Classic Monster Movie Week with "Jack Pierce: The Man Who Made Monsters" at Balboa Theatre in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2015 01:43pm | Post a Comment

Jack Pierce, FrankensteinCelebrate the month of October with a week full of classic Universal horror movies at Balboa Theatre, from Friday, October 2nd through Thursday, October 8th. Frankenstein, his Bride, the Wolf Man, Dracula...they'll all be there.

But have you ever wondered who gave these classic monsters their winning good looks? Who sculpted Boris Karloff's architectural forehead for Frankenstein? Who designed the widow's peak on Bela Lugosi's Dracula? Who glued yak hair to Lon Chaney, Jr.'s face for The Wolf Man? That man was renown make-up artists Jack Pierce (1889 – 1968), a Greek immigrant who changed the face of horror forever. Catch the new documentary about Pierce, El Cerrito filmmaker Strephon Taylor's Jack Pierce: The Man Who Made Monsters, at the Balboa along with his classic works he's is most known for.

Bring in an Amoeba Music receipt for any purchase made during October 2015 to the Balboa Theatre for these monster screenings and get a FREE popcorn!


Jack Pierce, Balboa Theatre

Drac-factor: Ten Recording Artists with Definitive Dracula Appeal

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 19, 2014 11:30pm | Post a Comment
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Halloween approach-eth and the pumpkin-spiced hype is unrelenting. What's more, a new vampire movie hit theaters this Fall -- Dracula Untold, a dark, Marvel-esque origin story starring Welsh hottie Luke Evans as Prince Vlad (the Impaler). While time will only tell if this particular incarnation of the Dracula legend is truly franchisable immortal, it got me thinking about recording artists who could suitably don Dracula's cloak. Stars that possess a kind of timeless magnetism, like Elvis Presley, pictured above -- you just know he'd be down to drink some blood. Or, similarly, stars who naturally exude a kind of Draculaic vibe, sharp-dressed with cheekbones to match. With this in mind, I've come up with a short list of ten living recording artists who possess a definitive undeadliness, or Drac-factor, as I reckon it. So cover your necks or succumb willingly, here come some Drac-tacular candidates for your consideration:
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Dave Vanian, lead singer and ever-present member of The Damned, has been serving that undead-and-loving it look since the band began in London in 1976. Vanian, a stage name that stems from a play on the word "Transylvanian", took his patent gothic chic looks to new heights when The Damned appeared as the spooky musical guest on an episode of The Young Ones to perform a song that may or may not be called "Nasty". It is worth noting that The Damned are distinguished as the first British punk band to release a single, an album, have an album hit the UK charts, and tour the United States. That said, if you don't have The Damned's 1977 debut LP Damned Damned Damned in your collection, surely some kind of vinyl vampire is coming for you i.e. I don't know how you can sleep at night. That's a buy or die record, folks.

Coming Soon

Posted by phil blankenship, November 17, 2008 04:33pm | Post a Comment
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Coming Soon with Dracula, Frankenstein & the Mummy

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Terror en Pointe: Maddin's Dracula proves that holiday ballet is not just for Christmas anymore!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 31, 2008 11:43am | Post a Comment
Zhang Wei Quiang and Tara Birtwistle in Guy Maddin's Dracula
Last year, for a few nights before Halloween, my roommate and I enjoyed a brief, Dracula themed movie marathon. Nested on the saggy couch in our 100 year old Chinatown flat, the two of us watched Dracula after bloody Dracula, eventually lighting on a few nuggets of pure entertainment delight. By the end of our brief waltz through several cinematic portrayals of Transylvania we discovered that we'd yet to hear a satisfactory soundtrack to F.W. Murnau's silent and beautiful Nosferatu (we alternated between two musical interpretations that were ultimately disappointing), that we loved the excellent extras that accompany the recent, two disc reissue of Francis Ford Coppola's heady and deeply symbolic Bram Stoker's Dracula (the mini-doc about the in-camera, naive effects employed in the film making is absolutely amazing), and that we sat awestruck in front of the TV while a brilliant collaboration between Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Canadian cult director Guy Maddin tantalized our eyes with their film Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary (a marriage of said ballet's interpretation of Dracula and Maddin's singular, super-charged visual style). I have seen and loved many dance movies, but this has to be one of mguy maddin's draculay very all time favorites because the dancing is more than just a part of the film, it is the film! Add to this the touch of Maddin's hand and I swoon like Lucy ready to receive her eternal kiss. It's that entrancing.

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Happy Halloween!!!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 31, 2008 10:15am | Post a Comment
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