IT'S HALLOWEEN MOVIE SEASON PEOPLE. GET EXCITED!
In Dallas, theaters have rolled out the orange carpet to usher in a season of gore, spoof and general Halloweenocity. (
Movie Tavern in Denton The college town go-to hosts a Retro Cinema series on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. In the spirit of the season, the programming slate has turned scary. For October they're showing Gremlins, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Hitchcock masterpiece Psycho before closing it out with Halloween. Denton being Denton, just flash your outdated student ID and receive a pretty decent discount on tickets.Inwood Theater
Halloween-themed programing absorbs this month's midnight movies at the Inwood. The lineup kicked-off with the original film version ofBuffy the Vampire Slayer
(last weekend), and includesA Nightmare on Elm Street
,Dial M for Murder
,The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(with a live shadowcast by Los Bastardos) andThe Shining
Don't forget to visit The Inwood Lounge before settling into one of the theater's couches. That bar is as treasured as the cinema's ancient marquee.The Magnolia
The only horror-themed screening offered at the Magnolia is Roman Polanski'sRosemary's Baby
, which both launched Polanski's American fame and proved the production chops of Hollywood's greatest raconteur, Robert Evans.Texas Theater
Because it's the Texas Theater, expect an esoteric run of programming befitting of a true genre nerd. It started last weekend with Ken Marino's intestinal demon,Bad Milo
. This Saturday catch the landmark German Expressionist filmThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
, complete with a live score provided by Houston's Two Star Orchestra. Go again on Thursday, the 17th, for a 35-mm print of Martin Scorsese's gangland classicMean Streets
, followed by a Wise Guy costume party.
Refusing to stop there, on the weekend of the 25th the Texas serves up Birth of the Living Dead, a documentary about George Romero's rebel filming of Night of the Living Dead. The documentary delves into the wild ride the project took while touching on the political and social changes that surrounded and influenced the work.
Finally, on Halloween night, the theater shuts it down with schlockmaster William Castle's The Tingler. (No word on if the seats will be wired to give viewers a jolt.)The Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse prides itself on doing things bigger and better then it's competition, so they're churning the cauldron of Halloween programing. Not content with weekly screenings of horror classics, the Drafthouse has decided to fill the whole month with fantastically spooky programing. There's two screenings ofHalloween
, one on Halloween, the other happens the weekend before as John Erler and his Master Pancake Theater creep up from Austin to haunt your ass and riff the masked boy back to the grave.
There's 35-mm showings of Pumpkinhead, Creepshow, Night of the Demons, and the Shane Black perfection, The Monster Squad. Fans of more contemporary works can catch Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, and the anthology film Trick'R'Treat. Want deeper cuts? Visit the Universal Monster Matinee. It presents a classic flick each Sunday, during October they'll show Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, Dracula, and a Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein double feature.
Still hungry? Alright.
How about a Video Hate Squad showing of Rocktober Blood, a Michael Jackson sing-along, and a Rocky Horror Picture Show sing-along? For families there's free Kid's Camp showings of Monster House, and The Addams Family, and something called the "Cartoon Cereal Party: Halloween Special Extravaganza" where the best holiday-themed animated specials play alongside all-you-can-eat cereal. (Let's hope that Garfield special doesn't make the cut.) And the icing on the cake? Hocus Pocus. Bette Midler + talking cat = pure magic.
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