Posted: 08/10/2003


Fourth Annual Festival of International Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Films at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

by Alan Rode

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4th Annual Festival of International Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Films: From King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World to invading Martians, a chainsaw wielding maniac and Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre rolls out all of the heavy fantasy, horror and Sci-fi heavy hitters for their fourth festive go-round this month.
The 13-day festival opens tonight at the Egyptian Theatre with an historic 50th anniversary screening of The War Of The Worlds with a reunion of original cast members Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne and Robert Cornthwaite. This film is one of the true sci-fi classics of the 1950’s and is as captivating today as it was a half century ago during its initial release.

Highlights of the 29 features and 21 short film program include a tribute to pantheon sci-fi director George Pal (The Time Machine & When Worlds Collide), a 25th Anniversary cast and crew reunion screening of Battlestar Galactica, a newly struck 35 mm print of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a sneak preview of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and a most radical form of urban renewal Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus. In keeping with the international theme of this festival, co-programmers Dennis Bartok and Steven Schneider also scheduled a rare series of Czech Horror, Fantasy and Suspense films.

The most significant event of this festival is undoubtedly the 70th anniversary screening of that most timeless of monsters, King Kong (1933). With a scheduled introduction by horror magazine publisher and icon, Forrest J. Ackerman, this classic of stop-motion animation will be a special treat to view on the Egyptian’s big screen.

The 4th Annual Festival of International Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction films runs from 7 to 27 August. Hope to see you there.

Alan Rode is a film aficionado living in San Diego, California.

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