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<< October 25 - 31, 2007 >>>

Halloween Horror & the Annual Halloween Horror-thon

 


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This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!

 

Halloween is here! It’s time to eat trick-or-treat candy with friends, not to mention all the zombies, ghosts, demons, possessed children and serial killers that will be lurking in the neighborhood this time of year! Enjoy ghost stories in gothic black and white with THE HAUNTING and THE UNINVITED, horror from technology and space with DEMON SEED and THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978), and a good, old-fashioned heartwarming tale about Satan with the original Richard Donner classic, THE OMEN. Relive your 1980’s VHS Saturday night horror movie sleepover with hundreds of your closest strangers at the Aero Theatre’s second annual, all-night big screen horrorthon. Enjoy gore galore with Fulci’s THE BEYOND and THE GATES OF HELL and marvel at the timelessness of the classic midnight movie, FREAKS. Experience horrorthon fun with RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and Stuart Gordon’s FROM BEYOND. See the most disturbing Wes Craven film ever, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and enjoy a busload of radioactive tots dissolving innocent townspeople with THE CHILDREN. With food, vintage horror trailers and surprises. Stay up all night and don’t sleep, we will provide your nightmares.

 

 

Thursday, October 25 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE HAUNTING, 1963, Warners Bros., 112 min. Dir. Robert Wise. "Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone…" Paranormal researcher Richard Johnson leads a team of clairvoyants (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom) to determine if the notorious, bad karma-filled Hill House is truly haunted. What he doesn’t bargain for is intensely neurotic Harris developing an unhealthy sensitivity to the mansion’s evil-charged atmosphere. Based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House, this is one of the all-time classics of the genre. In supernatural cinemascope! With Russ Tamblyn.

 

THE UNINVITED, 1944, Universal, 98 min. Siblings Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey move into a seaside home and quickly discover that they aren't the only tenants in this classic ghost story. Director Lewis Allen lays on the atmosphere, and the performers provide the emotional weight, in a thriller that's as smart as it is scary. A beautifully crafted horror movie for adults in the tradition that would later be elaborated upon by the likes of Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick. Also starring the hauntingly beautiful Gail Russell. NOT ON DVD

 


Friday, October 26 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:
DEMON SEED
, 1977, Warner Bros., 94 min. "Never was a woman violated so profanely... Never was a woman subjected to inhuman love like this... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny...Julie Christie carries the "Demon Seed" Fear for Her." Based on the Dean R. Koontz novel and directed by Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE), this provocative, imaginative sci-fi thriller is even more relevant today than when it was originally released. Scientist Fritz Weaver’s supercomputer decides it wants to impregnate his wife Julie Christie with its artificially-created DNA, in a sinister attempt to take over the world with its hybrid progeny! A terrifying cat-and-mouse game follows as Christie is trapped alone in the house with the omniscient computer. The cinematography was lensed by Bill Butler (JAWS) and the music score was composed by Jerry Fielding (THE WILD BUNCH; STRAW DOGS). With memorable voice work by Robert Vaughn as Proteus IV.

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, 1978, MGM Repertory, 115 min. Dir. Philip Kaufman. A deftly handled, scary re-imagining of both Jack Finney’s source novel and Don Siegel’s original 1956 movie, with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, and Leonard Nimoy trying to deal with the sudden influx of body-snatching alien seed pods in the San Francisco Bay area. With Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leilia Goldoni and Don Siegel as a cab driver. Cinematography by Michael Chapman (RAGING BULL;TAXI DRIVER).

 

 

Saturday, October 27 - 7:30 PM
DUSK-TO-DAWN HORRORTHON:

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1985, MGM Repertory, 90 min. "They’re Back … They’re Hungry … And they’re NOT Vegetarian!!" Director/writer Dan O’Bannon’s gory, gleeful, punk-rock godfather of SHAUN OFTHE DEAD. An unofficial "sequel" to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, gas canisters leak at a medical supply warehouse, evaporate and then inadvertently rain down on the nearby cemetery and mortuary. Much skull-splitting, brain-eating hilarity ensues … along with a punked-out Linnea Quigley’s unforgettable erotic cemetery dance! With a wonderful team-of Clu Gullager and Don Calfa as Burt and Ernie. Production design by William Stout. With a great soundtrack provided by The Damned, Roky Erickson, The Flesh Eaters and The Cramps. "send……… more……paramedics."

