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.

ArcLight Presents... It's Alive!
Now through Oct 31
Multiple ArcLight Cinemas

This October at ArcLight Cinemas, film’s favorite monsters terrorize the big screen with ArcLight Presents… It’s Alive! Experience the best that the genre has to offer as we span a lifetime of thrills and chills that will be sure to leave you petrified.

New Bev Horror Screenings
Now through Oct 31
New Bev

Multiple horror screenings throughout the month.

Melrose Rooftop Cinema Horror Screenings
Select Nights Starting Oct 1st
EP & LP Restaurant
603 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 
$15 and up
Starting with Beetlejuice and ending with the original "IT"  there a slew of horror films to see in October with the sky as your roof.

Foreign Horror Throwback Thursdays October
Thursdays, 7:30pm
Oct 5 Timecrimes
Oct 12 The Host
Oct 19 Trollhunter
Oct 26 Let The Right One In
NoHo 7

Every Thursday night a horror film from another country, all of which are quite entertaining.

 Oct 6 - 7 - 8: DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
(1920 - silent with pipe organ accompaniment)
Oct 13 - 14 - 15:  NOSFERATU
(1922 - silent with pipe organ accompaniment)
(1923 - silent with pipe organ accompaniment)
Oct 27 - 28 - 29: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
(1925 - silent with pipe organ accompaniment)
 SHOWTIMES ARE:Friday 8:15pm, Saturday 2:30pm and 8:15pm, Sunday 2:30pm
Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
$10 regular admission
$8 seniors (62+)

Many classic horror films to see with pipe organ!

October 6 - 15
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

"You're in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy return from 17th-century Salem after they're accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters! It's a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth – but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat!"

All-Night Horror Show 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Starting at 7:30pm
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sales will begin on Oct 01, 2017 12:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
*This will sell out quick, it always does.

"Join us for a New Beverly tradition, the annual "All-Night Horror Show" featuring six rare feature films along with an incredible assortment of trailers, cartoons and shorts for a 12-hour marathon of the most mindblowing horror ever released on film! All titles will remain secret until they unspool on screen to surprise, shock and amaze our audience. Will you make it until the end when the survivors exit into the daylight."

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 Return of the Living Dead - Midnight
Friday, October 13 at 11:55 PM - 1:30 AM
Landmark's Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025

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.
HAUSU - Presented by: Haunted Little Tokyo
Fri, October 13, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 Haunted Little Tokyo is pleased to present a screening of the 1977 cult Japanese Horror classic, HAUSU, by Nobuhiko Obayashi. A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Bing Theater 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The first original screenplay by horror master Stephen King, a tribute to the E.C. Comics thriller comics of the 1950s, was the basis of this 1982 film. The movie was his much-anticipated collaboration with Night of the Living Dead director, and King inspiration, George A. Romero.

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.

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. 

Dark Water - Presented by: Haunted Little Tokyo
Fri, October 20, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Haunted Little Tokyo is pleased to present a screening of the 2002 Japanese Horror drama, Dark Water, by Hideo Nakata. Adivorced mother moves into a rundown apartment with her daughter. They experience supernatural occurrences including a mysterious water leak from the floor above.

Oct 20 - Oct 31 
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
First released in 1993, Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was directed by Henry Selick (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday.

Halloween Film Pestival
Sat, October 21, 2017
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM 
Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free, RSVP

Move aside witches, ghouls, and ghosts, this Halloween is all about things that crawl, fly, and sting! Western Exterminator, a local leader in the pest control industry, is proud to host the first ever Halloween Film Pestival. Bug eats and treats with free bug based movies.

Halloween & Mourning Movie Night
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:30 PM
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Free for Museum members and $10 for the general public.
Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy to enjoy a classic scary movie at Heritage Square. Feature TBD.

The George A. Romero Official Tribute and Memorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 8:00 PM
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Regular General Admission – $30
*VIP General Admission – $50
Join us with George’s family and close friends as we celebrate the life and career of the legendary horror filmmaker, who passed away on July 16, 2017 at the age of 77. Romero, who pioneered the Zombie film genre with the 1968 feature Night of the Living Dead, made an indelible imprint on the industry and inspired a multitude of influential directors and actors.
Help us celebrate his legacy with a Q&A with celebrity fans and friends, followed by a screening of George’s classic Warner Bros. film CREEPSHOW, starring Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen King, Hal Holbrook, and Adrienne Barbeau, among others.

