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Alfred Hitchcock 'The Birds': Universal Horror Movies at Academy

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As part of the year-long celebration of Universal Pictures' centenary, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Universal's Legacy of Horror,” a month-long series of screenings of classic horror films in October – right in time for Halloween. (Image: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds poster.)

“Universal's Legacy of Horror” kicks off on Tuesday, October 2, with The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in which Valerie Hobson (not Elsa Lanchester) has the title role, and Dracula (1931), which turned Bela Lugosi into a horror movie icon.

Most of the screenings will be held at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills at 7:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:

October 2: James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, newly restored by Universal), with Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Valerie Hobson, and Elsa Lanchester, and Dracula (1931, newly restored by Universal), with Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, and David Manners.

October 9 George Waggner's The Wolf Man (1941), with Lon Chaney Jr, Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya, Evelyn Ankers, Patric Knowles, and John Landis' An American Werewolf in London (1981) with David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne.

October 16 Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, in 3D), with Richard Carlson and Julia Adams, and James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933), with Claude Rains and Titanic's Gloria Stuart.

October 23 Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), with Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, and Suzanne Pleshette.

October 30 The Phantom of the Opera (1925), with Lon Chaney, '20s Universal star Mary Philbin, and Norman Kerry.

Silent classic The Man Who Laughs screening

Also at 7:30 p.m at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater: on Monday, October 8, a screening of the silent (psychological) horror The Man Who Laughs (1928), with Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, and scene-stealer Olga Baclanova.

Additionally, on Saturday, October 27, the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood will screen Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) at 2 p.m. Oscars Outdoors, the Academy's open-air theater across the street from the Dunn, will screen The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and Tarantula (1955), featuring a very young Clint Eastwood in a small role, at 6:30 p.m. Curiously missing from the series if Universal's biggest horror movie hit ever: Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975).

'Universal's Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition'

In conjunction with the screening series, the Academy will present “Universal's Legacy of Horror: A Centennial Exhibition,” featuring “rare posters, stills and other artifacts celebrating Universal's distinctive contributions to the classic horror genre and the studio's founding 100 years ago.” The exhibition will run in the Academy Grand Lobby throughout October. Admission is free.

Passes and tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills) during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of each screening. For more details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit the Academy's website.

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds poster: Courtesy of AMPAS.

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