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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

LA Weekly