This Week At The New Beverly: Halloween Treats & Universal Horror Classics, Van Damme, Stieg Larsson & More!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 30

Trick 'r Treat writer / director Michael Dougherty will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, Friday to discuss the film & host a costume contest!

Halloween III writer / director Tommy Lee Wallace will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, for a Q&A following the Saturday 9:20 show.

Director Michael Dougherty brings his time-shifting horror anthology Trick 'r Treat (2009) back to the New Beverly for two nights on October 29 and 30. The movie is a clever confluence of tales all spinning and interweaving on a fateful Halloween night in a glowing-orange neighborhood where the unexpected is always right around the corner, or just beneath a deceptively simple scary costume. The gasps come mixed with laughs courtesy of fine actors like Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin and Leslie Bibb, and the crackling pleasure with which Dougherty unfolds his horrific yarns makes for a movie that is a shivery hoot to get lost in. Dougherty will answer questions and host a costume contest during Friday night's screening.

Long thought the least of the many sequels in the Halloween franchise, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) took extra heat for not actually being the next chapter in the Michael Myers saga. (No relentless masked killer here, and no Donovan on the soundtrack either. Sorry.) Instead, writer-director Tommy Lee Wallace colors outside the pumpkin's boundaries with this coolly eerie tale of a sinister entrepreneur (Dan O'Herlihy) who has plans to unleash a shipment of deadly Halloween masks on unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. It's an odd, effective movie, translating pagan witchcraft to the computer age, and it's better than its detractors would suggest. And here's a guarantee: Just one viewing of Halloween III: Season of the Witch will embed that "Silver Shamrock" jingle in your head for all time.

Trick 'r Treat
2009, USA / Canada, 82 minutes
written & directed by Michael Dougherty, starring Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Rochelle Aytes, Tahmoh Penikett
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 4:00 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

The best pure Halloween movie ever made. - Ain't It Cool News

One of the best horror films I've seen in years.

- plus on the same bill -

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
1982, USA, 98 minutes
written & directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, starring Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie, Ralph Strait
Fri: 9:20; Sat: 5:35 & 9:20, Watch The Trailer!

The end result is a bit of a mess but hugely enjoyable, and often (thanks to Dean Cundey's camerawork and John Carpenter's close supervision as producer) as striking visually as its predecessors.
- Time Out

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH was, is and always will be totally insane. - Mr. Peel's Sardine Liqueur

Saturday, October 30

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship
present New Beverly Midnights

Director of photography David Worth plus screenwriters Christopher Cosby & Mel Friedman will appear IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss!

October 30 at midnight the New Beverly invites you to travel back to the days before Jean Claude Van Damme was merely a nostalgic post-Schwarzenegger meta-action icon, when hand-to-hand combat actually meant flesh on flesh, no stunt doubles. In Bloodsport (1988), the attraction is not Van Damme the Hollywood star but instead Van Damme the hungry, ripped martial artist athlete, banging biceps against worthy opponents, crushing sternums and rib cages with artfully applied blows of feet and fists. As an extra added attraction, director of photography David Worth will be on hand to tell tales of what it's like to shoot action photography of this caliber. This ain't no Gymkhata. Fans of late '80s action should be nowhere else but here on this late Halloween Eve.

1988, USA, 92 minutes
directed by Newt Arnold, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Sunday & Monday, October 31 & November 1

Classic Universal horror!

The big day, Halloween, arrives and the New Beverly has a spectacular tour down the corridors of the Universal Studios monster museum in store for all ages. When we think of werewolves, the first person that usually comes to mind is usually poor, beleaguered Larry Talbot, as essayed by Lon Chaney, Jr. The younger Chaney was not the actor his father was, but he nicely embodied Talbot's sense of being slowly squashed by the thumb of Fate, and he was probably never better as a leading man than he was in the original Universal classic The Wolf Man (1940). He's surrounded here by a class of actor with which he would rarely again share space-Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers and the inimitable (yet often imitated) Maria Ouspenskaya, whose immortal words of doom portending the fate of "even a man who is pure of heart" embody a moment worthy to be called classic in any genre. And it's all topped off by Jack Pierce's iconographic makeup design.

Claude Rains returns-or at least his voice does-for the second feature, James Whale's bitterly humorous adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man (1933), and if anything the cast here might be even better. Any movie featuring Rains alongside Henry Travers, William Harrigan, Una O'Connor and Gloria Stuart (who only passed away just recently) has its sterling pedigree in place. But for all that talent, it is Whale's impish wit that is the star of this nimble, moody and often mordantly funny classic. The audience is never made to feel ashamed for reveling in the prankish benefits of newfound invisibility, even as madness begins to tighten its grip on the mind and soul of the protagonist. Whale is having too good a time to wag his finger; he pays lip service to Wells' morality while simultaneously embracing an anarchic spirit of his own devising.

