A 7-foot-tall Frankenstein will welcome those who attend the "Monster Bash Movie Marathon" on Saturday in The Ligonier Theatre, a daylong celebration of horror, science fiction and mystery films from the silent era through the 1960s.
"It's old-fashioned fun," said Ron Adams of Ligonier, who is coordinating the event for the second year in a row. "I grew up in a more innocent age of monster movies, unlike the horror movies of today that are more about torture."
The viewing begins at noon with "Nosferatu," the first Dracula movie from 1922. The marathon will feature 13 hours of scares and will continue until after midnight.
Also being screened is a rare short film that's more than 100 years old. Filmed in 1910, "Frankenstein" by Thomas Edison was thought to be lost for a half century.
Other films that will run throughout the day and into the night include "The Old Dark House" with Boris Karloff, "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" with Fay Wray and Edgar Allan Poe's "Tales of Terror" with Vincent Price.
All movies are for general audiences. The complete movie line-up can be viewed online at www.monsterbashnews.com/moviemarathon.html.
The primary investigator of the 1965 UFO crash in Kecksburg, Stan Gordon of Greensburg, will be special guest.
Gordon has been featured on many television shows and has been a guest on many national and international radio shows. He also has written numerous articles and books on mysterious encounters in Pennsylvania.
Gordon said he is excited to attend the bash.
"I grew up with the sci-fi and monster classics of the 1950s and 1960s," he said. "The black-and-white flicks of that time period were much more realistic and thought-provoking than the sci-fi films we are seeing produced today."
The bash will feature merchandise for sale from Creepy Classics and other vendors of classic monster paraphernalia, including DVDs, magazines, T-shirts, hoodies, scary collectibles and posters.
The event will include spooky creatures roaming the theater, historical backgrounds to the films and free giveaways of monster magazines, posters and DVDs. Hot dogs and pizza, as well as the traditional fare of candy and popcorn, will be sold.
Participants will receive a badge on entering the bash that will allow them to come and go throughout the day.
"There are many people who attend from out of town," Adams said. "This will allow them to visit the town and do some shopping in Ligonier, if they'd like to take a break from the show."
The Ligonier Theatre is at 208 W. Main St. Admission is $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Advance tickets can be obtained by calling 724-238-4317 or visiting www.creepyclassics.com.
Participants are invited and encouraged to dress in costume.
Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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