BYU Motion Picture Archive gets ‘spooky’


The BYU Motion Picture Archives will contribute to the Halloween festivities on campus on October 26, showing “The Bride of Frankenstein” in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.

“The Bride of Frankenstein” was filmed in 1935 during the “Golden Age of Cinema” and is the sequel to the movie “Frankenstein.”

[media-credit name=”Courtesy of James D'Arc” align=”alignright” width=”201″][/media-credit]James D’Arc, a curator in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, said “The Bride of Frankenstein” is a good opportunity for students to come and see a classic, high-quality film in a theatrical setting.

“The Bride of Frankenstein … is one of the most stylish, beautifully-photographed, beautifully-scored and beautifully-scripted horror films of all time,” D’Arc said. “It’s not the cheap, quick drive-in-movie- type monster movie, that some people may associate with films of the 1950’s and ’60’s. Viewers are going to see a very high-quality product here that will entertain and surprise.”

Roger Layton, Communications Manager for the Harold B. Lee Library, said that to see films in this setting is an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day.

“The series is a great opportunity for students,” Layton said. “As movie theaters move into digital projection, more and more people watch films on their computers. This (viewing) is a rare opportunity to share the experience of watching a classic film on a large screen.”

According to Layton, the purpose of the BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series is to show movies that aren’t always available for the public to watch, often using the copies of the original directors.

“The series promotes the library’s collection, and it gives the public access to films that are no longer shown in theaters,” he said.

Rachel Turnbow, a junior studying English, said she appreciates the unique experience.

“It’s not like your everyday movie,” Turnbow said. “It’s a movie that probably isn’t very easy to view (otherwise). … Sometimes (D’Arc) invites guest speakers that are related to the making of the movie in some way.”

Motion Picture Archive Film Series Films start at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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