|The 8th Annual Festival of Sci
Fi, Fantasy & Horror
Some programs in this series are at the Aero Theatre including the LORD OF
THE RINGS TRILOGY and A Tribute to Stan Winston!
SCI-FI NEW MEMBER INCENTIVE
JOIN AT THE INDIVIDUAL OR DUAL LEVEL AND RECEIVE 2
MISC DVD TITLES SUCH AS CARRIE OR THE FOG.
JOIN AT THE FRIEND LEVEL OR ABOVE AND RECEIVE A
FANTASTIC COLLECTION OF MARIO BAVA DVD'S OR THE SUPERMAN COLLECTION! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
Join us for more of what you love best new and vintage
classic and cult fantastic films, including a Sneak Preview of Larry Bishops
phantasmagorical biker pic HELL RIDE (produced and edited by Quentin Tarantino),
the Pang Brothers newest, RE-CYCLE, the U.S. Premiere of the new animated STAR
WARS: THE CLONE WARS and the World Premiere of Norman Englands documentary, BRINGING
GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE. Plus, more British horror classics from the Golden Age,
including JACK THE RIPPER, A STUDY IN TERROR, THE TELL-TALE HEART, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS,
brand new prints of Hammer Studios Christopher Lee adventure pix THE DEVIL-SHIP
PIRATES, THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER and TERROR OF THE TONGS, a new print of
Hammers hardboiled wartime atrocity opus THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND, plus a
Peter Cushing sci-fi triple feature of THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS,
ISLAND OF TERROR and ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED, classic American
sci-fi/horror IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA and EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
(both with Ray Harryhausens SFX), KRONOS, CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN, DEMENTIA 13,
FRANKENSTEINS DAUGHTER, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE, Italian
horror THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA, a Pre-Code Hollywood horror double bill of ISLAND
OF LOST SOULS and KONGO, an Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary double
feature of ALIEN and ALIENS (both of which premiered at the Egyptian), a
whole evening of sci-fi shorts and more! Keep an eye out for our must-see sidebars at the
Aero with a LORD OF THE RINGS marathon, a Tribute to Stan Winston (including
ALIENS, PUMPKINHEAD and PREDATOR 1 and 2) and a cozy Post-Apocalyptic
weekend featuring DAMNATION ALLEY, A BOY AND HIS DOG, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE OMEGA
MAN and more!
Plus, nightly drawings for sci fi, fantasy & horror
related prizes, demonstrations and masks for sale from the E.I.
School of Professional Make Up and more terror, chills and thrills of varying
of Professional Make Up will be selling masks of their own design on August 1, 2, 8, 9,
15, 16 and 21 at the Egyptian and watch out for 'lurkers' like this Jack the Ripper Victim
who was seen wandering the courtyard on August 1st!!
Wednesday, July 30 - 8:00 PM
Digitally Restored! FORBIDDEN ZONE, 1982, 74 min. Dir. Richard Elfman.
A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension -- get ready for a wild ride - in the
greatest cult classic of all time. Beautiful young "Frenchy" (Marie-Pascale
Elfman) slides through cosmic intestines into a subterranean world ruled by horny
midget King Fausto (Herve Villechaize) and his jealous Queen Doris (Susan
Tyrrell). "Chicken-boy" (Matthew Bright, director of FREEWAY) comes
to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself -- played
by Danny Elfman and the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers,
topless princesses, and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical
numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and others. An experience guaranteed
you will never forget! Now in mind-boggling color! Newly remixed Dolby Digital 6 track
website. Discussion following with
director Richard Elfman and other guests (TBA).
