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Gods and Monsters (Mostly Monsters) at the Academy’s 'Universal's Legacy of Horror' Film Series

Thompson on Hollywood By Aljean Harmetz | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2012 at 12:45PM

Good horror films have always been about more than surfeiting movie audiences with chills and thrills, as 100 years of Universal movies dramatically demonstrate. The Academy’s “Legacy of Horror” film series, which screens during October to celebrate Universal’s centennial is a warning to those who dare to create life (“The Bride of Frankenstein,” 1935) or extend it beyond death (“Dracula,” 1931) or to push science to extremes that should be unattainable, as Claude Rains discovers in “The Invisible Man” (1933).
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"Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954)
"Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954)



The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of "Universal’s Legacy of Horror"- part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

"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 writer/director Chris and Paul Weitz, grandsons 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.

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

Special guests scheduled include film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, and 103 year-old Carla Laemmle, a dancer in the film and niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle.

SATURDAY DOUBLE-DOUBLE FEATURE*
"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 7:30 p.m.
Oscars Outdoors

1341e Street, Hollywood

*Series passes are not good for the Double-Double Feature.  Individual tickets are on sale now for each double feature.

In conjunction with the screening series, the Academy will present "Universal’s Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition," which includes rare posters, stills and other artifacts celebrating Universal’s distinctive contributions to the classic horror genre and the studio’s founding 100 years ago.  The exhibition will run in the Academy Grand Lobby throughout October.  Admission is free.

Series passes for "Universal’s Legacy of Horror" (excluding the Saturday double features) are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.  Ticketed seating is unreserved.  For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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