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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series compiled by:Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by Beth Hanna.

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< October 2010 >>>

Halloween Horror


More Blood, Gore & Terror at the Egyptian Theatre!



Nothing invokes dread like tales about the dead! Join us at the Egyptian Theatre for our bone-chilling, spine-tingling program of anthology films with ghastly and ghoulish stories to tell, including TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE: THE MOVIE, DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, BLACK SABBATH, TALES FROM THE HOOD and FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM.

On the Halloween weekend, the Cinematheque serves up an array of frightening, freaky and downright funny delights! At the Egyptian is a Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff double feature of THE RAVEN and THE BLACK CAT, a horror-themed Web Night and GHOSTBUSTERS in 70mm! At the Aero, Richard Kelly will be in person to do a live commentary with DONNIE DARKO, and director Peter Medak and producer Joel Michaels will be in person with their haunting 1980 ghost story THE CHANGELING. And Horrorthon addicts, the agonizing wait is over! Our 5th Annual Horrorthon includes a bevy of wicked delicacies which will satisfy your horror cravings all night long: FRIGHT NIGHT, DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, PHANTASM, CANDYMAN, CEMETARY MAN and BLOODY BIRTHDAY! Finally, on Halloween night itself, be prepared for the cult classic THE MONSTER SQUAD with director Fred Dekker in person for a Q&A.



Friday, October 15 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: HALLOWEEN, 1978, 91 min. Dir. John Carpenter. Jamie Lee Curtis (in her first major role) stars as the resilient Laurie, who’s aware that evil stalks the shady streets and living rooms of her small town, in the form of escaped psychopath Michael Myers. Trailer

THE FOG, 1980, Stuart Lisell, 91 min. Dir. John Carpenter. There’s atmosphere to burn in this spooky saga of bloodthirsty ghost pirates vengefully returning to decimate a sleepy California coastal town on the 100th anniversary of their shipwreck. Adrienne Barbeau is the spunky DJ sounding the alarm from her lighthouse-based radio station while the undead use the title mist as cover in their gory siege. With Jamie Lee Curtis. Trailer | Buy Tickets




Friday, October 29 – 7:30 PM

THE CHANGELING, 1980, Joel B. Michaels/Garth Drabinsky Productions, 109 min. Director Peter Medak’s superb ghost story has been recently rediscovered for what it is: one of the most chillingly effective portraits of the supernatural made in the past 30 years. George C. Scott stars as a musician, grieving over the recent deaths of his wife and daughter, who moves into a drafty old mansion - only to find it inhabited by the spirit of a young and very restless ghost. Discussion following with director Peter Medak and producer Joel Michaels. Trailer | Buy Tickets




Saturday, October 30 – 7:30 PM

5TH ANNUAL DUSK-TO-DAWN HORRORTHON: Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s fifth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises!

Coffee courtesy of Peet's Coffee and Tea, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen's Beverage and prizes and giveaways courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

FRIGHT NIGHT, 1985, Sony Repertory, 106 min. Dir. Tom Holland. In this Vampire favorite, Tom Holland (CHILD’S PLAY) creates a blend of true creepiness and ‘80s horror movie fun. After seeing a coffin carried into the house next door, young Charley Brewster believes his neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. Desperate to convince anyone, he enlists Roddy McDowell, who steals the show as the television vampire hunter who is truly a coward. Great visual effects by Richard Edlund. Trailer

DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (aka THE FORGOTTEN), 1973, Grindhouse Releasing, 89 min. Dir. S.F. Brownrigg. Before there was SHUTTER ISLAND, before there was ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST, there was this drive-in gem. A young nurse arrives at a secluded sanitarium to find that the doctor has been murdered. The new staff's odd treatment is to allow the patients to walk freely. The inmates, a crazed nymphomaniac, a paranoid Vietnam vet, the mother of a baby doll and a wild assortment of the lobotomized and the giggling begin to torment the nurse. Trailer

CANDYMAN, 1992, Sony Repertory, 99 min. Perhaps the greatest horror film of the ‘90s is this cerebral and chilling classic by director Bernard Rose, based on Clive Barker's The Forgotten. Virginia Madsen plays a grad student researching urban legends when she comes across the tale of Candyman, a frightening one-armed man who appears when you look into a mirror five times; he’s played brilliantly by Tony Todd. Score by Phillip Glass. Trailer

BLOODY BIRTHDAY, 1981, 85 MIN. Dir. Ed Hunt. Three children are born during the climax of a total eclipse. With the sun and the moon blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, the children are born heartless and cruel. They begin murdering adults and a boy and his sister become prey as they unravel the secret. Trailer

PHANTASM, 1979, 88 min. Don Coscarelli burst onto the scene with his first horror film, an eerie and totally original cult classic. Two brothers discover something evil lurks within their neighborhood cemetery and soon find themselves battling the Tall Man, one of the scariest villains in horror history, played to masterful effect by Angus Scrimm. Trailer

CEMETERY MAN (aka DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE), 1996, 105 min. Dir. Michele Soavi. Rupert Everett is Francesco Dellamorte, a lonely, romantic caretaker who needs to keep killing the undead that stubbornly rise from the graves in his cemetery. Print courtesy of the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. In Italian with English subtitles. Trailer Special Horrorthon prices: General $20, Student/Senior $18, Members $15 - includes all-night snacks. No passes. Buy Tickets



Sunday, October 31 – 5:00 PM

THE MONSTER SQUAD, 1987, Paramount, 82 min. Dir. Fred Dekker. In this cult classic, young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gill-man. With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein’s monster) and Duncan Regehr (as Dracula). Discussion following with director Fred Dekker. Stop by the Aero Theatre for lots of Halloween candy! Join Every Picture Tells A Story for pre-screening Halloween fun, including candy, Buy Tickets