September 8, 2010

The Carolina Screens The Comedy of Terrors, Sept. 9, 2010

This Thursday, September 9, 2010, the Carolina Asheville Theater will screen The Comedy of Terrors (1964), as part of the series The Thursday Horror Picture Show.

Showtime is at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge. Admission to the Thursday Horror Picture Show is free.

The Carolina is located at 1640 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC. Parking is available at the cinema. For more information, please call (828) 274-9500.

The Comedy of Terrors was Peter Lorre’s final film at American International Pictures before his passing in March of 1964. The role of Felix Gillie, unwilling assistant to undertaker Waldo Trumbull (Vincent Price) and his scheme to get “customers” by killing elderly citizens in their small New England town, called for a fair amount of physical activity – which the ailing Lorre was not up to. In stepped Harvey Parry, Peter’s long-time stunt double since the Mr. Moto series of the late 1930s. Padded to match Peter’s weight and wearing a “Peter Lorre mask”, Harvey Parry performed the burial in the film’s opening moments and the sword fight at the climax.

Lorre biographer Stephen D. Youngkin details the filming of The Comedy of Terrors in his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky, 2005). Images from the film set can be found in the Photo Gallery on the official website for The Lost One.

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