Category: Drive-Ins

Steel City Massacre: Pittsburgh Does Halloween 2017

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It’s that time of year again, and Pittsburgh has tons of movie events to get you in the Halloween spirit. Scare yourself all month long with festive horror screenings, parties, and festivals.

The Indie Horror Drive-In Film Festival – Riverside Drive-In Theatre

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Family Possessions

On October 6-7, the Riverside Drive-In Theatre will present a creepy crop of short and feature-length independent works for the second annual Indie Horror Drive-In Film Festival. See schedule below:

October 6:

7:35 p.m. – The Blood Shed

8 p.m. – Close Calls 

10:30 p.m. – Pool Party Massacre

12 a.m. – 3 Dead Trick or Treaters

October 7:

7:35 – 8 p.m. – The Stylist and Knob Goblins

8 p.m. – Circus of the Dead

10 p.m. – Family Possessions

11:45 p.m. – Shorts Block with John The Carpenter, Born Again, and Gwilliam 

12:20 a.m. – Space Babes from Outer Space

Admission to the Indie Horror Drive-In Film Festival costs $8 per night.

Haunted Oaks Film Festival – Oaks Theater

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Blue Mountain Motel: The Innkeeper

On October 7, the Oaks Theater will showcase 13 locally made short films during the Haunted Oaks Film Festival. Selections include Blue Mountain Motel: The Innkeeper by Nathan King and Seth Smiley and the 2016 48 Hour Horror Film Project film When Madness Creeps In. The event also includes a cocktail hour where guests enjoy $5 and mingle with cast, crew and fellow horror lovers, a directors Q&A, and a chance to cast your ballot for the Audience Award. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

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Manor At Midnight – Manor Theatre

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The freaks come out at night when the Manor Theatre presents their latest Midnight at the Manor movie lineup. The schedule includes David Cronenberg’s The Fly (October 7), the horror comedy What We Do In The Shadows (October 14), a restored print of Night Of The Living Dead (October 20 and 21), and The Shining (October 28). All shows will start at midnight, with the exception of Night Of The Living Dead. Please note that there will be two Night Of The Living Dead shows each evening at 10:45 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.

Row House Cinema: Midnight Edition – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will present three horror hits for their Midnight Edition series. Selections include the 2014 indie Goodnight Mommy (October 7), the J-horror classic Ringu (October 21), and the Guillermo del Toro film The Devil’s Backbone (October 28). Tickets to all shows cost $10.

AMC Waterfront 22: Classic Movie Nights – AMC Loews Waterfront 22

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AMC Loews Waterfront 22 will inject some horror into its Classic Movie Nights series with a few spooky selections. On October 6, it’s the 1975 cult musical Rocky Horror Picture Show, followed by the witchy romantic comedy Practical Magic on October 11, Friday the 13th on Friday, October 13 (of course), The Lost Boys on October 18, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice on October 25, and The Crow on October 30. Tickets cost $5. VIP seating is also available.

Friday the 13th Movie and Beer Tasting – Oaks Theater

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On October 12, enjoy a bloody good time when the Oaks Theater pairs beer with a screening of the slasher classic Friday the 13th. The 1980 film pits a group of teen camp counselors against a killer with a ruthless vendetta. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8.

The Old Dark House – Hollywood Theater

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From October 13-15, the Hollywood Theater resurrects a lost horror gem when it shows the new 4K restoration of The Old Dark House (1932). Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale added a comic spin to his adaptation of the 1927 J. B. Priestley novel Benighted, which follows a group of lost travelers who take refuge in a gloomy, secluded mansion. The atmospheric thriller features a post-Frankenstein Boris Karloff, Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Gloria Stuart of Titanic fame. Tickets cost $5-8.

A Celebration of George Romero – Various venues

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Pittsburgh will come together to honor a late horror master when Row House Cinema and company present A Celebration of George Romero. From October 13-19, the week-long tribute will feature screenings and programming presented by several local businesses. Events include Romero movies at Row House Cinema, the “resurrection” of the Pittsburgh zombie store House of the Dead, a mini Zombie School with The ScareHouse, a #RomeroWasHere Scavenger Hunt at Romero film locations throughout Western Pennsylvania, and a horror-themed trivia night at the Row House Cinema sister store, Bierport. The Douglas Education Center will also present makeup and special effects demonstrations by George A. Romero’s Filmmaking Program and Tom Savini’s Special Makeup and Effects Program. Event dates and times are available at the Row House Cinema website.

Living Dead Weekend – Living Dead Museum

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The Living Dead Museum will once again host a weekend of zombie-themed fun for the whole family in Evans City, PA. From October 20-22, enjoy numerous activities in EDCO Park, including discussion panels and meetups with Living Dead cast and crew members, a pet walk and costume contest, parties, vendors, and more. The event will also honor the late George Romero with a double-feature screening of his films Day of the Dead and Knightriders at the Strand TheaterTicket prices vary.

Row House of Horrors – Row House Cinema

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From October 20-31, Row House Cinema scares up more great movies for Row House of Horrors. Selections include the wacky sequel Evil Dead 2, the 1982 American horror classic Poltergeist, the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, and director Dario Argento’s 1977 work Suspiria.

Hollywood Theater Halloween Party with The Lost Boys – Hollywood Theater

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On October 21, vamp it up for the annual Hollywood Theater Halloween Party. The event features a vampire theme in honor of the evening’s screening of The Lost Boys, the 1987 film about two brothers who discover their town is a haven for blood-sucking teens. Don your best vampire look and compete in the costume contest, which includes a category for the best 1980’s-inspired vampire. Transform yourself into a Reagan-era monster at the 1980’s hair bar and vampire makeup station. There will also be vendor tables, a raffle, tasty treats, and other scary fun. Doors open at 7 p.m. The screening takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15, $12 for Hollywood members, $20 day of event. The event is BYOB.

48 Hour Film Horror Project Festival – Oaks Theater

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The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project challenged 19 teams to write, shoot, edit, and score their own horror shorts over the course of a single weekend. On October 28, the resulting films will premiere at the Oaks Theater and compete for a variety of awards. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door.

Silents, Please! Nosferatu with the Andrew Alden Ensemble – Hollywood Theater

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On October 29, the chamber music group Andrew Alden Ensemble will provide live musical accompaniment to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu. Presented as part of Hollywood Theater‘s Silents, Please! series. German director F. W. Murnau‘s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows the blood-thirsty Count Orlok as he relocates from his castle in the Carpathian mountains to a small German town, where he feeds on the unsuspecting populace. Tickets cost $8-10.

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Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama Unleashes Sea Beasts And Space Terrors

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The Tingler

From September 8-9, the Drive-In Super Monster-Rama returns to the Riverside Drive-In with a weekend full of spooky, silly, and super weird films. The latest batch offers a mix of beloved cult classics and bizarre gems. See details below:

September 8

The Tingler (1959)

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Vincent Price stars in William Castle‘s wonderfully ridiculous film about a mad scientist who unleashes a creature that feeds on fear.

Munster, Go Home! (1966)

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Based on the hit 1960s TV show, the movie follows the Munster family as they travel to England to claim an estate.

The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

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A seaside town comes under attack by bloodthirsty monsters from the deep in this horror musical. Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans will recognize this one.

Atomic Age Vampire (1960)

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When a woman becomes disfigured in a car accident, a scientist tries to restore her beauty with a treatment that has dire consequences. Despite the misleading title, this Italian horror curiosity does not feature an actual vampire.

September 9

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

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In this camp favorite, a woman takes revenge on her cheating husband after an alien encounter transforms her into a giantess.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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Scientists stumble upon an aquatic missing link while exploring the Amazon in this sci-fi monster classic.

It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)

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An alien life form terrorizes the crew aboard a spacecraft sent to investigate a downed ship. Because of their many similarities, the film is seen as the inspiration behind Ridley Scott’s Alien.

She Demons (1958)

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Three people become stranded on a mysterious island, where they must contend with deformed humanoid women and a Nazi mad scientist.

Half Human (1958)

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The American edit of a Japanese monster movie goes on the hunt for the Abominable Snowman.

Gates open during normal hours 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 short subjects 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. Gates open early on Friday afternoon for early arrivals and campers. Concessions will be available for lunch as early as possible. Breakfast and access to restroom and shower facilities are provided.

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Riverside Drive-In Hosts Night Of Indie Horror

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Fans of guts and gore should head to the Riverside Drive-In for an exclusive, one-night only event. On September 16th, the outdoor venue will screen three movies, including one shot by Pittsburgh filmmakers, for its Independent Horror Film Fest. See schedule and details below:

8 p.m.

The Dooms Chapel Horror (2015)

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Described as a “creature feature with heart,” The Dooms Chapel Horror follows Kyle (Austin Madding) as he returns to his hometown after a 10-year-long absence. Blamed for the death of his brother, Ryan (William Ryan Watson), he hopes to clear his name by proving that his brother’s death was an accident. But something in the woods promises to take even more from Kyle.

10 p.m.

The Barn (2015)

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Set in Halloween 1989, this selection from the Pittsburgh-based company Nevermore Production Films follows best friends Sam and Josh as they try to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within.

11:45 p.m.

Night of Something Strange (2016)

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Five teenage friends set out for the beach on their Spring Break vacation. Good times are cut short when one of the group members contracts a deadly sexual transmitted disease during a bathroom stop. When they stop for the night at an isolated motel, the real terror begins when the STD virus starts running rampant, turning those infected into the living dead. However, there’s more going on at the motel than meets the eye.

Gates for the event open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.

Dark Shadows Cover Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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Riverside Drive-In will get down with some weird and wild horror movies during the tenth annual Super Monster-Rama. On September 9th and September 10th, the venue will present a lineup of eight films in 35mm print format, among them four Spanish horror curiosities, the original Dark Shadows feature films and other surprises.

September 9th

Horror of the Zombies (1974)

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Spanish writer/director Amando de Ossorio‘s work finds two swimsuit models and their rescuers run afoul of a a mysterious ship full of undead mummies. Alternatively known as The Ghost Galleon.

Night of the Howling Beast (1975)

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The Spanish horror selections continue with this bizarre romp about an adventurer transformed into werewolf by two sexy vampire women while hunting a Yeti in the Himalayas. Also known as The Werewolf and the Yeti and Hall of the Mountain King.

House of Psychotic Women (1974)

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A drifter becomes involved with three strange sisters in a French village being terrorized by a killer who murders blue-eyed women and gouges out their eyes. Originally titled Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.

Curse of the Devil (1973)

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A man is turned into a werewolf by the modern-day descendants of a witch executed by his ancestors.

September 10th

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

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The feature film based on the gothic TV soap opera Dark Shadows follows vampire Barnabas Collins as he searches for a cure to his affliction so he can marry the incarnation of his lost love.

Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

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The sequel to House of Dark Shadows centers on painter Quentin Collins and his wife Tracy after they move into Collinwood Mansion and find themselves plagued by ghosts and spirits of his ancestors who used to be witches.

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in this anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.

The Bat People (1974)

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After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an incredible transformation and goes on a killing spree.

Gates open during normal hours 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 short subjects 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. Gates open early on Friday afternoon for early arrivals and campers. Concessions will be available for lunch as early as possible. Breakfast and access to restroom and shower facilities are provided.

Riverside Drive-In Whips Out Indiana Jones Trilogy

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On August 26th and August 27th, the Riverside Drive-In will help the summer wind down with two Indiana Jones marathons.

Both nights will feature director Steven Spielberg‘s first three Indiana Jones movies in sequence (sorry, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull fans), beginning with Raiders of the the Lost Ark. The 1981 film follows archaeologist and occult expert Indiana Jones, who’s hired by the US government to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the clutches of Nazis who intend to use its mythical powers to achieve world domination. After teaming with his old flame Marion (Karen Allen), the two go on an epic adventure across the deserts of Egypt, where they tangle with snakes, swordsmen and Hitler’s henchmen.

Released in 1984, the prequel Temple of Doom marks the return of star Harrison Ford as the intrepid Jones in a story that takes him, his pint-sized sidekick (Jonathan Ke Quan) and a nightclub diva (Kate Capshaw) and into the jungles of India, where they must save a village from an evil cult.

Last but not least, The Last Crusade (1989) unites Jones with his estranged archaeologist father (Sean Connery) in a quest to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do.

