Halloween on Screen
October 14-31

This year's offering of Halloween-time horror films includes AFI Silver's annual screening of NOSFERATU, this year accompanied by the amazing Alloy Orchestra, which will also provide live accompaniment for the 1925 version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring the "Man of a Thousand Faces," Lon Chaney.

Horror icon Vincent Price takes center stage for a centennial year tribute of his work in film, including Roger Corman's THE RAVEN and many other Edgar Allan Poe favorites, cult classic WITCHFINDER GENERAL and a special Halloween night presentation of William Castle's THE TINGLER. Plus a return engagement of the rom-zom-com classic, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and this year's Silver Spring Zombie Walk presentation, DEAD SNOW.

Vincent Price Centennial

Vincent Price's (1911-1993) acting career included nearly 200 roles spanning seven decades, and while he appeared in films from virtually every genre during his remarkably long-lived career, horror is where Price really made his mark. Born to a well-to-do St. Louis family and possessed of a distinctive, deep croak of a voice, Price's genteel manner was deployed as if it masked madness and malevolence; his plummy diction gave punny double entendres a sly a sinister kick. He made horror movies fun, delighting an entire generation of moviegoers with his fiendish-but-friendly way of frightening, and enjoys icon status even today (to judge by the still-frequent pop-culture references), nearly 20 years after his passing. As Halloween approaches, enjoy some of Price's best Grand Guignol on the big screen.
AFI Member passes accepted for all shows, unless otherwise noted.

WITCHFINDER GENERAL, aka THE CONQUEROR WORM

Evil spreads across the English countryside as witch hunter Vincent Price literally needles confessions out of suspected witches while collecting money from local magistrates. Burnings, drownings and hangings are all in a day's work, as Price gives his most brutal, scornful and bullying performance, drained of camp. "Quite possibly the greatest British horror film ever made." – BritishHorrorFilms.co.uk (Courtesy of BAMcinématek)

DIR/SCR Michael Reeves; SCR Tom Baker, Ronald Bassett, based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe; PROD Louis M. Heyward, Arnold L. Miller, Philip Waddilove. UK, 1968, color, 87 min. NOT RATED Contains graphic violence; not suitable for all audiences.

Fri, Oct 14, 10:45 (preceded by Tim Burton's VINCENT); Wed, Oct 19, 6:30 (Montgomery College Show)

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

The first, and for many the best, of three very different screen adaptations of Richard Matheson's postapocalyptic novel "I Am Legend" stars Vincent Price as the titular scientist, the only man immune to a plague that has decimated the world's population and mutated the survivors into shadow-dwelling zombie-vampire crossbreeds. Price ably conveys his character's struggle to stay determined in the face of despair, as every day he faces a bleak and lonely world, and every night the mutant hordes attempt to invade his fortified home.

DIR/SCR Ubaldo Ragona; SCR Logan Swanson, Furio M. Monetti, based on the novel "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson; PROD Robert L. Lippert. Italy/US, 1964, b&w, 86 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 16, 9:40; Wed, Oct 19, 9:05

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

A bona fide favorite among horror buffs, this film crafts a story of obsession and guilt around the archetypical death trap of Edgar Allan Poe's short story. In 16th-century Spain, the haunted Don Medina (Price) has recently lost his beloved wife, Elizabeth (scream queen Barbara Steele) under dubious circumstances. Her brother Francis (John Kerr) suspects that the Don might be up to something — playing around in his father's old torture chamber, perhaps under ghostly possession. Daniel Haller's art direction, including the pendulum piece de resistance, and Floyd Crosby's decadently lush color photography lend a phantasmagorically Gothic atmosphere.

DIR/PROD Roger Corman; SCR Richard Matheson, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. US, 1961, color, 80 min. NOT RATED Digital Presentation

Mon, Oct 17, 9:20; Thu, Oct 20, 9:05

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE TOMB OF LIGEIA

The last of the eight Corman-Price collaborations, Martin Scorsese has called this film his favorite in the series, an opinion shared by Price himself. More ambitious, provocative, allusive and atmospheric than the previous films, it gains much from its location shooting at the Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, England — instead of the cheesy sets used in some of the jokier entries — and boasts a more mature-minded screenplay by Robert Towne, a decade before he would win the Oscar for CHINATOWN.

