Archive for October 23rd, 2019

Horror Movie Week! Let’s watch The Wolf Man (1941)

Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.,  Claude Rains and the inimitable Maria Ouspenskaya, this Universal film was a great favorite of mine when I was young.

Maybe another actor could have portrayed the Wolf Man. Or his father. But there is only one Maria Ouspenskaya, who played the role of the gypsy, Maleva, and the tiny actress RULED this film!

I liked the blessing Maleva pronounced over her son.

The way you walked was thorny
Through no fault of your own.
But as the rain enters the soil,
The river enters the sea,
So tears run to a predestined end.
Your suffering is over, Bela, my son.
Now you will find peace.

Bela Lugosi played “Bela” by the way. What are the odds? And this one…

Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright.

Spooky! You can rent this one on YouTube. Make some popcorn and enjoy!


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Plans tonight? Three spooky options

Make plans to attend one of these tonight!

The 73rd Annual Vienna Halloween Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. Maple Avenue/Route 123 and surrounding streets will be closed no later than 6 pm, so plan to arrive in the Town of Vienna early before 5 pm. You can find parking at the Vienna Community Center and surrounding areas, and maybe catch an early dinner before the parade begins. I saw it for the first time last year, and I really enjoyed it. There were some impressive floats.

If crowds and parades aren’t your thing, maybe you’d rather go to the Frankenparty at Tysons-Pimmit Public Library at 7 pm. It’s a celebration of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, and there will be cake!

Looking for a more sophisticated option? Visit the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for the lecture, “Ghosts and Spirits in Buddhist Art and Literature” with George Mason Art History professor and author Robert DeCaroli at 6 pm.

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