Rufus King Park
- Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street (Fridays)
"Frankenstein" (Rated NR - 71 Minutes - 1931)
11th – 8:28 pm
Still regarded as the definitive film version of Mary Shelley's classic
tale of tragedy and horror, Frankenstein made unknown character actor Boris Karloff a star and created a new icon of terror.
Along with the highly successful Dracula, released earlier the same year, it launched Universal Studio's golden age of 1930s
horror movies. The film's greatness stems less from its script than from the stark but moody atmosphere created by director
James Whale; Herman Rosse's memorable set designs, particularly the fantastic watchtower laboratory, featuring electrical
equipment designed by Kenneth Strickfaden; the creature's trademark look from makeup artist Jack Pierce, who required Karloff
to don pounds of makeup and heavy asphalt shoes to create the monster's unique lurching gait; and Karloff's nuanced performance
as the tormented and bewildered creature. Frankenstein was greeted with screams, moans, and fainting spells upon its initial
release, obliging Universal to add a disclaimer in which Edward Van Sloan advises the faint of heart to leave the theater
immediately. If they don't: "Well...we've warned you." Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen
in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters.
(Rated NR - 100 Minutes - 1933)
Friday, July 18th – 8:24 pm
you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady
Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong -- and stayed with the project even after learning
that her "leading man" was a 50-foot ape. The film introduces us to flamboyant, foolhardy documentary filmmaker
Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who sails off to parts unknown to film his latest epic with leading lady Darrow in tow. Disembarking
at Skull Island, they stumble on a ceremony in which the native dancers circle around a terrified-looking young girl, chanting,
"Kong! Kong!" The chief (Noble Johnson) and witch doctor (Steve Clemente) spot Denham and company and order them
to leave. But upon seeing Ann, the chief offers to buy the "golden woman" to serve as the "bride of Kong."
Denham refuses, and he and the others beat a hasty retreat to their ship. Late that night, a party of native warriors sneak
on board the ship and kidnap Ann. They strap her to a huge sacrificial altar just outside the gate, then summon Kong, who
winds up saving Ann instead of devouring her. Kong is eventually taken back to New York, where he breaks loose on the night
of his Broadway premiere, thinking that his beloved Ann is being hurt by the reporters' flash bulbs. Now at large in New York,
Kong searches high and low for Ann (in another long-censored scene, he plucks a woman from her high-rise apartment, then drops
her to her death when he realizes she isn't the girl he's looking for). After proving his devotion by wrecking an elevated
train, Kong winds up at the top of the Empire State Building, facing off against a fleet of World War I fighter planes.
NR - 96 Minutes - 1954)
Friday, July 25th – 8:19 pm
When the ocean’s surface begins to boil white-hot and a Japanese freighter vanishes into the Pacific,
the superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear an ancient legend has come true — the legend of Godzilla! Awakened from
an eons-long sleep by an H-bomb explosion, the behemoth seeks revenge on the civilized world, turning Tokyo into a wasteland
of atomic fire and rubble. Young lovers, Emiko and Ogata, find themselves trapped in the monster’s path of destruction
— forced to choose between betraying a friend and saving the world!
There is no Classic "Monster" Film Fridays on Friday, August 1st. The longstanding JAMS Festival will take place
in Rufus King Park on that evening.
"Alien" (Rated R - 124 Minutes - 1979)
August 8th – 8:04 pm
When commercial towing vehicle Nostromo, heading back to Earth,
intercepts an SoS signal from a nearby planet, the crew are under obligation to investigate. After a bad landing on the planet,
some crew members leave the ship to explore the area. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature,
the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a call for help. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew
do not know the danger they are in until it is too late.
"The Thing" (Rated R
- 108 Minutes - 1982)
Friday, August 15th – 7:55 pm
Carpenter teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic
The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried
in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of
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