As October marches on, we inch ever closer to the Main Event, the night of ghosts and ghouls, monsters and the macabre: All Hallow's Eve. It is tradition in this greatest of months to spend the cool evenings cuddled up on the couch – or in the theater – with a scary movie. I, in fact, have plans to do just such a thing tonight. And tomorrow (Saturday): Baxter Avenue Theater has us covered.
Midnights at the Baxter presents a Frankenstein double feature, which begins promptly at 10:00 (so not quite midnight) with the 1931 classic. Colin Clive stars as Henry Frankenstein, a doctor obsessed with life and death. After exhuming body parts from graves, he constructs a person and reanimates his creation, resulting in the Monster! Boris Karloff's monster has since become the standard depiction, with the trademark bolts on the side of the neck and weird haircut. It all started here.
Frankenstein is followed by its 1935 sequel, Bride of Frankenstein. Colin Clive returns as Dr. Frankenstein, who has vowed to stop playing God after the disastrous results of his first attempt. However, his monster is lonely and wants him to construct a mate – a female monster for him to love. Frankenstein is hesitant, but finally agrees with the urging of his mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger).
It all starts at 10:00 on Saturday night. Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road, in Mid-City Mall. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the theater's website.
(In the meantime, I depart to you, dear reader, a suggestion of a truly dark and disturbing movie to give you nightmares in this chilly month: David Lynch's Eraserhead. Good luck.)
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