JOHN LANDIS WEEK Oct 14-20 at The Picture House/Pelham NY

UPDATE: Please note that John Landis will not be able to make it to the Picture House on Oct 18 because of an unforeseen health complication. Once John is better and resumes his national tour, he still intends to present An American Werewolf in London with us. The other two weeklong runs (Animal House and Blues Brothers) will still happen as scheduled from Oct 14-20.
Ilya Tovbis,  Director of Film Programming
THE PICTURE HOUSE
 

THE PICTURE HOUSE ANNOUNCES
JOHN LANDIS WEEK:  OCTOBER 14-20

JOHN LANDIS APPEARING IN PERSON FOR
DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING FOLLOWING
30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

John Landis’ New Book, “Monsters in the Movies” Will Be On Sale, And He Will Be Signing Copies on Oct 18.

 October, 2011 – Pelham, NY – John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House, Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Michael Jackson’s Thriller) will present a special 30th Anniversary presentation of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON at The Picture House, followed by a discussion of the film and his enduring interest in movie monsters. He will also discuss and sign copies of his stunning, just-released book, “Monsters in The Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares,” which will be available for purchase that evening.

The Picture House will be honoring John Landis’ work all week long with screenings of two other seminal classics by the American auteur: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE and BLUES BROTHERS. See full week schedule below.

“For over 30 years, John Landis has been a most welcome and unique fixture in American cinema. He has left an indelible imprint on our collective pop sensibility with works ranging from Michael Jackson’s Thriller to Coming to America and Blues Brothers,” said Jennifer Christman, The Picture House Executive Director.

Ilya Tovbis, director of film programming stated, “In a single stroke, with the playfully gory schlockfest of An American Werewolf in London, Landis redefined the monster movie genre, and he proves his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject, not to mention a fanatic dedication to it, with his latest book, Monsters in the Movies. We are thrilled and honored to have John Landis join us at The Picture House.”

In “Monsters in the Movies – 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares,” Landis delves into the worldwide attraction to monsters and explores the mystical movie creatures inside and out.  From the earliest silent films to today’s blockbusters, all forms of monsters from apes to diabolical ghosts and zombies are covered in captivating detail. A great read for monster movie buffs. Advanced Tickets and More information available at www.thepicturehouse.org.

 ”JOHN LANDIS WEEK” LINE-UP

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE

(Dir. John Landis; 109min, USA, 1978; Rated R)

John Landis puts himself on the map with this blockbuster movie. Set in 1962 on the campus of Farber College in Pennsylvania.

 “The movie is vulgar, raunchy, ribald, and occasionally scatological. It is also the funniest comedy since Mel Brooks made The Producers. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.  

BLUES BROTHERS

(Dir. John Landis; 135min, USA, 1980; Rated R)

Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, twowhite boys with soul. Dispatched by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata, they are on a “mission from God” to raise $5,000 to save the orphanage. 

 “There’s even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

(Dir. John Landis; 97min, USA, 1981; Rated R)

 While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon aquaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror filmsalways are, the two decide to find a short cut… David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, andrapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that,unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. Rick Baker’s spectacular special effects netted him an Oscar.

 “Not just gory but actually frightening, not just funny but clever” - Tom Huddlestone, Time Out NY

ABOUT JOHN LANDIS
John Landis has directed some of the most popular movies of all time including The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Three Amigos!, Spies Like Us, Coming to America and the 2011 black comedy Burke & Hare. He wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf in London and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Landis has directed documentaries including the Emmy winning Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project, and has done extensive work in television. Landis is married to costume designer and noted costume scholarDeborah Nadoolman and has two children.

 SCHEDULE AND PRICES
Blues Brothers

Friday, October 14 | 5:00pm
Sunday, October 16 | 11:00am
Monday, October 17 | 7:30pm
Thursday, October 20 | 7:30pm

General: $12 at the Door | $9 Advanced Purchase
Senior/Student/Child: $10 at the Door | $8 Advanced Purchase
Members: $6 (at the door or in advance)

National Lampoon’s Animal House
Saturday, October 15 | 1:45pm
Sunday, October 16 | 1:45pm
Wednesday, October 19 | 7:30pm

General: 
$12 at the Door | $9 Advanced Purchase
Senior/Student/Child: $10 at the Door | $8 Advanced Purchase
Members: $6 (at the door or in advance)
An American Werewolf in London

w/John Landis in Person for Q&A and Book Signing

Tuesday, October 18 | 7:00pm

 Special Pricing for this Evening

General: $16 at the Door | $13 Advanced Purchase
Senior/Student/Child: $14 at the Door | $11 Advanced Purchase
Members: $10 (at the door or in advance)
 
ABOUT THE PICTURE HOUSE

Since its beginning in 1921, The Picture House has delighted and engaged audiences first with silent films and then with talkies. It survived the Depression and later was a source of news from thefront lines during World War II. Over the years, The Picture House has served as a cultural center and beacon for moviegoers.
 
The lovingly restored nonprofit Picture House is a community-based, mission-driven, nonprofit alternative to commercial movie theaters. We show the best in new independent and classic cinema and provide students of all ageswith the opportunity to learn about the art, science, and business of film.

In a world where you can carry a movie screen in your pocket, The 1921 Picture House preserves the sense of community, wonder, and engagement that has existed since the formation of the first theaters.
 
THE PICTURE HOUSE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to restoring, renovating, and transforming the historic 1921 Pelham Picture House into an independent film and education center.
 
The Picture House is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY.

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