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Riverside Drive-In Pays Tribute To Tobe Hooper For April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama

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Get ready for another weekend of horror under the stars when April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama returns to the Riverside Drive-In Theatre. From April 2728, the event will offer a lineup of classic 1980s horror and science fiction movies, including a night dedicated to the legendary late filmmaker Tobe Hooper. See films and details below:

April 27

Poltergeist (1982)

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A suburban family joins forces with a team of paranormal experts when a malevolent force abducts their young daughter in this supernatural classic from Tobe Hooper and writer/producer Steven Spielberg.

Lifeforce (1985)

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Sexy space vampires invade London in this curious sci-fi selection from Tobe Hooper.

The Funhouse (1981)

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A deformed carnival worker terrorizes four teens in this early Tobe Hooper horror gem.

Invaders From Mars (1986)

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Karen Black stars in Tobe Hooper’s remake of a 1953 sci-fi film about a young boy who tries to stop aliens from taking over his small town.

April 28

Alligator (1980)

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Years after it’s flushed down the toilet as a baby, a giant sewer alligator with a taste for human flesh terrorizes Chicago.

The Boogens (1981)

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Subterranean monsters are unleashed on a small town after crews reopen an abandoned mine.

Critters (1986)

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Small, toothy aliens wreak havoc on a family farm in this cult sci-fi horror comedy that stars Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh.

The Deadly Spawn (1983)

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A slug-like alien and its brood infest the basement of his house and begin eating anything in their path.

Admission is $10 per person each night, free for children 12 and under with an adult. Overnight camping is $10 a person each night and comes with breakfast each morning.

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.

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.

Riverside Brings Horror Classics To April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama

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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 

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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.

Carrie

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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.

Suspiria

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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

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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

Halloween

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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

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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.

Phantasm

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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

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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.

Camp Out At April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama

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Need something to shake off that cabin fever? Ring in the spring season with two nights of classic horror films at Riverside Drive In.

On April 5th and 6th, the historic theater will follow up last year’s Drive-In Super Monster-Rama with April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, a weekend of exploitation, slasher, and zombie movies shown under the stars.

April 5th

Friday the 13th, 1980

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A killer picks off teens at Camp Crystal Lake in this signature slasher film. Stars Betsy Palmer and a then unknown Kevin Bacon.

The Burning, 1981

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Before they were famous, Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter, and Fisher Stevens starred in this story of a groundskeeper who takes revenge on the camp counselors who severely burned him years before. Features special effects by Pittsburgh’s own Tom Savini.

Day of the Dead, 1985

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In a world overrun with zombies, a small group of scientists and military personnel reside in an underground bunker in the third film from George Romero‘s Dead series.

The Return of the Living Dead, 1985

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In this punk rock zombie horror comedy, a military gas is released into the air, causing the dead to become reanimated and search out their favorite food: brains.

April, 6th

Scream, Blacula, Scream, 1973

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In this sequel to the blaxploitation hit, Blacula (William Marshall) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again.

Sugar Hill, 1974

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A vengeful Sugar Hill (Marki Bey) raises up a zombie army to take on the mafia in this action horror film.

Blood and Lace, 1971

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After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death, teenager Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage run by the sadistic Mrs. Deere and her handyman.

The Thing with Two Heads, 1972

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In this campy buddy comedy, a death row inmate goes on the run after scientists attach a white racist’s head to his body.

Gates open at 7 p.m. All films are shown in 35mm print format. Screenings also include vintage trailers, shorts, and intermission reels. Admission is $10 per night, free for kids 12 and under. Overnight camping is available on both nights.