May 27, 2009


There is nothing like the classic horror films that Universal is so well known for. Their library includes DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, THE WOLF MAN, THE INVISIBLE MAN and THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, as well as the many sequels like DRACULA'S DAUGHTER, THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US and the outstanding BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and others. *

While some of the bigger original titles like DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN do get showings on the big screen from time to time (especially around Halloween), it is not so easy to catch some of the more obscure sequels the way they were meant to be seen.

Thankfully Los Angeles has a number of great outlets to see classic films -- usually with beautifully restored prints and special guest Q&As -- and no other association matches The American Cinematheque who regularly screens these types of gems at the Egyptian theater on Hollywood Boulevard, and at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica.

This coming Saturday (May 30) and Sunday (May 31) , the Cinematheque will be showing some of those aforementioned classic horror films in conjunction with the return to publication of the magazine FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

On Saturday May 30 at 7:30 they are screening SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) with Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi, followed by GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) also with Mr. Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr.

On Sunday May 31 again at 7:30 will be the original Tod Browning classic DRACULA (1931) featuring the iconic Bela Lugosi, followed by HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) with Lon Chaney Jr., and John Carradine.
While perhaps not considered scary (at least by today's standards where the norm is the SAW series or FRIDAY THE 13TH) these are generally well made and fun films that define what people in the 40s (and 50s for CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) considered horror. Most of these particular portrayals of the monsters have become iconic in Hollywood and Motion Picture History, and anyone who is a lover of film should jump at the chance to see these on the big screen, with an audience.
Full details can be found HERE.

The Egyptian is one of those fantastic venues where 1 admission allows you to see 2 films (unless otherwise noted), and special guests will be on hand to introduce them all.

The AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE website can be found HERE. If you love film, you are only doing yourself a favor by buying a membership to this great association.

Oh and if Universal Horror isn't your thing, the Aero theater in Santa Monica there will be a triple feature of all 3 BACK TO THE FUTURE movies, back-to-back-to-back (again, 3 movies for 1 admission). The show starts at 5pm on Saturday May 30 and not only will guests be on hand, but you will also have the chance to get your photo taken in a Deloreon! 88 MILES PER HOUR!!!!

Full details (and other Aero screenings) can be found HERE or through the AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE link.

* Not in Los Angeles or plan to hit these screenings and have a taste for more? All these Universal Horror titles can be purchased as part of the Universal Legacy Series on DVD. Each set contains all titles in each series -- a great move on Universal's part given the limited appeal of the secondary titles, and allowing collectors and easy way to complete their collections.