Why just fear the walking dead -- when you can actually be a part of their flesh-eating takeover of humanity? Join hordes of rotting revelers for the annual Long Beach Zombie Fest at Rainbow Lagoon Park, a three-day invasion of undead music, guts, horror and fun for the whole family. Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman tribute band Dead Man's Party brings all the ghouls to life for an epic concert on Sunday as you lumber, amble and groan your way through the event. The infamous Zombie Walk is happening on all three days of the fest, as well as free makeup services by artists from the Cinema Makeup School to help you look your gory worst. You can immerse yourself in a live-action role playing session, surviving against a continuous onslaught of zombies. You'll also witness the Dangerous D Ultimate Shock Show, known for wild, cringe-worthy stunts. Channel your inner Michael Jackson in a Thriller Workshop, snag yourself a free digital souvenir in the Zombie Fest Photo Booth, join the Zombie Apocalypse Scavenger Hunt and enjoy a horde of other fun activities. With costume and brain contests for all ages and states of decay, it would be horrific to miss this jam-packed event.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 5:00pm-10:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pm-10:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pm-10:00pm
Kick off the season of the witch with a bona-fide star-studded drag coven. Before you settle into a screening of Disney's kitschy-creepy-cute Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, you'll fall under the spell of a trio of hilarious hags. Peaches Christ and RuPaul's Drag Race winners Bob the Drag Queen and Jinkx Monsoon have conjured up Hocum Pokem, a pre-show theatrical "spooktacular" inspired by the live-action Bette Midler flick. Be prepared to serve pure Salem realness when you arrive at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. That means slaying with pointy hats, couture capes and to-die-for magical makeup.
If there is one thing you do not want to be in the future, it's an organ donation recipient. Or so says the cult musical horror film Repo! The Genetic Opera, a delightfully gory dystopian romp in which organ recipients who fail to pay for their hugely inflated bits and pieces are hunted down by a ruthless bounty hunter. How cult is this 2008 splatterpunk gem from the producers of Saw? So cult that the boundary-pushing Abyss Theatre isn't just screening Repo!, they are "shadowcasting" it, which means the film plays on the stage while the actors recreate the scenes live, lip-syncing as their characters and interacting with the audience. There will be blood to be sure, but also costumes (it'll be even more fun if you dress up) and plenty of laughs as Repo! The Genetic Opera offers up the perfect treat for the Halloween season.
Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 11:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 11:30pm
Laemmle NoHo 7 and Eat|See|Hear have come up with the perfect film series for all you cinephiles, pop culture-lovers and nostalgia buffs: Throwback Thursdays. Come out to the North Hollywood cinema haven and rediscover popular classics and buried gems that are rarely, if ever, shown on the big screen. You might even get treated to a special guest appearance by a celebrity connected to the film. There's something for every taste at Throwback Thursdays -- from When Harry Met Sally to Blade Runner and beyond.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Kindergarten Cop (part of "Schwarztember" series))Thursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Timecrimes - part of "Scary Subtitles" series)Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:30pm (The Host - part of "Scary Subtitles" series)Thursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pm (Trollhunter - part of "Scary Subtitles" series)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Let the Right One In - part of "Scary Subtitles" series)
Disney Princesses inspire kids everywhere to dream, create and celebrate. The Princesses can help movie-lovers big and small find the courage to make their dreams real, the strength to protect our planet and the wisdom to believe in themselves. With its Dream Big, Princess screening series, L.A.'s El Capitan Theatre shines a spotlight on four Princesses -- Merida, Tiana, Rapunzel and Moana -- bringing their animated blockbusters back to the big screen. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to take a photo with the Princess after her movie.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 10:00am (Tangled)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Tangled)Sunday September 24, 2017 / 10:00am (Tangled)Sunday September 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (Tangled)Monday September 25, 2017 / 10:00am (Tangled)Monday September 25, 2017 / 1:00pm (Tangled)Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 4:00pm (Tangled)Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:00pm (Tangled)
Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks and you've got the perfect L.A. summer experience. Street Food Cinema features an ever-changing lineup of eats and entertainment for a fabulous night of fun under the stars in Culver City. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm -- Edward Scissorhands (Doors Open at 5:30pm)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm -- Casper (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (TM), in concert with the Pacific Symphony. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. From the moment Harry uses the Marauder's Map to the instant the Patronus Charm bursts from his wand, you'll be transported back into the world you love at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Friday October 6, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pm
Arlington's Regent Theatre presents the Boston premiere of the newly restored and enhanced 50th anniversary edition of the Oscar-nominated documentary. Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop, there was Festival. From 1963 to 1966, American documentary and experimental film director and producer Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, The Staples Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, & Peter, Paul and Mary were just a few of the legends who shared the stage at Newport, treating audiences to a range of folk music that encompassed the genre's roots in blues, country, and gospel as well as its newer flirtations with rock 'n' roll.
Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, music from live bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks offering delicious meals for sale, and you've got the perfect L.A. summer experience. Street Food Cinema features a different lineup of eats and entertainment each week for a full season of music and film-going fun under the stars. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items -- even your dog -- and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm — Halloween (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks and you've got the perfect L.A. summer experience. Street Food Cinema features an ever-changing lineup of eats, music and special guests for a fabulous night of fun under the stars in Victory Park. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items -- even your dog -- and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm -- Batman (1989) (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
There are few things better than watching a movie ... except watching a movie outdoors, under the stars. Voted Best Outdoor Movies in LA Weekly, Electric Dusk Drive-In returns to LACCD's Van De Kamp College Campus in Los Angeles near Atwater, Los Feliz and Glendale. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in on the astroturf, or recline the seat of your car a bit and enjoy the film in the style of an old-fashioned drive-in. You're even welcome to bring your dog. Should you get hungry, the venue's Snack Shack offers grilled items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, and array of candy, popcorn, chips, beverages and locally made cupcakes.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Pulp Fiction)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 9:00pm (Scarface)
Before he was the Santa Clause, before he went to infinity and beyond as Buzz Lightyear and before he became the ultimate home repairman, Tim Allen was a stand-up comedian. A regular at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Allen grew his career after appearing on cable comedy specials and late night talk shows until his first break with the ABC sitcom Home Improvement in 1991. After a wildly successful 20+ years as an actor, even recently starring in Last Man Standing for six seasons, Allen goes back to his roots of stand-up in a rare performance at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood.
Hit films, hot local bands and some of the city's finest food trucks add up to the quintessential L.A. experience at Street Food Cinema. This fun, family-friendly outdoor concert and screening features a different lineup of eats and entertainment every weekend for a fabulous variety of fun under the stars. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items -- even your dog -- and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.
Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm -- Wonder Woman (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Rise up and lurch your way to Walker Stalker Con, a two-day celebration of all things zombie at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. You'll get to join the stars and fellow fans of the hit show The Walking Dead for a slew of events, panels and experiences featuring celebrity guests Tom Payne (Jesus), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and artists like Chris 51 (AE's Epic Ink), Jason Palmer, Scott Spillman and many more. Sift through an array of artwork from the realm of the undead and score other cool merch in the vendor hall. Learn from zombie makeup artists and don't forget your own makeup -- costumes are very much encouraged.
