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John Landis & Rick Baker To Attend AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Screening At The Academy For “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” Series

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As we gear up for Halloween. the Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of “Universal’s Legacy of Horror“- part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration. This week’s films highlight THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, THE WOLFMAN and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Just last week writer, director Guillermo del Toro, a big fan of JAWS, hosted the kick-off screening celebrating the studio that defined “horror films.”

Del Toro also answered questions from fans on the Academy’s Facebook page.

For those not in the Southern California area, you can watch all these cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre on Blu-ray in the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection which debuted on October 2 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

If you’re in the Beverly Hills area, check out the lineup for the rest of the month:

“The Man Who Laughs” (1928) Monday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include writer/director Chris and Paul Weitz, grandsons of producer, Paul Kohner.  This rarely screened silent horror feature stars Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin.

“The Wolf Man” (1941) and ”An American Werewolf in London” (1981) Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include director John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, producer George Folsey, Jr. and actor David Naughton from “An American Werewolf in London.”

“Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954, in 3D) and ”The Invisible Man” (1933) Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actress Julie Adams, who played Kay Lawrence in “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

“The Birds” (1963) Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actresses Tippi Hedren, who played Melanie Daniels, and Veronica Cartwright, who played Cathy Brenner, in the film.

“The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, and 103 year-old Carla Laemmle, a dancer in the film and niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle.

SATURDAY DOUBLE-DOUBLE FEATURE*

“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) and ”The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”(1966) Saturday, October 27, at 2 p.m. Linwood Dunn Theater 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood

Special guests scheduled include actress Joan Staley, who played Alma Parker in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”

“The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and ”Tarantula” (1955) Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. Oscars Outdoors

1341e Street, Hollywood *Series passes are not good for the Double-Double Feature. Individual tickets are on sale now for each double feature.

In conjunction with the screening series, the Academy will present “Universal’s Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition,” which includes rare posters, stills and other artifacts celebrating Universal’s distinctive contributions to the classic horror genre and the studio’s founding 100 years ago.  The exhibition will run in the Academy Grand Lobby throughout October. Admission is free. Series passes for “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” (excluding the Saturday double features) are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Tickets for individual screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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