FREAKS, 1932, Warner Bros., 64 min. Dir. Tod Browning. Based on the simple moral that beauty is on the inside comes this inspired tale of circus life, which feels almost like a documentary. Drawing from his past experience working for the circus, DRACULA director Tod Browning cast actual people with handicaps and deformities instead of using special effects and makeup, unthinkable for the time. Although banned in the U.K. for thirty years, it was later selected for preservation in 1994 by the United States National Film Registry as one of the greatest films of all time. Cleopatra, the trapeze artist and Hercules, the strongman plot to kill the side show midget and gain his inheritance. With never-again duplicated eerie performances by real life brother and sister Daisy and Harry Earles as Hans and Frieda. Featuring the beautiful conjoined Hilton Twins, Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow as Zip and Pip the pinheads, Johnny Eck as Johnny the half boy and the unforgettable Prince Randian as the human Torso with the most amazing cigarette smoking scene in film history. "Gooble gobble, gooble gobble, we accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us!"

FROM BEYOND, 1986, MGM Repertory, 85 min. Dir. Stuart Gordon. Following up last year’s horrorthon presentation of RE-ANIMATOR is yet another great Stuart Gordon film based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Jeffrey Combs, Ted Sorel, and Barbara Crampton are plunged into a terrifying alternate universe when an ambitious scientist decides to forcibly evolve Man’s sixth sense organ. This opens up the gate to another dimension, mutating human beings and unleashing monstrous creatures from the netherworld. A wildly imaginative romp through a gleefully cruel horror wonderland. With the original DAWN OF THE DEAD’s Ken Foree.

THE BEYOND, 1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 87min. Dir. Lucio Fulci. A semi-sequel to THE GATES OF HELL, this is Fulci’s masterpiece. A Louisiana hotel that may or may not contain a doorway to hell, is the atmospheric setting for this beautiful and hauntingly surreal film. Fulci's tribute to Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty is not so much a film as a stunning series of brutal images. Faces eaten by spiders, seeing-eye dogs gone mad, men loosing eyeballs, and of course blood-soaked bodies -- a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo of gore. With David Warbeck (TWINS OF EVIL), Catriona MacColl (HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY). The production design by Massimo Lentini (INFERNO) warrants singling out.

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, 1972, MGM Repertory, 83 min. Wes Craven’s (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET; THE HILLS HAVE EYES) directorial debut is an audacious, grueling and all-too-believable grindhouse remake of Ingmar Bergman’s THE VIRGIN SPRING. A film so horrifying and controversial it has yet to receive its British certificate for release, and was accompanied in the U.S. with the tagline, "To avoid fainting, keep repeating-it's only a movie..." A pack of degenerate psycho killers led by the deliciously slimy David Hess unknowingly find a night’s lodging with one of their teen victim’s families, to their ultimately gory woe. Along with contemporaries George Romero and Tobe Hooper, Craven proved with LAST HOUSE… to be in the vanguard of a startlingly imaginative, high voltage rejuvenation of world horror cinema. Produced by FRIDAY THE 13TH’s director Sean S. Cunningham.

THE CHILDREN, 1980, 93 min. Dir. Max Kalmanowicz. "Thank God they're somebody else's!" In the great horror tradition of a fictional New England town setting, comes the tale of a yellow radioactive gas leak which blows its way into a busload of children. The children go missing, only to return as zombified, black fingernailed killer kids who can burn people’s flesh by a simple touch. Featuring Marvin Shakar (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER) and Gale Garnett (MAD MONSTER PARTY). Scored by Harry Manfredini (FRIDAY THE 13TH)

THE GATES OF HELL (aka CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), 1980, Grindhouse Releasing, 93 min. Dir. Lucio Fulci. Do you like great photography, supernatural themes, painful insertions of carpentry tools, portals to Hell, vomiting-up of intestines and maggot-dripping zombies? If yes, then this is the film for you. Gruesome savant Fulci directs his follow up to ZOMBIE. A priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery of Dunwich, and the horrific act opens the gates of hell. Zombies soon follow. A reporter, a psychic, a psychiatrist and his patient must close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead will destroy the world. In a very creatively violent and gory way of course. Fantastic make-up by Gino de Rossi and cinematography by Sergio Salvate. Special Horrothon Prices: General $20, Student/Senior $18, Members $15 -- includes all night snacks and food.

 

Wednesday, October 31 - 7:30 PM
THE OMEN, 1976, Warner Bros., 111 min. Director Richard Donner's breakthrough film was the best of the inevitable demonic possession thrillers that flooded theatres in the wake of THE EXORCIST's success. A riveting blend of studio respectability (with a classy cast that includes Gregory Peck and Lee Remick) and exploitation gusto (in the form of some of the most creative death scenes this side of Argento), this story of a couple's discovery that their cute little boy is the Anti-Christ still has the power to shock. An escapist rollercoaster ride with a very dark edge, this is one of the most unabashedly entertaining films of the 1970's. Award winning cinematography by Gilbert Taylor (STAR WARS) and an Oscar-winning score by Jerry Goldsmith. Also features David Warner and Dr. Who's Patrick Troughton.