DIR Roger Corman; SCR Robert Towne, based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe; PROD Pat Green. UK, 1964, color, 81 min. NOT RATED

Fri, Oct 21, 9:45 (preceded by Tim Burton's VINCENT); Thu, Oct 27, 9:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

A surprise hit in 2004 and an enduring cult item since, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's "rom-zom-com" — a romantic comedy, with zombies, that is — remains one of the best examples of the horror-comedy hybrid genre. Dumped by his girlfriend, slacker appliance salesman Pegg is so down in the dumps that he fails to notice the zombie plague taking over his London neighborhood until one pops up in his backyard. Fortunately, he and his couch-potato flatmate Nick Frost prove to be ace zombie dispatchers, and round up their remaining loved ones to make a final stand at their local pub, the Winchester.

DIR/SCR Edgar Wright; SCR Simon Pegg; PROD Nira Park. UK/France, 2004, color, 99 min. RATED R

Fri, Oct 21, 11:45 – note new time!; Sat, Oct 22, 12 midnight; Fri, Oct 28, 11:30; Sat, Oct 29, 11:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

DEAD SNOW [Død snø]
WARNING: Zombies have threatened to attend the October 22 show!

"I cannot recommend the movie highly enough!...Tommy Wirkola is a talent to watch out for." – Ain't It Cool News

A group of medical students' plans for a holiday weekend spent frolicking in the winter wonderland of northern Norway go horribly wrong when they stumble upon an evil presence, long forgotten: a battalion of Nazi SS soldiers, former occupiers turned casualties of war, who have returned, through an incredible twist of fate, as a zombie menace. Writer-director Tommy Wirkola makes ample use of his snowy settings to wreak picturesque havoc, coolly combining cold-blooded gore with over-the-top action-comedy. Look for his US debut in 2012: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. Official Selection, 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Tommy Wirkola; SCR Stig Frode Henriksen; PROD Tomas Evjen, Terje Stroemstad. Norway, 2009, color, 91 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 22, 9:45

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

LAURA

"I shall never forget the weekend Laura died," intones newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), the Svengali/benefactor to the titular young beauty (Gene Tierney), and rival for her affections alongside her fiancé, Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). Investigating this seemingly dead-end case is tough guy detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), whose snooping pays off in surprising ways. One of the foundational "films noir" cited in Nino Frank's seminal article for l'Écran francais that coined the term. Five Oscar nominations and a win for Joseph LaShelle's b&w photography, though David Raksin's memorable score (#7 on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores) was overlooked.

DIR/PROD Otto Preminger; SCR Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhart, from the novel by Vera Caspary. US, 1944, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED

Sun, Oct 23, 1:00; Tue, Oct 25, 4:30
(Also part of Noir City DC)

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Silent film with live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra

Restored 35mm Print!

A vengeful, hideously deformed composer (Lon Chaney) prowls the depths of the Paris Opera House, appearing only when his love for the beautiful young singer Christine (Mary Philbin) can be stifled no longer. "One of the scariest and most influential horror films of all time. This gorgeous new print, recently restored by Alloy's sister company, Box 5, reproduces the extremely intricate color scheme of the original release with elaborate tinting, the experimental two-strip Technicolor sequence at the masked ball, and luscious hand tinting. Combined with Alloy's new score, this astounding film is as creepy today as it was 75 years ago." – alloyorchestra.com. Print restored in collaboration with David Shepard and Serge Bromberg.

DIR Rupert Julian; based on the novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opera" by Gaston Leroux. US, 1925, b&w/hand-tinted color, 78 min. NOT RATED

Fri, Oct 28, 7:00

Tickets $20/$18 AFI Members.

No passes accepted.

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.


About Alloy Orchestra

Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble that writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

"The best in the world at accompanying silent films." – Roger Ebert


NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF HORROR
[Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens]

Silent film with live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra

New 35mm Print!