Thursday, July 31 7:30 PM
HELL RIDE, 2008, Dimension Films, 83
min. Director Larry Bishop (MAD DOG TIME), veteran of scores of AIP biker and
delinquent flicks including the masterpieces THE SAVAGE SEVEN and WILD IN THE STREETS,
returns to the saddle as Pistolero, the head of the Victors biker gang, roaring along with
his pal The Gent (Michael Madsen) and cronies as they scour the wasteland for the
666s, the bikers responsible for killing Pistoleros old lady in the mid-1970s and
another comrade more recently. Pistolero also hopes to locate the long-lost teenage son of
his old flame. With Dennis Hopper, Eric Balfour, Vinnie Jones and a cameo by
David Carradine. Executive produced by Quentin Tarantino. "If you were one
of those people who were in line for the release of GRINDHOUSE last year
RIDE is right up your alley...every bit a film Quentin Tarantino would have in his
personal collection." Neil Miller, FilmSchoolRejects.com Discussion following with director/star Larry
Bishop and other cast and crew members (tba). NOT ON DVD Details on this film
Presented with Screamfest LA, the nation's largest horror film
festival. The 2008 festival will take place October 10 19 at the Manns
Friday, August 1 7:30 PM
Jack the Ripper Double Feature:
Ultra-Rare! JACK THE RIPPER, 1959, 84 min. Producers/directors
Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, those master showmen who brought you THE CRAWLING EYE
and THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS, take a crack at the Jack the Ripper legend, with
hackles-raising results. Inspector ONeill (Eddie Byrne) and American detective Sam
Lowry (Lee Patterson) do their best to track the maniac who is dispatching prostitutes in
poverty-stricken Whitechapel. They narrow the hunt to a charity clinic, but are confounded
by many suspects. Ewen Solon and John Le Mesurier play two doctors at the top of their
list. Producer Joseph E. Levine (HERCULES) picked up this shocker for American
distribution and spent a fortune on promoting its initial release. With a famous theme by
jazz composer Pete Rugolo. "Gruesome account of the mysteries surrounding the most
infamous serial killer of them all
manages to effectively re-create period London in
an atmospheric and suspenseful dramatization." Britmovie NOT ON DVD Details on this movie
Rare! A STUDY IN TERROR, 1965, Sony Repertory, 95 min. James
Hills fast-moving direction steers John Neville (THE ADVENTURES OF BARON
MUNCHAUSEN) as Sherlock Holmes, on a collision course with Jack the Ripper in this
unpretentious, well-paced thriller more violent and pulpy than most earlier Holmes
films, in keeping with the grisly Ripper crimes. The cast includes the incomparable Robert
Morley as Holmes petulant brother, Mycroft, Donald Houston as Dr. Watson
and Frank Finlay as Inspector Lestrade. (Coincidentally, Finlay would reprise the
Lestrade role in the later MURDER BY DECREE, a Holmes film with similar subject matter.)
NOT ON DVD Details on this movie
Friday, August 1 -- 12:00 MIDNIGHT
New Release! RE-CYCLE, 2008, Walking Shadows-Image Home Entertainment, 109
min. Dir. Danny & Oxide Pang (THE EYE). Suffering from
writers block after three successful romance novels, author Ting-Yin (Lee Sinje) undertakes a new subject: ghosts. As she begins to write, the creepy
things shes writing about begin to manifest in her life and continue to
appear even after shes deleted the drafts from her computer. As the veils between
the worlds grow thinner and thinner, she is transported into a surreal wasteland where she
is confronted with everything she has ever discarded. Like a post-apocalyptic Alice
in Wonderland, RE-CYCLE is a horror-fantasy thriller that leaves you reeling long
after the credits roll. NOT ON DVD Details
on this movie
Saturday, August 2 - 2:00 PM
Co-Presented by American Cinematheque and the Art Deco
Society of Los Angeles
Lydeckers: Special Effects Pioneers & Streamline Moderne Architecture Starting
in the 1930s, the Lydecker Brothers (Theodore & Howard) produced revolutionary special
effects for nearly 400 movies and serials, including the 1942 WWII action picture FLYING
TIGERS which uses not a single real fighter plane! They were the undisputed masters of the
minatures in Hollywood and worked together closely during the entire production history of
Republic Pictures were they had a great deal of creative freedom. Howard Lydecker used his
cinematic vision to design and build his own futuristic Streamline Moderne home in Studio
City. Travel through worlds real and imagined with Lydecker House historian and TV News Producer
Jason Burks who will introduce film clips and discuss how Lydeckers work influenced
his home, which is now an Historic Monument. Nephew to Howard Lydecker and son to Theodore
Lydecker, George Lydecker will share his memories of the work of his father and uncle and
collector, special effects historian Bob
Burns will also speak. Special
Ticket Price for American Cinematheque & Art Deco Society Members: $5.
