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Temple of Schlock: Darker Than Amber on 35mm

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An adaptation of the novel penned by John D. McDonald (whose novel "The Executioners" would eventually serve as the basis for CAPE FEAR), DARKER THAN AMBER is a film that is incredibly rare to witness on the big screen. Luckily, for those who appreciate the suspenseful and atmospheric filmmaking that was captured so excellently throughout the 1970s, it is a film that is very much worth watching. Self-described "salvage consultant" Travis McGee (Rod Taylor, playing against type) and his friend Meyer (Theodore Bikel of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF fame) are fishing underneath a bridge when a woman with a barbell tied to her named Vangie (Suzy Kendall) flies over the edge. McGee saves the woman, but she tells a tale of despicable corruption and inhumanity that her attempted murderers have put her in. With Vangie in tow, the two men travel to the Bahamas to shut down the operation once and for all. Filmed in swampy Florida (captured in an honesty that only grainy 70s film stock could provide), DARKER THAN AMBER is an obscure flick that absolutely calls for re-evaluation from audiences. Keep your eyes peeled for one of the most notable fistfights in film history, too!