‘War of the Worlds’ Live on Stage

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HALLOWEEN


Infamous Radio Broadcast Recreated on October 31 at The Arlington Regent Theatre
Event benefits new documentary about the Orson Welles Cinema.

On October 30, 1938, The Orson Welles Mercury Theatre broadcast H.G. Wells’ classic tale of interplanetary battle with War of the Worlds and stunned the nation as many who heard it were convinced that a real invasion was taking place. It was one of the first times that the power of radio was on full display, and it resulted in new regulations about what and how news could be presented on the public airwaves. On October 31, 2013, the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, will commemorate the 75th anniversary with a live theatre event recreating one of the most famous radio plays ever produced.

This new War of the Worlds theatre recreation will use classic Foley audio techniques (where sound effects are produced mechanically where possible) and will feature a cast of local media celebrities, including Christopher Lydon from WGBH; cultural reporter Joyce Kulhawik; RadioBDC on-air personality Henry Santoro; Cha-Chi LoPrette from 100.7 WZLX, and others to be announced. The production will be directed by Nerissa Williams with Foley direction by Austen Wright and Hal Wagner.

The live event will raise funds for The Orson Welles Complex, a new documentary produced and directed by Garen Daly about the legendary Cambridge art house. As one of the Cinema’s managers during its heyday, Daly is chronicling the unique story of the Welles with cinematographer Austin de Besche, noted for his work with John Sayles, among others.

“What more fitting tribute than to recreate War of the Worlds, the broadcast that launched Orson Welles’ career in the movies, as we embark on preserving the memory of the Orson Welles Cinema in a documentary film,” said Daly. “We thought it would be a lot of fun and a great way to commemorate the anniversary on Halloween night.”

For those living in the Cambridge area in the 1970s and 1980s, the Orson Welles Cinema figures prominently in their memories. Patrons enthusiastically relished the innovative programming that included midnight movies, revivals, and European films. Viewers discovered Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, and many others at the Welles. Tommy Lee Jones was the Cinema’s first manager, and Stephen King included the Welles in three of his stories. Through the years, the Cinema added a film school and a restaurant, and it spawned a generation of people dedicated to the arts who influenced the industry.

Daly’s documentary, The Orson Welles Complex, is scheduled to release in 2015. Follow news and updates at www.facebook.com/OrsonWellesCinema.

War of the Worlds live theatre event will take place Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Purchase at the Regent Theatre box office or online at www.BostonSci-Fi.com/WaroftheWorlds.

The Regent Theatre is located at 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. (781) 646-4849 www.regentheatre.com

 

Films that do more than bump in the night!

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Horror Fest at the Somerville

 

Starting Oct 12 and running through Oct 31, the Somerville Theatre and Garen Daly present a collection of new, old, and even schlocky horror films all designed to evoke fear and perhaps laughter.

Starting on Saturday October 12th with a mini-marathon of horror and sci-fi, the festival has films from 1920 to 2013. The 1920 film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, will be shown with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. The festival will wrap on Halloween with two of the best modern horror films, William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST and Kathryn Bigelow’s ground breaking NEAR DARK.

Tickets are $10 for individual shows and are available at the Somerville Theatre box office or on line at the theatre’s website.

Below are the films and their scheduled times. For additional information please contact Ian Judge at the Somerville Theatre 617-625-4088 or Garen Daly at 603-593-3610.

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME & SPACE: A Film Marathon
Saturday October 12 Noon to Midnight! 9 Films! One Price – $35!
WestworldPlanet of the ApesCabinet of Dr Caligari
(w/live music) • TremorsForbidden PlanetDr CyclopsThe Invisible Man Forbidden PlanetAdventures of Buckaroo Banzai
ALL 35 mm! ARCHIVAL PRINTS!

BAD MILO Sun 10/13 @ 8 pm
(2013) In this allegorical gore romp, Duncan’s stress manifests itself as a demon who pops out of his butt. Embrace your inner demon. Oh, yeah, pretty good cast too. Directed by Jacob Vaughan.

NIGHT MONSTER Mon 10/14 @ 8 pm & Wed 10/16 @ 10 pm
(2013) Premiere A dimension traveling Civil War slave lives by sucking the energy out of serial killers. When he saves an 18-year-old, a new, perilous journey begins. Director: Edgar Michael Bravo

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT of ROSALIND LEIGH 10/15 @ 8 pm
(2012) Estranged antiques collector inherits a house with lingering spirit Directed by Rodrigo Gudiño of Rue Morgue fame.

APPARITIONAL Wed 10/16@ 8 pm
(2013) East Coast Premiere A reality TV show on ghosts gets more than they bargained for. Great cast includes Dee Wallace. Directed by Andrew P. Jones

THE CHANGLING Thu 10/17 @ 8 pm
(1980) Award winner! George C Scott is staying at a secluded historical mansion when he finds his life being haunted by the presence of something sinister. Crisp! Intelligent! Chilling!.

GINGER SNAPS Thu 10/17 @ 10 pm
(2000) Award Winner! Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

HAUNTER Sun 10/27 8:00 pm
(2013) Boston Premiere. Abigail Breslin stars in this moody chiller from the director of Splice & The Cube. A teenaged ghost reaches out from the grave to save an innocent from suffering her fate

Argento’s DRACULA in 3D Mon-Wed 10/28 – 30 @ 8 pm
(2012) Boston Theatrical Premiere. Dario Argento, the master of Italian horror, returns with a classic retelling of a dentrified gentleman with a hemocentric diet and a taste for comely women. Shot in & shown in 3D. Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) is Van Helsing.

NEAR DARK Thu 10/31 @ 10 pm
(1987) Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘finger lickin’ good’ vampire flick about a small town boy, a roving band of vampires and one nasty ass bar scene.

THE EXORCIST Thu 10/31 @ 8 pm
(1973) William Friedkin’s take on Blatty’s book is THE definitive horror film. Everything else is compared to it. See it w few hundred of your closest friends.