I’m going to admit something to you all right here and now: I sort of dropped the ball. You see, for the past month or so, I have been documenting all the cool things to do in Los Angeles for Halloween and due to all of the spooky haunt events, I completely spaced on all the great horror films to keep your eyes peeled for! Alas, the 8th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon at The Aero theater just happened on the 26th which featured the films Amityville II: The Possession, Kingdom Of The Spiders, The Fly, Hell High, The Car and The Sentinel.
As I am writing this, The Jumpcut Cafe in Studio City along with Secret Sixteen are smack dab in the middle of their 12 hour horror marathon which started today at noon. Going until Midnight, the screening in question has and will feature everything from Halloween-themed cartoons, short films, TV specials, and Anthology Feature films. All the films are projected on 16mm and the event is free! If you are in the area, I highly suggest heading on down as the owner of The Jumpcut is our very own Elric Kane aka 1/3 of Killer POV!
So, dear movie fans, this installment of my L.A. Halloween series is dedicated to you. I apologize for not doing this sooner but don’t fret, there are still some horror goodies being screened throughout the city this week!
CINEFAMILY PRESENTS: THE UNITED STATES OF HORROR
Last year for October, The Cinefamily featured a slew of late night screenings on the theme of “Video Nasties.” This year, they are taking viewers on a road trip across the country with each night dedicated to a different state. The films screened during these midnight showings are on the unusual side, and the ones that have already been screened this month include the likes of Death Bed: The Bed That Eats People, Troll 2, and Basket Case. Check out their website for the gruesome midnight screenings scheduled this week.
Also worth noting are the other Halloween themed treats they will be screening before midnight. Monday the 28th will have a screening of “Animation Breakdown (feat “Midori).” Tuesday at 8pm will feature “Childhood Haunts w/Leigh Whannel.” On Wednesday, comedian Greg Proops will be in attendance to introduce a 35MM screening of the French classic Eyes Without A Face.
I showcased the Goblin concert last week from another film event that has been ongoing for the month of October. However, Beyond Fest has been featuring a bunch of horror films throughout the month. I’m honestly kicking myself for missing the screening of Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut this past weekend. Monday, October 28th sees the screening of the cult horror Halloween classic Trick R Treat followed by a live panel with director Michael Dougherty and select cast. [Here’s the latest Killer POV featuring Mr. Dougherty as guest.]
RAZORBLADES IN YOUR REESE’S IV
One of the less than attractive details about Los Angeles on Halloween night is the driving, traffic, and subsequent impossible quest to find parking. However, free events always ease that pain a little bit, and The Downtown Independent Theater is throwing its 4th annual Halloween Short Films Screening. Following the screenings will be a costume contest and party. Oh and did I mention this was FREE!? Here’s the website for the low down.
HALLOWEEN PROGRAMMING AT THE NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
The New Beverly Cinema will feature a “Technicolor Horror” themed Double Feature on Monday night with The Mystery Of The Wax Museum and Dr. Cyclops starting at 7:30pm. Slated for October 29th and 30th, Stuart Gordon will be appearing live and in person to present an Edgar Allen Poe-themed night. The films scheduled are Murders In The Rue Morgue and the 1935 classic The Raven.
ARCLIGHT PRESENTS…SCARY STORIES
I must mention the “Arclight Presents” series which takes part every October. This year, Arclight Presents…Scary Stories has a roster of classic horror films for you fellow horror fanatics to once again experience on the big screen. A number of years ago, I had the chance to watch The Shining at The Arclight in Sherman Oaks and the experience of seeing one of my all time favorite films on the big screen in a theater full of like minded fans was very, VERY fulfilling. This time around, the different Arclight locations have The Exorcist, The Shining, Psycho, and Evil Dead II all on their schedule. Not to mention, a special screening of Lucio Fulci’s giallo/gore classic The House By The Cemetery screened at 7:00pm tonight with a special introduction by Eli Roth.
HALLOWEEN ORGAN AND SILENT FILM: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
And finally on the night of Halloween, The LA Philharmonic will present a night dedicated to one of the most beloved horror classics ever. Starting at 8:00pm at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Phantom Of The Opera will be screened along with a live organ performance to heighten the experience. I can think of no better way to celebrate the movie and Lon Chaney’s performance. If you agree with me, head over here to find out all the details on tickets and whatnot.
If I have missed any cool film screenings scheduled for this week in and around the Los Angeles area, please post them below! And stay tuned – my final installment of my now 7 part L.A. Halloween series will be coming very soon!
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