Summer is upon us, which means it's time to hit the beach for some sun, some waves -- and a twilight screening of your favorite movies. From cult classics and animated favorites to more recent sci-fi flicks, BeachFront Cinema brings a wide selection of screenings to the gorgeous shoreline of Huntington State Beach. Projected on one California's largest inflatable screens, you'll get an up-close view of the film's stars from the comfort of the sand. You'll even have plenty of fun gearing up for the movie with food trucks, beach bars, live bands, contests and games.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 5:00pm (Top Gun)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 5:00pm (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks and you've got the perfect night out in L.A. Street Food Cinema features a different lineup of eats and entertainment each week for a fantastic variety of fun under the stars at Street Food Cinema: Pacific Palisades. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items -- even your dog -- and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm -- Jurassic Park (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
The stars that line the Hollywood Walk of Fame shine again on the big screen, and new luminaries come into focus, thanks to the American Cinematheque's film festivals, special events and retrospectives. This acclaimed series features screen gems both foreign and domestic at Los Angeles landmark the Egyptian Theatre, where you can catch international documentaries, Oscar-winning double -- and even triple features -- as well as anniversary revivals, riveting seminars and guest appearances by some of the film world's best and brightest, all specially curated by this non-profit cultural organization.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:30pm (The Red Shoes in 35mm)
Go to the movies, or spend the evening outdoors at a park? Thanks to Street Food Cinema, you don't have to choose! Head to San Diego's beautiful Civita Park, grab a delicious meal from one of the participating food trucks, chill to some great live music, and then settle in on your blanket or lawn chair for the night's featured movie on a giant screen. Some weeks feature family movies, and others feature popular films for adult crowds. Giveaways, activities and more make Street Food Cinema a great night of entertainment.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (500 Days of Summer -- Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Real-life best buds Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart star in this National Theatre Live screening of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast in HD from Wyndham's Theatre in London to Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room. Fresh from a hit run on Broadway, the duo plays a pair of aging writers who meet in a pub and embark on a night of storytelling and drinking. But the evening takes an interesting and possibly sinister turn when two younger men join the party. Relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity, in one of Pinter's most entertaining plays.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 1:00pm
Cinephiles rejoice at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre, where the packed lineup of screenings ranges from iconic black and white comedies to imaginative animated creations to world premieres of new international films, thought-provoking documentaries and beyond. Curated by American Cinematheque, the theater also hosts panel discussions where movie insiders talk shop with filmmakers, cast members and other creative talent. The Aero has been a go-to destination for movie lovers since 1940.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 7:30pm (Bad Day for the Cut / In the Name of Peace)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Paths of Glory 60th Anniversary w/James B. Harris)
It's alive! -- on screen, at least -- as Mel Brooks' comedy classic comes to the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. The brilliant Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the original Dr. Frankenstein, who inherits his ancestor's Gothic castle, as well as a few other trappings, including a goofy hunchback named Igor, a housekeeper known as Frau Blucher (horse whinny) and lovely lab assistant Inga. The doc decides to recreate the reanimation experiment that made his family infamous, only to realize the brain he's used is from someone labeled "Abby Normal." The perfect horror-movie parody, filmed in black-and-white, Young Frankenstein also stars Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr. Special ticket packages include popcorn, cocktails and more.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 5:00pm
Since 2007, the Sacramento Horror Film Festival has been doing more than just screen the latest independent horror films. With live music, performance art, interactive games, costume contests and comedy hosted by horror personalities, the weekend is a massive arts and entertainment event dedicated to the gruesome and grotesque. This year's programming includes screenings of indie horror short films, features and music videos, a panel with legendary writer-director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror), a 40th anniversary Halloween screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as a Wes Craven Appreciation Night -- complete with its own retrospective, special screenings and a cosplay competition. Purchase a two-day pass and get access to all screenings and events.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 6:00pm
Come to the dark side of the pop culture-convention universe at The Sinister Creature Con, set to feature an impressive lineup of actors, writers, artists and other creators from the horror and suspense genres, along with plenty of cosplay, vendors, workshops and more. Among the dozens of special guests will be celebrities like punk icon/horror aficionado Marky Ramone of The Ramones, diva-licious Lita of WWE, along with actors such as Ted Raimi (Ash vs Evil Dead), Danny Hicks (Evil Dead II) and Kaci Hansen (The Homicidal Homemaker). Other special guests include talents in the art of creature creation, like Alan Carnes (X-Men: First Class), Cig Neutron (SyFy's Face Off) and more. There's no better time to celebrate the horror genre than mid-October, when Halloween prep is in full swing. This two-day monster mash gets underway at Sacramento's Scottish Rite Masonic Center near Stern Grove.
