This coming weekend at the Packard Campus Theater (19053 Mt. Pony Road / Culpeper, VA)
Who wants to be scared? This month–of course, October–the Packard Campus Theater looks at “Monsters Among Us.”
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Night of the Hunter (United Artists, 1955)
Robert Mitchum looks like a good guy but he is one of the creepiest monsters you’ll ever see on the screen. This film is the sole directorial credit for actor Charles Laughton.
“The Night of the Hunter,” which also features Lillian Gish and Shelley Winters, was added to the Library’s National Film Registry in 1992. To learn more about this film, see this essay by film scholar Peter Rainer.
B&W, 93 minutes.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
The List of Adrian Messenger (Universal, 1963)
An all-star cast (but can you tell who’s who under all the make-up?) appear in this mystery film which asks the questions: Are the deaths murder? And is there a monster among them?
The film features–yes–George C. Scott, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Dana Wynter, Clive Brook and Kirk Douglas, among others.
B&W, 98 minutes.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Creamator (Czech, 1969)
The title gives away not only who is the monster but how he goes about his debauchery. Made in Czechoslovakia, and released not long after the Russian invasion of that country… theatergoers there then truly had monsters among them.
B&W, 95 minutes, subtitled in English.