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Dracula / Horror of Dracula Double-Feature Screening
Aero Theatre (Santa Monica, CA)
What better way to get the Halloween festivities started than to take in a Dracula-themed double-feature screening? In 1931’s Dracula, 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 produced by Hammer Studios from the 1950s through 1970s and by 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 the 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. The 1958 Horror of Dracula features Christopher Lee’s revelatory, broodingly romantic performance as Dracula under Terence Fisher’s masterful direction, and is one of Hammer Studios’ most enduring masterpieces! Between films, there will be a discussion with publisher and artist Kerry Gammill, editor and screenwriter Sam F. Park, writer Robert Tinnell comic book and Hollywood conceptual artist Henry Mayo, and other special guests.