|The Blood Is
The Life - Vampires On Film And Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon!
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More than any other movie monster, the vampire seems to have
cornered the market in the popularity sweepstakes with not only filmmakers but audiences
as well. From F. W. Murnaus silent NOSFERATU to Bela Lugosis early 1930s
DRACULA to Christopher Lees sexy undead nobleman via Hammer studios in the
mid-century to a plethora of vampiric heroes & heroines, villains & villainesses
in the new millenium (witness the long-running "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" TV
series and the currently popular UNDERWORLD films) vampire movies are on top and
here to stay. Were thrilled to bring you some of the best, including Hammers HORROR
OF DRACULA and BRIDES OF DRACULA, Roman Polanskis rousing spoof THE
FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, Bela Lugosis 1940s vampiric encore RETURN OF
THE VAMPIRE (for all intents and purposes, a Dracula film in everything-except-name)
and Joel Schumachers atmospheric, tongue-in-cheek pastiche, THE LOST BOYS.
Were closing out this special four day series with an old-fashioned, all-night
horrorthon, with six chilling, crowd-pleasing sagas of zombies and bloodthirsty spirits,
including the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, RE-ANIMATOR, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
Wednesday, October 25 7:30 PM
HORROR OF DRACULA, 1958, Warner
Bros., 88 min. Director Terence Fisher and screenwriter Jimmy Sangsters
stripped-to-the basics, expertly-paced take on Bram Stokers popular bloodsucker
remains one of the most satisfying, just plain exciting gothic horror films ever made.
From Christopher Lees revelatory, broodingly romantic performance as Dracula
(introducing a sexual frisson to the proceedings) to Fishers masterful direction,
from Peter Cushings Professor Van Helsing to Jack Ashers
atmosphere-drenched cinematography and James Bernards superb score, this is
perfection. One of Hammer Studios most enduring masterpieces!
BRIDES OF DRACULA, 1960,
Universal, 85 min. Dir. Terence Fisher. When Christopher Lee temporarily balked at
getting typecast as the undead count, Hammer had to create a new blood hungry villain,
Baron Meinster (David Peel), for their second Dracula installment. Chained in his
castle lair by his conflicted mother (Martita Hunt), the Baron is unwittingly
released by a stranded French schoolteacher, Marianne (Yvonne Monlaur), and
proceeds to wreak havoc amongst the local female population. Luckily, Marianne is rescued
by traveling vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and the battle of good
and evil begins in earnest. A rip-roaring tall tale and one of Hammers most
satisfying vampire pictures. Booksigning preceding the
screening at 6:00 PM with Forrest J. Ackerman (CLASSIC UNIVERSAL) and Dave Marchant
(MONSTERIFIC) at Every Picture Tells A Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., Santa Monica (right
across the street from the Aero).
Thursday, October 26 7:30 PM
THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS,
1967, Warner Bros., 108 min. Roman Polanskis expertly balanced blend of humor
and horror looks even better today than when it was released nearly 40 years ago.
Phenomenal character actor Jack McGowran is perfectly cast as the ancient,
screw-loose Professor Abronsius who, with his harebrained sidekick, Alfred (Polanski,
doing double duty) is on the hunt for vampires in the snowy Carpathian mountains. Their
pursuit shifts into high gear once Alfreds admired-from-afar love interest,
inn-keepers daughter, Sharon Tate, is kidnapped by undead Count von Krolock (Ferdy
Mayne). With the beautiful, deeply rich color cinematography of Douglas Slocombe and a
memorable score by brilliant Krzysztof Komeda.
RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE,
1944, Sony Repertory, 69 min. Dir. Lew Landers, Kurt Neumann (uncredited). Bela
Lugosi is a London-based bloodsucker (looking a dead-ringer for his Universal studios
Dracula incarnation) who wont let a little annoyance like WWII interrupt his
business. With Matt Willis (as his werewolf assistant), Frieda Inescort, Nina
Foch (in her film debut) and Miles Mander. Written by Universal horror vets
Griffin Jay and Randall Faye.
