Indeed, we could have chosen from any number of moments in history in which the cinema was deployed to express/amplify moral panic. Negro panic in the 1910s, negro jazzman panic, marijuana panic, communist panic, heroin panic, et cetera ad nauseum. In this programme we’ll look at two youth counter-culture/drugs panic movies from the 1960s; and two from the 1970s that deal with the ever-present negro panic as it evolved in this period into fear of an outright paramilitary takeover attempt by (mostly) non-white youth gangs.
April 5: Wild in the Streets USA 1968 d. Barry Shear with Christopher Jones, Shelley Winters, Richard Pryor, Diane Varsi and Hal Holbrook. Colour. 97m
April 12: Angel, Angel Down We Go aka Cult of the Damned USA 1969 d. Robert Thom with Jennifer Jones, Jordan Christopher, Holly Near, Lou Rawls, Charles Aidman, Davey Davison, Roddy McDowall. Colour. 93m
April 19: Assault On Precinct 13 USA 1976 d. John Carpenter with Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Tony Burton, Nancy Loomis and Frank Doubleday. Colour. 91m
April 26: The Warriors USA 1979 d. Walter Hill with Michael Beck, James Remar and Dorsey Wright. Colour. 92m