Whether you get a rush out of shouting, “Don’t go down that dark hallway!” or are just looking for a way to get your date to squeeze your arm, the allure of a good scary movie come Halloween season is too much to pass up. That’s why we’ve rounded up some county theaters exhuming classic (and cultish) scream-inducing flicks these next couple weeks. Boo.
What’s Playing: Delicatessen, October 19, 9 pm; Child’s Play, October 20, 9 pm; The Addams Family, October 23, 6 pm; Cape Fear, October 24, 9pm; The Crow, October 26, 9 pm; Mad Monster Party?, October 30, 12 pm; Trick ‘R Treat, October 31, 7:30 pm
For Maximum Screams: There’s something to be said about sticking to rituals, like always checking your Halloween candy. Or, you know, you’ll end up dead like the victims in Trick ‘R Treat. With plenty of severed heads, dismembered limbs, and good ol’ Halloween justice, this horror-story anthology will surely make you break a sweat, but not tradition.
What’s Playing: A Nightmare on Elm Street, October 21, 9:30 pm; Rocky Horror Picture Show, October 29, 9:30 pm
For Maximum Screams: While Rocky Horror still stands as the campy cult musical we all love singing along to with friends, the true scares come with Wes Craven’s slasher classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street, which kicked off a benchmark franchise for ’80s horror, and will still have you holding on to the edge of your seat as Freddy haunts the dreams of suburban teens. Just remember, it’s only a dream.
Courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center
What’s Playing: Halloween Movie Marathon (Phantasm, Death Spa), October 21, 9:30 pm; The Boxtrolls, October 22-23, 12 pm, October 27, 3 pm
For Maximum Screams: The people over at Jacob Burns rung in the hosts of We Hate Movies, aka guys who make a living off of laying down Mystery Science Theater 3000-type criticism over classic B-horror films, to do live commentary for a screening of the 1989 “best-worst” Halloween film Death Spa. Bound to make you keel over with laughter rather than fear, particularly when a sauna commits a multiple homicide, it’s one of those films that’s so bad, it’s too good to be true.
What’s Playing: Young Frankenstein, October 18, 7 pm; Frankenstein (Theater broadcast), October 25, 7 pm; The Shining, October 23, 7 pm
For Maximum Screams: You may know the story, but National Theatre Live’s production of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular monster, is a standout reinvention of the classic tale. Directed by Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle, this version was a sell-out hit on stage in 2011 and loses little of its theatricality projected onto the big screen.
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