Audrey Hepburn never had it so bad then when she played blind, terrorized Susy Hendrix in Terence Young’s Wait Until Dark (1967), one of LACMA’s cheaper-than-cheap Tuesday matinees in its revitalized film program — that is to say, revitalized in much the same way that Frankenstein’s monster was revitalized by the torches and pitchforks of angry villagers. Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna and Jack Weston (Max Kellerman in Dirty Dancing) play drug smugglers who invade her home looking for heroin stuffed inside a doll brought home by her husband. Arkin skillfully plays a deeply creepy thug — only slightly more disturbing than that Muppet Show skit in which he ripped apart rabbits — and the popular woman-menaced-in-the-dark theme had been percolating since 1964’s Lady in a Cage and has continued to thrill all the way up to 2002’s Panic Room and likely some other remake we don’t even know to get annoyed with yet.
Tue., Sept. 29, 1 p.m., 2009
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