Retrofantasma's summer season wraps up with a double feature that ranges from the intimate horrors of the suburbs to LA getting wiped clean off the map. First is 1965's I Saw What You Did, a William Castle suspense number about a couple of teenage girls who prank-call neighbors claiming to have witnessed something they've done, only to call a guy (John Ireland) who's just killed his wife and decides to track them down. The word here is "whoops." Joan Crawford is also in this, remarkably not as the villain.
It's followed by one of 1974's biggest hits, Earthquake, in which an all-star cast including Charlton Heston, Lorne Greene, North Carolina native Ava Gardner and Richard "Shaft" Roundtree must deal with all sorts of personal melodrama that gets swept under the rug when a massive quake wrecks the Universal Studios backlot ... um, I mean "Los Angeles." The film inspired a Universal Studios theme park ride and provided stock footage for countless TV shows in subsequent years. Its script was originally written by The Godfather's Mario Puzo, who, between those films and Superman, had a good run in the 1970s. Sadly, this screening is unlikely to feature the original's "Sensurround," though it might give you some perspective on that one minute of shaking we had recently. The screenings start at 7 p.m.; tickets for the double feature are $6, cash only. —Zack Smith