Horror Greats Haunt Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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On September 11th and September 12th, the Riverside Drive-In will present eight classic films – most in 35mm print format – for its annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. Their ninth season program will include a special tribute to Vincent Price’s Edgar Allen Poe cycle and a diverse range of vampire films, including two starring the late, great Christopher Lee.

September 11th

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

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A young Englishman investigates his sister’s death in a mysterious castle ruled by a murderous nobleman (Price). This is a special DCP screening.

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Price stars as Prince Prospero, a tyrannical medieval ruler visited by a mysterious figure during a depraved ball.

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

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A man’s obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

The Haunted Palace (1963)

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Price co-stars with fellow horror icon Lon Chaney Jr. in the story of a village held in the grip of a dead necromancer. Though the film shares a title with a Poe poem, the premise is actually based on an H.P. Lovecraft work.

September 12th

Horror of Dracula (1958)

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The first Hammer film depicts the classic struggle between Count Dracula (Lee) and his nemesis, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing).

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

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Lee reprises his role as the dreaded Count, who sets his sight on making a holy man’s niece his bride.

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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A professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to vampires in this comedy horror film from director Roman Polanski.

Son of Dracula (1974)

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This bizarre British musical comedy from Ringo Starr stars Harry Nilsson as the successor to Count Dracula’s throne. The film also features appearances from Keith Moon of The Who, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton and Leon Russell.

Gates open at 7 p.m. with films starting at dusk. Each evening will also include an array of vintage monster and exploitation movie trailers, cartoons, and short subjects in between features. Admission is $10 per person each night, free for children 12 and under with parent or adult guardian. Overnight camping is available on both nights for an additional $10 per person. Breakfast and access to restroom and shower facilities are provided.

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