RALEIGH — Burned! At the stake! Seeking … revenge! How much shock can you take?! Find out by ringing in the New Year with a fiend from beyond time, when “The Braniac” hits the big screen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, January 3 at 7pm. Free.
In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara (Spanish movie title: “El Barón del Terror”) is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy and other dirty deeds. As he dies, the Baron swears vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors. Three hundred years later, a comet that was passing overhead on the night of the Baron’s execution returns to Earth, bringing with it the Baron in the form of a horrible, hypnotizing, brain-eating monster (don’t worry, you’re safe) that terrorizes the Inquisitor’s descendants. CoolCinemaTrash.com calls this film “a blissfully weird and wild ride through the surreal world of Mexican horror movies.”
The Baron is played by Abel Salazar, who is also known for such Mexican horror films as “El Vampiro” (“The Vampire” 1957) and “El ataúd del Vampiro” (“The Vampire’s Coffin” 1958) and “La Maldición de la Llorona (“The Kiss of the Crying Woman” 1963).
Speaking of comets, this month’s Teen Science Café (6pm, Daily Planet Café) will be all about telescopes. Join Josh Fuchs, an astrophysics grad student from the University of North Carolina, for a look at how telescopes work and a chance to see for yourself the different ways astronomers use light.
BOGO (buy one get one) adult admission to “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” every First Friday from 5 to 7pm. Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, birds-of-paradise are a case study in the power of evolution. This new exhibition highlights fascinating stories of groundbreaking research and adventure paired with amazing footage and photography from National Geographic. Prices: Free for Members; $6 for Adults; $4 for Children (3-12); $5 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military.
The Museum stays open from 5 to 9pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm).