October 6, 8 & 9, 2011
A darkened theatre has always been an ideal place to scream. Since the beginning of film, movie-goers have been menaced by a menagerie of monsters - be they giant apes or tiny evil dolls, creatures of ancient myth or the spawn of modern science gone wrong, the list is a long one. This month, John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THRILLER, THE BLUES BROTHERS, ANIMAL HOUSE, TRADING PLACES) has hand-picked a selection of horror heavyweights from his new book 'Monsters In The Movies.'
With such specimens as REANIMATOR, MAD LOVE, METROPOLIS and THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, the laboratory of great “mad doctor” films is a big one, and we launch the Landis series with an evening of two of the finest precode horror films: the restored Blu-Ray launch of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and Rouben Mamoulian's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, perhaps the best of many screen adaptations of the Robert Louis Stevenson book. Later, the talented trio of James Whale, Boris Karloff and makeup artist Jack Pierce team for a triple feature of the classics FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (which also stars Bela Lugosi - and helped inspire YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN). Audiences have been haunted by spirits both chilling (the twins from THE SHINING) and hilarious (Slimer from GHOSTBUSTERS), and we are screening two of the most beautiful and memorable supernatural spine-chillers with THE INNOCENTS and THE HAUNTING.
Series compiled John Landis, Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Grant Moninger and John Hagelston.