Monday, September 8, 2014
Real Ghosts with REEL Ghosts!
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)
Date: September 12 (Friday)
Theater: The Bing Theater (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036
This is your chance to see this movie about ghosts in an actual haunted theater! (Note: this event is not hosted by GHOULA, and is just an event we feel our members should know about. Thus, the event staff may not answer any questions regarding their ghosts.) The whole square block containing LACMA (and the Bing Theater) are said to be haunted by a few ghosts, as well as an ancient murder victim (LA's oldest unsolved murder), known locally as "The La Brea Woman."
NOTE: This screening is the first part of a William Castle double-feature. The second film will be the classic "13 GHOSTS," which will be screened using a new print that allows patrons to "see" the ghosts without the "ghost viewers" that were issued during its original release. This evening is part of the "Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics" festival in September.
"House on Haunted Hill" (1959) is the first of William Castle's Horror "gimmick films." When it was originally screened, a plastic skeleton (sometimes an inflatable skeleton) was hoisted over the audience in effort to scare the patrons. Most of the time, people just threw popcorn at it (but had great fun all the same). This trick would later be employed at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion (it's debatable whether its any scarier there).
This classic horror film has a special place in GHOULA's black heart. The very first GHOULA event was a screening of this movie (with Emergo) as a fundraiser for the preservation of the Ennis House (the movie's "House"). Also, this film was in the line-up of GHOULA's first year of its "Haunted Films @ Haunted Places" free outdoor film series.
Now, GHOULA is pleased to announce its involvement with this special screening of the film at LACMA. GHOULA has been asked by the Motion Picture Academy to provide the EMERGO for this screening.
(To read about the ghost of this haunted theater...)