Weekend Pass: Sat, October 14th (11:00am-7:00pm) & Sun, October 15th (11:00am-6:00pm)
Tom Stoppard's acclaimed absurdist comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead turns the focus on the lives and limited adventures of the doomed courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two hapless minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Now you can catch Stoppard's brilliant tragicomedy -- starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral) -- in this high-definition screening at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose, captured live from The Old Vic theatre in London. Filled with witty repartee and slapstick comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968. David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made Tom Stoppard's name overnight.
Get into the Halloween spirit with this screening of the dark comedy cult classic Hocus Pocus at Village Theatre and Art Gallery in Danville. When the three Sanderson sisters are accidentally resurrected by an unsuspecting boy on Halloween, it's up him and his friends to bring the ancient witches down for good.
Celebrate all things fandom at the Santa Rosa Toy and Comic Con. Join special guests like the original Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Walter Koenig (Chekov) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, Andrew Bryniarski, for this extravaganza of comics, toys, games and more. Catch a live Supreme Pro Wrestling match, sit in on a taping of the TV show Creature Features, show your creativity in the cosplay competition, channel your inner warrior in a LARPing battle, and go head to head with master builders in a LEGO building contest. Then check out the numerous exhibits, panels and vendors from around Northern California. It all takes place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Experience the entertainment of the future today with U.V.X. -- which gives you the power to change the events of a live-action film without so much as leaving your seat. The movie, Holmé, is a dark and surreal deconstruction of the American family featuring an international cast. In this production at Abrons Art Center in New York City, you can experience it and change its outcome through the groundbreaking medium of U.V.X.
Friday October 13, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 5:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 9:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 4:00pm
J.M. Barrie's beloved children's classic, Peter Pan, takes on bold new life in the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic co-production. But you don't need to fly to England to see it, because National Theatre Live is bringing it to you in a filmed performance HD screening direct from the stage in London at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Directed by Sally Cookson (NT Live's Jane Eyre), this stylish, inventive take on the story was called "unforgettable" and "delightful" by The Guardian. Come along with the Darling children as they fly away with Peter and Tinker Bell to Neverland, where they battle the villainous Captain Hook.
Come face-to-face with your favorite celebs at The Hollywood Show -- the only place you'll get the chance to meet and purchase autographs and photos from literally scores of stars under one roof -- at Westin Los Angeles Airport. Every edition of the expo features a different assortment of TV and movie stars from the '60s, '70s, '80s and beyond. Going stronger than ever since its first event in L.A. in 1979, The Hollywood Show also boasts an array of vendors selling comic books, posters, autographs, vintage magazines and other entertainment memorabilia. Please see the full event listing for a link to the continuously updated lineup.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00am (Early Bird Admission at 9:00am)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 10:00am (Early Bird Admission at 9:00am)
The 6th Street Playhouse is throwing a gala fundraiser and it's rolling out the red carpet to bring Hollywood to Santa Rosa's historic McDonald Mansion. Actor Chris Noth (Sex & the City, The Good Wife, Law & Order) is the guest of honor for this evening filled with live jazz and entertainment. When you're not rubbing elbows with "Big," you can tour the mansion, participate in a silent auction and dine in the beautiful gardens.
Hollywood films are fun, but sometimes you need to connect to something deeper. The International Christian Film Festival assembles spiritually aware short and feature films from America and the globe. Past winners have included dramatic, educational, documentary, fantasy, science and animated genre formats. Gather with a like-minded community and bring the family to enjoy this festival championing love, faith and purpose at Irvine's Woodbridge Community Church.
