Monsters Attack!

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Monsters Attack !!

June 21-27

Co-presented by Toronto After Dark: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival, Eysore Cinema & Fangoria magazine!

Dracula

The fair young maiden stops, raising her hands  to her mouth in terror.  As her eyes widen, she lets out a  piercing wail. The creature on the other side of the room slowly approaches.  Paralyzed with fear, she cannot escape, and the monster has her.

Scenes like this have flickered on our screens for 100 years. From the blood-sucking vampire  of Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922)  or the giant ape and prehistoric creatures in King Kong (1933), to the modern takes on the genre such as Cloverfield or the upcoming Pacific Rim (not forgetting all the terror in between from the likes of  Jaws or Them!), the monsters always find their way back into our cinemas.  Often reflecting  humanity’s flaws,  these movies have in recent decades begun to receive the respect they deserve -- for their handling of gender politics, atomic age concerns and humankind’s exploitation of nature. 

Along the way, there were always new gimmicks:  the late Ray Harryhausen’s special stop-motion effects, the tingling seats of William Castle,  or 3-D to add new dimensions to the experience.  But the movies and their emotional appeal  were always the main attraction.  They are  the perfect popcorn experience.  The building tension and excitement of a properly executed monster movie offer the kind of engagement movie studios love.  To make people jump out of their seats or into their dates’ arms is a terrific achievement -- though cinema staff are left cleaning up the spilled popcorn. A summer evening spent inside an air-conditioned cinema with snacks, laughs and screams never fails to attract.

The Revue Cinema offers a monster movie retrospective this month with a full week of  big names from the past century.  So, settle in with your popcorn and  friends (or date) at The Revue this month for some good old-fashioned thrills and chills.    Join us from June 22-27 to meet Frankenstein (1931) and his monster.  Go toe to toe with King Kong (1933). Gasp at the giant shark  (Jaws 3-D) and T-rex (Jurassic Park 3-D).  Shake hands with The Creature From the Black Lagoon (3-D) and Vincent Price in The Fly.  Battle Harryhausen’s mythical creatures and skeleton armies (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and The Argonauts)  or the deadites in Evil Dead sequel Army of Darkness.  Do some gentle necking with Dracula (1931), a thirsty Jerry Dandridge (Fright Night, 1985) and a Xenomorph (Alien and Aliens). 

 In the end, why not go ice fishing with The Thing (1982)?  One tip: Bring a blow torch. 

June 21, 2013
7pm-Alien (PG)
9:15pm-Aliens (R)

June 22, 2013
2pm-Dracula (PG)
4pm-Frankenstein (PG)
7pm- Jurassic Park 3D (PG)
9:30pm-Jaws 3-D (14a)

June 23, 2013
2pm-King Kong (PG)
7pm-The Fly (14a)
9pm-Fright Night (14a)

June 24, 2013
7pm-Jason & The Argonauts (PG)
9:15pm- Army of Darkness (R)

June 25, 2013
9:30pm-Ghostbusters (PG)

June 26, 2013
7pm-The Thing (R) 

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