Local screenings

October 28, 2005

ALL-NIGHT FRIGHTS -- Get ready for Halloween with a night's worth of horror, courtesy of the Imaginative Cinema Society. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow with dinner, followed by a talk by author Greg Mank, who will relay the sad tale of Laird Cregar, a 1940s actor known for his threatening appearance who longed to play leading men - a longing that in 1944 helped bring on his premature death, at age 30. Cregar's final film, Hangover Square, will be screened, followed by enough films to keep you awake until the sun comes up. The meetings are for members only; annual membership is $25, but your first meeting is free, so tomorrow would be a good night to give the group a try. The society meets in the church hall of Perry Hall Church (there is, we hasten to add, no affiliation between the society and the church), 8848 BelAir Road (enter off Joppa Road). Information: icsfilm.net.

SILENT SCREAMS -- Masterpieces of silent movie horror - with an emphasis on German expressionism - are being shown through the weekend at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The original vampire flick, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), with Max Schreck as the first cinematic embodiment of Bram Stoker's horrific bloodsucker, Dracula, will be shown at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 9 p.m. Monday. Both screenings will be accompanied by the Silent Orchestra (keyboardist Carlos Garza and percussionist Rick O'Meara). Paul Wegener and Carl Boese's The Golem (1920), the story of a giant clay figure brought to life to save the Jews of 16th-century Prague from persecution, with unexpectedly disastrous results, will be shown at 11 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. Sunday, with music by the trio Yeveto. Tickets are $20. Information: 301-495-6700 or afi.com.

KARLOFF & LUGOSI, TOGETHER -- Two giants of the horror cinema, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, star together in 1934's The Black Cat, this weekend's revival offering at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Karloff plays the evil (and we mean EVIL!) architect Hjalmar Poelzig, while Lugosi plays the good guy, a recently released POW named Vitus Werdegast. The two used to be friends, but aren't any longer, as they play chess for the soul of the dead woman preserved in the basement. Ouch! Showtimes are noon tomorrow, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! -- Tough-as-nails go-go dancers Tura, Haji and Lori go looking for thrills (preferably involving carnage and human victims) and find them out in the desert. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wild, wonderful and always well-endowed world of Russ Meyers, a sleaze auteur if ever such a thing existed in 1960s-era Hollywood. Faster, Pussycat! really defies description, so we won't try. Suffice to say it's playing at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $8, $5 for members. There also will be a cash bar. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.

FESTIVAL SCREENING CANCELED -- Monday night's screening of After Innocence, part of the Women/Film/Gender series sponsored by the Maryland Film Festival and the Maryland Institute College of Art, has been cancelled, with no return date scheduled. Information: 410-752-8083.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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