New Meetup: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS@Hollywood Forever Cemetery

From: Jennifer
Sent on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 10:39 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS@Hollywood Forever Cemetery

When: Saturday, June 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood , CA 90038
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Will update later, but join me for a night of fun at the cemetery! This is a great old school scary movies... boo!



SUMMARY OF FILM:

Something's wrong in the town of Santa Mira, California. At first, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is unconcerned when the townsfolk accuse their loved ones of acting like emotionless imposters. But soon the evidence is overwhelming--Santa Mira has been invaded by alien "pods" that are capable of replicating humans and taking possession of their identities. It's up to McCarthy to spread the word of warning, battling the alien invasion at the risk of his own life. Considered one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s and '60s, this classic paranoid thriller was widely interpreted as a criticism of the McCarthy era (that's Senator Joseph, not actor Kevin), which was characterized by anticommunist witch-hunts and fear of the dreaded blacklist. Some hailed it as an attack on the oppressive power of government as Big Brother. However viewers interpret it, this original 1956 version of Invaders of the Body Snatchers (based on Jack Finney's serialized novel The Body Snatchers) remains a milestone movie in its genre, directed by Don Siegel with an inventive intensity that continues to pack an entertaining wallop. Look closely and you'll find future director Sam Peckinpah (an uncredited cowriter of this film) making a cameo appearance as a meter reader

CEMETERY DETAILS:

Here's the lowdown on the cemetery. Tickets are $10 and you pay when they open the gates (CASH). If you get there early, there is plenty of street parking on Santa Monica Blvd. If you get there late, you will park in the cemetery, and the fee is $5.

***Note, that if you arrive late, it will be nearly impossible to find us. Moreover, many of these films sell out.

For those of you who have never been, yes, this film screening is in the cemetery. They project the film on the side of a mausoleum. Fear not, the seating area is not amongst the grave stones. Bring your favorite food/drinks and of course, a blanket. LOW BACK chairs are permitted (stadium chairs), but not regular lawn chairs. You can purchase one at Target. Think about it people, how could anyone see the film if you are sitting in a chair?? The film starts at 8:30 pm and the gates open at 7:00 pm. People start lining up at the gate for these films quite early (4:30 pm). The closer you are to the gate, the better locations you get for your blankets, and the more time you have to picnic. I will be in line around 5pm, so look for me near the front. For those of you who don't know me, I will have a purple balloon with me. Hopefully several of you will join me early in line, so that we can rush in when the gates open and stake out some good turf. I can't do it alone. If you arrive later and need to find out group... look for my balloon, give me a call at:[masked], and finally, I try to always sit in the center of the screen just a couple rows back from the front. Finally, it's going to get chilly once the sun goes down, so bring a jacket.

***Everyone bring some food, and we can set up a big potluck dinner. Its should be alot of fun.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/West-los-Angeles-film-fanatics-group/calendar/13737860/

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