October 23rd, 8:00pm $10
An obscure Finnish documentary that chronicles the life of Maila Nurmi. As Vampira, she broke ground in 1956 as the very first television horror host. Nurmi lit up Saturday night television sets with her cinched waist on Los Angeles station KABC-TV. Off set, Maila’s life and demeanor perfectly complemented her eerie TV persona, leading to a relationship with James Dean and a starring role in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space before fading off into obscurity. Running just an hour in length, this film takes an equally bizarre approach to telling Maila’s story. It’s like spending an afternoon with your eccentric grandma . . . if she chose to spike the tea with a tab of acid.
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