Leave it to The Joy Cinema (11959 SW Pacific Highway) in Tigard, OR, to kick off the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR into high gear this week. First up is a great Weird Wednesday offering, Bride of the Gorilla!
Raymond Burr (in an un-Perry Mason role) plays a South American plantation manager who kills his employer to get with his wife (Barbara Payton). However, a local witch curses Burr, who finds himself turning into a gorilla at night. Through Lon Chaney Jr. into the mix, shake well, and you have a great concoction for October sipping.
Okay, it's never spelled out if Burr turns into a gorilla, or is under the witch's hypnotic spell, but the movie is a lot of fun. And with a script by Curt Siodmak (1941's The Wolf Man), you know you'll get a few hints of the beast within the man peppered throughout the story.
As always, admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to get in. And be sure to spend the money you save on the ticket price at the snack bar to help keep Wednesday WEIRD at The Joy. The film starts at 9:15 pm.
Oh, but The Joy Cinema has more coming this week, On Saturday, the Scare-a-Thon starts at 1 pm, with a great collection of old and new horror films. It all begins with the greatest horror comedy ever made, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, followed by The Bride of Frankenstein at 3 pm.
Next, for the first time in the Portland area for 60 years, the Vincent Price thriller, The Mad Magician, will be shown in GLORIOUS 3D at 5 pm, along with the 3D Three Stooges short, Spooks. Hell, that's better than ANY 3D feature offered in the giant multiplexes.
The scares continue with The Abominable Dr. Phibes at 7 pm, Return of the Living Dead at 9 pm and Charlton Heston laying the groundwork for his NRA leadership role in the post-apocalyptic The Omega Man at 11 pm. Admission is $5 for regular features, $6 for the 3D feature, or buy a full day pass for just $19!
So Pick and Choose, or spend all day at The Joy Cinema. Hey, the forecast says it will rain on Saturday, a great excuse for spending 12 hours in the comfort of a theater, watching some great horror classics!
Visit The Joy Cinema website for more details.