stars: Lee Philips, Shepperd Strudwick, Jean Hale
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Monstrosity (AKA "The Atomic Brain," 1963)
“Monstrosity,” also known as “The Atomic Brain,” is a 1963 science fiction horror film that explores the dark side of human desire for eternal youth and beauty. The story unfolds in the eerie mansion of Mrs. Hettie March, a wealthy and evil old woman who dreams of transferring her consciousness into a young woman’s body. In her clandestine laboratory powered by atomic energy, the mad scientist Dr. Otto Frank conducts ghastly experiments in brain transplantation, with results ranging from the grotesque to the tragic. As Mrs. March’s obsession grows, she lures three unsuspecting women to her home under the guise of employment, only to evaluate them for her sinister plan. The film delves into themes of identity, mortality, and the ethics of science without boundaries, all while building suspense that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

Directors: Joseph V. Mascelli, Jack Pollexfen
Writers: Vy Russell, Sue Dwiggins, Dean Dillman Jr.
Stars: Marjorie Eaton, Frank Gerstle, Frank Fowler
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December 15, 1964 ad (Portland)


December 16, 1964 ad (Portland)


December 17, 1964 ad (Portland)


December 18, 1964 ad (Portland)


Psychomania (AKA "Violent Midnight," 1964) poster


Monstrosity (AKA "The Atomic Brain," 1963) poster


Monstrosity (AKA "The Atomic Brain," 1963) trailer
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