Saturday, August 2 7:30 PM
Euro Horror Triple Feature!
E.I. School of
Professional Make Up Vampire Make Up Demonstration in the Lobby at 6:30 PM!
New 35mm Print! Uncut and Uncensored
Version! THE VAMPIRE LOVERS,
1970, MGM Repertory, 91 min. Roy Ward Baker (QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, A NIGHT TO
REMEMBER) directed the first in Hammers infamous lesbian vampire trilogy based on J.
Sheridan Le Fanus classic Carmilla. Ingrid Pitt is the sexy
bloodsucker planted to roost in the homes of upper-class citizens with nubile teenage
daughters. Shortly after General von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing) loses his
offspring, he is consulted by friend Roger Morton (George Cole) when his wide-eyed
daughter (Pippa Steele) becomes severely anemic. Steeles suitor, debonair
Carl (Jon Finch), is also concerned. But infatuated governess Kate OMara
is in thrall to vampiric house guest Pitt. Rip-roaringly fast-paced horror action in
Hammers usual well-done period setting. Details on this movie
Ultra-Rare! New 35mm Print! THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA (LAMANTE
DEL VAMPIRO), 1960, MGM Repertory, 85 min. Dir. Renato Polselli. A troupe of
ballerinas (dressed more like showgirls) are stranded in an abandoned castle. Nobleman Walter
Brandi and countess Maria Luisa Rolando, who look like theyve been caught
in a time warp, live in a neighboring palaces ruins. Soon dancer Louisa (Helene
Remy) falls prey to smitten Brandi when he periodically transforms into a crusty-faced
vampire. Beautifully photographed and creepy, this is a fun, low budget classic of Italian
Gothic horror. NOT ON DVD
Rare! THE TELL-TALE HEART, 1960, 78 min. Dir. Ernest
Morris, A strikingly moody period rendition of the Poe tale. Handsome but shy Laurence
Payne (THE CRAWLING EYE, VAMPIRE CIRCUS) becomes enamored of his bewitching neighbor (Adrienne
Corri) across the street. However, she falls for Paynes best friend (Dermot
Walsh), causing Payne to murder his comrade and bury him under the floorboards. Then
comes "the beating of that hideous heart." The expertly paced screenplay was
co-written by Brian Clemens ("The Avengers," DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE).
Sunday, August 3 7:30 PM
Giant Monster Night!
World Premiere! BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE, 2008,
Classic Media, 68 min. Dir. Norman England. Featuring Akira Takarada, Haruo
Nakajima, Hiroshi Koizumi, others. For more than 50 years, Godzilla, Mothra, King
Ghidorah and other monsters have been created with traditional, handmade F/X techniques.
Through interviews with actors, filmmakers, special-effects artists, and monster stuntmen
from the golden age of Japanese sci-fi, this documentary goes behind the scenes of this
unique and outlandish genre. Narrated by Alex Cox (director of REPO MAN, SID &
NANCY). In English and Japanese with English subtitles. WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, RODAN, and
BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE will be released as a DVD boxed set by Classic Media on
September 9, 2008.
WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS,
1966, Toho Studios, 92 min. Dir. Ishiro Honda (the original GODZILLA). A hairy
green giant terrorizes Japan, sinking ships, eating fishermen and attacking an airport.
