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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Halloween 2017: Horror Festivals, Screenings & Entertainment

Horror Festivals & Screenings

Beyond Fest 2017
Sept 29-Oct 10
Egyptian Theatre

Where to even start with the selection, it's not Fantastic Fest, but damn, it might be my favorite film festival LA has. You're a close second SpectreFest, but you in trouble with The Cinefamily being out right now.

They're showing some amazing horror cult classics like Slumber Party Massacre 1 & 2 with guests in person. Hellraiser has an anniversary screening and Suspiria, a horror gem I keep hearing about on the Shock Waves podcast that's 40 years old and is being remade for this year, weird.

There's so many free screenings too. I'm not sure why, but lucky if you can make it, you got to go in person to grab a seat for those.

Shriekfest Film Festival
Oct 5-8th
Raleigh Studios
655 N. Van Ness
Los Angeles, CA 90038

A highlight of the Halloween season. Start it off right by seeing some horror movies early and seeing some films that might be a year or two before they reach streaming. As always, check the selection for something that just fits your taste.

Screamfest Horror Festival
Oct 10-19
Chinese Theaters
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Some of the top horror films come out early before a wider release at this 10 day event. Screamfest each year has at least one horror film festival you'll have to go see after building up hype for it.

Cinespia's October/Halloween Screenings
Oct 7 & Oct 21
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The October schedule will include the following screenings:
  • Saturday, October 7 (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) – Grab your proton pack and join us for a fun fall screening of Ghostbusters (1984) starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. Tickets are $16.
  • Saturday, October 21 (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) – There is no better way to celebrate the life and incredible career of the late George A. Romero than a special screening of Night of the Living Dead (1968) under the stars at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Tickets are $16.
THE SHINING (35mm!) screening at the Vista!
Oct 14
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (35mm!) screening at the Vista!
Oct 20
Oct 27
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027
Three horror movie classics in 35mm.


Hallowe'en Spooktacular
Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, November 5
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90026

This hour-long revue is family friendly and terrifyingly fun. Over one hundred spirited puppets rally together to unearth everything on strings; from the xylo- bone playing ghouls, to the soulful laments of Dracula and Vampira and a bone rattling soiree of glow-in-the-dark skeletons, flitting the night away in their secret moonlit Cabaret. Bob Baker’s Hallowe'en Spooktacular is sure to whisk you away to “the place where imagination dwells” - and sometimes, lurks...

Wicked Lit 2017
September 29 – November 11, 2017
(preview performance on September 28)
Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena

"Back for the 8th year at Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery, Wicked Lit 2017 features dynamic adaptations of classic horror literature presented as an immersive theatre experience!"

A 4 live play experience unfolds in front of you in a mausoleum and cemetery. And you're not sitting, you're following the shows.

The plays:
Thoth's Labyrinth
The Damned Thing
The Open Door+ Liliom

Sweet Sorrow A Zombie Ballet
Sunday, October 8 at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m..
Lanterman Auditorium
4491 Cornishon Avenue
La CaƱada Flintridge, CA 91011

Beautifully awkward and gorgeously creepy, this original classical ballet continues Shakespeare's story of Romeo and Juliet after their deaths. Vampires, witches, zombies and more usher in the Halloween season with a tale of love after death.

Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th!!!
Friday October 13 11:59pm
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027  

It's Halloween season. It's Friday the 13th. Why not watch the original - Friday the 13th? Join your favorite nerd/geek pop culture revival film series, Nerds Like Us, for an evening of scares, laughs, and fun. As always, we will have a costume contest, and other fun before the film starts.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM

Trepany HouseThe Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Drive-In Screening with special guests John Landis, Mick Garris and Stuart Gordon.

Goblin w/ Mondo Drag at The Regent Theater
Thursday, November 2 at 8 PM

The Regent Theater
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA
$23.50 Advance Standing / $38.50 Advance Seated / $31 Standing Day of Show / $46 Seated Day of Show