On Wednesday, November 8th, we continue our science fiction cinema series at Mother’s Velvet Lounge when we present the classic Jack Arnold directed thriller, The Incredible Shrinking Man starring Grant Williams and adapted by Richard Matheson from his novel.
But being stared at and treated as a freak are the least of the terrors fate has in store for him…
The Incredible Shrinking Man is, to my mind, the most poignant science fiction film from the 1950’s in that the horror facing its Everyman protagonist comes not from outer space, the center of the earth, or the uncharted depths of the ocean. It isn’t a giant insect mutated by radiation or a dinosaur awoken from it slumber by a mining operation. It is his own identity in the face of a modern world where humanity is dwarfed by the end product of its own industry.
Jack Arnold might be regarded as one of the first “genre” directors having helmed such classics as It Came From Outer Space, Creature From The Black Lagoon and Tarantula (one of the other films he directed that dealt with oversized arachnids). His style here is solid and well grounded, and allows Matheson’s script to flourish. Arnold was also very adept at working with a visual effects heavy production like this and for the era, the photographic effects were far above par. Also impressive was the work of the art directing duo of Robert Clatworthy and Alexander Golitzen (Touch of Evil), whose use of over scaled sets and props is simply mind boggling.
The excitement begins at 6:30 when you will enjoy one of the best dinners in town, followed by the screening at 7:00. Hope to see you there!
Mother’s is located at 212 SW Stark.