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Bad Film Society to screen ‘The Lost Empire’

The Bad Film Society of Ashland will show “The Lost Empire” at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22, in The Ashland Elks’ “dungeon.”

The film was the first feature-length production by incredibly prolific B-grade exploitation filmmaker Jim Wynorski, who started out working for Roger Corman, and began his directing career with this pulpy epic that he wrote, produced and directed.

The movie relays the tale of Angel, a blonde supercop with two hot cohorts who go undercover to the island of Dr. Sin to to find out why her brother was murdered by some ninja-looking dudes, according to the Bad Film announcement. The diabolical doctor holds martial arts tournaments, but he is also using his conquests for slaves to be sold while staying young by drinking their blood. Oh, and he is also looking to gain world domination by combining the ancient Eyes of the Avatar stones, one of which just happens to be in Angel’s purse.

Among the 150-plus other films by Wynorski are “Big Bad Mama II,” “Sorority House Massacre II,” “Goulies IV,” “The Bare Wench Project (I, II, III & the Final Chapter),” “Cobra Gator” and “Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre.”

Prior to the feature an eclectic mix of shorts will be screened featuring Lynda Carter, Pia Zadora, Gamera and a tribute to recently deceased director Milos Forman.

Attendees are welcome to bring any bad DVDs, tapes or books they want to give away.

Members should bring a dish for the potluck dinner starting at 6 p.m.

The entrance to the Ashland Elks Dungeon is on Will Dodge Way (the alley between East Main Street and Lithia Way and First and Second streets). Enter at the “Elks Dining” sign. The private Elks parking lot will be open for use. To park, enter on Second Street.

A $4 donation is requested to support The Elks and their charitable works.

Raven De La Croix in "The Lost Empire" (1984), which will be shown July 22 in Ashland.