SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05: View of marquee sign at the Beyond Fest Special Screening of Marvel Studios' Werewolf by Night on October 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
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Werewolf By Night's Cigarette Burns Are A Love Letter To 1930s Horror
Marvel Studios brings modern audiences back to the early days of monster movies with “Werewolf by Night,” an adaptation of the ’70s Marvel comic of the same name. In his directorial debut, composer Michael Giacchino fashions “Werewolf by Night” as a tribute to the golden age of horror and the Universal Monsters and even includes the traditional cue markings known as “cigarette burns” in the film.
In a brief moment of the “Werewolf by Night” trailer, when Kirk R. Thatcher is yelling, “death is coming for you,” a little blip appears in the right-hand corner of the screen. Projectionists used these marks during the ’30s and ’40s to indicate when they needed to switch over to the next film reel, as the reels could only hold about 14 to 20 minutes of the movie.
Giacchino explained, “As we were editing and stuff, my editor Jeff and I are such nerds for this kind of thing, and we were just like, ‘Oh, we got to put in those things too. We got to put in the reel changes.’ Because we always approached this as something that was being done in the ’30s.” “Werewolf by Night” and its tributes to classic horror films will be available for all to see on Disney+ on October 7, 2022.