Named one of The Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine, the Manhattan Short Film Festival brings together 10 of the world's best short films, screens them in 250 cities around the globe, and you decide the winner. This year, the finalists represent represent a myriad of countries like the States, Italy, Latvia, and Syria. Be a part of the 100,000+ film lovers uniting for this unique event.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm
Get into the Halloween spirit with a fright-filled silent classic, The Phantom of the Opera, with live organist Timothy Brumfield at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. A masterpiece of the silent era, The Phantom became a pop-culture phenomenon upon its release in 1925, and it continues to inspire millions of nightmares to this day. Watch in horror and amazement as actor Lon Chaney transforms himself into one of moviedom's most haunting monsters. Experience the drama, humor and chilling power of an organ right in the room with you during this epically spooky Halloween treat.
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation at a three-day tribute packed with parties, panels and of course, a costume contest. Special guests at The Continuing Voyage include Karl Urban (Bones in the recent Star Trek film adaptations), Jonathan Frakes aka Commander Riker, Deep Space Nine star Michael Dorn, and the wryest droid ever to grace the small screen - Brent Spiner aka Data. Other special events include a screening of the last convention appearance of Leonard Nimoy before he passed away, a cosmic karaoke party, and a video tribute to Next Generation narrated by creator Gene Roddenberry's right-hand man Richard Arnold. Beam yourself up to the Parsippany Hilton for this, the final frontier of Star Trek-related fun.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 9:00am - 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 9:00am - 7:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 9:00am - 7:00pm
A love letter to atomic-era monsters, William Castle-style theatrical gimmicks and 1960s Americana, Matinee is one of the most underrated films directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Burbs). It's 1962 in Key West, Florida, where the upcoming premiere of producer Lawrence Woolsey's (John Goodman) half-man, half-ant creature feature Mant! coincides with President Kennedy's televised announcement that the Soviet Union has been shipping missiles to nearby Cuba. In this ensemble comedy, the canny Woolsey attempts to capitalize on the rampant nuclear paranoia to promote his atomic radiation-themed film while a cast of quirky locals grapple with life, love and the potential end of the world. This Salem Horror Fest screening of Matinee at the Peabody Essex Museum includes admission to a post-film panel discussion.
Before the Valley Film Festival kicks off its five-day showcase of international cinema from the United States to Iran, check out a showcase of two local, cutting-edge films from Los Angeles. The raunchy comedy Rock This! follows the desperate exploits of a group of shameless musicians, while Jack & Cocaine is about a couple who share the same profession on the gritty streets of downtown L.A. They soon discover it's not a coincidence they met, but a universal intervention, which forces them to get their lives on a better path. Following the showcase, Marc S. Gordon and Kash Hovey will lead a panel on developing content for new media, micro-budgets and web-distribution. Catch the films and the chat at Tarzana's Columbia College Hollywood.
In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Deej is a story told largely from the inside by DJ Savarese -- not by his parents, autism experts or even the camera. At its core, Deej reflects the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: "Nothing about us without us." This Atlas Performing Arts Center screening of Deej at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Erica Ginsberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for emerging documentary filmmakers headquartered near Washington, DC.
A Hoover hums insistently. The wheel of a bicycle rattles rhythmically. A newspaper crackles. The grill of a refrigerator clangs. When Benoit Charest was tasked with composing the music for the outlandish and inventive 2003 animated film The Triplets of Belleville, he was like a kid in a candy store (or, you know, a man in a hardware store), utilizing all kinds of curious noisemakers alongside more traditional instruments. Now he's back to recreate the brilliant, jazzy, Oscar-nominated score live, with help from Le Terrible Orchestra de Belleville, as the film unfolds before your eyes at the serene, open-air environs of Dallas' Annette Strauss Square.
Charley Brewster enjoys the simple life of a 17-year-old horror fan. He watches all the latest slasher flicks, and really digs the late night horror show "Fright Night." But things start to get a little weird when two guys move in next door. They seem to be spending an awful lot of time alone together ... and also seem to be unusually close with one other. Don't miss this '80s horror classic, presented at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest. Grab double feature tickets to add a screening of another vampire fave, Let the Right One In, to the mix -- or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) and Nathan Lane (The Producers) lead the cast of Angels in America II: Perestroika, to be shown in HD at Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room as part of the National Theatre Live broadcast series. The powerful second part of Tony Kushner's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning epic is set in Reagan-Era New York City, among a colorful array of characters who confront the AIDS crisis along with questions of love, life and the afterlife. Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass) co-star.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 1:00pm
Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for the movies Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale, played by Ian McKellen, is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of the parade of young gay lovers Whale has coming through the residence, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest. See a screening of Gods and Monsters at Peabody Essex Museum as part of the Salem Horror Fest.
