KING OF THE KONGO

Duration: 200 Director: Richard Thorpe

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

King of the Kongo (1929) is the first sound serial, designed to have a cliffhanger every 20 minutes to keep audiences coming back every week for 10 weeks. The main villain is portrayed by Boris Karloff, two years before he gained fame portraying the Frankenstein monster. Not run theatrically since the early 1930s, King of the Kongo had sound recorded on 16 inch discs, not all of which survive. By mid-1931, very few theaters were still running film in this manner. This film has been painstakingly restored by historian Eric Grayson since 2019, working from 71 reels of film, 17 sound discs, three collectors, and two film archives. The resulting image is mostly beautiful, and the film is highly enjoyable in a cheesy 1930s way.

This is an epic restoration, and the largest project ever initiated by an individual.

Special guests

Historian/collector Eric Grayson will present an introduction of the film with stills and clips of the process. Boris Karloff’s daughter Sara will also join to answer questions and sign memorabilia.

Three and a half hours of film with an intermission.

TICKETS

In honor of this special screening of King of the Kongo, we will also be screening Karloff films Son of Frankenstein & The Body Snatcher in 35mm. Buy a Karloff FULL PASS for $40 ($36 for members) or purchase individual tickets to each screening.

KING OF THE KONGO Tickets