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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 5, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

HALLOWEEN PROGRAMS:

THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE –

VAMPIRES ON FILM AND DUSK-TO-DAWN HORRORTHON! (OCTOBER 25 – 28) AT THE AERO THEATRE AND

A HALLOWEEN NIGHT SCREENING OF ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ IN 70 MM AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE.

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents Halloween Horror at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres. THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE – VAMPIRES ON FILM AND A DUSK-TO-DAWN HORRORTHON, will take place October 25 – 28 at the Aero Theatre and a Halloween night screening of GHOSTBUSTERS in 70 MM is scheduled at the Egyptian Theatre. At the Aero, a selection of vampire films will be shown, including Hammer’s HORROR OF DRACULA and BRIDES OF DRACULA, Roman Polanski’s rousing spoof THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, Bela Lugosi’s 1940’s vampiric encore RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (for all intents and purposes, a Dracula film in everything-except-name) and Joel Schumacher’s atmospheric, tongue-in-cheek pastiche, THE LOST BOYS.

The closing night is 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, great classic horror trailers and more! The horrorthon is sponsored by the Charles N. Mathewson Foundation, Wild Oats and Le Marmiton. Breakfast will be served to all those who make it through the night! On October 31st is a 70 MM screening of Ivan Reitman’s GHOSTBUSTERS (1984, Sony Repertory, 105 min.) at the Egyptian Theatre. Three para-psychologists, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd start Ghostbusters, a company that traps ghosts, spirits and other supernatural spectors. With Sigourney Weaver. Meet the legendary (nearly 90-year-old) founder of Famous Monsters Magazine, Forrest J. Ackerman who will sign his new "monsterography" Classic Universal Monsters along with David Marchant, author of Monsterific. Please note that the party mentioned in our printed calendar has been canceled, but the film and booksigning will take place as indicated above. You are encouraged to come in costume. Screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood and/or at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica. Tickets are available online at www.fandango.com. All guests subject to availability.

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Wednesday, October 25th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is HORROR OF DRACULA, (1958, Warner Bros., 88 min.). Director Terence Fisher and screenwriter Jimmy Sangster’s stripped-to-the basics, expertly-paced take on Bram Stoker’s popular bloodsucker remains one of the most satisfying, just plain exciting gothic horror films ever made. From Christopher Lee’s revelatory, broodingly romantic performance as Dracula (introducing a sexual frisson to the proceedings) to Fisher’s masterful direction, from Peter Cushing’s Professor Van Helsing to Jack Asher’s atmosphere-drenched cinematography and James Bernard’s superb score, this is perfection. One of Hammer Studio’s most enduring masterpieces!

Next on the same bill is BRIDES OF DRACULA, (1960, Universal, 85 min.) directed by 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 Hammer’s most satisfying vampire pictures. Booksigning preceding the screening at 6:00 PM with Forrest J. Ackerman (Classic Universal Monsters) 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, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Thursday, October 26th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, (1967, Warner Bros., 108 min.). Roman Polanski’s 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 Alfred’s admired-from-afar love interest, inn-keeper’s daughter, Sharon Tate, is kidnapped by the undead Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne). With the beautiful, deeply rich color cinematography of Douglas Slocombe and a memorable score by brilliant Krzysztof Komeda.

Next on the same bill is RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, (1944, Sony Repertory, 69 min.) directed by Lew Landers, Kurt Neumann (uncredited). Bela Lugosi is a London-based bloodsucker (looking a dead-ringer for his Universal studios Dracula incarnation) who won’t 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, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Friday, October 27th program begins with a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is 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.

Next on the same bill is CAPTAIN KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER, (1973, Paramount, 91 min.) directed by 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, 2006: Aero Theatre

HORRORTHON !!!!

Sponsored by Charles N. Mathewson Foundation, Wild Oats and Le Marmiton

The Saturday, October 28th program begins at 7:30 PM and continues until approximately 6:00 AM. There will be breaks between the film in the HORRORTHON! First up is NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968, 96 min.). Director George Romero’s 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 you’ve never seen this hair-raising classic on the big screen, here’s your chance.

Next on the same bill is 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, hadn’t 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.

Next on the same bill is 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 around.

Next on the same bill is CASTLE OF BLOOD (LA DANZA MACABRA), (1964, 85 min.). Alongside BLACK SUNDAY, this is Barbara Steele’s shining hour and director Antonio Margheriti’s 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 latter’s haunted castle. What he finds there is unrequited love for tragic ghost Elizabeth (Steele) and numerous other undead spirits thirsty for his blood.

Next on the same bill is 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.

Next on the same bill is BURIAL GROUND (1981, 85 min.), directed by 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-it’s-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! Snacks and coffee during the night thanks to Wild Oats 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.

 

Tuesday, October 31, 2006: Egyptian Theatre

The Tuesday, October 31st program is a 7:30 PM screening of a 70 MM print of GHOSTBUSTERS (1984, Sony Repertory, 105 min.), directed by Ivan Reitman. Three para-psychologists, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd, versed in the occult start Ghostbusters, a company that traps ghosts, spirits and other supernatural spectres for money. Business starts picking up when Sigourney Weaver notices strange phenomena in her kitchen, like eggs frying themselves. Suddenly the Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple. Come enjoy this goofy, quick-witted, special-effects blockbuster on the big, big screen! Meet the legendary (nearly 90-year-old) founder of Famous Monsters Magazine, Forrest J. Ackerman who will sign his new "monsterography" Classic Universal along with David Marchant, author of Monsterific. You are encouraged to come in costume. ** Please note that the party mentioned in our printed calendar has been canceled, but the film and booksigning will take place as indicated above.

 

FILMS IN THIS SERIES ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) COMMERCIALLY AT LOCAL VIDEOSTORES. SEE LIST BELOW. THANK YOU.

 

Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee (5006 Vineland Ave., N. Hollywood- 818.506.4242)

VideoActive (2522 Hyperion, SilverLake – 323.669.8544)

Jerry’s Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)

Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)

Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836)

Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica – 310.392.8508)

 

k BLACK & WHITE AND/OR COLOR FILM STILLS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST (FOR MOST TITLES) BY

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A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films is available on our website.

General Admission is $10. Double Features are two films for one admission price.

There is generally a 7 – 10 minute intermission between films.

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REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:

TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR REQUESTS FOR WEEKEND SCREENINGS. PLEASE INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN YOUR COVERAGE WILL APPEAR AND A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MEDIA OUTLET.

JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A FAXED REQUEST. IF YOUR REQUEST IS ACCEPTED, YOU WILL PICK UP YOUR TICKETS THE NIGHT OF

THE SHOW AT THE BOX OFFICE. Details at: http://www.americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm

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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD screens select Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 AM exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre with historic tours. Screening & dates

will be on our website. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

2006 UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

 

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