Haunted Museum: The Lore and Legacy of the Universal Monsters w/ special gu...

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In partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Miskatonic is proud to present this panel on the Universal Monsters as part of a all-day special event.

What truly created the classic Universal Monsters? The iconic figures of the Frankenstein Monster, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and The Creature from the Black Lagoon were the not only the results of great performance, make-up and filmmaking skill, but a response to the events of the world around them. From the movie monsters birthed by the Great Depression to the creatures who emerged from the atomic age of the 1950s, director Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), author Mallory O’Meara (author, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick) and special guest Sara Karloff will discuss these origins and more on a panel moderated by author and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner and curated/presented by the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.

This panel is part of the Natural History Museum’s annual “Haunted Museum” event, in conjunction with their Natural History of Horror exhibit, running through October 2019. Your $25 ticket includes activities at the Museum from 4pm-8pm – including complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments, a ghostly scavenger hunt, access to the spider pavilion, a taxidermy demonstration and the panel discussion hosted by the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies from 7-8 pm.

There is free parking on site and a cash bar will be available.

Note: Tickets are VERY limited so get yours before they run out!

Images of the Universal Monsters courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC.

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SPEAKER BIOS:

Sara Karloff was born on her father’s 51st birthday, November 23, 1938. Boris Karloff was filming Son of Frankenstein at the time. Sara jokes that she was “his most expensive birthday present ever.” Ms. Karloff is widowed, has 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren. She has lived in Rancho Mirage, CA since 1981. In 1993, following the death of her step-mother, Evelyn Karloff, Sara assumed the responsibility for the persona and licensing rights relating to her famous father and formed Karloff Enterprises. The company’s goal is to maintain a standard of excellence and appropriateness when the name or likeness of her father is used.

Sara met Ron Chaney (great-grandson of Lon Chaney Sr. and grandson of Lon Chaney Jr.) and Bela Lugosi Jr. (son of Bela Lugosi) for the first time in 1993 at a Famous Monsters of Filmland convention. As a result of that meeting a very special alliance was formed.Although initiated by Ron Chaney, Ms. Karloff spear-headed a three-year effort to have their respective famous relatives immortalized in a series of commemorative United States Postage Stamps. Petitions were circulated all over the country, and with the help of the Screen Actors Guild, the media, innumerable genre magazines, and thousands of fans worldwide, more than 17,000 signatures were collected in support of this project. It was the legions of fans who made this effort a reality.

Sara continues to attend conventions around the world speaking about her iconic father and his remarkable legacy.

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Joe Dante began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush), and his solo debut as a director with Piranha in 1977. During his tenure at New World, Dante edited Ron Howard’s directorial debut Grand Theft Auto and co-wrote the original story for Rock n Roll High School.

For Avco-Embassy Dante next directed the seminal werewolf thriller The Howling (1981), followed by the It’s a Good Life segment of the episodic Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). Having worked with Steven Spielberg on the latter, Dante was chosen to helm the first Amblin Production for Warner Bros., Gremlins (1984). Dante followed up with Explorers, Innerspace (1987), The ‘Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), and Matinee (1993) featuring John Goodman as a huckster showman premiering his new horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dreamworks/Universal’s Small Soldiers was released in 1998, followed in 2003 by Warner Bros. Looney Tunes: Back in Action featuring one of Dante’s favorite actors, Bugs Bunny. Along the way Dante contributed several comedy segments to the multi-part Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) spoof produced by John Landis, and directed various episodes of the tv series Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone, Police Squad!, Eerie, Indiana and more. Dante’s Homecoming, an episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, debuted in December 2005 to rave reviews; The New Yorker called it the best political film of 2005.

In 2007, Dante began producing the innovative new media series Trailers from Hell, which features contemporary filmmakers providing commentaries about films that influenced them, and the site has blossomed into a popular podcast, The Movies That Made Me. He has been honored with many retrospectives and career achievement awards by film festivals, cinematheques and museums in the US and internationally.

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Mallory O’Meara is the bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon, along with being a screenwriter and film producer. Whether it’s for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. Every week, she hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. She lives in Los Angeles.You can follow Mallory on Twitter @malloryomeara or visit her website malloryomeara.com.

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C. Courtney Joyner is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose first major output was a string of more than 25 movie screenplays beginning with The Offspring (AKA From a Whisper to a Scream) starring Vincent Price, and Prison, directed by Renny Harlin, and continuing in the '90s with Class of 1999, the CBS telefilm Distant Cousins, and Full Moon features like Dr. Mordrid, Trancers III, and H.P. Lovecraft's The Lurking Fear, the latter two of which he also directed.

A film historian, Joyner’s articles and criticisms have appeared in more than twenty different publications, ranging from The Hollywood Reporter, Famous Monsters of Filmland to True West, where he served as Film and TV editor for three years. His critically acclaimed film book, The Westerners has been followed by contributions to biographies of John Wayne and Lon Chaney, and histories of horror and western movies. His two latest filmbooks, Unsung Heroes and Warner Brothers Fantastic will be published in 2020. In the world of fiction, Joyner is an award-winning author of short stories and novelist, many of them Westerns, having created the Shotgun mass market paperback series for Pinnacle Books. He is also the author of the sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Nemo Rising (2018), which has recently been adapted as a boardgame. Website: ccjoyner.com



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