Monster movies without the gore

September 28, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Move over Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers - take a seat.

The Wolf Man, the Mummy and Dracula - villains from the black-and-white movie era - are creeping into Hagerstown this fall.

The Maryland Theatre is airing the films now through Oct. 27. The film series starts off with the not-so-scary martial arts classic "Enter The Dragon." "The Wolf Man," "The Mummy" and "Dracula" round out the series.

Motivation behind the series came from The Maryland Theatre's roots, said the theater's executive director Brian Sullivan. "It used to be a movie house," he said.


So this is a bit of a revival.

"With popcorn for a dollar, Coke for a dollar and candy for a dollar and a movie in a 1915 theater, where else can you get that? No where," Sullivan said.

Granted, the films of yesteryear lack the blood, guts and goriness of today's horror flicks. Sullivan is confident that the classics will leave young viewers with a chill.

"We don't have a Freddy Krueger, no crazy special effects," Sullivan said. "But there's a plot, a story line. Oh, the kids will definitely be scared of the Wolf Man."

Movie schedule

Showtime is at 8 p.m. Check for more information.

· Today - "Enter The Dragon." Martial-arts film staring Bruce Lee. Rated R. 98 minutes.

· Saturday, Sept. 30 - 1931's "Dracula." Bela Lugosi stars as the blood-sucking villain. Not rated. 75 minutes.

· Saturday, Oct. 7 - 1931's "Frankenstein." Boris Karloff as Frankenstein. Not rated. 71 minutes.

· Friday, Oct. 20 - 1941's "The Wolf Man." Lon Chaney Jr. stars as the Wolf Man. Not rated. 70 minutes.

· Friday, Oct. 27 - 1932's "The Mummy." The black-and-white version. Not rated. 72 minutes.

If you go ...

WHAT: The Maryland Theatre Movie Series

WHEN: Today through Friday, Oct. 27

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. Popcorn, soda and candy cost $1 each.

MORE: For tickets, call 301-790-2000 or go to

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