The Indiana Jones Trilogy will begin at 8 p.m. on both nights. Gates open at 7 p.m.

CONSOL Energy Park Hosts Food Truck And Movie Event

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CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA will celebrate Friday the 13th with a Food Truck Picnic and spooky Movie in the Park.

The outdoor event will feature several diverse food trucks, as well as select craft beer drafts. Also included is a screening of the 2015 horror drama Victor Frankenstein.

In director Max Landis‘ twist on a legendary tale, radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

The Food Truck Picnic and Movie in the Park will take place on May 13th at 5 p.m. The movie will screen on CONSOL’s 500 square foot video board at 7 p.m. Bacon On The Fly, La Palapa, Southside BBQ Company Truck, Mission.Mahi, Wood Fired Flatbreads Mobile Pizzeria, and Washington Wild Things Dessert Den and Beer Wagon will sell food and beverages. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free. Parking costs $5 per car.

Riverside Drive-In Bites Into April Ghouls Monster-Rama

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Horror fans will have a reason to venture outside when Riverside Drive-In presents the latest April Ghouls Monster-Rama. On April 29th and April 30th, the theater will present a lineup of movies featuring various representations of zombies and vampires. See schedule and details below:

April 29th

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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Makeup effects artist and actor Tom Savini directed this remake of the 1968 film, which re-imagines the clash between a farmhouse full of survivors and an encroaching undead horde.

Night of the Creeps (1986)

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Undead teens infected with alien brain parasites crash a frat party. Features Pittsburgh’s own Tom Atkins.

Night of the Comet (1984)

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Two sisters must battle zombies in post-apocalyptic California after a freak comet wipes out most of the human race.

Flesh Eater (1988)

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A group of college students encounter zombies during an overnight hayride. The movie is directed by and stars S. William Hinzman, the first ghoul in NOLTD.

April 30th

Monster Squad (1987)

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A group of young horror nerds are put to the test when Count Dracula and his monster henchmen invade their town in this fun, hilarious cult hit.

The Lost Boys (1987)

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Two brothers (Jason Patric and Corey Haim) move to a new town, only to discover it’s crawling with sexy teen vampires.

Fright Night (1985)

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A teen boy and a midnight movie host (Roddy McDowall) team up to defeat a vengeful vampire in this beloved horror comedy.

Near Dark (1987)

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A vampire family kidnaps a young cowboy after he’s turned by one of their own. The atmospheric film from director Kathryn Bigelow features stunning action sequences, an impressive ensemble cast, and a stylish soundtrack by Tangerine Dream.

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 short subjects 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.

Ghosts, Goblins, Ghouls N’At: Pittsburgh Does Halloween 2015

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It’s that time of year again, and Pittsburgh has plenty of movie events lined up to make sure your October is especially spooky. Get ready for Halloween with these festive screenings, parties, and family outings:

Midnight at the Manor – Manor Theatre

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Manor Theatre patrons can enjoy a fantastic lineup of horror movies all month long. The third annual Midnight at the Manor Horror Film series includes The Babadook on October 3rd, The Thing on October 10thThe Shining on October 17th, The Evil Dead on October 24th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street on October 31st. All screenings will take place at midnight.

Living Dead Weekend – Living Dead Museum

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The Living Dead Museum in Evans City, PA will host a weekend of zombie-themed fun for the whole family. From October 9th through October 11th, horror fans can partake in activities such as pumpkin carving, a pet costume parade, spooky story telling, and outdoor film screenings in EDCO Park. The festivities will also feature discussion panels and meetups with cast and crew members from the Living Dead series and more. Living Dead Weekend is free to enter, but fees for certain events apply. See the website for more details.

Haunted Oaks – Oaks Theater

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On October 10th, the Oaks Theater will present an evening of Pittsburgh movie horrors for the first ever Haunted Oaks. The event will showcase several locally made short films, including Pawns, The Raven, Beware the Shadowman, The Showing, Debunked, Trial 29, and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with screenings starting at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $7 to $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

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Trunk N’ Treat – Riverside Drive-In

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Celebrate Halloween early at Riverside Drive-In‘s Trunk N’ Treat weekend. On October 16th and October 17th, kids can put on their costumes and enjoy some car-to-car trick or treating before the show begins. Once the sun goes down, settle in to watch the new animated film Hotel Translyvania 2 and the PG-rated horror comedy Goosebumps. Hotel Translyvania 2 follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his friends as they try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson. Goosebumps stars Jack Black as real-life author R.L. Stine, who must battle the monsters from his successful book series after they’re inadvertently set free by a curious teen neighbor.

