By David J. Schow
People must have said “it’s a dark and stormy night” about a double-dozen times during the course of the evening, thanks to the Friday deluge of LA rain I feared would keep people away from the state-of-the-art Billy Wilder Theater, ‘round the back of the world-famous Hammer Museum in Westwood. No worries. We filled the 295-seat house nearly to capacity.
|The haus begins to fill up…|
(To clarify, The Haunted print was the Archive’s own 16mm copy — a bit splicey at first, with some occasional soundtrack buzz, but nothing that was a dealbreaker. Rumors have swarmed about a 35mm-fine-grain print, but … nothing has surfaced yet. Inquiry continues.)
|The inimitable Gary Gerani.|
|DJS with Marc Scott Zicree, author of The Twilight Zone Companion.|
|Evil Wilhelm is in da haus.|
|DJS with Tracy & Robin Torme, and Marilyn.|
|Michael Schlesinger, producer of many fine Larry Blamire entertainments.|
The Haunted was the only motion picture that Joe Stefano ever directed.
Both The Haunted and The Unknown are steeped in the classicist mode of Stefano’s most memorable Outer Limits episodes — remote, forsaken locations; an almost absolute absence of daylight; small, tightly-controlled casts with a fine coat of near-Shakespearian polish over all the dialogue.
|Black Leather Required: Marilyn Stefano & DJS.|
|DJS with Dominic and Britt Stefano.|
I was off to UCLA faster than birdshot. The Haunted had only been in the collection since 2007. (In fact, I watched it before I watched Private Property, so eager was I.)
|The haus fills up even more ...that's Oscar-winning film editor Bob Murawski standing lower left ... and, LOOK! A stealth shot of curator of the screening, Mark Quigley! (Seated, lower right.)|
There to keep me honest was this blog’s very own Gary Gerani (of Fantastic Television), Marc Scott Zicree (of The Twilight Zone Companion), and Evil Wilhelm (well, because … he’s evil!). Joe Stefano protégés Tracy Torme and Charles Sosa were there, in addition to friends and allies like Michael Sloane, Bob Murawski, Mike Schlesinger, and Perry Shields. Jim Barwise, frequently seen on this blog, showed up doggedly drenched, determined not to miss the screening.
Since Marilyn Stefano is my illegitimate mom, that makes Dominic Stefano my illegitimate brother, another longtime friend who got dragged around the Outer Limits set for “Nightmare” when he was five years old. Dom’s charming wife Britt, and Tracy’s equally charming wife Robin were also there to pick up where we all last left off.
|The face of the man behind the name “Jim Barwise” on the blog!|
|DJS & Marilyn on a really big stage.|
|Between shows. Nobody walked out!|
And now Mark and Paul are talking about a Leslie Stevens night …
|The throng decamps…|