Arguably director David Cronenberg's greatest film, Videodrome comes to Cinema Salem for the Salem Horror Festival. Here's your chance to see this visionary, surreal techno-horror classic on the big screen. Melding social satire with outrageous visual style and a large dose of creepiness, the master of body horror tells the story of Max Renn (James Woods), a sleazy president of a UHF TV station who's always looking to push the envelope. When he discovers a mysterious, disturbing broadcast, he tumbles down the rabbit hole of sex, violence and paranoia -- with some bizarre side effects.
Should you go to the movies, or spend the evening outdoors at a park? Thanks to Street Food Cinema, you don't have to choose! Head to the grounds of the Marriott Marquis at the San Diego Marina in the Gaslamp Quarter, grab a delicious meal from one of the participating food trucks, chill to some great live music, and then settle in on your low lawn chair for the night's featured movie on a giant screen. Some weeks feature family movies, and others feature popular films for adult crowds. Giveaways, activities and more make Street Food Cinema a great night of entertainment.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Nightmare Before Christmas -- Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Luxembourg's award-winning illusionist David Goldrake brings magic back to the Tropicana Resort & Casino with Imaginarium. This Las Vegas showcase will inspire you with original and spectacular illusions, innovative experiments of mentalism and daring demonstrations of escapology. Innovative sound, lighting and 3D video mapping transform the stage into the perfect setting for Goldrake's surreal dream world full of fantasy. You're in for much more than mere sleights of hand and run-of-the-mill trickery; these fantastical feats may just shatter your perception of reality.
Sunday September 24, 2017 / 7:00pmTuesday September 26, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pm
The most unusual entry in the Halloween franchise, Halloween III: Season of the Witch doesn't feature Michael Meyers, or any other slasher maniacs. With this installment, original producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill took the series in a new, supernatural direction, focusing on a doctor who is investigating the hot new Halloween item: Silver Shamrock masks. He soon discovers a conspiracy involving an ancient Celtic ritual, but can he stop it in time? You can catch this 1982 cult favorite on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Engage! Your trip to the corners of the universe comes in these hilarious improvised episodes inspired by the hit science fiction fantasy series Star Trek. You don't have to be a super fan to enjoy Phasers on Stun's live illustrations of intergalactic humor, cosmic exploration and planet-hopping adventures -- all improvised on the spot. This improv gang specializes exclusively in Star Trek-inspired episodes about the cosmos, keeping audiences entertained with costumes, aliens and more. Check out this wild and wacky fan-fic spin at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (October Show!)Saturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Nova November Show!)Saturday December 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (December in the Delta Quadrant Show!)
Kick off the Halloween season and bring an arm to squeeze at the Cinema Salem's screening of Get Out, a directorial debut by comedian Jordan Peele (MADtv, Key & Peele). With a whopping 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film places racism on a whole new terrifying level. When Chris and Rose, an interracial couple, head to the suburbs to meet the girlfriend's Caucasian parents, a hidden world of prejudice goes to the extreme to keep the town white. With missing person cases and even fishier cases amongst the residents present, Chris can only imagine what may be coming his way.
Often called the greatest haunted house movie of all time, The Haunting comes to the big screen at the Peabody Essex Museum for the Salem Horror Festival. Based on Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House, this 1963 adaptation directed by Robert Wise stars Julie Harris as one of a group of researchers who assemble in a mansion to investigate its seemingly cursed history. A panel discussion will follow the screening, and New York's Victorian goth-punk band The Long Losts will also perform. Spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Halloween is prime time for horror flicks, so grab a popcorn and a hand to squeeze at Cinema Salem's screening of Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. 13-year-old Poindexter "Fool" Williams and his family are about to get evicted from their house in the ghettos of Los Angeles when Fool goes to their landlords', home to do something about it. Upon breaking into the Robesons' place, they later uncover a group of children under their landlords' stairwell, and that "Mommy and Daddy" are actually siblings harboring children who have resorted to cannibalism to survive.
