UA Museum to host Horror-Science Movie Mash-up

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Classic horror films and science will collide this week as the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North hosts "The Science of Science Fiction."
This 2-night movie series will take place this Tuesday October 24th, and Wednesday October 25.
It will show two classic horror films: "House of Dracula" and "The Deadly Mantis".
Then after each film, a scientist will present comments on the science facts and fictions portrayed.
A Film Scholar from the University of Oklahoma will also present a background on the movies, and their context in the time period.
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Mary-Beth Leigh, said she believes this event will be a fun way to get in the Halloween Spirit, as well as learn a little bit about science.
UAF Museum of the North Curator, Derek Sikes, talked about what those in attendance might learn from this event.
Derek Sikes; UAF Museum Curator>> "I think initially you might think the movies are rather corny, old films; not quite up to modern horror standards. But there are a lot of scientific topics that are touched upon such as freeze-tolerance, gigantism in insects, climate change. All of which I think are really interesting and those are just the tip of the iceberg, there is a good bit more."