Using a space-age ray cannon, the military nearly kills the monster before it is rescued
by its even bigger, brown-haired brother. But the evil green gargantua and the
good-hearted brown gargantua don't see eye-to-eye, and their monster-sized sibling rivalry
leads to a death match in the streets of Tokyo, with civilization hanging in the balance. Russ
Tamblyn (WEST SIDE STORY) is the American scientist and Kumi Mizuno (INVASION
OF ASTRO-MONSTER) is his beautiful assistant, plus American starlet Kipp Hamilton
as an ill-fated nightclub singer performing the kitschy classic "The Words Get Stuck
in My Throat." English dubbed version. NOT ON DVD
MOTHRA, 1961, Sony Repertory, 100 min.
Giant caterpillar-turned-avenging insect Mothra wreaks havoc on Japan when its best
friends -- two tiny, telepathic, singing sisters (played by real-life siblings Yumi and
Emi Ito) -- are kidnapped by an unscrupulous promoter and forced to perform in a Tokyo
nightclub! Classic oversized bug action from the master of Japanese monster movies,
director Ishiro Honda. English dubbed version. NOT ON DVD
Discussion in between first two films with BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE producers Steve
Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski.
Friday, August 8 7:30 PM
Christopher Lee/Hammer Studios Pirates
New 35mm Print! THE
PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER, 1962, Sony Repertory, 87
min. Dir. John Gilling (THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE REPTILE). Hammer Studios
exhibited their panache for Gothic period ambience in these breakneck-paced pirate
adventure thrillers. A Huguenot community living on a Caribbean isle is menaced by pirates
because the renegades eyepatch-wearing captain Christopher Lee believes the
village has a secret treasure of gold. The community leaders son (Kerwin Mathews,
of THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD), who has been sentenced to hard labor for adultery
(after losing his paramour to a river full of piranha!), may be their only hope for
salvation. With Glenn Corbett ("Route 66"), Marla Landi, Oliver
Reed, Andrew Keir (QUATERMASS AND THE PIT). Details
on this movie
New 35mm Print! THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES, 1964, Sony
Repertory, 86 min. Dir. Don Sharp (KISS OF THE VAMPIRE). A pirate ship allied to
the Spanish Armada docks at a village on the British coast for repairs and convinces the
inhabitants that Spain has won the war. Lording it over the villagers as their new ruler,
evil Christopher Lee causes plenty of suffering, and rebellious young John
Cairney foments revolt with rumors that their Spanish masters are bluffing. More
swashbuckling action with Hammers customary excellent period atmosphere. Co-starring
Andrew Keir, Suzan Farmer (DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS). Special
1960s price for this night only! All admissions: $3.00.
Saturday, August 9 7:30 PM
1950s Sci-Fi Classics Triple Feature:
IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA,
1955, Sony Repertory, 79 min. Robert Gordon directs classic giant monster action.
Submarine commander Kenneth Tobey (THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD) finds himself
hunting down a giant octopus that has been coaxed from the depths by atomic testing and is
now raiding Pacific shipping lanes and the western seacoast. He teams up to find the
marauding behemoth with marine biologists Donald Curtis and Faith Domergue
(THIS ISLAND EARTH) and is soon romancing the latter. More great stop-motion animation
from Ray Harryhausen. More on this film.
KRONOS, 1957, 78 min. "Planet
Robber Tramples Earth
Stealing Energy for Other Worlds!" Kurt Neumann,
director of the original THE FLY, helmed this superb indie sci-fi thriller. Scientists Jeff
Morrow, Barbara Lawrence and George OHanlon go up against a giant robot
from outer space that is systematically sucking the planet dry of all energy. Unbeknownst
to the trio, the mind of their colleague, head scientist John Emery, is under
direct control of the voracious monolith as it cuts a swath toward Los Angeles. "
quality special effects that would do credit to a much higher-budgeted film."
on this film.