An All the President's Men for the early 21st century, the Oscar-winning 2015 film Spotlight brought to life the true story of The Boston Globe's investigative journalist unit and its uncovering of the Catholic Church scandal. Now, you can meet the inspiring real-life figure behind the Spotlight unit, as Pulitzer-winning journalist Michael Rezendes comes to the Chicago area at the McAninch Arts Center. While Spotlight and actor Mark Ruffalo shined a light on Rezendes' series on the church, he's led quite a few other major investigations, including into the September 11 attacks, corrupt charities, and abuses in the debt collection industry, for which he was a finalist for another Pulitzer. Don't miss what's sure to be a fascinating night behind the scenes of the Spotlight team.
Get in the Halloween spirit with a double bill of the "gayest horror films ever made." Celebrate the scariest holiday when FilmOut brings two classic slasher flicks to San Diego's Landmark Theatres Hillcrest Cinemas. In Hellbent, two gay men on a date are murdered the night before Halloween in West Hollywood. The killer stalks a group of boys through a Weho festival as Chaz parties, Joey chases his jock crush, Tobey tries dressing in drag and Eddie pursues bad boy Jake -- and not until the very end do you find out who dies and who survives the night of terror. You might've seen Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, but now see it with a gay audience and boy oh boy will you finally see why it has become a cult horror film for gay audiences. Scream yourself hoarse when FilmOut Presents Gay Horror Double Feature: Hellbent and Elm Street 2.
Horror films have rarely felt as visceral as in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. If you're seeing it for the first time or the hundredth, you won't want to miss it on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival. While the "found footage" trend in recent years has tried to capture a certain realism, none of it has equaled the grit and conviction of this low-budget 1974 classic from director Tobe Hooper. A group of teens out in rural Texas stumbles on a house full of psycho cannibals. Needless to say, it doesn't go well for them. Don't miss this screening at Cinema Salem.
American Psycho, the cult horror film starring Christian Bale, takes place in decadent 1980s Manhattan, and follows Patrick Bateman, a slick investment banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. But at night, Bateman takes part in a darker indulgence. Experience this "brilliant and absorbing musical" (London Evening Standard) at Cinema Salem as part of the Salem Horror Fest, a four-week, city-wide celebration of terror this fall. Your double-feature ticket also includes Texas Chainsaw Massacre, another cult classic that follows a handsome serial killer, the woman he loves, and his overly affectionate mother -- all in gory detail. Or, if your appetite for horror is truly insatiable, spring for the VIP All-Access Pass, which includes the Opening Night Party, M Lamar concert, all screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and celebrity appearances throughout the fest.
Based on Stephen King's classic novella, The Mist follows a group of everyday people who take shelter in a supermarket from a mysterious mist that has rolled in, blocking all visibility and drawing the military. As paranoia threatens to overtake them, the group has to work together to survive whatever lurks in the otherworldly fog. Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) directs an ensemble cast that includes Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher and Toby Jones. Don't miss this 2007 nail-biter (soon to be a TV series) on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Candid Camera holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades -- from Allen Funt's debut in 1948 through Peter Funt's recent run on TV Land. Now, Peter's hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behind-the-scenes tales from the show's funniest moments. Enjoy this fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through the decades -- complete with audience participation and special surprises -- when Candid Camera's 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt comes to The Oaks Theater in Oakmont.
