Chills, Thrills, and Riffs: Pittsburgh Does Halloween 2013

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Limited releases can wait til November. Instead, Pittsburgh movie theaters are counting down to Halloween with plenty of horror films and holiday happenings.

21 Nights of Fright – Oaks Theater

The Oaks Theater has a solid line-up of classic horror films screening all through October. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors 62 and up, youths 17 and under, and students with ID.

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Horror at the Manor – Manor Theatre

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Movie goers can find a plenty of spooky films at the Manor Theatre all month long. The schedule begins on Oct. 5th with Jaws, and continues with Poltergeist on Oct. 12th, The Shining on Oct. 19th, and The Exorcist on Oct. 26th. See website for showtimes. Tickets are $9.25,  $6.50 for children 12 & under, and $7 for seniors.

RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead

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The RiffTrax Live cinema series has been racking in the laughs with its celebrated comedic treatment of films since 2009. On Oct. 24th, the stars of RiffTrax—Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking Mystery Science Theater 3000)—are back for a hilarious never-before-seen take on Pittsburgh filmmaker George Romero‘s zombie movie Night of the Living Dead. The event streams live  at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.50, $10.50 for children, $11.50 for students and seniors. For tickets and participating area theaters, visit the Fathom Events website.

Birth of the Living Dead – Harris Theater

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Speaking of Night of the Living Dead, head to the Harris Theater to see how Romero’s 1968 low budget horror film shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. Director Robert Kuhns‘ documentary Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During the process, Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster – one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh. Birth of the Living Dead opens on Oct. 25th. Tickets are $8, $7 for students and seniors.

Halloween Party with Chilly Billy – Hollywood Theater

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Along with the many horror screenings taking place at Hollywood Theater this month – including new releases like the supernatural thriller I Will Follow You Into the Dark and the monster movie Big Ass Spider! – the venue will also throw a special Halloween costume party. On Oct. 26th, the event pays tribute to Chiller Theater with footage from the classic Pittsburgh TV program, an appearance by host Bill “Chilly Billy” Cardille, a showing of the 1954 flick Creature from the Black Lagoon (a 35mm print and in 3D), and a costume contest. Scary snacks, along with adult and kid beverages, will be provided. Doors open at 6 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at Showclix, $20 at the door. Admission includes two drink tickets.

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