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New Yorkers: Do you have plans for this upcoming Friday the
13th? Why not celebrate 100 years of cinematic history with the Universal 100
Film Festival at the Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)? The revival house
will be honoring Universal’s classic legacy over the next month, showcasing a
number of horror films among the 72 featured titles, almost all on 35mm prints.
The festival kicks off this Friday with a classic-monsters
double feature: 1931’s DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, starring Bela Lugosi and Boris
Karloff, respectively, in their iconic roles, for one admission price. The 1925
silent classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney, will also be
screened that night, with live piano accompaniment.
Film Forum programmer Bruce Goldstein tells Fango, “It turns
out that the studio has restored both DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, and Film Forum
will be getting new 35mm restorations. These classic monsters will be arriving
fresh from the lab for our screenings this Friday the 13th. All of the other
Universal horrors in the festival are gorgeous studio 35mm prints, which will
delight classic-monster-movie buffs and hook a new generation of fans."
Other horror highlights of the festival include:
• Saturday, July 14: The original 1962 CAPE FEAR, starring
Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, and Polly Bergen
• Tuesday, July 17: The 1957 sci-fi classic THE INCREDIBLE
• Wednesday, July 18: The 1971 psychothriller PLAY MISTY FOR
ME, the directorial debut of star Clint Eastwood
• Friday, July 20: Alfred Hitchcock’s quintessential
nature-amok classic THE BIRDS (1963)
• Saturday, July 21: Steven Spielberg’s one and only JAWS
• Sunday, July 22: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
(1948), in which the funnymen tangle with Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and Glenn
• Monday, July 23: John Carpenter’s classic THE THING (1982)
• Friday, July 27: Boris Karloff double feature for a single
admission price: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), co-starring Elsa Lanchester, and
THE BLACK CAT (1934), co-starring Bela Lugosi. Also this night: a
separate-admission screening of the 1953 Ray Bradbury sci-fi feature, IT CAME
FROM OUTER SPACE
• Sunday/Monday, July 29/30: See three Universal monster
favorites for the price of one admission: THE WOLF MAN (1941), starring Lugosi,
Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains, THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933), starring Rains and
Gloria Stuart, and the Karloff-starrer THE MUMMY (1932).
• Friday, August 3: SON OF DRACULA (1943), starring Chaney
• Saturday, August 4: Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur blockbuster
• Tuesday, August 7: Spielberg’s early thriller DUEL (1971),
starring Dennis Weaver
• Thursday, August 9: The festival concludes with a
screening of DRACULA: THE SPANISH VERSION from a new 35mm print.
For further info, see Film Forum’s official website or call (212) 727-8110.
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