SCORSESE’S SCARIEST FILM FEST – THE HAUNTING + CAT PEOPLE

Rating: PG
Length: 200 mins
Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
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Thu 8th Aug:
Sun 11th Aug:

DAVID STRATTON PRESENTS MARTIN SCORSESE’S SCARIEST EVER FILM FESTIVAL & RKO VAL LEWTON RETRO.

“I’m very excited to announce that the Orpheum has confirmed a special festival of director Martin Scorcese’s choices of the scariest films ever made.The festival will also include three of the excellent Val Lewton 1940’s RKO classics rarely seen on the big screen.From the 40’s the genuinely frightening THE UNINVITED plus THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE , the brilliant Ealing Studios thriller DEAD OF NIGHT , to the 50’s NIGHT OF THE DEMON a vastly underrated thriller , to the 60s Deborah Kerr in THE INNOCENTS, the original THE HAUNTING directed by Robert Wise and Hitchcock’s PSYCHO plus REAR WINDOW to the 70’s THE EXORCIST and the 80s Kubrick’s extended version of THE SHINING and the Canadian chiller THE CHANGELING.The RKO Val Lewton titles are CAT PEOPLE, ISLE OF THE DEAD and THE LEOPARD MAN.I do hope you can be part of this exciting program… a rare chance to view these quality films in beautiful restored digital on the cinema screen.”
DAVID STRATTON.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICES APPLY!
ADULT $19. CONCESSIONS $15. SENIORS $10.

THE HAUNTING (1963)

Scorcese’s number one chiller ! Robert Wise’s “absolutely terrifying” haunted house drama stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. Steven Spielberg considers THE HAUNTING one of the “seminal films” of his youth and is “the scariest film ever made!” . “Hair raising…don’t see this film alone!” says Leonard Maltin.
THE HAUNTING is one of the first truly great haunted house films, which created a template from which films are still being struck today. A group of psychics, scientists and interested parties assemble at the notorious Hill House, a sprawling mansion seemingly composed of spatial and temporal distortions (its internal geography is deliberately and unnervingly confusing). It’s supposedly haunted by the ghosts of the many people to have died there in mysterious circumstances. Beautifully shot in full screen black and white, with excellent performances,THE HAUNTING remains the haunted house film against which all others are measured.
“It has a power and fervor unmatched by any film ghost stories.” H/WOOD REPORTER.
“A genuinely startling film that still retains effective tension… you’ll find various scenes stay with you long after the movie is over.” BBC.

FOLLOWED BY…

CAT PEOPLE (1942)

Val Lewton’s RKO horror fIlms were true masterpieces of suggested terror and CAT PEOPLE is a prime example of this. ..a rare breed of literate horror film that merits repeat viewings in order to allow for full appreciation of the nuanced plot. CAT PEOPLE is rich enough to be viewed and debated on numerous levels; a quick glance at IMDb’s message boards provides evidence of this ongoing phenomenon. For lovers of noir this is a must.
“ CAT PEOPLE is constructed almost entirely out of fear.” **** ROGER EBERT.