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Monsters invade the academy

September 04, 2012|By Susan King
  • A newly restored "Dracula" will screen at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in October.
A newly restored "Dracula" will screen at the Academy's… (Handout )

Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Invisible Man are among the many creatures invading the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in October.

The academy is hosting "Universal's Legacy of Horror,"  a monthlong series in celebration of the studio's 100th birthday.

The thrills begin Oct. 2 with the newly restored 1935 James Whale classic "The Bride of Frankenstein," starring Boris Karloff as the Monster, as well as Colin Clive, Dwight Frye, Ernest Thesiger and Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley and the Bride. The second bill is the new restoration of Tod Browning's 1931 masterwork, "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi as the infamous vampire.

Oct. 9 heralds the 1941 "The Wolf Man" with Lon Chaney Jr. in the title role and John Landis' 1981 hit "An American Werewolf in London."

The 3-D version of the 1954 cult fave "Creature From the Black Lagoon," with Julie Adams and Richard Carlson, and Whale's 1933 "The Invisible Man," with Claude Rains in his feature debut and Gloria Stuart from "Titanic" screen Oct. 16.

Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 chiller "The Birds" is set for Oct. 23, and 1925's "The Phantom of the Opera," starring the Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney, is slated for Oct. 30.

The horror moves to the Linwood Dunn for a matinee Oct. 27 of  the 1948 horror comedy "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and 1966's "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" with Don Knotts. Later that evening,  Oscars Outdoors across the street from the Dunn will screen 1957's "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and 1955's "Tarantula."

As part of the celebration, the Academy's Grand Lobby will feature "Universal's Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition," which includes rare posters, stills and other artifacts.

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