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Dec02Tue
8:00PM • Suggested Donation

Jeremiah is an indie-folk singer/songwriter out of Jacksonville.

Dec03Wed
8:00PM • $7.00

For over a decade now, The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah has been repeatedly named the BEST LOCAL FILM SERIES in annual reader polls. The PFS of SAV shows obscure and/or underappreciated films from around the world every Wednesday at the Sentient Bean (and occasionally on other nights as well). Whether extremely well-made or “so bad they’re good,” their selections are always rare, unique and memorable.

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The PFS celebrates the 71st birthday of little-known, low-budget leading man ARCH HALL, JR. (the lead in such forgotten slices of early-’60s D-grade cornball cinema as EGEAH and WILD GUITAR) with a rare public screening of what is not only surely the best film he ever starred in, but perhaps one of the greatest “lost” films of the 1960s—THE SADIST.

This obscure gem of a sleazy and unnerving exploitation picture stars Hall, Jr. as a twisted and depraved psychopath who – while on the run for a series of brutal crimes – holds a small group of innocent travelers hostage at a roadside junkyard, in hopes of using their soon-to-be-repaired car as a getaway vehicle for himself and his equally dangerous (and cruel) girlfriend.

Based openly on the true-life criminal team of midwestern serial killers Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate (who’d later inspire other big-screen treatments, such as director Terrence Malick’s haunting 1973 classic BADLANDS and Oliver Stone’s phantasmagoric misfire NATURAL BORN KILLERS), THE SADIST stands as one of the most unrelentingly realistic depictions of tortuous tension ever captured on celluloid.

Beautifully shot on a shoestring budget of around $30,000 by the noted cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who was also behind the lens for THE DEER HUNTER, among other great works (this was his very first picture!), it’s an amazing star vehicle for Arch Hall, Jr. —an unlikely leading man whom one online critic described cheekily (and accurately) as resembling a cross between Elvis Presley and pudgy, baby-faced character actor Michael J. Pollard (of BONNIE AND CLYDE fame).

The film unfolds in “real time,” which allows the viewers to connect in a very visceral way with the captives – who understandably fear for their lives as they’re toyed with by two sadistic thugs.

Plus, the unapologetic freakiness of the plot and the actors’ convincing performances only heighten the tension for viewers.

As such, it’s an absolute must-see for anyone interested in the very best that “forgotten cinema” has to offer.

Here’s the original theatrical trailer:

Poor quality, full-frame prints of THE SADIST have been in circulation for many years, but the PFS will proudly show one of the most beautiful copies of the film known to exist – in its correct, original Widescreen aspect ratio.


Here’s what critics and fans have to say about this infamous indie film:

THE SADIST’s storyline seems amazingly prescient of those increasingly popular amongst modern film makers, such as KALIFORNIA (1993) for instance, or BREAKDOWN (1997). More interestingly, its suspenseful structure, sweaty claustrophobia, peculiarly menacing protagonists and final chase scenes anticipate THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974). It maintains a tight grip over its running time and, given its trash origins, remains a substantial achievement well worth discovering. It’s one of those films that restores one’s faith in the B-move genre…” ~ Online Review

THE SADIST is truly a great movie. Arch Hall, Jr. gives us one of cinema’s greatest maniacs, some one on par with the likes of Anthony Perkins’ ‘Norman Bates’ or Klaus Kinski’s ‘Don Lope de Aguirre.’ What is perhaps most remarkable about this film however, is the way it is shot. The whole film is filled with a feeling of heat and agony… While some of today’s viewers may lose sight of the strength and message of this film, I believe that it is as strong as it ever was. Required viewing for any fan of low-budget thrillers, and required viewing for any one interested in just how powerful the media of film can be.” ~ Online Review

“The film is slowly paced and has little plot, but there’s so much going for it – particularly as the tension begins to mount. The acting is fantastic all around, not the hokey z-acting that I anticipated. The characterizations are rich and layered. The cinematography is fantastically detailed, with a variety of haunting visuals and innovative shots. The thing that astounds me most is how well this film has aged. Even PSYCHO, a film whose success the makers of this movie intended to ride the coattails of, is far more dated than THE SADIST.. It’s a psychological character movie, pure and simple. And it’s because of the simplicity of the whole thing that it’ll continue to stand the test of time.” ~ Online Review


We’ll also be raffling off some free movie passes and odd prizes from the PFS archives before the show.

