A special Pre-Halloween Program with Bruce Hallenbeck


bkcover-for-websmaller3We invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street, for a special pre-Halloween presentation.  Local author, Bruce Hallenbeck will take us on a journey through the world of American International Pictures, the film company responsible for such disparate movies as I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964), THE WILD ANGELS (1966) and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979).

The author will describe the crisis faced by the traditional American film industry in the early 1950s, a crisis due to one thing: television. Two men from totally different backgrounds pooled their talents and tapped into the burgeoning “teenage” market, and American International Pictures was born. Over the next 25 years, AIP would turn out genre films of every kind, from sici-fi and horror to “beach party” and blaxploitation. But the company also produced prestige pictures like WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1970) and box-office bonanzas such as LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979).  Hallenbeck’s book, ROCK’N’ROLL MONSTERS, tells the story of how AIP went from being purveyor of drive-in double features filled with monsters and mayhem to a major force in films whose “fast and furious” business model was copied and eventually adopted by the Hollywood mainstream.

In addition to discussing the above, Hallenbeck will show a documentary, IT CONQUERED HOLLYWOOD! THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL STORY, and sign copies of his book. Some of Hallenbeck’s other books, including MONSTERS OF NEW YORK, which tells the story of the so-called “Kinderhook Creature,” will also be available for purchase and will be signed by the author.

Hallenbeck is the author of nine books, including COMEDY-HORROR FILMS, THE HAMMER VAMPIRE, MONSTERS OF NEW JERSEY and THE AMICUS ANTHOLOGY. He is also a filmmaker who has written, directed and acted in several independent films. He lives in Valatie with his wife Rosa, their dog, four cats and several ghosts.

The evening will finish with dessert and coffee and Q&A with the author.  Please call the Library (758-9321) to register so that we have enough desserts.  However, if you unexpectedly find that you have that time slot available, just drop in.

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