The Universal Monsters are holding a party at the Egyptian Theatre this weekend!
UNIVERSAL MONSTER MASH
August 7 - 9 - Egyptian Theatre
All your scary favorites - Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, the Bride - will be haunting the Egyptian with a double feature and pair of triple features.
Universal is best known for their roster of monsters, and this is your chance to catch some of the most iconic movie horror figures on the big screen, all 35mm prints!
Thursday, August 7 - 7:30PM
Introduction by Sara Karloff (daughter of Boris Karloff) and Bela Lugosi Jr. (son of Bela Lugosi), hosted by historian Scott Essman.
THE BLACK CAT (1934)
Cat-fearing Bela Lugosi pursues devil-worshipping Boris Karloff through his crazed, Bauhaus-on-acid mansion, sitting atop the bodies of thousands of WW I vets.
THE RAVEN (1935)
Demented, disappointed-in-love surgeon Bela Lugosi operates on escaped murderer Boris Karloff, disfiguring him. He then uses the tormented fugitive as an instrument for revenge against his enemies, including the woman (Irene Ware) who spurned him. One of Universal’s most maniacal chillers.
Friday, August 8 - 7:30PM
Director Tod Browning (FREAKS) and actor Bela Lugosi established the Transylvanian count as one of the archetypal movie vampires and a monster icon for Universal Studios’ golden era of classic horror films. This adaptation of Hamilton Deane’s then-popular stage play of Bram Stoker’s novel is quite different from Murnau’s silent NOSFERATU, and from later works coming from Hammer Studios from the 1950s through 1970s and Francis Ford Coppola in 1990. Real estate agent Renfield (played by everyone’s favorite madman Dwight Frye) goes insane after visiting Dracula at his Transylvanian castle and is thereafter confined to a London asylum, though he does the count’s bidding as a hypnotized slave when Dracula comes to Britain and moves into deserted Carfax Abbey. David Manners is Jonathan Harker and Helen Chandler is his lady love, whom Dracula wants to make his bride. Edward Van Sloan, a fixture in early Universal horrors, is Professor Van Helsing.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943)
This eerily unique, strange hybrid resulted from the unholy marriage of the Universal horror cycle with the Nelson Eddy operetta genre. The ever-mesmerizing Claude Rains is tragic Erik the Phantom, and Susanna Foster the beautiful soprano he worships. An Oscar winner for Best Color Cinematography and Art Direction.
THE WOLF MAN (1941)
Lon Chaney Jr. achieves cinematic immortality in the title role, one of Universal’s great movie monsters. Bitten by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi, in a wonderful cameo) while visiting a gypsy camp, Larry Talbot (Chaney) is cursed to become a hairy beast “when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Noted horror scribe Curt Siodmak penned the original screenplay for this eerie classic, which costars Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy and Maria Ouspenskaya, whose portrayal of an old gypsy fortuneteller is unforgettable.
Saturday, August 9 - 7:30PM
“A Monster Science Created – But Could Not Destroy!" Boris Karloff had appeared in more than 75 films before FRANKENSTEIN turned him almost overnight into a screen legend. His performance here - anguished, eloquent, wordless - remains one of the most hauntingly powerful in all cinema. With Colin Clive, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
“Warning! The Monster Demands a Mate!" Widely considered the high point of the 1930s Universal horror cycle, BRIDE is a brilliant blend of black humor and Gothic style. Boris Karloff reprises his greatest role as the Monster, with Colin Clive as his reluctant "father," the hilariously creepy Ernest Thesiger as Dr. Pretorius and Elsa Lanchester as the screaming-mimi Bride.
SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)
The third atmospheric installment in Universal’s FRANKENSTEIN franchise and inspiration for Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN finds Henry Frankenstein’s grown-up son, Wolf (Basil Rathbone), returning to the family estate with his wife and son (Josephine Hutchinson and Donnie Dunagan) after many years. The laboratory is in ruins - nevertheless Wolf soon becomes enmeshed in his family’s nefarious legacy when he finds the dormant monster (Boris Karloff) being looked after by a vengeful gallows survivor, the crook-necked Ygor (a very creepy Bela Lugosi). Universal was firing on all cylinders with its bolt-necked creature when it released this exceptionally entertaining tall tale. Watch for Lionel Atwill as the one-armed police chief (he lost his missing appendage to a previous encounter with the monster).