So, make sure to bring a few extra bucks with you for Raffle Tickets…


$7 admission for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!

Seating at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8:00pm

Award-Winning Organic Vegetarian Food + Fair-Trade Coffees & Teas + Micro-Brew Beers & Wines Available

Dec05Fri
6:00PM • Free

First Friday Art March is a monthly collaborative community experience, combining business, art, and the public. It provides cultural and economic heartbeat in the Starland district, spreading the vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit of this area throughout the city.

The featured art show at the Bean for the month of December is “Decks Terity,” skatedeck art as interpreted by painters, illustrators, woodworkers, muralists, printmakers, and tattoo artists.

Dec06Sat
8:00PM • Suggested Donation

Nikki Talley one half of a husband & wife duo based out of Asheville, NC contributing acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo & of course her trademark stunning vocals. Since January 2012 she & husband Jason Sharp, who accompanies her on finger style & flat picking guitar as well as bass, have played 200+ shows in over 20 states.

Dec09Tue
8:00PM • Free

A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work, hosted at the Bean on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Sign up at 7:30, show starts at 8 sharp. Performers are given 4 minutes to do their best work. Original material is encouraged. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Dec10Wed
8:00PM • $7.00

The original film society dedicated to the psychotronic multigenre – encompassing the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres, and much more.

Dec11Thu
8:00PM • 

The monthly Open Mic Comedy Night gives you a chance to test out your comedic skills, or just bring your sense of humor and enjoy the show! Usually not family friendly!

Dec13Sat
8:00PM • Suggested Donation

Brothers Adam and Ian Pendlington and Stephen Quinn play a mix of modern folk and alternative rock.

Dec17Wed
8:00PM • $7.00

The original film society dedicated to the psychotronic multigenre – encompassing the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres, and much more.

Dec18Thu
8:00PM • Suggested Donation

Strangled Darlings brings a punk intensity to their live show. Taking a cello and making it a hip hop bass. Taking mandolin and slapping it like a stubborn mule. They Portland based duo has been creating original tunes since 2009 and breaking the mold for indie music. They bring a lyrical intelligence and political punch to their songs. Their song material varies widely to cover a blend of folk, hip hop, jazz and Americana with inspiration coming from: witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong. The band has released three studio albums and a fourth is due out this summer. Their live show mixes technical mastery with deadpan humor and a little something to shake your rumpus.

Dec19Fri
8:00PM • Suggested Donation

Cory Bishop is a rising Nashville singer-songwriter with elements of the Band, Springsteen, and more recently, the Wallflowers and Jason Isbell. He’s a passionate performer and a super nice dude.

Dec20Sat
8:00PM • Suggested Donation

Ashley Raines is an American songwriter, lyricist, composer & multi-instrumentalist. Mr. Raines performs on his signature Weissenborn, a custom hollow neck lap steel guitar.

Dec22Mon
8:00PM • $10.00

The biography of CaroMia Tiller reads like an adventure novel, action-packed and thrilling. From a very young age this free spirit has been making her own rules about what is and is not possible. The undeniable soul-shaking power behind her voice seems to draw on a few lifetimes’ worth of experience. From a world of inspiration CaroMia distills an arresting and immediately recognizable sound: her own signature blend of rootsy Americana, Soul and Blues.

Dec23Tue
10:25AM • Free

A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work, hosted at the Bean on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Sign up at 7:30, show starts at 8 sharp. Performers are given 4 minutes to do their best work. Original material is encouraged. Visit the Facebook page for more information.