For all of you B-movie fans out there, especially the ones who have followed Scott Washburn’s exploits as he (and his cohort in B-movie crime) bounced from the New Phoenix to Chenango and now onto the Historical Society… don’t worry, he’s got you covered. Just because the series is going legit for now doesn’t mean that the movies are going to be legit forever. Though this is not the bottom of the barrel schlock that we have come to know and love (or hate), this is still some of the best, classic horror and suspense movie madness to be found. The bottom of the barrel stuff will, of course be back, but Scott is doing his best to let your minds recover from some of the torturous flicks seen at previous venues. Here’s the new and improved line-up:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010: “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1933)
Directed by Juan Epstein. A brilliant silent interpretation of the Poe classic.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010: “Scrooge” (1933)
The first known film version of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, starring Seymour Hicks.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011: “M, Eine stadt sucht einen moerder” (1934)
A Fritz Lang film. A child-killer is captured and tried by the city street people when the police fail to catch him. Starring Peter Lorre, in his first major film role.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011: “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) & “The House of Usher” (1928)
The only double-bill of the series. “A Trip to the Moon” (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a short, silent, science-fiction film by Georges Melies. “The House of Usher” is a Dadaist short version of Poe’s classic tale; a gorgeous, surrealist visual interpretation.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)
Director Robert Wiene brings us the first modern horror film. It’s gone on to influence a number of contemporary productions. A real classic!
Doors open at 7, films start at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 for BECHS members, $8 general. Snacks will be available in the 150-seat auditorium.
25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo, NY 14216-3199
Museum phone number: (716) 873-9644