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS,
1956, Sony Repertory, 83 min. Dir. Fred F. Sears (THE WEREWOLF, TEENAGE
CRIME WAVE). Classic 1950s drive-in stuff: Earths scientists cant figure out
why all the rockets they shoot into space are disappearing
until a fleet of flying
saucers appears over the White House! Husband-and-wife scientist team Hugh Marlowe
and Joan Taylor form a vanguard of defense against the invaders. FX man Ray
Harryhausen collaborated on the original story for the film with famed sci-fi writer Curt
Siodmak (THE WOLF MAN).
Sunday, August 10 - 4:00
PM Film & 2 PM Courtyard Activities! SOLD OUT
U.S. Premiere! Fundraising
Benefit for The American CInematheque
WARS: THE CLONE WARS, 2008, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Dave Filoni.
Executive produced by George Lucas and produced by Catherine Winder for LucasAnimation. As civil war rages through the
galaxy, Anakin Skywalker and his new apprentice Ahsoka Tano find themselves on a mission
with far-reaching consequences. But Count Dooku and his sinister agents will stop at
nothing to ensure that they fail at their quest. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Obi-Wan
Kenobi and Master Yoda lead the massive clone army in a valiant effort to resist the
forces of the dark side... STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
director Dave Filoni, producer Catherine Winder and others involved with the creation of
the groundbreaking animated adventure will attend the benefit premiere. Costumed characters, photo backdrops, ice cream, hot dogs and Star
Wars back packs for everyone highlight the event!
view trailer | official website
Sunday, August 10 7:30 PM
Hammer Studios Double Feature:
New 35mm Print! TERROR OF THE TONGS, 1961, Sony Repertory, 80 min. "Deadliest,
Diabolical Brotherhood of Terror!" Dir. Anthony Bushell. Christopher
Lee warms up for his later Fu Manchu films as the Red Dragon Tong leader in 1910 Hong
Kong. When merchant ship captain Geoffrey Toones home is ransacked and his
daughter ruthlessly murdered, he goes on the warpath, searching high and low for the
ceremonial crime cult responsible. Featuring one of Lees most famous lines:
"Have you ever had your bones scraped?" With Burt Kwouk (the PINK PANTHER
series), Marne Maitland (THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY) and Yvonne Monlaur
(BRIDES OF DRACULA) as an Eurasian femme fatale.
Ultra-Rare! New 35mm Print! THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND, 1958, Sony Repertory,
81 min. Director Val Guest (THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT) helmed this relentlessly
fast-paced chronicle of Japanese POW camp atrocities that had a notorious reputation on
its initial release for its for the time graphic violence. British POW Andre
Morell (THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES) has to make sure that their sadistic Japanese camp
commandment doesnt find out Japan has surrendered or the whole POW population will
be massacred. With a whos who of great Hammer Studios supporting players, including Barbara
Shelley (THE GORGON), Richard Wordsworth (THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT), Michael
Gwynn (REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN), Marne Maitland and Carl Mohner. NOT ON DVD More details.
Wednesday, August 13 7:30 PM
FANTASY. HORROR AND
SCI-FI SHORTS, 90 min. Robert Cosnahan's "Psycho Hillbilly Cabin
Massacre" (19 min, USA). A spoof on all initiations in order to be part of any
"in" group. Mike Williamson's "In the Wall" (22 min,
USA). On the eve of the hottest New Year on record, a young pregnant wife happily prepares
for the birth of her child, but her secretive husband may have darker plans for the
family. Paul Bickel's "Hollow" (9 min, USA). A young boy has more
to be afraid of than in your standard scary movies. Floris Kaayk's "Metalosis
Maligna" (8 min, Netherlands). In this "documentary" you will learn
about a disease from the future that is spectacular and chronically debilitating. Ray
Griggs "Lucifer" (8 min, USA). Gorgeously shot high-budget
fantasy short starring Jason Lewis (SEX AND THE CITY) that begs to be seen on the
Egyptians big screen. Nick Brandestini & Steve Ellington's "H.R.
