“It’s Alive!”: Monsters in Horror Cinema @ Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr [31 October]

“It’s Alive!”: Monsters in Horror Cinema

18:30 - 21:30

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Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Since the early days of cinema, horror has been an intellectually arresting and commercially successful genre. With their fantastic creatures, suspenseful narratives, and captivating imagery, horror films have kept moviegoers coming back for more. Like the cinematic monsters they depict, such movies have proven to be inexhaustibly mutable, adapting with each passing age to reflect the fears and concerns of a particular historical moment. For example, the ever-present vampire film has gone from portraying the likes of Count Orlok, the repulsive vampire of F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922), seen as a representation of xenophobia, to the more urbane and seductive vampires of the 1980s, including Catherine Deneuve’s Miriam in THE HUNGER (1983) and Tom Cruise’s Lestat in INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994)—figures representing a critique of homophobia and sexual repression.

In this survey course, we will explore of some of the seminal monsters that have haunted the silver screen, and our collective imaginations, throughout film history, beginning in the heyday of the Universal Pictures monster-movie era with James Whale’s 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. Subsequently, we will look at classic and contemporary films about vampires, zombies, and other bêtes noires. Additional films include (but are not limited to) E. Elias Merhige’s SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2000) and Danny Boyle’s spectacularly imaginative addition to the zombie film canon, 28 DAYS LATER (2002). Join us, if you dare.

The course includes an optional and complimentary visit to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in downtown Philadelphia for a private tour and lecture on their exhibit, Frankenstein and Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science. Date and time to be determined.

Class meets at BMFI:
4 Tuesdays, October 31 to November 21
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$100 for members, $125 for non-members
Taught by Alice Bullitt, M.A., Board Member, BMFI

Register for this course at bit.ly/2vQ2d6f or by calling (610) 527-4008 x108.
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