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Everlasting Autumn Wreath Workshop
In this workshop, we will use natural materials found in Liberty State Park to create ornamental wreaths. Once dried, these beautiful handmade wreaths can last forever. Decorate your home or give them as gifts! All materials will be provided.

This program will take place at the CRRNJ Terminal building located at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Free parking is available in the lot across the street (2 hour limit). This program is appropriate for adults and families with children ages 10 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

 
 AM 10:15--PM 8:30
"The Innocents" (original) starring Deborah Kerr
“The Innocents” (original) Staring Deborah Kerr, Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin, Martin Stephenson, Michael Redgrave. Directed by Jack Clayton. 1961, 100 mins. B&W.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids

There are no demonic monsters, screaming corpses, oceans of blood, nor even the occasional decapitation head – and yet “The Innocents” is a genuinely scary movie. That’s because the hint of something wrong and the suggestion of evil played against an atmospheric backdrop can sometime conjure up feelings of fear and dread deep inside us that are far more powerful than the most graphic CGI effects – just ask anyone who’s listened to a ghost story in the shadowy light of a campfire. Not that the backdrop of “The Innocents” is just a flickering flame; it’s a bleak English country estate and mansion. Bold but minimal lighting and deep focus were used to great effect by cinematographer Freddie Francis to achieve a distinct, slightly unnerving, and sometimes even claustrophobic atmosphere – a particularly impressive trick given that he was shooting in the very wide screen CinemaScope aspect ratio. Based on Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw” “The Innocents” begins as Deborah Kerr, playing a 19th century British governess, takes as her very first assignment the care of Flora and Miles, two children whose parents are dead and are now in the charge of their wealth but completely disinterested uncle. He makes it clear he wants nothing to do with them, so the welfare of the children will be solely Kerr’s problem. At first she finds the children to be little darlings, but soon the governess begins to feel that there’s something unwholesome behind their beatific smiles. Truman Capote, whose work often dealt with repressed sexuality and other psychological ills, was brought in as co-screenwriter, and reworked much of what had already been written so that the lines between how much of what occurs may be supernatural, and how much may be in the mind of the governess are deliberately blurred. The result is a constant sense of uncertainly and edginess. Director Clayton found a pacing that creates a confining intensity that plays well with Francis’ cinematograph and allows Kerr to magnify her performance, adding to a sense of delirium.
Whether compared to other psychological horror films, or over the top gore and splatter slasher films, “The Innocents” remains one of the most remarkable exercises in creating a true sense of terror on screen in all of cinema.

 
 PM 6:30--PM 8:10
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" AND "A Haunted House" - silent Buster Keaton w' LIVE Organ
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens, Edward Ivory, Danny Elfman. Directed by Henry Selick. Produced by Tim Burton. 1993, 74 mins, PG.

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“The Haunted House” Starring Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline. Directed by Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline. 1921, 21 mins, B&W, Silent.

$10 adults / $8 kids & seniors for BOTH.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the few films of which it can be said in complete truth and utter compliment that there is nothing else like it – at once Goth and old fashioned, prankster-ish but also sentimental, slightly macabre yet sweet too, a little frightening but at the same time totally charming, tongue-in-cheek yet totally sincere. On top of that, it’s all stop-motion animation with a look that seems a mash-up of Chuck Jones and Charles Addams as done by Edward Gorey. That description should be enough to let any movie fan know that the film is the work of Tim Burton, whose sensibilities were formed from a childhood of watching cartoons and horror movies on TV and reading Edgar Allen Poe, and Henry Selick who, like Burton, was an alum of both CalArts and Disney’s animation shop, and became arguably the most accomplished stop-motion animator since Ray Harryhausen.

In the story, Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon) is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a realm where the inhabitants make it their life's work to scare humans on Halloween. He's good at his work, and is very popular around town, but it all bores him. Then one day he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. He returns to Halloweentown inspired to persuade his fellow citizens to kidnap Santa Claus and do Christmas in their own Halloweentown way -- complete with snakes, shrunken heads, and such. Jack’s loving girlfriend (voice of Catherine O’Hara) warns against the idea in the strongest of terms, but Jack is undeterred, and soon Santa is duly snatched and the townspeople set about preparing a very special Christmas for everyone. Soon however, things start to go awry and we start worrying whether Jack will be able to save Santa, Christmas, Sally and even himself.

It’s important to remember that The Nightmare Before Christmas is animation before CGI, meaning it was one of the most monumental works of stop-motion photography ever brought to screen: it took over 120 animators and many more technicians in excess of two years to film it. The result is nothing short of dazzling, every bit as extraordinary in its own unique way as the best of Pixar’s admittedly stunning computer-generated animation. Halloweentown is like a haunted thrill ride for the eyes, popping with twists and gnarls that also possess an underlying sweetness: Just look at the expressiveness of Jack's skeletal eyes.

And in addition to all that, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a musical, with ten very appropriate musical numbers by composer Danny Elfman, who also supplies Jack's singing voice.

The film was an immediate hit both critically and at the box office, praised for its stunning originality and for the excellence of its execution. It a modern classic, an absorbing fable that both grownups and children can enjoy.


The Haunted House: Halloween would be a lot less fun at the Loew’s Jersey without the power and majesty of our Wonder Organ adding sound to a ghoulish silent movie. This year it’s a classic Buster Keaton short, The Haunted House. Keaton was as big a star of the silent screen as Charlie Chaplin, but seemed to fade from memory after the movies learned to talk. Within the last two decades, however, Keaton has been rediscovered and again recognized as not merely a contemporary in time but also an equal in genius to Chaplin in the art of silent comedy. Keaton created some of the most elaborately physical and memorably visual comedy set-pieces of the era. In The Haunted House, Keaton is a bank teller who runs afoul of robbers, counterfeiters and one apparently very haunted house. The film contains one of Keaton’s best visual gags: a staircase that seems impossible to climb. The Haunted House will be accompanied on the Wonder Organ by Brett Miller.

 

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