Giger's Sanctuary" (19 min, Switzerland) Fascinating look into the fears,
nightmares and visions of the inventor of the "biomechanics" and the creator of
the creature for ALIEN. Andrew Huang's "The Gloaming" (4 min,
USA). While working in his office, a man has an unsettling vision both outside the office
and inside his computer. Aideen McCarthy's "The Formorian" (6 min,
Ireland). A tale about a long-forgotten demon race that, according to Irish myth,
threatened to wipe out all human life. This is not the order the films will play in.
Discussion following with Robert Cosnahan ("Psycho
Hillbilly..."), Mike Williamson ("In the Wall"), Paul Bickel
Presented with Screamfest LA, the nation's largest horror film
festival. The 2008 festival will take place October 10 19 at the Manns
Thursday, August 14 7:30 PM
Mod Arthouse Madness Double Feature:
Rare! New 35mm Print!
DEEP END, 1971, Paramount, 88 min. One of the great lost
films of the early 1970s from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski captures the sense
of impending dread and spiritual breakdown at the end of the 60s like no other
movie. John Moulder-Brown stars as an innocent teenage psychopath working in a
public bathhouse who becomes obsessed with doe-eyed Jane Asher, with shocking
results. Terrific score by krautrock great Can and British songwriter Cat Stevens. "Jerzy
Skolimowski's directorial career
began with this offbeat tale of obsessive,
An increasingly tense, dreamlike drama from
uncompromising filmmaker." Steven Puchalski, Shock Cinema NOT ON DVD More details about this film: review
Rare! New 35mm Print!
THE WITCHES (LE STREGHE), 1967, MGM Repertory, 105
min. The anthology film was a popular format of 1960s Italian filmmaking, running the
gamut from BOCCACCIO 70 to SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. This is one of the least known and
most underrated. Silvana Mangano stars in five metaphorical tales delving into
womens sexy sweetness, cold-bloodedness, being put on a pedestal, destructive
manipulation and rebellion against domesticity that undoubtedly would have gotten them
burned at the stake in medieval times. Standout segments include Luchino Visconti
directing Mangano as a movie superstar held prisoner by her fame; Pier Paolo
Pasolinis live-action cartoon sequel to his THE HAWKS AND THE SPARROWS with Toto
and son Ninetto Davoli in search of a new matriarch and meeting green-haired,
mute Mangano; and Vittorio De Sicas look at bespectacled housewife
Manganos sexual fantasies as she banters with complacent, overworked husband Clint
Eastwood (in a three-piece suit!). NOT ON DVD More
on this film.
Friday, August 15 7:30 PM
Peter Cushing Sci-Fi Triple Feature:
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
OF THE HIMALAYAS, 1957, 85 min. Researcher Peter Cushing butts heads with
ruthlessly unprincipled carnival impresario Forrest Tucker, when the pair join
forces to capture the elusive Yeti of the Himalayas. Director Val Guest and
screenwriter Nigel Kneale (the QUATERMASS films) balance tight, Hawksian action against an
eerie, insistent sense of the supernatural. With evocative B&W photography by veteran
Hammer cameraman Arthur Grant (PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES). More on this film.
Rare! ISLAND OF TERROR, 1966, Universal, 89 min.
Director Terence Fisher took a vacation from Hammer Studios to do two indie sci-fi
films with Peter Cushing. Scientists Cushing and Edward Judd (THE DAY THE
EARTH CAUGHT FIRE) trek to a remote British isle to find out why villagers are turning up
dead and boneless. They discover a private cancer-research facility has unwittingly
mutated microscopic organisms into deadly, crawling, man-sized amoebas. With Carole
Gray, Eddie Byrne. Richard Gordon (FIEND WITHOUT A FACE) was one of the executive
producers. Great, scary drive-in fare. (Screened from a digital video source.) NOT ON DVD More
on this film.
