The POE HOUSE AND MUSEUM with the WESTMINSTER PRESERVATION TRUST, INC. and the
NIGHT OF A 100 POES—a frightening evening of Poe on film and COSTUME CONTEST!
WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20ST, 2010. 7PM (Doors open to the public at 6PM)
WHERE: Bring your body—and your best Poe face!-- to Westminster Hall. 519 E. Fayette Street.
Regretfully the ghastly catacombs beneath Westminster Hall will not be available due to the fear factor.
ADMISSION: FREE and open to the public! But reserve your tickets now, as seating is limited and only for the living! Reserve your tickets at
Join us for a CREEPTACULAR COSTUME CONTEST and a FRIGHTFULLY FUN EVENING OF FILMS inspired by the work of EDGAR ALLAN POE!
For more info please visit: www.poebicentennial.com and for reserving your free tickets please visit:
THE TELL-TALE HEART (short film) Directed by Travis Mays and Narrated by Tony Tsendeas!
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in THE BLACK CAT (1934). Also starring David Manners and Julie Bishop. A strange, weird tale loosely based on Poe’s diabolical short story The Black Cat! Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer!
Vincent Price in THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964). Also starring Hazel Court and Jane Asher. Based on Poe’s Masque of the Red Death and Hop Frog! A Roger Corman Poe shocker!
POE COSTUMECONTEST! Come dressed as Edgar Allan Poe! Go the whole nine yards or just paint on a mustache (Groucho-size mustaches will be disqualified! So don’t paint ‘em on too thick!) and win a prize! Professional Poe Impersonators and E.A. Poe himself (should he attend) not eligible! Or come as your favorite character from a Poe story or poem!
Our panel of judges will scan the crowd through-out the evening, and at the end of the night will award prizes to the best of the following categories:
1. Best Male Poe (Grand Prize and 1 runner up)
2. Best Female Poe (we know it’s a drag but be creative!) (Grand Prize and 1 runner up)
3. Best Character from a Poe story or poem (Grand Prize and 1 runner up)
Panel Discussion: POE ON FILM with Chris Kaltenbach (film critic, The Baltimore Sun), Gregory William Mank (“Golden Age Horror” historian and author), Tony Tsendeas (actor, “The Poe Show”). Moderated by Mark Redfield (actor and filmmaker, “The Death of Poe”). Stay after MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH for a lively discussion about Poe and the cinema. With 100 years of Poe inspired movies, we’ll have plenty to talk about! Bring your questions! After the panel discussion, we’ll give the costume contest prizes to the lucky winners!
FREE POPCORN! Refreshments also available for purchase.
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. But reserve your ticket NOW as space is limited. Reserve your tickets at:
ALSO: Do your Poe holiday shopping early! Vendors will be present featuring Poe-related gift items, perfect for the holidays, from t-shirts to DVD’s to Gregory William Manks’s new book “Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff”, signed by the author himself!
“NIGHT OF 100 POES” PROGRAM DETAILS:
6PM --PREVIEWS OF POE: We’ve assembled trailers (or “previews of coming attractions”) of some of the many films inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. From the Universal Studios adaptations that starred Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, to the Roger Corman “Poe-Cycle” produced by American International Pictures and from films from all over the world, including works from filmmakers Frederico Fellini, Dario Argento and many more. How many have you seen?
7PM--THE TELL TALE HEART. USA. Color. 10 minutes. Directed by Travis Mays. Narrated by Tony Tsendeas.
THE BLACK CAT (1934). Starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, David Manners and Julie Bishop. Screenplay by Edgar G. Ulmer and Peter Ruric . Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. USA. Black and White. 65 minutes. Universal Pictures biggest boxoffice hit of 1934! Karloff and Lugosi are a perfect match in this battle between a beastly black magician (Karloff) and a sympathetic shrink (Lugosi).
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964). Starring Vincent Price, Hazel Court. Screenplay by Charle Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell. Directed by Roger Corman. USA. Color. 85 minutes. Price proves he is The Master of Mayhem as Prince Prospero in this great entry in the Corman/AIP “Poe cycle” of films from the 1960s. Roger Corman received an honorary Oscar in 2010 for his prolific body of work.
PANEL DISCUSSION: “POE ON FILM”. Stay and join us in a lively discussion moderated by actor and filmmaker Mark Redfield (“The Death of Poe”, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”). Our panelists include Chris Kaltenbach (film critic for the Baltimore Sun), Gregory William Mank (film historian and author of the recently published “Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration”) and Tony Tsendeas (actor, director and Poe interpreter, currently touring his one-man show “The Poe Show”). Please note that all panelists are confirmed, but appearance at the event remains subject to last minute professional commitments beyond our control.
POE COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED AND PRIZES AWARDED! Bring your camera!