In the spirit of the Halloween season, tonight marks the start of our Universal Monsters series, presented by Mondo, with Jack Arnold’s CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON showing in a glorious newly-restored 3D DCP at our South Lamar location!
The series begins tonight, October 17th, and runs until Monday, October 29th, which just so happens to be the very next full moon here in Austin, Texas. Are you and your closest friends brave enough to watch THE WOLF MAN during a full moon? Howl once for yes!
We at the Drafthouse have a special fondness in our hearts for the Universal Monsters titles – and though we might quibble back and forth about which ones are our favorites, one thing is for sure: no matter where we all are from and no matter our disparate ages, we all grew up loving the Universal Monster films. These imaginative and spooky tales enliven the mind and introduce spectators to worlds wherein the utterly impossible seems uncannily possible. The popularity of Universal’s wondrously cinematic repertoire has spanned generations, lending to its titles a timeless, enduring quality that keeps a film like THE MUMMY (which unbelievably turns 80 this year!) feeling as appealing as ever it was: virtually ageless.
Aside from a host of Mighty Mouse cartoons, Little Rascals shorts, and early Japanese kaiju pictures, the Universal Monsters films were my introduction to cinema as a youngster. Thankfully, I was born just in time to experience the advent of home video, which meant the first re-release of back catalogue titles produced by the major motion picture studios. The Universal Monsters were just one series among many making a resurgence at this time, but some mix of gravity, luck, or chance pulled me in the direction of these films. To this day, I still have a coloring book filled with monsters from all the best features, remember diligently collecting the tie-in trading cards that Universal Pictures released at the same time as the VHS versions. In short, the Universal Monster films represent a standard of quality filmmaking and innovative storytelling that shows no sign of waning.
This October, our series includes the following titles, which play on the dates as listed:
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D plays on 10/17 at 7:00 PM at our South Lamar location, with encore engagements on 10/20 & 10/21 at 4:00 PM both days.
THE MUMMY plays on 10/20 & 10/21, both at 1:00 PM at our South Lamar location.
THE WOLF MAN plays on 10/28 and 10/29, 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM respectively, at The Ritz.
Additionally, this month’s Kids’ Club screening is a tie-in with our Universal Monsters series, the not-to-be-missed crossover between comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and the Universal Monsters: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN – playing 10/27 at noon. All Kids’ Club screenings are free!
Limited-edition, never-before-seen Mondo posters will be on sale at the first screenings of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE MUMMY, and THE WOLF MAN. Arrive early in order to get yours!
Tickets are on sale now for all shows and disappearing quickly! Don’t miss your chance to see these classic, historic horror films on the big screen at the Drafthouse this October! You'll regret it! (Sam Prime)
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