This month, Block Cinema will take a critical eye deep into the history of horror cinema with a selection of screening events. Each film will be introduced by a special guest, leading into in-depth discussions and highlights. These screenings are absolutely FREE.
October 10th (7pm-10pm) – THE ELEPHANT MAN [35mm] (1980) – David Lynch accomplished quite a feat with his second feature film, drawing from the eccentricities of history instead of his own creative peculiarities. The Elephant Man is centered around the true story of John Merrick, a tragically disfigured young London man who was working/being exploited as a sideshow freak until rescued by a doctor who treated him as the sensitive, intelligent man he truly was underneath his genetic deformities.
Aside from the impressive black-and-white cinematography and acting, this film was noted for its emotional atmospheric use of sound. Special introduction by seven-time Academy Award-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, The Terminator, Titanic, Finding Nemo, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)!
Print courtesy of Lowell Peterson, ASC, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Co-presented by Block Cinema with the Northwestern University MA in Sound Arts and Industries.
October 25th (7pm-9:30pm) – HORROR NOIRE: A History of Black Horror (DCP) (2019) – A documentary examining a century’s worth of genre films that both exploited and embraced African-Americans in horror, both in front of and behind the camera. Based on an acclaimed book by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman (who also executive produced the film), the documentary offers insights through discussions with Tony Todd, Ernest Dickerson, Jordan Peele, Paula Jai Parker, Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, and more.
Special introduction by media historian, author, and University of Michigan Professor Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, who will discuss both the film and her book, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present. Hosted by the Block Museum. Co-presented with Humanities on the MAP, sponsored by the School of Communication.
October 31st (7pm-9pm) – I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE [35mm] (1943) – Director Jacques Tourneur and producer extraordinaire Val Lewton (RKO Pictures) teamed up to make this infatuating, supernatural Gothic melodrama that takes place on a sugar plantation in the West Indies. The wife of the plantation owner has been acting strangely and a nurse has been hired to take care of her while finding herself deep in the world of voodoo curses and zombies. The atmosphere is a real standout, along with a script being on a higher level than most of Lewton’s B-movie catalog.
Special introduction by Ashley R. Smith, doctoral candidate in Screen Cultures. Hosted by the Block Museum. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Block Cinema is located at The Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208.
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