'Monster Bash' marathon planned at Ligonier Theatre
A 7-foot Frankenstein will welcome those who attend the “Monster Bash Movie Marathon” on Oct. 19 at The Ligonier Theatre. The family-friendly event is a day-long 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 very first Dracula movie from 1922. The marathon will feature 13 hours of scares and continue till after midnight.
Also being screened is a rare short film over 100 years old. Filmed in 1910, “Frankenstein,” by Thomas Edison, was thought to be lost for a half a 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 Allen Poe's “Tales of Terror” with Vincent Price. All movies are for general audiences. The complete movie line-up can be viewed at: www.monsterbashnews.com/moviemarathon.html.
Special guest Stan Gordon of Greensburg will be in attendance. Gordon is the primary investigator of the 1965 UFO crash in Kecksburg. He has been featured on many television shows and has been a guest on many national and international radio shows. Gordon has written numerous articles and books on mysterious encounters in Pennsylvania.
Gordon will have a DVD of his award winning documentary “Kecksburg: The Untold Story” as well his books — “Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO/Bigfoot Casebook” and “Really Mysterious Pennsylvania” — available for purchase and said he looks forward to speaking with individuals about their own personal experiences.
“Over the years I have investigated multitudes of strange incidents around Ligonier and the surrounding communities,” said Gordon. “The Chestnut Ridge is one of the most active areas in the country for UFO sightings, Bigfoot encounters, as well as reports of various other phenomena such as sightings of giant birds (Thunderbirds) and other strange events.”
Gordon welcomes the public to report any sightings to him by calling 724-838-7768 or go to email@example.com.
Gordon said he is excited to attend the Monster Bash.
“I grew up with the sci-fi and monster classics of the 1950s and 1960s. 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 family fun 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 fares of candy and popcorn will be sold.
Participants will receive a badge upon entering the bash, which will allow them to come and go throughout the day.
“There are many people who attend from out of town,” said Adams. “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.”
Sponsored by The Valley — Ligonier's radio station, which Adams co-owns with wife Ursula, the bash will provide a day of wholesome, spooky Halloween entertainment to those that attend.
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.