Experience some of your favorite movies in an entirely new way as Uptown Underground presents its Live Read Movie Mondays series. These cinematic classics will be acted out as a live parody, read directly from adapted scripts with minimal props and costumes. Iconic scenes are re-imagined and delivered in creative ways, and you'll be able to join along and recite famous lines, re-enact unforgettable scenes and sing memorable songs. Come as you are or dress like your favorite character. Enjoy popcorn and a movie-themed cocktail while you watch your favorite flick come to life and in living color at Uptown Underground.
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One of the more underrated films in the franchise (and one that was hurt most by the dastardly ratings board), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood brings a supernatural element to the series, as it is often referred to as "Jason vs. Carrie," given protagonist Tina's telekinetic abilities. When Jason is freed from his watery grave at Camp Crystal Lake, he returns with a vengeance, until he meets his ultimate match in a powerful teenage foe. This screening, presented by Women With Guts, features a post-film Q&A with actress Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder, the man behind the Jason mask.
Named "one of the freshest, funniest horror-comedies to emerge in Scream's long wake" (Variety) and a hit at last year's SXSW, Tragedy Girls stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as two social media-obsessed high school serial killers who use their online show to whip their small town into a frenzy. Presented as part of Salem Horror Fest, this horror-comedy flick will be paired with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and followed by a Q&A with the film's stars -- Lar Park Lincoln and "man behind the mask" Kane Hodder -- moderated by The Faculty of Horror hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West. Spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
This 1985 camp classic slasher film was the second in a trio of Nightmare on Elm Street movies that enjoyed a cult fan following. Freddy's Revenge explores the homoerotic horrors of high school when the man who's been haunting teenage Jesse's dreams, the dead Freddy Krueger, overtakes Jesse's body as a portal into the living world. Mayhem of course ensues, and you'll be on the edge of your seat at CinemaSalem during this screening as part of the Salem Horror Fest, a four-week, city-wide celebration of terror this fall. A double feature ticket also includes the crime thriller Cruising, starring Al Pacino as a New York City undercover cop investigating the S&M gay subculture. Or, if your appetite for horror is truly insatiable, spring for the VIP All-Access Pass, which includes the Opening Night Party, M Lamar concert, all screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and celebrity appearances throughout the fest.
The one and only Al Pacino ("Hoo-ah!") stars in controversial 1980 crime thriller Cruising, presented at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest. When human remains begin washing up in the Hudson River, the NYPD sends an undercover officer to infiltrate the underground S&M subculture of New York's Meatpacking District. Grab double feature tickets to add a screening of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge to the mix, or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
The 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In turned the vampire movie on its head, blending the coming-of-age drama with horror. Oskar, a bullied, lonely young teen, strikes up a friendship with Eli, the mysterious girl who just moved in next door. He soon notices some odd things about Eli, and as their relationship deepens, she lets him in on her secret, leading to a terrifying climax. This international hit spawned an American remake, but the original remains the best version. Now you can catch Let the Right One In on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Playing like a modern-day (and eerily prescient) episode of The Twilight Zone, John Carpenter's Reagan-era satirical science fiction horror flick They Live has grown into a cult classic in the nearly 30 years since its release. Apart from some kick-ass fight scenes featuring actor/pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and some skull-faced alien imagery that'll seep into your unconscious, the movie's also a clever, chilling satire of consumerist society and -- as timely as ever -- the feeling that the people around you are just blindly following the dictates of their designated leaders. Grab double feature tickets to add a little classic Stephen King horror to your night with a screening of The Mist, or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more. "Obey" your classic horror-lovin' heart and don't miss this classic flick at Cinema Salem, part of the Salem Horror Fest.
Love horror? Then you just might let out a bloodcurdling scream for The Horror Show, a podcast in which two childhood friends "dissect, mutilate, dismember and butcher" all the horror movies you love (as well as the ones you love to hate), weaving funny insights and personal anecdotes into weekly reviews and discussions. Whether it's watching every Tobe Hooper movie ever made or trying to make sense of movies like Rumpelstiltskin and Poultrygeist, The Horror Show gives every horror flick a fair shot at being picked on. Go behind the curtain and experience a live taping of The Horror Show at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest.