For the second year in a row, Riverside Drive-In Theatre will ring in spring with the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama. The weekend event will deliver two consecutive nights of original 35 mm prints which will start at dusk and continue late into the night. This year, guests can enjoy eight classic, definitive horror and monster movies from the 1970s and 80s. See films below:
Friday, April 25th
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Loosely based on a true story, this 1976 low-budget thriller follows a group of Texas Rangers on the hunt for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Arkansas town in 1946. Directed by and starring Charles B. Pierce.
Adapted from the novel by Stephen King, and directed by Brian De Palma, this beloved 1976 work follows a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Includes performances by Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, and P. J. Soles.
Giallo master Dario Argento created an artful cult classic with the story of an American ballerina (Jessica Harper) who transfers to a German dance academy controlled by a sinister coven. Also known for its spooky soundtrack by the prog-rock group Goblin.
The Hills Have Eyes
Director Wes Craven launched his career with this 1977 film about a family terrorized by a group of savage mutants in the Nevada desert. Stars horror regulars Dee Wallace and Michael Berryman.
Saturday, April 26th
Filmmaker John Carpenter created a horror institution with this seminal slasher flick about the masked psychopath Michael Myers. Features scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and actor Donald Pleasence.
The Beast Within
Known for its excellent makeup and special effects, this 1982 film follows a teenage boy – the product of a monster-on-human rape – who undergoes horrific transformations.
This imaginative creeper from Don Coscarelli pits a young boy against the mysterious Tall Man, an undertaker who enslaves reanimated corpses. The film defies genre conventions with its dreamy, surreal style and bizarre take on the battle between good and evil.
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
This ultra low-budget horror comedy follows six friends who dig up a corpse named Orville and use it in a satanic ritual to raise the dead. Director Bob Clark went on to helm a long and varied list of movies, including Porky’s and A Christmas Story.
Gates open at 7 p.m. with films starting at dusk. Each evening will also include an array of vintage monster and exploitation movie trailers, cartoons, and concession stand classics in between features. Admission is $10 per person each night, free for children 12 and under with parent or adult guardian. Overnight camping is available on both nights for an additional $10 per person. Breakfast and access to restroom and shower facilities are provided.