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Today in Movie History: January 20

Show of hands: who wants to watch a bracing 104 minutes of Soviet-era propaganda? I knew you would! Sergei Eisenstein’s October opened today in 1928: generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of Soviet cinema and granting its director license to expound upon numerous cinematic theories — like montage — that today have become standard practi-

You in the back, quit falling asleep! DON’T MAKE ME GET MY AIR HORN!

Oh all right. Here’s some movies featuring Kate Beckinsale in tight black pleather: Underworld: Evolution was released today in 2006 and Underworld: Awakening hit theaters today in 2012. Neither of them have improved with age, but you get to watch Kate blow large holes in people while sashaying through a Gothic-Punk landscape in stylized bondage gear. Also Derek Jacobi slumming like few have slummed before.

Somewhere between those two extremes sits The Tomb of Ligeia, the final entry in Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, which was released today in 1965. Vincent Price — Corman’s go-to man for Poe-based Awesome — stars as a man tormented by the spirit of his dead wife. It’s a fun slice of AIP cheese, made a heck of a lot better thanks to its leading man.

And while we’re at it, let’s throw in The Invisible Ray: a minor but notable entry in Universal’s horror cycle, featuring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi getting their creepy on. It was released today in 1936.

 

 

 

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