They Walk Alike, They Talk Alike, Sometimes They Even Think Alike

If the Hollywood media machine at the time was to be believed, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were intense competitors off-screen. Of course, their descendants have insisted that their only rivalries were limited to antagonizing one another in the mid-'30s Universal horror classics that followed their star-making roles as Dracula and Frankenstein, respectively. If you want, you can ask Lugosi's progeny all about it when the American Cinematheque's "Lugosi/Karloff Double Feature," comprising 1935's The Raven (demented surgeon Lugosi disfigures escaped fugitive Karloff) and the previous year's nigh-surreal The Black Cat. Bela Lugosi Jr. is among the guests lined up for the Q&A between films, along with actress Louise Currie; horror director Mick Garris; publisher and artist Kerry Gammill; also on the slate, a signing of Monsterverse's Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave comic book before the screening, and FX guru Greg Nicotero's eight-minute short "United Monster Talent Agency" prior to the second feature.
Thu., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2010


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