Hollywood might prefer that most mortals do not know or understand her secret world. It's the epicenter of global filmmaking and has, for a hundred years, created the moving images that define and preserve American culture. But much of what goes on behind the scenes is kept from the public eye. Perhaps for good reason.
Your favorite film may be older than you think. Recently a customer exclaimed, "I wasn't even born!" after learning Tim Burton's Batman was released in 1989. But so were two other films borrowed at the same time - The Little Mermaid and Field of Dreams.
Intrigued, I did a little research and discovered a few of my favorites were also playing in movie theaters 25 years ago.
The Internet Movie database or IMDb is a key discovery tool for movies, t.v. shows and even soundtracks! If you are a star-struck fan or riveted by closing credits (you know who you are), IMDb is a 24/7 information wonderland.
There's an extremely difficult question that begs to be asked. Because of its sheer difficulty, you, my audience, have been recruited to express your opinion and personally share your thoughts on the....
SCARIEST MOVIE(S) OF ALL TIME!
I need personal recommendations from you - what is/are the scariest movie/s of all time??
The Beautiful Monsters film series wraps up next week with a presentation of the rare Spencer Tracy movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Tracy acted the dual role of Jekyll and Hyde using very little makeup or facial prosthetics because he wanted the evil of Mr. Hyde to come from within. It's a truly fitting rendition of the original Robert Louis Stevenson story that explores the evil that lurks inside all of us. Lana Turner supports as his innocent girlfriend and Ingrid Bergman steals the show as the street walker turned mistress.
The Denver Public Library has been visiting Hollywoods original horror films. The excavation continues this week when we dust off a Universal Studios gem based on the curse of the Egyptian kings, The Mummy. You'll be surprised that the film draws from its monster brother, Dracula and that it bears some similarities to its remake, 1999's The Mummy. And it is just a great popcorn movie for this time of year!
The Mummy (1932)
Tuesday, October 14, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
October is a perfect month to remember our roots – of horror. Denver Public Library Film Series has scared up four early fright films that all played a role in the way we see monsters in contemporary film. They are all considered classics of the genre and each of them is a treasure trove of Hollywood horror firsts. Beautiful Monster Film Series starts Tuesday, October 7.
Keegan, age 22, remembers. "I was new to the neighborhood. It didn't take any time at all!" Zac, age 31, also remembers. "My Mom held my hand through the whole thing!" Toby, age 52, just smiles. "I remember being so happy!"