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Wildey plans night of sweets and scares

October 1, 2013


Oct. 01--It will make you think twice about going into the water.

Creatures, Cupcakes and Cocktails, an event presented by the Friends of the Wildey, will bring the 1950s monster film "Creature From the Black Lagoon" to the big screen on Oct. 17.

Going one step further, Julie Adams, the film's leading lady, will be on hand to tell stories about the film's production and sign autographs.

The event kicks off at 6:15 p.m. at the Wildey and tickets are $10 each.

Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase cupcakes and cocktails the night of the screening.

The event is sponsored by the law firm of Taliana, Buckley & Asa and proceeds will go to the Friends of the Wildey.

SJ Morrison, a member of the Friends of the Wildey group and the lead organizer for Creatures, Cupcakes and Cocktails, said he was looking for something to tie into Halloween and the rest of the pieces fell into place.

"The event came about because we were looking for a fun monster movie that would be appropriate for Halloween, and 'Creature from the Black Lagoon,' has a large following," Morrison said. "When I was researching the film, I discovered that it's leading lady, Julie Adams, makes public appearances, so I contacted her on Facebook and set it up."

"Creature from the Black Lagoon" was filmed in 1953 released 1954 as one of the first films shown in 3-D. It ranks among Universal Studios' top monster films and was lauded for its underwater footage.

No doubt, the film will feel at home, being screened at the Wildey.

"The Wildey is an old movie theater, and 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' would have probably played there in the 1950s," Morrison said. "There is no better way to watch a classic film, or a monster movie like 'Creature' with beautiful cinematography, on the big screen."

The film follows the story of an archaeology team searching the Amazon River for the fossilized remains of a giant humanoid sea creature.

After a series of attacks on the expedition, the passions of a real-life creature are aroused by Kay Lawrence, a member the group, played by Adams.

Adams appeared in hundreds of films and television series during her 50 years of acting.

She has starred with the likes of Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Raymond Burr and Andy Griffith.

Notable television appearances include "General Hospital," "Murder She Wrote," "Cagney and Lacey," "Lost" and, in 2011, "CSI: New York."

Adams, originally from Arkansas, and her son Mitchell recently wrote her life story, "The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon."

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Wildey during the event, which falls on the day Adams celebrates her 87th birthday.

Morrison said all of the elements will tie up nicely to produce a one-of-a-kind evening.

"We are thrilled to bring Julie Adams to Edwardsville and to the Wildey Theatre for Creatures, Cupcakes and Cocktails during this 60th anniversary year," he said. "This is a rare opportunity to meet a true Hollywood legend and to see a groundbreaking film as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen."

A large crowd -- representing a wide range of ages -- is expected.

"With movie trivia, signature cupcakes and cocktails, a classic film and a Hollywood legend in person, it really seems as though there's something for everyone, so we're expecting a diverse crowd," Morrison said. "A wide variety of individuals have purchased tickets already, so we're looking forward to a fun evening."

Tickets can be purchased online at

For more information on this or other Friends of the Wildey events, contact Rich Walker at 650-3158 or the Wildey at 307-1758.


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