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Production still from The Bride of Frankenstein 1935 / Director: James Whale / Image courtesy: Universal Pictures
14 March 2013
Tickets are on sale for a program of almost 60 films celebrating monsters and the monstrous in movies, screening at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)'s cinemas from April 19 to June 2, 2013.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Acting Deputy Director of Curatorial and Collection Development Maud Page said Monsters would celebrate an enduring fascination with cinematic monsters.

'Classics, rarities and cult favourites will be encountered across six thematic strands – Blood Thirsty Fiends; Zombies, Mutants And Shape-Shifters; Misunderstood Monsters; Mad Doctors; Foreign Entities; and Monstrous Absurdities – featuring films which respond to political, social and cultural anxieties of their day,' Ms Page said.

'The program considers the most fertile periods of monster filmmaking, including the landmark Universal Studios films of the 1930s and 40s, the reinvigoration of these stories by Hammer Films in the 1950s, creature features of the 1950s and 1960s, and subsequent revivals of the genre, right up to the present day.

'These screenings are an opportunity to rediscover some of the genre's most popular films on the big screen, with recent digital restorations and archival film prints from around the world,' she said.

The Audi GOMA Bar will open every Friday and Saturday night to accompany key double features during the season, commencing Friday April 19 with King Kong 1933 and Bride of Frankenstein 1935.

A selection of silent films will be shown with live musical accompaniment including performances on the Gallery's 1929 Wurlitzer Organ.

Blood Thirsty Fiends, traces the multifarious manifestations of vampirism on celluloid from the earliest screen adaptation of the Dracula myth, Nosferatu 1922, to eighties classic The Lost Boys 1987, Coppola's reverent take on Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 and the reimagined modern vampire in chilling Swedish film Let the right one in 2008.

Zombies, Mutants And Shape-Shifters explores monstrous transformations caused by voodoo, radiation, plagues and other forces in White Zombie 1932, Them! 1954, An American Werewolf in London 1981 and Tarantino and Rodriguez' exploitation-homage double feature Grindhouse 2007

Misunderstood Monsters, shy beasts provoked into monstrous deeds, are often undone by their intense focus on a love interest in titles such as The Phantom of the Opera 1925, King Kong 1933, and Gojira (Godzilla) 1954.

Cautionary tales of science gone mad, the films in Mad Doctors explore medical experimentation and deviance, through the likes of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1931, Frankenstein 1931, Re-animator 1985 and The Fly 1986, all expressing fears about unchecked scientific advancements.

Foreign Entities became prevalent in the atomic era of the 1950s and 60s and their popularity has endured. Coming from underground, outer space or other dimensions, the monsters of The Thing from Another World 1951, The Day of the Triffids 1962, Hellraiser 1987, Tremors 1990 and Attack the Block 2011 find unique and terrifying ways to dispatch the local populace.

The Monstrous Absurdities of the program's final strand combine comedy and horror, intentionally or otherwise, as they pay homage to the classics of the genre. They include Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein 1948 to The Toxic Avenger 1984 and Little Shop of Horrors 1985, and Zombieland 2009.
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Tickets available online and at the box office prior to screenings.

Adults $9 / 5-film pass $36
Concession: $7 / 5-film pass $28
Members $6 / 5-film pass $24
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