The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, October 24 (7:30 p.m.)
The Monster Squad (TriStar Pictures, 1987)
The Monster Squad, a secret club of five pre-teen, old-horror-movie loving boys, find their obsession with the genre useful when their town in suddenly invaded by the Wolfman, Frankenstein, the Mummy and Gill-Man, all led by Dracula, who is trying to locate a powerful amulet that has the potential for serious disaster. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Although you can never regain childhood innocence, you can find compensation in being able to appreciate the artistry with which director Fred Dekker and co-writer Shane Black (who also wrote Lethal Weapon) have brought to this horror comedy-adventure aimed at youngsters.” Thomas also praised the special effects by Oscar-winner Richard Edlund and the monster makeup effects by Oscar-winning supervisor Stan Winston. Rated PG-13. 35mm archival film print. 79 min.
Friday, October 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Friday the 13th (Paramount, 1980 – rated R*)
Twenty years after several mysterious deaths shut it down, Camp Crystal Lake reopens–but the place clearly hasn’t shaken its “death curse,” as a deranged killer terrorizes the teen counselors in this original version of the classic slasher flick. Gruesome makeup and effects, an attractive young cast of then unknowns (including Kevin Bacon, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson and Peter Brouwer) and an iconic villain make this horror film a genre-defining classic for the ages. This gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham made a killing at the box office and was followed by eleven sequels, a television series, novels, comic books, video games, and tie‑in merchandise, making it one of the longest-running horror film series. 35mm archival film print. 95 min. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Saturday, October 26 (2 p.m.)
The Witches (Warner Bros., 1990)
A little boy and his kindly grandmother try to thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Great Britain of children by turning them into mice. This dark fantasy comedy is based on the 1983 children’s novel by Roald Dahl and features imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson’s creature shop. Directed by Nicolas Roeg, the film stars a deliciously wicked Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, with Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson, and Jasen Fisher in the supporting cast. The Witches was nominated for five Saturn awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films and Huston won a Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics. Rated PG. 35mm archival film print. 91 min.
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