Friday, October 27 7:30 PM
THE LOST BOYS, 1987, Warner Bros. 97
min. Jason Patric and little brother Corey Haim move to a California coastal
town with their mother Dianne Wiest, only to find it infested by a gang of teenage,
punk bloodsuckers led by Keifer Sutherland. Director Joel Schumacher helms
this bizarre, spooky and often funny hybrid of the brat pack and vampire genres, bringing
an authentically original California Gothic ambience to the proceedings. With Jamie
Gertz, Corey Feldman, Edward Herrmann.
CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE
HUNTER, 1973, Paramount, 91 min. Dir. Brian Clemens. KRONOS recasts the vampire
myth as a swashbuckling adventure, with the dashing swordsman, Kronos (Horst Janson)
hacking up the undead like a gothic Toshiro Mifune. The divine Caroline Munro
nearly walks away with the film as Kronos love interest, in this handsome and
very rarely-screened Hammer Films production.
Saturday, October 28 7:30 PM till approx. 6:00 AM
Sponsored by Charles N. Mathewson Foundation, Wild Oat and Le
Horror All Night!
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD,
1968, 96 min. Director George Romeros unqualified masterpiece pits a handful
of citizens holed up in a farmhouse against a newly revived horde of flesh-eating zombies.
The cast of talented unknowns headed by Duane Jones are all alarmingly believable
as they fight for life, trying to escape a bad dream that gets uncompromisingly worse and
more horrifying as the hours crawl by. If youve never seen this hackles-raising
classic on the big screen, heres your chance.
RE-ANIMATOR, 1985, Holland
Releasing, 86 min. Adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft tale Herbert West, Re-Animator
this mind-bending, darkly funny horror thriller was a breakout hit, establishing director Stuart
Gordon as a force to be reckoned with. Impetuous researcher Jeffrey Combs
develops a serum that can bring back the dead, something that his new roommate, Bruce
Abbott, hadnt exactly bargained on. Delivers on every front with laughs, shocks
and genuine shivers escalating until the outrageous gore-drenched finale. With Barbara
Crampton, David Gale.
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY,
1981, 82 min. Italian director Lucio Fulci already had a track record of surreal
giallo thrillers before cranking out the DAWN OF THE DEAD knock-off, ZOMBIE, a film that
put him on the map with fans of extreme genre cinema. Dubbed the king of Italian
goremeisters after following up with CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE BEYOND, Fulci turned
out this very atmospheric (and gory) ghost/zombie saga. Katherine MacColl and her
husband and son move into an ancient house owned long ago by the insane medical
experimenter, Dr. Freudstein. Ghost sightings, mysterious disappearances and bloody
killings begin, and the traumatized family wonders if perhaps the good doctor is still
CASTLE OF BLOOD (LA DANZA
MACABRA), 1964, 85 min. Alongside BLACK SUNDAY, this is Barbara Steeles shining
hour and director Antonio Margheritis masterpiece, a spine-tingling and
perversely beautiful hymn to love from beyond the grave. A visiting American journalist (George
Riviere) is challenged by Edgar Allan Poe and friend Lord Blackwood to stay overnight
in the latters haunted castle. What he finds there is unrequited love for tragic
ghost Elizabeth (Steele) and numerous other undead spirits thirsty for his blood.
PUMPKINHEAD, 1989, MGM Repertory,
86 min. Effects-wizard, Stan Winston made his directorial debut with this macabre
modern folk tale. Lance Henriksen stars as a grief-stricken father who goes to an
old witch in the swamp to bring forth a demon from hell to wreak vengeance on teen
dirtbike riders who accidentally ran down and killed his tiny son.
BURIAL GROUND, 1981, 85 min. Dir.
Andrea Bianchi. An archeology professor invites friends down to his villa for the
weekend. While waiting, he visits a nearby Etruscan tomb, not guessing that he will be the
catalyst for a mass resurrection of the ancient undead. Jaded, bourgeois couples become
zombie fodder almost from the time they arrive, amping up the gruesome gore factor like
few other Italian zombie films. A laugh-out-loud, so-bad-its-good lollapalooza of
politically incorrect guts-and-grue that is best viewed with an audience to be
fully-appreciated. With Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi and Peter Bark as the
weird, incestuous manchild, Michael. Plus great classic horror
trailers between the films and other surprises! Snack and coffee during the night thanks
to Wild Oat and breakfast included for everyone who makes it through till the end,
courtesy of Le Marmiton! Special horrorthon price: $12, General; $10, Seniors &
Students; $9, Members.