Museum Films Presents "Classic Horror Restored"
A pair of celebrated horror films will screen in new 4K restorations
Oct. 28 and 29
OKLAHOMA CITY - Just in time for Halloween, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) presents brand-new, long-awaited 4K restorations of two cult classics: George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) and Dario Argento's "Suspiria" (1977), Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29.
"We are thrilled to showcase two unique and innovative horror films in a format that truly expresses their creators' artistic visions," said Michael J. Anderson, Ph.D., director of curatorial affairs. "Before he passed away this summer, George Romero raved about the new 4K restoration of 'Night of the Living Dead.' He said it was the closest thing he'd seen to a definitive version of his groundbreaking debut."
"More than four years in the making, the new digital restoration of Dario Argento's 'Suspiria' has proved equally transformative," Anderson added. "Produced from the original, uncensored 35mm camera negative, the 4K version finally does justice to the film's rich Technicolor palate, its complex sound design and its iconic musical score."
"Released a decade apart, 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Suspiria' make an exciting pairing that demonstrates the broad aesthetic scope of the horror genre," Anderson said. "Visually and tonally, the two films couldn't be more different. One is raw and immediate, while the other is dreamlike and atmospheric."
Tickets are now on sale and are $5 for OKCMOA Members; $9 for adults; $7 for seniors (62+) and college students with IDs and teens ages 13 to 18.
Often referred to as the grandfather of the modern zombie film, George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead," released almost 50 years ago, is one of the most revolutionary films in the history of the horror genre. Shot far from Hollywood-in Pittsburgh-on an extremely modest budget, with the look and feel of a documentary, "Night of the Living Dead's" mix of unvarnished neorealist style and trenchant cultural commentary was timely, subversive and massively influential.
Soon to be remade by contemporary Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino, Dario Argento's "Suspiria" tells the story of Suzy Bannion, an American student who travels to Germany to attend a prestigious ballet school that is revealed to be a hotbed of sinister supernatural forces. Structured around a series of diabolically inventive set pieces, "Suspiria" anticipates the "final girl" slasher films of the 1980s, while creating an evocative, dark fairy tale aesthetic that remains chilling, seductive and unique.
"Night of the Living Dead" screens at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 29. "Suspiria" screens at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29. For more information on the "Classic Horror Restored" series and upcoming Museum Films events, visit: http://www.okcmoa.com/films/