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Silver Screams Film Festival Starts Friday

If you like your movies to include vampires, monsters and phantom killers, there’s a film festival just for you starting Friday. You know you’re dealing with true believers when an event is called the “first annual” that is how Silver Screams co-directors Cynthia Neely and Jolene McMaster are billing the event that begins late Friday […]

If you like your movies to include vampires, monsters and phantom killers, there’s a film festival just for you starting Friday.

You know you’re dealing with true believers when an event is called the “first annual” that is how Silver Screams co-directors Cynthia Neely and Jolene McMaster are billing the event that begins late Friday afternoon and runs through Saturday night at the Angelica Film Center at Bayou Place downtown. Co-director Cynthia Neely says the ten films to be shown include many that have not been shown on a big screen for many years.

Because of the way the festival obtained the rights to show some the classic films for one viewing only, some the studios restrict the use of their film’s titles. The Silver Screams web sites has a list complete with titles and times of showings.

Two silent classics will be shown continuously for free in the Angelika lobby. One is the first ever vampire movie “Nosferatu” and the other is Thomas Edison’s 1910 “Frankenstein.” Neely says another film many Americans may not have seen is “Dark Water.”

A film festival is more then just the screening of films. There will a display of art by H.R. Giger, the Oscar winning artist who created the Alien monster, music, magicians and says co-director Jolene Mc-Master experts on each film.

A recent locally produced film “Mr. Hell” will be shown. Its director Rob McKinnon, with cast and crew will be at the festival and who Neely and McMaster call an unofficial adviser, says at bottom, most horror films are morality plays.

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