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The future looked bleak for fans of weird-ass cinema when the Washington Psychotronic Film Society got itself kicked out of yet another bar, this time for screening the Isle of the Damned—which includes a male rape scene—to the displeasure of the regulars at the Meeting Place. The society was homeless for weeks afterward as Carl Cephas (aka Dr. Schlock) scouted new venues. Then in early March Cephas struck a deal with the Warehouse and the Psycho got its groove back. This week he’s hosting Metro Retro Night in his new digs, with clips from forgotten and banned cartoons like Japan’s 8 Man, a 1960s anime series about a murdered cop-turned-cyborg named Tobor. Legend has it that Tobor (that’s “robot” spelled backwards), who can shapeshift from cyborg to slick businessman, provided the inspiration for Robocop. In a twist that would have the public health crowd howling with rage if the show were on TV today, Tobor recharges his mechanical half by smoking “energy” cigarettes.
THE FILM SHOWS TUESDAY AT 8 P.M. AT THE WAREHOUSE, 1021 7TH STREET, NW. DONATIONS ACCEPTED. (202) 783-3933.