More than mummies at Egyptian TheaterGet your fill of spooky sensations before Halloween at the Monster Trifecta, an event series created by local college professors dedicated to horror film and literature.
By: Teri Cadeau with Jessica Noor, Duluth Budgeteer News
Get your fill of spooky sensations before Halloween at the Monster Trifecta, an event series created by local college professors dedicated to horror film and literature.
UMD professor of music Justin Rubin will provide live organ accompaniment to the film “Nosferatu,” scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, and to the 1920s silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” at the third annual Zombie Fest on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. In addition to that film, three local professors will be speaking on topics related to zombies. Some of the topics the professors will be discussing are the ethics of zombies, the treatment of zombies in American film, and the science of zombies. During the breaks, learn how to make your very own zombie apocalypse “bug out” bag.
The next week join author Benjamin Percy as he performs a reading from his book “Red Moon” at the Werewolf Encounter night on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The book is a post-9/11 adaptation of werewolf myth that engages with our fears of contamination and disaster. After the reading, Percy will be available for a reception and book signing.
The venue of the Monster Trifecta provides appropriate ambiance as all of these events will be held in the Egyptian Theater in the Duluth Masonic Center at 4 West Second Street. Dr. Olaf Kuhlke, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and one of the main coordinators of the Monster Trifecta, choose this location for that exact reason:
“It’s appropriate for the time. It has that turn-of-the-century style theater,” said Kuhlke. “It provides a full experience. To go back to that era and immerse yourself makes it more authentic.” The Monster Trifecta was in essence started last year when Kuhlke wanted to show “Nosferatu” in its original setting and the Egyptian Theater was just the place for him. The Egyptian Theater is a venue that was built by the Masonic Lodge in 1904. Kuhlke is a member of the Scottish Rite Masons and decided it would be a good off-campus location for the film showing. Also it has a large, recently restored organ which Kuhlke says is essential to a full silent-film experience.
The Trifecta grew to three nights this year with collaboration between Kuhlke and other professors. Morris Levy, a biology professor at UMD, created Zombie Night three years ago and decided to take it to the Egyptian Theater after attending “Nosferatu” there last year.
“We filled the house last year,” said Kuhlke, “and we had a good variety of people from on-campus and off-campus.” And Kuhlke hopes to have a similar turnout again this year.
All the Monster Trifecta events are free and open to the public; however, a $5 donation or contribution of a food shelf item for UMD’s Champ’s Cupboard is encouraged. There is a limited number of seats, so plan accordingly.
Parking is available at the Masonic Center, in nearby parking ramps and at the Duluth Teachers Credit Union, directly across the street from the Masonic Center.
Jessica Noor is a University of Minnesota Duluth student with a fascination with the Masonic Egyptian Theater.
Vampire Night, Friday, Oct. 11
7 p.m. movie, "Nosferatu" with live organ music
Zombie Night, Friday, Oct. 18
7 p.m. zombie discussion followed by the movie "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" with live organ music
Werewolf Night, Friday, Oct. 25
7 p.m. “Red Moon” author reading and book signing
6 p.m. social hour at each event.