Joe Bob Briggs’ Hollywood Theater Halloween Party – Hollywood Theater

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On October 17th, drive-in movie critic and former MonsterVision host Joe Bob Briggs will visit the Hollywood Theater for a special Halloween event. The party will include a 35mm print screening of the 1986 rock n’ roll horror film Trick or Treat, as well as treats, a costume contest, photo ops and autographs. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12, $8 for members, and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Row House of Horrors – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will honor all that horror has to offer with multiple theme weeks spotlighting classics, drive-in fare, and more. The fun begins on October 18th and includes selections such as Night of the Living Dead, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, and The Exorcist. Check the Row House website for showtimes and updates.

Horror Greats Haunt Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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On September 11th and September 12th, the Riverside Drive-In will present eight classic films – most in 35mm print format – for its annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. Their ninth season program will include a special tribute to Vincent Price’s Edgar Allen Poe cycle and a diverse range of vampire films, including two starring the late, great Christopher Lee.

September 11th

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

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A young Englishman investigates his sister’s death in a mysterious castle ruled by a murderous nobleman (Price). This is a special DCP screening.

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Price stars as Prince Prospero, a tyrannical medieval ruler visited by a mysterious figure during a depraved ball.

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

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A man’s obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

The Haunted Palace (1963)

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Price co-stars with fellow horror icon Lon Chaney Jr. in the story of a village held in the grip of a dead necromancer. Though the film shares a title with a Poe poem, the premise is actually based on an H.P. Lovecraft work.

September 12th

Horror of Dracula (1958)

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The first Hammer film depicts the classic struggle between Count Dracula (Lee) and his nemesis, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing).

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

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Lee reprises his role as the dreaded Count, who sets his sight on making a holy man’s niece his bride.

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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A professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to vampires in this comedy horror film from director Roman Polanski.

Son of Dracula (1974)

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This bizarre British musical comedy from Ringo Starr stars Harry Nilsson as the successor to Count Dracula’s throne. The film also features appearances from Keith Moon of The Who, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton and Leon Russell.

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 short subjects 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.

Riverside Springs Into April Ghouls Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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On April 24th and April 25th, the Riverside Drive-In will present eight classic films for its annual April Ghouls Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. Their ninth spring program will highlight Italian horror (including works from Lucio Fulci), zombie fare, and timeless masterpieces. See schedule and details below:

April 24th

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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In 1974, director Tobe Hooper redefined the boundaries of horror with his seminal slasher film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Shot and set during a scorching summer in rural Texas, the classic work follows five young people who become victims of the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface and his backwoods clan.

The Evil Dead

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Five young people travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unwittingly unleash an evil presence related to a mysterious book. The 1981 independent horror film launched the careers of director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell.

Night of the Demons

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A Halloween party in an abandoned funeral home turns deadly for a group of teens in this 1988 cult favorite.

Demons

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Ravenous demons kill and possess humans trapped in a West Berlin movie theater in Italian director Lamberto Bava‘s 1985 film.

April 25th

Dawn of the Dead

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The 1978 sequel to Night of the Living Dead follows a group of people who take shelter in a mall in order to survive a zombie apocalypse. Director George Romero shot the film in Pittsburgh’s own Monroeville Mall.

Zombie

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A doctor searches for the cause and cure of an undead epidemic in Italian director Lucio Fulci‘s beloved 1979 work. The unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead goes by many titles, including Zombie 2: The Dead are Among UsZombie Flesh Eaters, and Woodoo.

The House By the Cemetery

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A family moves into a New England home, unaware of the hell that awaits them in the basement. The 1981 film was the third installment of Lucio Fulci‘s unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy.

Toxic Zombies

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A government pesticide transforms pot farmers into zombie-like creatures in this 1980 film from director Charles McCrannAlso known as Bloodeaters.

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.