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Our second double feature combines two riffs on a classic era of horror literature, repurposed to appeal to new audiences.
Mel Brooks' uproarious take on Mary Shelley's infamous novel, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a mainstay of the horror-comedy canon. Following the American grandson of a mad scientist, intent on proving his grandfather wasn't a kook, Brooks injects humour in every nook and cranny of the original novel. Bolstered by hilarious performances from Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman, Young Frankenstein is an incredible cinematic experience from a by-gone era, in which blockbuster satire still sported impressive comedy chops.
A blaxsploitation riff on Bram Stoker's Dracula, BLACULA is a far stronger film than its campy title might lead audiences to believe. An 18th-century African prince - who was turned into a vampire and locked in a coffin by Count Dracula, after Dracula refused to help the prince suppress the slave trade - is unleashed in the seedy underbelly of '70s LA, after his coffin is purchased by two interior decorators; once free, the Prince hunts a woman who he believes to be the reincarnation of his deceased wife. Boasting a killer soundtrack and oozing with irrepressible style, Blacula is an impressive and unique riff on its source material that screams to be discovered by a new audience.
Monday 23rd September
Palace Central Sydney