Saturday, May 31, 2008
On Monday night at 8, the Loft cinema will be showing Hot Rods to Hell, starring an aging but powerful Dana Andrews (Tobacco Road, Ox Bow Incident) as a family man whose bad back is emasculating him: He has to let his wife drive the car! Then, things get even worse when crazy hot-rodders nearly force Andrews and family off the road. Revenge would be sweet, but is he man enough to get it? This film is a classic of '60s b-movie/roadhouse cinema, the kind of thing that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino can't quite capture in their high-budget homages. But the best part is the electric psych/blues band, featuring Mickey Rooney Jr. on guitar. I know trash cinema isn't everyone's bag, but this one is special, like getting hugged by a one-armed surfer girl on a California beach at the sunset of youth.