Casting a long and terrifying shadow over the genre, German silent film master F.W. Murnau's uncredited appropriation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" set the standard for all vampire flicks to come. Max Schreck's monstrous Count Orlok is singularly frightening, repulsive and beastly where Bela Lugosi was courtly and Christopher Lee seductive. "The greatest vampire movie of all time! This exquisite new print, hand tinted in the Czech Republic, reveals the creepy genius of this masterpiece for the first time in decades!" – alloyorchestra.com.

DIR F.W. Murnau; SCR Henrik Galeen, based on the novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker; PROD Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau. Germany, 1922, b&w/hand-tinted color, 85 min. NOT RATED

Fri, Oct 28, 9:30

Tickets $20/$18 AFI Members.

No passes accepted.

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE RAVEN

Wizard-turned-raven Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre) seeks the aid of Dr. Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price) to undo the spell placed on him by rival sorcerer Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff). Using Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem only as a departure point, Richard Matheson's fun and freewheeling screenplay mixes comedic hijinks with occult trappings, culminating in Price and Karloff's can-you-top-this magic battle. The beautiful Hazel Court plays Price's late beloved, Lenore, whose spirit is restless; a young Jack Nicholson cuts up as Lorre's dimwitted son, Rexford.

DIR/PROD Roger Corman; SCR Richard Matheson, based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. US, 1963, color, 86 min. NOT RATED

Preceded by:

VINCENT

Tim Burton's directorial debut was this mirthfully macabre stop-motion animation about a little boy named Vincent Malloy who, like his famous namesake, is drawn to the dark side of life. Narrated by Vincent Price. Price described the film as "the most gratifying thing that ever happened. It was immortality — better than a star on Hollywood Boulevard."

DIR/SCR Tim Burton; PROD Rick Heinrichs. US, 1982, b&w, 6 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 29, 7:00; Mon, Oct 31, 5:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Roger Corman's favorite of his Poe-Price vehicles, this film has elicited comparisons to the work of Ingmar Bergman for its evocation of the Middle Ages and anatomization of cruelty. As plague spreads across the Italian countryside, sadistic, Satan-worshipping Prince Prospero (Price) tortures prisoners for the enjoyment of his decadent guests. The script is by TWILIGHT ZONE vet Charles Beaumont, so expect a twisty comeuppance. The impressive sets were recycled from BECKET; the stunning photography is by eventual director Nicolas Roeg.

DIR/PROD Roger Corman; SCR Charles Beaumont, R. Wright Campbell, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. US/UK, 1964, color, 89 min. NOT RATED Digital Presentation

Preceded by:

VINCENT

Tim Burton's directorial debut was this mirthfully macabre stop-motion animation about a little boy named Vincent Malloy who, like his famous namesake, is drawn to the dark side of life. Narrated by Vincent Price. Price described the film as "the most gratifying thing that ever happened. It was immortality — better than a star on Hollywood Boulevard."

DIR/SCR Tim Burton; PROD Rick Heinrichs. US, 1982, b&w, 6 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Oct 29, 9:00; Mon, Oct 31, 9:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

THE TINGLER – live interactive show!
"The Tingler is in the theater!"

In Person: Film Forum's Bruce Goldstein will introduce the film and host a postscreening discussion.

Scientist Vincent Price discovers a deadly creature dubbed "The Tingler" growing on the spines of terrified humans, and takes the screen's first LSD trip (which you will experience through the miracle of PSYCHODELORAMA!) in the hope of growing one of his own. Only your screams will paralyze it when the Tingler is unleashed live at AFI Silver! Director William Castle was famous for gimmicks like EMERGO! and PERCEPTO!, and this interactive show, conceived by Bruce Goldstein (Rialto Pictures founder and repertory director of NYC's Film Forum), is an homage to Castle's legendary showmanship. But the gimmicks are just the icing on the cake of this delightfully tongue-in-cheek scare-fest.

DIR/PROD William Castle; SCR Robb White. US, 1959, color/b&w, 82 min. NOT RATED

Mon, Oct 31, 7:00

Tickets $12/$10 AFI Members.

No passes accepted.

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.