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Academy Programs 'Universal's Legacy of Horror' Screening Series, with del Toro, Landis & Hedren In Person

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2012 at 4:35PM

As part of Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the Academy unveils the "Universal's Legacy of Horror" film series in October, with director-cinephile Guillermo del Toro hosting the kickoff double feature screening of "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Dracula" on October 2. Tippi Hedren will also appear in person with "The Birds" on October 23, incidentally (or not) two days after "The Girl" premieres on HBO.
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Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"

As part of Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the Academy unveils the "Universal's Legacy of Horror" film series in October, with director-cinephile Guillermo del Toro hosting the kickoff double feature screening of "Bride of Frankenstein" and "Dracula" on October 2. Tippi Hedren will also appear in person with "The Birds" on October 23, just two days after "The Girl" premieres on HBO, in which Sienna Miller plays Hedron. At the television critics' HBO panel, Hedron called Hitchcock "evil and deviant," so we have something to look forward to.

A free exhibition of rare posters, stills and other artifacts from Universal's horror heyday will be on display in the Academy's grand lobby, concurrently with the film series.

Full program lineup:

"The Bride of Frankenstein " (1935) and "Dracula " (1931)
Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Hosted by writer-director Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro, a true aficionado of the horror-genre will host the kick-off screening celebrating the studio that defined "horror films. " The Academy will screen newly restored prints from Universal.

"The Man Who Laughs " (1928)
Monday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include producer Chris Weitz, grandson of producer, Paul Kohner. This rarely screened silent horror feature stars Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin.

"The Wolf Man " (1941) and "An American Werewolf in London " (1981)
Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include director John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, producer George Folsey, Jr. and actor David Naughton from "An American Werewolf in London. "

"Creature from the Black Lagoon " (1954, in 3D) and "The Invisible Man " (1933)
Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actress Julie Adams, who played Kay Lawrence in "Creature from the Black Lagoon. "

"The Birds " (1963)
Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actresses Tippi Hedren, who played Melanie Daniels, and Veronica Cartwright, who played Cathy Brenner, in the film.

"Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein " (1948) and "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken " (1966)
Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street, Hollywood

Special guests scheduled include actress Joan Staley, who played Alma Parker, in "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. "

"The Incredible Shrinking Man " (1957) and "Tarantula " (1955)
Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m.
Oscars Outdoors
1341 Vine Street, Hollywood

"The Phantom of the Opera " (1925)
Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

This article is related to: Universal, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Guillermo Del Toro, Tippi Hedren


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.