The Wolf Man
1941, USA, 70 minutes
directed by George Waggner; starring Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren Williams, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi
Sun: 4:00 & 7:00; Mon: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

In spite of its age, the emotional impact, and sheer terror hasn't lost its punch with great performances, and a tragic ending.

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat

The Wolf Man is a compactly-knit tale of its kind, with good direction and performances by an above par assemblage of players - Variety

- plus on the same bill -

The Invisible Man
1933, USA, 71 minutes
directed by James Whale; based on the novel by H.G. Wells; starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor
Sun: 5:30 & 8:30; Mon: 9:00, Watch The Trailer!

Claude Rains gives an alarming performance, almost as frightening when he is present as when he is not. - Time Magazine

James Whale's 1933 film plays more like a British folk comedy than a horror movie; it's full of the same deft character twists that made his Bride of Frankenstein a classic. - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 2 & 3

Stieg Larsson's Worldwide Literary Phenomena!

Just in time for the kicking of the hornet's nest, the New Beverly brings Lisbeth Salander back for the first two parts in the Swedish film series of posthumously acclaimed author Steig Larsson's Girl trilogy November 2-3. First up, Niels Arden Opley directs The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) with an eye toward the gloomy violence and technology-tinged paranoia, all swirling around Noomi Rapace's riveting performance as Lisbeth, all of which made the books an international sensation. A disgraced financial journalist enlists the help of Rapace's tattooed hacker to search for a woman who hasn't been seen in 40 years, and the two of them begin tracing connections between the woman's disappearance and a series of horrific murders that threaten to expose a family's dark, evil history. The movie was a big art house hit. Here's your chance to see Opley's wide-screen take on Larsson's thriller glide across the big screen again or, if you've not yet keyed into the phenomenon, to discover what it's all about for yourself for the first time.


Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyquist return as Steig Larsson's unlikely investigative team-a post-punk hacker and a journalist fighting corruption of key figures in the Swedish establishment-in The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009). Directed by Daniel Alfredson (who also helmed the concluding chapter, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which premieres in the United States this coming weekend), the middle portion of Larsson's trilogy finds the spirited, twisted and fascinating Lisbeth Salander back together with Mikael Blomkvist as they get neck deep in escalating danger after initiating an investigation into sex trafficking among the high-ups in the Swedish government. The bridge to what promises to be an exciting conclusion to an unexpectedly popular foreign language movie series, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a fascinating companion piece to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The New Beverly is proud to provide this opportunity to present the first two parts together for the first time in Los Angeles, in anticipation of the final chapter in the Swedish series and with great curiosity about what David Fincher will bring to the wide-screen canvas when his version appears later in 2011.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2009, Sweden / Denmark / Germany / Norway, 152 minutes
Swedish language with English subtitles
directed by Niels Arden Oplev, written by Nikolaj Arcel & Rasmus Heisterberg based on the Stieg Larsson novel, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube
Tues & Wed: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

4 Stars - A compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.
- Roger Ebert

A mind-bending and mesmerizing thriller that takes its time unlocking one mystery only to uncover another, all to chilling and immensely satisfying effect. - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

- plus on the same bill -

The Girl Who Played with Fire
2009, Sweden / Denmark / Germany, 129 minutes
Swedish language with English subtitles
directed by Daniel Alfredson, written by Jonas Frykberg based on the Stieg Larsson novel, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson
Tues & Wed: 10:10, Watch The Trailer!

Though the thriller is in the hands of a different filmmaking team this time led by Swedish director Daniel Alfredson and screenwriter Jonas Frykberg, they've kept the searing intelligence and ruthless bent.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other. - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

5-11: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (NEW PRINT!) & Seven Year Itch
12 & 13: Cassavetes' Shadows & The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
14 & 15: Samurai Rebellion & Sword Of Doom
17 & 18: Car Wash & Used Cars
19 & 20: Antonioni's Le amiche & The Passenger
26 & 27: Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success & Some Like It Hot

11: Home Alone - 20th Anniversary
26-28: The Godfather & The Godfather: Part II
29 & 30: The Godfather: Part III - 20th Anniversary

Program notes by Dennis Cozzalio
Schedule subject to change

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