Feb. 16, 2011 | 1:12 p.m.
Oh, the horror of it all. Eighty years ago saw the release of two seminal horror films from Universal — James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and Tod Browning’s “Dracula” — and their combined success wrote a major new chapter in the history of the cinematic genre. For the next several years, Universal would produce horror hit after horror hit including 1933’s “The Invisible Man,” 1935’s “Bride of Frankenstein” and 1939’s “Son of Frankenstein.” On Sunday, the Fox Theater in Pomona will celebrate the 80th anniversary of these two legendary horror giants with screenings of both films and a special guest panel featuring Karloff’s daughter, Sara Karloff, and Lugosi’s son, Bela Lugosi Jr., as well as film historian Ted Newsom; monster-film historian Bill Warren; make-up expert Craig Reardon; visual effects artist Shane Mahan; actor Dan Roebuck and “monster artist” Frank Dietz. The panel will be […]
April 19, 2010 | 1:04 p.m.
TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 22-25 You know there must have been electricity in the air when “The Bride of Frankenstein” opened in theaters on April 22, 1935. The superior sequel to Universal’s 1931 landmark horror film, “Frankenstein,” was advertised as “not for the young, the scared, the nervous.” The film is so startlingly effective and deliciously funny that no real cinema fan should consider skipping a chance to see it. On Saturday, both newcomers and old fans alike have a chance to see “The Bride of Frankenstein” come alive in its big-screen glory at the TCM Classic Film Festival at Mann Chinese 6 in the Hollywood & Highland complex. The midnight screening (it ends at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday) will present the film with a newly restored soundtrack too, adding to the chilling tale of the patchwork man and his desire to find […]
July 01, 2009 | 2:50 p.m.
One of the gentle souls in the movie business is Guillermo del Toro, and I always look forward to my interviews with him. This is a longer version of my latest story on Del Toro, which is scheduled to run Thursday on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calender section. Fantasy and horror fans, prepare yourself for the Decade of Del Toro. On the far side of the globe, in New Zealand, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is now in his seventh month of labor on “The Hobbit,” a $300-million epic that will be told over two films in 2011 and 2012. But you can also find the Guadalajara native on the shelf of your local bookstore with his just-released debut novel, “The Strain,” the opening installment of a vampire trilogy he already has mapped out. That’s only the beginning. The 44-year-old Del […]