Monsters in the Movies

Bride of Frankenstein

“It’s a perfect night for mystery and horror. The very air itself is filled with monsters.” – Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley in “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)

Special effects makeup artist and on-set animatronic effects supervisor Shane Mahan took the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn stage to host an evening exploring the evolution of creature technology in feature films and the role it plays in shaping monster movies.

Joining him were director Jon Favreau (“Zathura: A Space Adventure”), visual effects artist Phil Tippett (“Jurassic Park”), makeup effects artist Greg Cannom (“Bram Stoker's Dracula”), actor David Naughton (“An American Werewolf in London”) and producer Lou Arkoff.

More than 800 monster fans discovered how creatures like King Kong, the Gill Man and a London werewolf are designed, created and executed for the screen.

Film clips from such monster classics were also screened: “King Kong” (1933), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), “One Million Years B.C.” (1966), “Planet of the Apes” (1968), “The Exorcist” (1973), “An American Werewolf in London” (1981), “Aliens” (1986) and “Jurassic Park” (1993) through the digital age of “Zathura: A Space Adventure” (2005) and “King Kong” (2005).

Complementing the presentation was a lobby display of historic and contemporary artifacts used to create the visually stunning effects for a range of aliens and creatures from classic monster movies.

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