Plus, The Ultimate Horror Trivia Challenge: Hollywood Scares!
The 2017 Alex Film Society Halloween Event will feature a full length stage production of Hollywood Scares! …a classic, “all ghoul” send-up of the long running Hollywood Squares quiz show. Writer, actor and stand-up comedian Dana Gould will join forces with AFS to present an evening of challenging classic horror trivia and irreverent humor. No soft balls allowed …our questions will test all the arcane knowledge that horror fans have been hording in those Brains That Would Not Die!
But wait …there’s more. As always, we’ll present a classic animated short and feature film. This year we are saluting the vintage horror produced by Hammer Films.
In the late 1950s, London based Hammer brought exciting new life to the horror film genre. Now all the old favorites could be re-imagined in bold colors and wider screen formats. In quick succession Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy all got new productions that proved box office gold for the English producers and their American distributors.
Brides of Dracula (1960) was the first follow-up to Horror of Dracula (1958) in a series that would eventually include eight titles. Many fans consider Brides… to one of the greatest in the Hammer canon. The scenery is beautiful, the well-constructed plot has globs of gothic perversity, the ladies are as lovely as ever and Peter Cushing is at the top of his game.
So join us and find out the real name of Baron Frankenstein’s demonic assistant. And, no… it was not Igor!
Plus, Our Halloween Cartoon
A WITCH’S TANGLED HARE (1959, Abe Levitow) features Bugs Bunny’s cackling green-skinned nemesis, Witch Hazel, in a Shakespearian mash up that includes a sprinkling of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and the Scottish Play. With great voice work by Mel Blanc and the legendary and often unsung June Foray, whose voice acting career spanned an incredible 8 decades.