Sense of Wonder: AFI classics & Victor Crowley at ArcLight

One of the nice things about living in Hollywood is that, even in the era of home video, there are still plenty of opportunitiies to see classic movies on the big screen. The latest example of this is the American Film Institute’s upcoming 40th anniversary celebration, during which eleven great movies will screen on a single night. Festivals of this type typically overlook genre films, but that is not the case here; horror, fantasy, and science fiction are all represented, thanks to the presence of THE BIRDS (1963), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1990), and STAR WARS (1977).
As an extra added enticement, each screening will have a guest introduce the film: actress Tippi Hedren for THE BIRDS, actress Angela Lansbury for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and director George Lucas for STAR WARS.
The screening takes place on October 3 at 7:00pm in the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. Tickets are $25, available at the ArcLight box office at AFI.com, beginning Wednesday.
UPDATE: Speaking of the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood (www.arclightcinemas.com), Victor Crowley himself – that is to say, actor-stuntman Kane Hodder, who plays the unstoppable villain, will appear at the Friday 10:00pm screening of HATCHET at the theatre. Writer-director Adam Green will be there, along with actress Tamara Feldman, who plays the gun-toting Mary Beth. Last Friday’s special screening (with Green and other members of the cast and crew) sold out, so you might want to buy tickets ASAP if you’re interested in attending. Click here if you want to read Adam Green’s announcement of the screening.

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