Category: Drive-Ins

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.

Bloodsuckers And Bava At Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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On September 12th and September 13th, the Riverside Drive-In will present another program of retro horror and sci-fi films for Super Monster-Rama. This time, the outdoor theater will spotlight the work of Italian horror master Mario Bava, as well as some other weird and wild releases from the 1960s and 1970s. See the film schedule and descriptions below:

September 12th

Kill, Baby, Kill

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A string of bizarre murders leads back to an aging Baroness and the vengeful ghost of her murdered daughter in this 1966 Gothic horror story from Mario Bava.

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs

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Vincent Price stars in this wacky selection about a mad scientist who tries to start a war between Russia and the US with an army of sexy female robots that explode when embraced.

House of Exorcism

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In order to capitalize on the success of The Exorcist, Bava’s surreal thriller Lisa and the Devil was re-edited with possession scenes for American audiences. Features Telly Savalas in the role of a sinister butler.

Beyond the Door 2

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A couple is terrorized in their new house when their young son is possessed by the spirit of the woman’s abusive first husband. Also known as Shock.

September 13th

Taste the Blood of Dracula

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Christopher Lee reprises his toothy role in the story of three thrill seekers who awaken a vengeful Dracula after drinking his blood and killing his faithful servant.

Dracula A.D. 1972

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Count Dracula hunts for the descendents of Van Helsing after being resurrected in swinging 1972 London.

Trog

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A sympathetic anthropologist (Joan Crawford) uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte found living in a cave.

The House That Screamed

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Torture and sex are the norm at a French school for wayward girls, where, under the supervision of a sadistic headmistress, students begin to disappear without a trace.

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.

Evergreen Drive-In Looks At Beloved Pastime With Doc ‘Going Attractions’

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In the late 1950s, nearly 5,000 drive-in theaters dotted the nation, but today fewer than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven’t they survived? On August 2nd, the Evergreen Drive-In will answer that question with a screening of Going Attractions, a documentary that examines the drive-in theater as an integral part of American culture.

Directed by April Wright, Going Attractions is the definitive story of the drive-in movie. A product of post World War II optimism, the drive-in theater emerged as the perfect blend of entertainment and car culture. Fueled by the baby boom, drive-ins became an integral part of the American teenage experience. But in the late 1960s the culture changed drastically in the United States, sending the drive-in business into a downward spiral for almost three decades with successive blows from political and economic conditions and new inventions like the multi-plex and home video. But today, there is a drive-in resurgence driven by families who want to return to simpler times. By studying the changes affecting the drive-in’s dramatic rise, decline, and rebirth, we discover how much American culture and family have evolved in the last 60 years.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Going Attractions will screen at sundown. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for a pre-show meet and greet with Wright. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids 6-11, free for kids 5 and under.

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