Albacon will be having a full program of movies on 16mm film, presented by Movie Mike.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) (Saturday, 7:30)
Fiftieth anniversary celebration!
Terrifying nightmare images, fine shock timing and incredible suspense illuminate George Romero’s grossout horror classic of hungry corpses on the prowl. It’s the first horror film to use graphic violence and also the first film of any kind to cast a black actor as a classic action hero. A group of strangers is trapped in an isolated farmhouse by flesh-eating zombies. Shot in Pittsburgh on a low budget with a film-school crew. You’ll cringe when the dead little girl kills and eats her mother! With Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, and Chilly Billy Cardille.
VALLEY OF THE GWANGI (1969) (Saturday, 1:00)
Ray Harryhausen’s Dynamation is tabletop stop-motion with miniature creatures and sets blended seamlessly with live action in this all-time favorite dinosaur adventure! In Technicolor!
DOCTOR CYCLOPS (1940) (Saturday 9:30)
Deep in the Brazilian jungle is nearsighted Dr. Thorkel’s secret radium mine, in the naïve form of a wellshaft with a bucket on a rope. The radium fuels a ray that can shrink people down to tiny size. Big Albert Dekker is made mostrous and scary by a shaved head, thick glasses and a baggy suit. Janice Logan, Victor Killian, Thomas Colby and Charles Halton are the shrinkees who must struggle for survival. Special effects work surprisingly well. By King Kong director Ernest Shoedsack. Compares well with the Incredible Shrinking Man made in 1957, which we will also see in condensed form.
THE PHANTOM CREEPS (1939) (Friday 9:30)
The Phantom Creeps serves up a turkey club with lots of ham and cheez—yum! Bela Lugosi is Doctor Zorka, who plans to rule the world or something. It’s never quite clear what he wants, but who cares when you have an invisibility belt and a silly-looking robot.
A feature mercifully condensed from a rather padded, meandering serial, this version plays well and includes all the best bits. The scuttling little robot spider carrying its capsule of sleeping gas defies explanation! The robot does nothing but lurk in his hidden niche and stomp around, waving his arms. Plus extra robot goodies.