Dr. Pretorius’s ballerina in a bottle - “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)

Dr. Pretorius’s ballerina in a bottle - “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)

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The Universal Monsters are holding a party at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California 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!

The Series:

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

Triple Feature!

DRACULA (1931)

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

Triple Feature!

FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

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).

TICKETS

“The Phantom Of The Opera” (1925)

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Zita Johann as Helen Grosvenor in The Mummy (1932)

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Zita Johann as Helen Grosvenor in The Mummy (1932)


Carla Laemmle c. 1920’s - (October 20th, 1909 - June 12th, 2014)  R.I.P.
The beautiful niece of producer Carl Laemmle, who made her (uncredited) film debut in The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) as a ballet dancer.  Her book entitled “Growing Up With Monsters” details her times at Universal studios from 1921 to 1937, has a foreword by Ray Bradbury, and is full of wonderful anecdotes, illustrations and photographs which document the era.  Hers is the first voice heard in “Dracula” 1931), in an uncredited role as a bespectaled passenger in the coach which is carrying Renfield to Dracula’s castle.  May she rest in peace, and I hope someone writes a book about this lovely lady, who lived to the age of 104, and truly was there at the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Carla Laemmle c. 1920’s - (October 20th, 1909 - June 12th, 2014)  R.I.P.

The beautiful niece of producer Carl Laemmle, who made her (uncredited) film debut in The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) as a ballet dancer.  Her book entitled “Growing Up With Monsters” details her times at Universal studios from 1921 to 1937, has a foreword by Ray Bradbury, and is full of wonderful anecdotes, illustrations and photographs which document the era.  Hers is the first voice heard in “Dracula” 1931), in an uncredited role as a bespectaled passenger in the coach which is carrying Renfield to Dracula’s castle.  May she rest in peace, and I hope someone writes a book about this lovely lady, who lived to the age of 104, and truly was there at the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Bela Lugosi, behind the scenes of Dracula (1931).

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Bela Lugosi, behind the scenes of Dracula (1931).

Bela Lugosi - Dracula (1931)


Mae Clarke and Colin Clive - The day of the Frankenstein wedding….
Frankenstein (1931)

Mae Clarke and Colin Clive - The day of the Frankenstein wedding….

Frankenstein (1931)

“The Phantom Of The Opera” (1925)

Boris Karloff was a very sweet, wonderful man, and I just loved him. Immediately, from being on the lot, and taking his hand, I just loved him. I had no fear of him, whatsoever. We seemed to have a rapport together - and it was like magic.
Marilyn Harris - child actress who played the little girl in “Frankenstein” (1931)

"The Phantom Of The Opera" (1925)

The wives have returned………………………………….Dracula (1931)


Dr. Pretorious’s ballerina in a bottle - The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

Dr. Pretorious’s ballerina in a bottle - The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)


Dwight Frye has been warned………………………………………Dracula (1931)

Dwight Frye has been warned………………………………………Dracula (1931)

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Claude Rains - The Invisible Man (1933)