If you were in the Boston area in the 70s or 80s, chances are you had a least a passing acquaintance with Channel 56′s Creature Double Feature. That beloved old series is the inspiration for our latest Community Curated film series, Saturday Morning Creature Show: Selections from WLVI’s Creature Double Feature. The series kicks off at the Central Library this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Destroy All Monsters.
1968; Starring Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Manda, King Ghidora, and more!; Not Rated; 90 minutes
Everything seems secure on Monster Island until aliens use remote-control devices to command the monsters to destroy…New York, Moscow, London, and Peking find themselves under attack – yikes!
The next two movies in this series are:
Planet of The Vampires, on Saturday, July 7th at 10:00 a.m.
1965; Starring Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, and Ángel Aranda; Not Rated; 88 minutes
Amazon.com says, “Italian horror master Mario Bava brought his considerable skills to bear on this hypnotic genre hybrid, creating one of the most eerily atmospheric science fiction films ever made. A spaceship is lured to a mysterious planet, where members of its crew are slaughtered, and their bodies possessed by a near-extinct alien race–a minimalist plot, to be sure, but in the hands of Bava and cinematographer Antonio Rinaldi, Planet of the Vampires (the best-known of this film’s many titles) is a near-masterpiece of style over substance. The simplest sets and backdrops are composed with a perfect eye for perspective and color, with sensible spaceship design and memorable costumes that look like they sprang from the futuristic fantasies of an S&M biker gang. Performances are secondary but effectively low-key, serving to enhance Bava’s painterly use of matte work and miniatures. With a surprise twist ending, POTV is an essential addition to anyone’s sci-fi collection.”
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, on Saturday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m.
1968; Starring Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, and Barbara Ewing; Rated G; 92 minutes
A village trembles in fear; a priest forsakes his vows in the service of evil; young beauties fall victim to a mysterious seducer; and each night brings a new threat of death, all because Dracula has risen from the grave!
This film series is curated by Mike Piso, a filmmaker who studied film and video at Mass College of Art. Mike helped to found an art collective in Jamaica Plain in 2003 that put on regular film and video screenings. He has also programmed film screenings at the Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain and as part of the Mass College of Art Film Society series. Mike will offer brief introductory remarks before each film, and there will also be time afterwards for comments, questions, and discussion.
These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and all are welcome. We hope you can join us!