Ultra-Rare! ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED, 1967, 94 min.
The second mid-60s sci-fi melodrama Terence Fisher did with Peter Cushing
focuses on a brutal mid-winter heat wave that suddenly transforms a British isle into a
community of frayed tempers, heat strokes and histrionic love triangles. Mysterious
investigator Christopher Lee and local doctor Cushing learn that protoplasmic
aliens are causing the problem and soon will incinerate the area. Best-selling author Patrick
Allen and wife Sarah Lawson own the pub where everyone congregates, and the
temperature is raised higher when sexy secretary Jane Merrow arrives to take
dictation. (Screened from a digital video source.) NOT ON DVD
Saturday, August 16 5:00 PM
PROMETHEUS TRIUMPHANT - A FUGUE
IN THE KEY OF FLESH, 2007, 79 min. When the lovely Esmeralda falls victim to the
plague, her banished lover Janick (Josh Ebel) finds a revolutionary cure. The film weaves
a timelessly tragic tale with true 1920s German Expressionist style. Silent, in black and
white with title cards. With Melissa Troughtzmantz. Directed by Jim Towns and Mike McKown
with a score by Lucien Desar.
Saturday, August 16 7:30 PM
Triple Shock Feature:
DEMENTIA 13, 1963, MGM Repertory, 75
min. Director Francis Ford Coppolas low-budget feature debut was one of the
few pictures to effectively meld a contemporary PSYCHO-type scenario with Gothic horror
motifs. When Louises (Luana Anders) husband, John, dies of a heart attack,
she knows she wont get any part of his mothers inheritance if the family finds
out hes dead. She travels to the family castle in Ireland to finagle her way into a
fortune, but must deal with Johns siblings, artist William Campbell, his new
wife (Mary Mitchel), younger brother Billy (Bart Patton) and a still-alive
matriarch. Then someone starts chopping people up with an axe! Fast-moving with a
memorably great score by Ronald Stein and an uncredited Les Baxter. Produced by Roger
Corman. "Francis Ford Coppola's first mainstream feature
is a little gem of
Gothic horror, stylishly helmed on a shoestring budget." TV Guide More on this film.
OF THE FACELESS MAN, 1958, MGM Repertory, 67 min. Edward L. Cahn (IT! THE
TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE) directed this low-budget scarefest about a petrified man dug out
of a Pompeii archeological site who comes back to life, pining for the reincarnation of
his lost love, artist Elaine Edwards. Archeologists Richard Anderson and Luis
Van Rooten investigate as the stone monster leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. With
another great, underrated score by maestro Gerald Fried (THE KILLING). NOT ON DVD
1958, 85 min. Dir. Richard E. Cunha. Good girl teen Sandra Knight is
turned into a bucktoothed, pockmarked creature in a negligee by her scientist uncles
sleazeball assistant, Oliver Frank (Donald Murphy). Boyfriend John Ashley is
bewildered by the mysterious goings-on. Of course, Frank is really short for Frankenstein,
and Oliver also has plans for the snooty blond bombshell (Sally Todd) who spurned
his advances. Two monsters for the price of one! With the ultra-square musical stylings of
the Page Cavanaugh Trio. "With lovable horror clichés, gooey monsters, and funny
dialogue, this is a classic of its type from director Richard Cunha
one of the best
teenage monster movies of them all." Joe Lozowsky, DVD Drive-In Discussion between the first two films with actor Richard Anderson (CURSE
OF THE FACELESS MAN).
