Friday, December 11, 2009

Fantasmo Episode 52: Lugosi Forever!

Hey Superfans!

It’s a new year and as we like to do here at Fantasmo, we’ll be starting things off right with some bona fide classics. For this very special episode, we’re focusing on some post-Dracula efforts from the legendary Bela Lugosi. Much adoration is given to the late, great Boris Karloff. He brought life to Frankenstein, creeped us out when teamed up with Val Lewton, and generally turned in a host of excellent performances throughout his legendary career. Bela Lugosi, while attaining icon status with Dracula at around the same time, wasn’t quite so fortunate. Although he was granted some good projects early on, eventually Hollywood relegated him to terrible cameos or riffs on his most famous role. The example most folks are familiar with of course are his collaborations with Ed Wood, as depicted famously by Martin Landau in the excellent Tim Burton film. For whatever reason, Lugosi could never seem to break out or escape typecasting the positive way Karloff did.

Here at Fantasmo HQ we have a lot of love for Lugosi, and are excited to screen three of his best. No cheapies here friends (although those are great in their own way), only Grade A classic horror! Here are your full Episode 52 details:

When: Friday, January 8th, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Films:

8:00 p.m.: Return of the Vampire

9:15 p.m.: The Black Cat

10:30 p.m.: The Raven

Can you imagine a greater lineup or a better evening? We sure can’t! Be sure not to miss these timeless horror classics on our bigger than life screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! See you there!

2 comments:

Daniel said...

YAAAAAY!! Lugosi night! Can't wait for this one! I actually have never seen The Black Cat in its entirety so this is a real treat to me. Lugosi is one of my favorite classic actors. I always felt his career could have gone in a brighter direction but he made some bad career and business decisions along the way. Awesome that you are showing these!

Jim Blanton said...

Lugosi in his prime was great. He may not have had as many prestige projects as Karloff, but he is certainly a larger than life icon no matter the tally. It's going to be great to have these on the big screen!