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Oct. 27 8 PM: A SPECIAL DOUBLE FEATURE: Dracula & Dracula's Daughter.
Tickets for this special Double Feature will cost $8 for adults/$5 for
seniors and children under 12.
Starring Bela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye.
Directed by Tod Browning
(1931, 75mins., Universal Pictures, B&W, Not Rated -- but may be
unsuitable for very young children.)
This was not the first, and certainly not the last movie to feature a
vampire, but Universal Pictures' 1931 "Dracula" is by far the best
known, and Bela Lugosi's seminal performance in the lead role, with
his suave yet sinister style, unusual cadence and hint of sexuality
became the standard against which all other interpretations of the
character would be measured. "Dracula" also benefits from the classic
German Expressionist-style cinematography of Karl Freund as well as
some outstanding sets that give the film a tangibly dark tone and
impart a real Gothic creepiness that influenced horror film makers for
generations to come.
Starring Gloria Holden, Edward van Sloan, Irving Pichel, Otto Kruger.
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
(1936, 71mins., Universal Pictures, B&W, Not Rated -- but may be
unsuitable for very young children.)
"Dracula's Daughter" is the belated and somewhat curious sequel to
1931's "Dracula" – curious because it features almost NONE of the
actors from the original, including Bela Lugosi. For this reason,
"Dracula's Daughter" is one of the least well known of the classic
Universal horror films. That's unfortunate, because "Dracula's
Daughter" is a good film in its own right. Gloria Holden gives the
performance of her career in the title role of Countess Marya Zaleska,
a vampire tormented by her thirst for blood. In this, "Dracula's
Daughter" departs from the Lugosi film and presages later productions,
including TV's "Dark Shadows" and "Angel," by depicting the vampire as
being as much tragic figure as fiend. In a kinky plot twist, the
Countess seems to favor the blood of women, and "Dracula's Daughter"
does enjoy a measure of cult status for one notorious scene that
contains some of the most overt lesbian allusions of any movie made
under the famously puritanical Production Code.
Oct. 28 3PM: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (with Bela Lugosi as
Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., Glenn
Strange and Lenore Aubert. Directed by Charles Barton.
(1948, 83mins., Universal Pictures, B&W – Not Rated -- but is suitable
for all ages.)
Don't be fooled by the title – several stars of Universal's classic
horror pantheon cross paths with Abbott & Costello in this timeless
comedy. The most notable of all is Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Then
there's also Lon Chaney Jr. in his signature role of The Wolfman, and
Vincent Price even puts in an `appearance' as the Invisible Man.
Teaming these classic monsters with Lou Costello, whose screen persona
was a quivering mass of strangulated, speechless comic terror, was
inspired, and Lugosi's role makes the movie even more of a treat.
Oct. 28 7PM: Nosferatu (This is our first silent film screening and
will be shown with live piano accompaniment)
Starring Max Schrek, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wagenheim, Greta
Schroeder. Directed by F. W. Murnau.
(1922, 93mins., Silent, Parna Films, B&W – Unrated, but may be
questionable for very young children.)
Nine years before Bela Lugosi starred in "Dracula," the legendary
German director F.W. Murnau made a feature-length adaptation of Bram
Stoker's novel of the fame name. Since Murnau didn't have permission
from Stoker's estate, he didn't call his vampire "Count Dracula." and
made other relatively minor changes to the story. But fans of
Stoker's story had little trouble recognizing it, and Stoker's estate
successfully sued for copyright infringement. All copies of
"Nosferatu" were supposed to have been destroyed, but fortunately that
did not happen.
Created at a time when German films were at the forefront of visual
technique, Murnau's movie was remarkable for its creation of mood and
setting, and it would influence many subsequent works – including
"Dracula." And though Lugosi's version remains predominant in the
public mind, many critics believe that "Nosferatu" is the best
adaptation of the Dracula story on film. Over the last several
decades the nearly lost film has also enjoyed a resurgence of popular
interest, and its remarkable and truly grotesque depiction of the
vampire, with bony, claw-like fingers and a rat-like countenance, has
itself become something of an icon of pop culture. "Nosferatu" will be
seen at the Loew's Jersey in a restored print.
Oct. 28 9PM: Shadow of the Vampire
Starring John Malkovitch & William Dafoe. Directed by E. Elias Merhige.
(2000, 93mins., Lions Gate Films, Color – Rated R.)
"Shadow of the Vampire" is a stylized, darkly tongue-in-cheek
retelling – `re-imagining' is more apt – of the making of "Nosferatu,"
the legendary silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. There
has always been an odd but persistent ruhmor that the actor who had
played the vampire, virtually unrecognizable in truly frightening
make-up, was really another actor working incognito. "Shadow of the
Vampire" takes this speculation to the next level, with the clever and
wonderfully twisted proposition that the actor playing the vampire was
really a vampire. Dafoe (as the vampire) and Malkovitch (as obsessed,
legendary director F.W. Murnau) give pitch-perfect performances, and
the humor is kept delicately subtle, with both dramatic and Gothic
overtones, allowing the movie to entertain on several levels while
also paying artistic and affectionate homage to a landmark of silent
cinema. The movie did only so-so at the box office, and a chance to
see it again on the big screen shouldn't be passed up.
Each single screening on Saturday is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors &
children 12 years old and younger. Combo discounts for two or more of
the single screenings on Saturday are available.
Half-price off-street parking is available in Square Ramp Garage
adjoining the Loew's. Patrons present a coupon to garage attendant
when they leave. Coupon is available at our box office.
For directions or more information, call (201) 798-6055 or visit
For More info visit http://www.loewsjersey.org