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Monsters, Ghouls and Melancholy Misfits – a season of films @ ACMI 09 – 18 July 2010

June 3, 2010

Two ACMI posts in a row is almost self indulgent, but anyone who has read through this blog would understand that I couldn’t leave this particular event unmentioned!  A season of underground/lesser known horror, grostesquerie and ghoul films alongside some beloved classic schlock to coincide with ACMI’s Tim Burton exhibition in July.

The week-long spook-fest includes the following films:  more information about session times and bookings here:

Freaks + Frankenweenie

Tod Browning’s cult curio from 1932 screening with Burton’s Frankenstein-inspired live-action short.

The Elephant Man

David Lynch’s moving Victorian-era drama about a hideously deformed yet disarmingly genteel man.

Jason and the Argonauts

The mythological 1963 fantasy classic with special effects by stop-motion wizard, Ray Harryhausen.

Frankenstein + Frankenweenie

Mary Shelley’s gothic novel spawned both James Whale’s Universal classic and Burton’s 1984 short.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Terence Fisher’s 1969 Hammer horror, most faithfully inspired by Mary Shelley’s gothic story.

Black Sunday

Mario Bava’s moody gothic horror from 1960 made a star of cult ‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Steele.

Baron Blood

Mario Bava’s Austrian-set Grand Guignol gothic melodrama, with Joseph Cotton and Elke Sommer.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

F.W. Murnau’s iconic 1922 German Expressionist classic.

Dracula

Bela Lugosi stars in Universal’s enduring 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s literary classic.

Forbidden Planet

MGM’s 1950s sci-fi cult classic, shot in Cinemascope and starring Robby the Robot – as himself!

The Raven + Vincent

The Universal Pictures’ classic starring Bela Lugosi screens with Burton’s early stop-motion short.

The Pit and the Pendulum

Roger Corman’s extravagant Edgar Allan Poe adapatation co-stars Vincent Price and Barbara Steele.

The Tomb of Ligeia + Vincent

Roger Corman and Vincent Price re-team for Corman’s brilliant, U.K. set, Edgar Allan Poe adaptation.

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Vampire Con! Sat May 22nd, West Brunswick

May 10, 2010

http://www.msfc.sf.org.au/?page=minicon2010

Something to get your teeth into if you like a bit of Fangtastic entertainment…

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The Haunted Bookshop – Mc Killop Street, Melbourne

January 3, 2008

 The Haunted Bookshop website  says “Dark and Brooding” “Occult books and Tarot since 1997”: meaning that this shop has only been around for about ten years.  Not that you’d know it when you walk inside.  The decor is every fantasy/occult/gothic lover’s dream – somewhere between a Victorian Cabinet of Curiousities,  a New Orleans Juju shop, Buffy’s ‘The Magic Box’ and Harry Potter’s ‘Flourish and Blotts’ – this place looks like your legit spooky haven of all things supernatural.  Which is spot on, really, as Drew Sinton’s bookshop definitely is a haven for all things supernatural – or at least books on them plus it’s the hub of his quite famous Melbourne Ghost Tour.  

Drew Sinton – you may have spotted him as a kookster-for-comment in Melbourne Weekly, The Age or have even seen his Ghostbusting TV series on Channel 31 ‘ Haunted Australia’. As far as odd and fascinating characters go – not to mention actual dabblers with the Forces of Darkness – he is the real deal.   He runs the Haunted Bookshop as well as all the other bits and pieces above, and has stocked it wall to musty wall with books on ghosts, witches, ufos, druids, devils and the vast parade of Creatures of the Night – vampires, werewolves, etc etc.  He also sells tarot decks and juju trinkets for those who feel like a little voodoo magic (or have read too many Anne Rice books).

  The Haunted Bookshop is pretty unique – set out in a way which plays into the romantic ideas and fancies (or, possibly, unacknowledged truths, whichever perspective you have) of a Victorian period Clairvoyant’s Den or Curioe Shoppe  you really do feel as though you’ve entered more than a retail shop but a forgotten era where mysticism and magic were the talk of the town and any moment you’d be invited to a seance or Spiritualist meet.   As for the books on display – well, if you’re after the lastest Stephen King perhaps don’t bother.  But if you’re interested in reading about the veiled world of hauntings, ufo’s, the supernatural or witches – this shop has everything including rare editions of new and antique tomes.  There are books for the casually curious which will assist you to take a quick dip into this world, plus specialist and detailed books for those who know what they’re looking for.  

The best thing about the Haunted Bookshop: atmosphere plus the Haunted Melbourne ghost tour.  Plus they have both a working website and even a Myspace!!! Wonders will never cease!
 http://www.myspace.com/drewsinton 

The downside:  it has odd opening hours, especially the early closes and limited weekend openings. Details: 15 McKILLOP STREET  MELBOURNE  AUSTRALIA 03 9670 2585    

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