Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Why the New Beverly Rules: Reason Number 5 Billion Trillion Gazillion

As you can probably tell by my "Films Watched" sidebar or the fact I am, for the second consecutive year, dedicating my blog to one horror movie related post a day, I have an itch for consuming as much cinematic horror content throughout the month of October as possible.

While most of the options playing in multiplex theatres this month bear little interest for me (but hey, thanks for at least releasing horror films in October for a change Hollywood studios!), luckily in Los Angeles we have multiple repertory theatre options.

And when the New Beverly released their calendar earlier in the month, one particular double bill stood out for me, the awesome Halloween centric combination of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1983, Tommy Lee Wallace) and Trick R Treat (2008, Michael Dougherty), the second and third best Halloween set horror films of all time!

Of course, John Carpenter’s Halloween is the granddaddy of them all, but it’s so prevalent in the repertory market and on television that the appearance of these particular films, one of which probably hasn’t not screened in America since it’s short theatrical release 27 years ago and another that was buried with a direct to DVD release is indicative of the creative and inventive programming that makes being a Los Angeles cinema fan so lucrative.

So I know where I will be on either Friday or Saturday next week, the schedule for the shows and my writings of each film are below:

Trick R Treat (review)

Friday, October 29th @ 7:30 pm –director Michael Dougherty will be at the theatre IN PERSON and host a costume contest

Saturday, October 30th @ 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (an appreciation, my second post at this blog)

Friday, October 29th@ 9:20pm

Saturday, October 30th @ 5:35 and 9:20pm—a Q & A with director Tommy Lee Wallace to follow the latter showing

Some other great repertory screenings occurring the week of Halloween around Los Angeles

The New Beverly

Sunday and Monday, October 24th and 25th—A Bob Hope Comedic Horror Double Bill

The Cat and the Canary (1939)—Sunday @ 4:10 & 7:30, Monday @ 7:30 only

The Ghost Breakers (1940)—Sunday @ 5:45 & 9:05; Monday @ 9:05 only

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 26th and 27th—A Terence Fisher Directed Hammer Horror Double Bill

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) @ 7:30 both nights

Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) @ 9:25 both nights

Thursday, October 28th-A Robert Quarry Starring Double Bill

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) @ 7:30pm

The Return of Count Yorga (1971) @ 9:20pm

Sunday, October 31st and Monday, November 1st—A Universal Horror Double Bill, man

The Wolf Man—Sunday @4:00 and 7:00pm, Monday @ 7:30pm only

The Invisible Man—Sunday @ 5:30 and 8:30pm, Monday @9:00pm only

The Cinefamily

All showtimes start at 8pm unless noted, they also tend to start late from my experience

Sunday, October 24th-A Katt Shea directed double bill

Stripped to Kill (1987)

Poison Ivy (1992)

Monday, October 25th

The Blob (1988)—hosted by comedian and Mr. Show cast member Brian Posehn

Thursday, October 28th—Two Sergio Martino directed Giallos!

All the Colors in the Dark (1972)

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

Sunday, October 31st—A William Castle double bill—starts at 6pm

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Tingler (1958)

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

Wednesday, October 27th

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) @ 7:30pm—a discussion with composer Charles Bernstein follows the film

Thursday, October 28th-A Universal Horror Bela Lugosi starring double bill—show starts at 7:30pm

The Raven (1935)

The Black Cat (1934)

Saturday, October 30th @ 7:30pm

Ghostbusters (1984) @ 7:30pm

American Cinematheque @ the Aero

Wednesday, October 27th @ 7:30pm

Donnie Darko (2001) —with live commentary from writer and director Richard Kelly

Friday, October 29th @ 7:30pm

The Changeling (1980)—discussion with director Peter Medak and producer Joel Michaels follows the film

Saturday, October 30th @ 7:30pm—Fifth Annual Dusk to Dawn Horrorthon

Fright Night (1985)

Don’t Look in the Basement (1973)

Candyman (1992)

Bloody Birthday (1981)

Phantasm (1979)

Cemetary Man (Dellamorte Dellamore) (1996)

Sunday, October 31st @ 5:00pm

The Monster Squad (1987)—discussion with director Fred Dekker follows the film

Hope your Halloween week is full of cinema treasures!


Mummbles said...

I hate this post, its very unfair to us who do not reside in the LA area. But then again we can drive places without it taking 3 hours, so maybe we call it even? Yes I am jealous...

Colonel Mortimer said...

Hey your baseball team is better than the two LA teams too!

Mummbles said...

Yes! That is true!

Cinema Du Meep said...

That's a great lineup. It amazes me how much better they take care with horror programming in LA... Here in NY we don't have anything that comes as close.

le0pard13 said...

Yep, a lot of great horror programming will be on tap for Halloween, Colonel. I'm going to be partaking in a small share of it (at THE AERO and THE EGYPTIAN). Thanks for posting all of these here.

Colonel Mortimer said...

Cinemadumeep--that's too bad about NY, I know it's the cinema mecca of America, but I guess horror is underappreciated now that the 42nd Street theatres are all gone

leopard--I am definitely going to the Halloween/Trick R Treat double bill and hopefully at least one other, but with a wife who can't watch horror, it's difficult to make it out as much as I would like. I hope you provide a write-up of whatever you end up seeing on your blog

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