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  • 11:00 AM

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Part of the seriesFILM FORUM Jr.

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with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

This program not recommended for younger children.

(1931, James Whale) “It’s alive! It’s alive!” Colin Clive’s Dr. Frankenstein determines to create life itself, but proper brain procurement proves the sticking point. Boris Karloff worldlessly conveys the Monster’s humanity and terror beneath the iconic makeup. Plus UPA cartoon version of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart (1953), narrated by James Mason. Approx. 80 min. DCP.




“The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty. Karloff gives one of the most indelible performances in American cinema as the monster, at once terrifying and pathetic, a moving study of alienation and primitive anger.”
– Elliott Stein, The Village Voice

“A landmark. When treating Karloff’s monster it is surprising, lyrical, and gravely tolerant. In the scene of the monster and the little girl the balannce of hope and menace is so exact that it still has the riveting effect of the best Hitchcock.”
– David Thomson

“Whale's scariest movie... with its stark compositions, rambunctious crowd scenes, sneaky humor and unexpected sympathy for the brutish lab-concocted creature played by Karloff, supplied a richer experience of terror than anything that had preceded it in the early era of talkies. ”
– Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times

“A thriller, make no mistake. Women come out trembling, men exhausted.”
– Motion Picture Herald