Sunday, August 17 7:30 PM
Vintage Sci-Fi Double Feature:
IB Technicolor Print! ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, 1964, Paramount, 110
min. Paul Mantee stars as an astronaut abandoned on the Red Planet, dealing with
simple necessities like finding drinkable water and avoiding marauding aliens, in this
wonderfully human 1960s sci-fi flick. Directed with surefire confidence by WAR OF THE
WORLDS and "Outer Limits" veteran Byron Haskin, from an excellent script
by Ib Melchior and John C. Higgins. Co-starring Adam West (TVs
"Batman") and Vic Lundin. Dont miss this chance to see the rarely
revived ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS in a beautiful CinemaScope Technicolor print!
Ultra-Rare: MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE, 1965, 80 min. Dir. Hugo
Grimaldi. A slimy, slithering fungus permeates a spaceship returning from the Moon,
threatening to annihilate the crew. William Leslie, Dolores Faith and Richard
Garland (ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS) are just a few of those menaced by the
unstoppable mold. To make matters worse, the paranoid, autocratic head officer on board
engenders rebellious feelings from those in his command. A virtually lost drive-in
classic, not screened in decades. NOT ON DVD More on this movie.
Wednesday, August 20 7:30 PM
Pre-Code Hollywood Horror Double Feature:
Rare! New 35mm Print! ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, 1932, Universal, 70 min.
Director Erle C. Kenton adapted H.G. Wells Island of Dr. Moreau into
one of the classic Pre-Code horror shockers. Originally released by Paramount to
compete with Universals monster menagerie, Universal ironically now owns the rights.
Seaman Richard Arlen gets marooned on vivisectionist Charles Laughtons
private isle, where he has developed a race of subhumans from various wild animals in his
"House of Pain." An old school chiller that remains scary to this day. Bela
Lugosi is the ringleader of the beast-men. With Kathleen Burke as Lota, the
Panther Woman. "
a remarkably powerful film." Time Out
(London) NOT ON DVD More
on this movie.
Rare! KONGO, 1932, Warner Bros., 86 min. William J. Cowen helmed
this sound remake of the silent Lon Chaney thriller WEST OF ZANZIBAR. Walter Huston
is a crippled renegade in darkest Africa who drags himself around on his powerful arms. He
lords it over local tribesmen, intimidating them with "voodoo" and parlor
tricks. He also enjoys torturing and driving mad any whites who fall into his clutches,
especially Virginia Bruce, whom he believes to be his arch-enemys daughter.
Tragic legend Lupe Velez stars as Tula, a woman under cruel Hustons thumb."
horror show that is both frightening and disturbing." TV Guide NOT ON DVD More
on this movie.
Thursday, August 21 7:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary
ALIEN, 1979, 20th Century Fox, 117 min.
From its cool, sinister textures to its (literally) stomach-churning special effects,
director Ridley Scotts ALIEN reinvented the monster-from-space movie as
something mesmerizing, inescapable and strangely beautiful. It also introduced the
American action heroine in Sigourney Weavers tough-as-nails Ripley, going
head-to-head with the nightmarish, H.R. Giger-designed insectoid Alien. Influenced by
previous sci-fi films such as IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES and
FORBIDDEN PLANET as well as literary giant Joseph Conrad! With Tom Skerritt, Yaphet
Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright. Original version.
ALIENS, 1986, 20th Century Fox, 137 min.
Seven years after Ridley Scotts original ALIEN, James Cameron directed this
sinister, explosive WWII-movie-in-space, about a platoon of U.S. Marines stranded on
planet LV-426. Sigourney Weavers Ripley is darker and richer here -- haunted
by alien nightmares, confronting her deepest fears. Watch for Camerons flawless feel
for detail and pacing, the way he builds suspense scene-by-scene (the creatures dont
even appear until almost 50 minutes into the movie!). With Bill Paxton, Lance
Henriksen and Paul Reiser. For added realism, Cameron hired Marine Corps vet Al
Matthews as platoon sergeant -- "If one of the actors dropped their rifle,
hed run over and scream in their face, Your rifle is your life,
soldier! Give me 50!" James Cameron. Original version. Both films originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!