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Frankenstein Double Feature

Come down to the Capitol Theatre for the annual favorite CLASSIC HORROR DOUBLE FEATURE. This year’s double feature is all about Frankenstein (Frankenstein’s monster, of course!) as we will screen:

House of Frankenstein (Universal, 1944; b&w, 71 min.; digital presentation [DCP];

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal, 1948; b&w, 83 min.; digital presentation [DCP]).

House of Frankenstein stars Boris Karloff as a mad doctor who inadvertently brings Dracula (John Carradine) back to life, before encountering the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.). Others in the cast of the Erle C. Kenton-directed movie include J. Carrol Naish, Eleana Verdugo, and horror icons Lionel Atwill and George Zucco. “A wonderful Universal B-horror; the first of the all-star monster fests. Lots of fun with J. Carrol Naish almost stealing the show as the hunchback Daniel.” –Journal & Courier, Lafayette, Indiana.

Directed by Charles Lamont, the last of Universal’s monster epics was an affectionate take-off of the genre, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. In this, generally considered to be one of the best horror film parodies ever made, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello become unwittingly involved with Dracula (Bela Lugosi), who wants to transplant Lou’s brain to the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange)! Of course, also along for the ride, is the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.). This marks the second and final time Bela Lugosi played Dracula in a feature film. “All-time great horror-comedy still works beautifully, mainly because the monsters play it straight.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide.

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