IT’S ALIVE! is a new series that fixes its eerie eye on the classics of horror cinema: Universal Picture’s epic run of murderous and macabre movies. These films became international hits that brought into the collective consciousness a love of all things goth and grotesque.

In 1957, Screen Gems re-released these films to syndicated television, naming the collection Shock! and encouraging the use of local hosts for the broadcasts that, for over twenty years, became staples of late night and Saturday afternoon TV on local stations across North America. Sir Graves Ghastly, Elvira, Morgus, and scores of other ghoulish presenters introduced new generations to these old gems. Join us and Bellingham’s own host, Uncle Bloody Joe… if you dare.

 

FRANKENSTEIN

Dir. James Whale

This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster (Boris Karloff), but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Introduction by Uncle Bloody Joe.

January 29th, 2022

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Dir. James Whale

After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.

Introduction by Uncle Bloody Joe.

February 26th, 2022

THE OLD DARK HOUSE

Dir. James Whale

Driving through a brutal thunderstorm in Wales, three travelers take refuge in an eerie house owned by the Femm family. Reluctantly admitted by Horace Femm (Ernest Thesiger), the three sit down to a strange dinner. Horace is neurotic; mute butler Morgan (Boris Karloff) is an alcoholic; and Horace’s sister, Rebecca (Eva Moore), raves about chastity. When the storm brings in an industrialist and chorus girl Gladys DuCane Perkins (Lilian Bond), Morgan’s lust and Rebecca’s ire are ignited.

Introduction by Uncle Bloody Joe.

March 26th , 2022

THE MUMMY

Dir. Karl Freund

The Mummy is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film directed by Karl Freund. The screenplay by John L. Balderston was from a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer. Released by Universal Studios, the film stars Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan and Arthur Byron. In the film, an ancient Egyptian mummy named Imhotep is discovered by a team of archaeologists and inadvertently brought back to life through a magic scroll. Disguised as a modern Egyptian named Ardeth Bay, Imhotep searches for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated into a modern girl.

Introduction by Uncle bloody Joe.

 

April 30th , 2022

THE INVISIBLE MAN

Dir. James Whale

While researching a new drug, Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) stumbles on a potion that can make him invisible. When he reveals his new ability to his old mentor (Henry Travers) and his fiancée (Gloria Stuart), it’s clear that a side effect of the potion is insanity. Jack goes on a violent rampage, and the police struggle to hunt him down, unable to see their target, while his mentor and his former partner (William Harrigan) desperately try to devise a plan to capture him. Introduction by Uncle Bloody Joe.

 

May 28th , 2022

THE BLACK CAT

Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer

After a road accident in Hungary, the American honeymooners Joan and Peter and the enigmatic Dr Werdegast find refuge in the house of the famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig, who shares a dark past with the doctor. Introduction by Uncle Bloody Joe.

 

June 25th , 2022

DRACULA (SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION)

Dir. George. Melford

Dracula was made as part of Hollywood studios’ attempts to make films for foreign-language audiences. By 1930, Universal had focused primarily on developing Spanish-language films for the foreign market. Filming began on October 10, 1930 where it was shot on the same sets as Tod Browning’s production of Dracula. Director Melford watched the footage of the same day and applied what he saw to film his own version. Introduction by Uncle Bloody Joe.

 

July 30th , 2022