Halloween Horror 2017
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 - Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Egyptian and Aero Theatres 
 Get your Halloween thrills and chills with horror films in late October! We kick things off with NAILS, about a young woman who wakes up in a hospital after an accident only to discover that a malevolent presence lurks in the halls. The new indie shocker makes its U.S. premiere here with director and star in person. Our annual Horrothon will keep you up from dusk to dawn with seven scary features - AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, POPCORN, THE TINGLER, HACK-O-LANTERN, SHOCKER, BRAINSCAN and DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS - plus between-film craziness and free food and drinks! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis return in seasonal favorite GHOSTBUSTERS, presented in 70mm. Russ Tamblyn, Claire Bloom and Julie Harris lead the ghost busters in Robert Wise's atmospheric THE HAUNTING. And don't miss our Halloween night screening of cult classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS with star Candace Hilligoss in person!

Thu 10/26 @ 7:30pm
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
Special showing of Shawn of the Dead, talk of free t-shirts, nothing confirmed.

All Night Horrorthon
Sat, Oct 28, 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Special Horrorthon prices: General $25, Student/Senior $23, Members $20 - includes all-night food and coffee.

Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s 12th annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers and crazy shorts, this movie marathon feels like rowdiest and most bizarre sleepover you’ll ever attend. Expect special appearances by the beloved Corngorn and his bride, Frost Nixon, Wizard Policeman, George Washingmachine and more from the Horrorthon canon. Be prepared to be showered with candy from Randy and DVDs at random. Pack your pillows and survival kits and don’t be shy…the louder you scream, the better your chances of being crowned Mister Horrorthon 2017. Oh, and did we mention stack upon stacks of free pizza and Monster drinks?
Ju-On: The Grudge - Presented by: Haunted Little Tokyo
Sat, October 28, 2017
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Haunted Little Tokyo is pleased to present a screening of the 2002 Japanese Horror sensation, Ju-On: The Grudge, by Takashi Shimizu. A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Saturday October 28th, 2017
2:00 PM 
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

Soon after sound took hold in the movie industry, Hollywood studios experimented with ways to attract Spanish-speaking audiences. Using Latin-American actors, technicians and directors, they shot Spanish-language versions of their films on the same sets. Notable among these alternate versions is this stylish adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. Directed by George Melford, Drácula was filmed at night during the production of the 1931 English-language version that starred Bela Lugosi.

Monday October 30th, 7:30 PM 
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
$3.00 - $5.00
An instant classic from Del Toro that's way way darker then it should be.  Panelists: producer Bertha Navarro, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, and actors Doug Jones and Ivana Baquero (schedules permitting).

Halloween Screening: Dawn of the Dead

Pioneering director and horror icon George Romero unleashed onto unsuspecting viewers the modern film zombie—a specter that remains a shockingly adaptable metaphor for contemporary life. In honor of the late master of the undead, we screen one of his classics, Dawn of the Dead. Like Night of the Living Dead before it, Dawn helped shape the zombie genre and tapped into the zeitgeist of its historical moment with a deft combination of blood, tension, and social satire.


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

Urban Death
Oct 5-31
Zombie Joes Underground Theatre Group at ZJU Theater
4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91601
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group’s ALL-NEW fun and frightening, Haunted-Halloween theatrical attraction for 2017, steering theater-goers and thrill-seekers through a terrifying “Urban Death” maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbed spirits that walk among us!

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

 Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. — 10 p.m.*
* Haunted house opens promptly at 7 p.m.: don’t be late — people will be dying to get in.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
 • General Admission: $15
• Kids 6-15: $10
• Ages 5 and under: free

 Theatricum BOO-tanicum — Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 7th annual Halloween extravaganza, highlighted by its unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festive food and libations, performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid; and more. Beware of zombie thespians! Come on down… if you dare.

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