October horror film series

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October horror film series

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CLINTON OLSASKY, Executive Editor

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Throughout the rest of October, UNI students will have the opportunity to witness the evolution of the horror genre in film, thanks to a horror film series sponsored by the UNI Communication Studies Department.

The series spans three weeks and will feature a different classic horror icon every week.

For example, the series’ first screening, which was held this past Wednesday, Oct. 18, featured “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” a 1994 adaptation of the classic novel of the same name, starring Robert DeNiro.

The remaining two installments of the series will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Nov. 1.

On Oct. 25, students will be able to see “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” a 1992 adaptation of the titular vampire’s story, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, while the Nov. 1 screening will feature “An American Werewolf in London,” a horror comedy film from 1981.

What makes this film series interesting, however, is the connection to the past and to the earliest days of the horror genre in cinema.

According to Philip Hopper, an assistant professor in digital media who was instrumental in organizing the film series, an older version of each film will be screened in a nearby location concurrently with the newer adaptation.

As an example, the 1922 silent horror film “Nosferatu” will play alongside “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” and the 1941 film “The Wolf Man,” starring Lon Chaney Jr., will play with “An American Werewolf in London.”

Each of the screenings in the film series are free and open to all UNI students. They will all take place in the performance studio in Lang Hall, room 046, at 7:30 p.m.

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