Monsters, Ghouls and Melancholy Misfits

Screens in tandem with Tim Burton: The Exhibition

From German Expressionism to Grand Guignol, through stop-motion classics, '50s sci-fi, British Hammer and studio-era Hollywood horror films, Vincent Price and Ray Harryhausen, this season, spanning six decades, assembles a constellation of actors, genres and motifs that have informed, inspired and enriched director Tim Burton's wondrous visual aesthetic.

"Monster movies are my form of myth, of fairy tale. I linked those monsters, and Edgar Allan Poe, to direct feelings. I didn't read fairy tales, I watched them" Tim Burton

Curated by Roberta Ciabarra

Friday 9 July - Sunday 18 July 2010
Full $14 Concession $11
6 Session Pass: Full $60 Concession $48
NB > 6 Session Pass can only be purchased by phone (03 8663 2583) or in person at the ACMI Tickets & Information Desk. All sessions must be selected at time of booking.

Freaks + Frankenweenie

Tod Browning's cult curio from 1932 screening with Burton's Frankenstein-inspired live-action short.

The Elephant Man

David Lynch's moving Victorian-era drama about a hideously deformed yet disarmingly genteel man.

Jason and the Argonauts

The mythological 1963 fantasy classic with special effects by stop-motion wizard, Ray Harryhausen.

Frankenstein + Frankenweenie

Mary Shelley's gothic novel spawned both James Whale's Universal classic and Burton's 1984 short.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Terence Fisher's 1969 Hammer horror, starring Peter Cushing and Freddie Jones.

Black Sunday

Mario Bava's moody gothic horror from 1960 made a star of cult 'Scream Queen' Barbara Steele.

Baron Blood

Mario Bava's Austrian-set Grand Guignol gothic melodrama, with Joseph Cotton and Elke Sommer.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

F.W. Murnau's iconic 1922 German Expressionist classic.


Bela Lugosi stars in Universal's enduring 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker's literary classic.

Forbidden Planet

MGM's 1950s sci-fi cult classic, shot in Cinemascope and starring Robby the Robot - as himself!

The Raven + Vincent

The Universal Pictures' classic starring Bela Lugosi screens with Burton's early stop-motion short.

The Pit and the Pendulum

Roger Corman's extravagant Edgar Allan Poe adapatation co-stars Vincent Price and Barbara Steele.

The Tomb of Ligeia + Vincent

Roger Corman and Vincent Price re-team for Corman's brilliant, U.K. set, Edgar Allan Poe adaptation.

With particular thanks to Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator and Jenny He, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, for inspiration drawn from MoMA's The Lurid Beauty of Monsters film series.

Fulsome thanks to: Tim Burton, Derek Frey, Alfredo Leone (International Media Films) May Haduong (Academy Film Archive), Joe Dante, Mark Spratt (Chapel Distribution), Geraldine Higgins and Melanie Tebb (Hollywood Classics), Ned Price, Marilee Womack (Warner Bros.), Peter Langs (NBC Universal), Damien Atherton (Universal Pictures), Laurence Berbon (Tamasa Distribution), Paul Tonta (Madman Entertainment), Transit Film, Nick Varley (Park Circus), Jose Ortiz (Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios), April McIlroy (Walt Disney Pictures).
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