March 15, 2013 | 6:33 a.m.
Stock up on coffee and adjust your sleep schedules SoCal movie fans, L.A.’s Nuart Theatre has some real springtime treats included in its upcoming schedule of midnight movies. “Excalibur” “This Is Spinal Tap,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Death Becomes Her” are to be playing late nights over the course of the next few months. The lineup also features a March 22 screening of a restored version of 1932’s “White Zombie,” starring Bela Lugosi as a hypnotist and voodoo master who attempts to initiate a woman into the world of the undead. Made by brothers Victor and Edward Halperin (their 1933 follow-up, “Supernatural,” is playing UCLA’s Festival of Preservation on March 30) “White Zombie” was considered shocking and racy in its day, and this horror classic, once thought to be lost, still packs a punch. A knowing throwback […]
May 18, 2011 | 5:56 a.m.
Tod Browning’s films were often unsettling, shocking and disturbing. They were populated with freaks, geeks, carny folk, ruthless people and vampires. Though his best-known film is 1931’s “Dracula,” with Bela Lugosi, his greatest productions were his collaboration with the “Man of a Thousand Faces,” Lon Chaney. So it seems only appropriate that two of his legendary films with Chaney: 1925’s “The Unholy Three” and 1927’s “The Unknown” open “American Gothic: A Tod Browning Retrospective” on Thursday evening at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre. Born in Louisville, Ky., in 1880, Browning began performing and singing as a youngster. He ran away from home at 16 and joined a circus, where he went from carnival baker to contortionist. Many of his films revolve around circuses. He later went into vaudeville and was introduced to D.W. Griffith in 1913 by an old vaudeville partner. […]
April 04, 2011 | 9:10 a.m.
Make a list of the living greats in horror moviemaking and you’ll need to put makeup master Rick Baker near the top. Make another list — this one for all-time icons in horror — and see how far you get before you write the name of the late, great Bela Lugosi. These two considerable brand names come together with the second issue of “Bela Lugosi’s Tales From the Grave,” which hits stores in July, and features an eye-popping (and, uh, Popeye-ing?) cover of maritime menace by Baker. The cover was unveiled at WonderCon over the weekend at the panel staged by the book’s publisher, Monsterverse, but hasn’t appeared online until now and what better way to start your Monday? Baker — the seven-time Oscar winner whose credits include “An American Werewolf in London,” “Men in Black” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video) created the sinister […]