It's the most wonderful time of the year, for horror fans atleast. This is the time of year that we don't have to be coy when it comes to being obscene, nasty and vulgar. We get to let our colors fly proud and get our chance to sit those friends down who have always been a bit too squeamish to watch our favorite flicks. I just love it.
Last year, October was a hectic time of the year for me so I didn't get a chance to celebrate like I normally would, so this year I wanna do some making up. We're talkin' reviews everyday, glimpses of my personal world of horror, some peeks at the horrific events going on in LA and maybe even a give away or two (wink-wink).
I know I missed yesterday, so today I'll be posting double duty and I want to start with one of my favorite events of the Samhain season: Arclight's Nights of Fright.
This is bloody awesome (all puns intended), for fans of horror in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Any horror fan knows that the best way to see your favorite classic horror flick is on the big screen. You finally get the opportunity to experience the terror first hand in the way it was originally meant to be, in a room full of people just as eager to be terrified as you are. Last year I indulged in The Exorcist and The Shining, and they were both just too amazing to properly put into words. You see and hear things that you never experienced while watching at home, and the atmosphere is so palpable that it's enough to send a shiver down your spine.
This year, ArcLight has a whole new roster of amazing films that will be showing throughout the month of October and I've taken the time to compile them all below for quick reference. Dig in, and if you're in the LA area, maybe I'll see you at one or two or seven of these below!
A Nightmare on Elm Street - October 2nd (Hollywood), October 12th and 15th (Sherman Oaks), October 20th and 23rd (La Jolla)
Beetlejuice - October 5th and 8th (La Jolla), October 26th and 29th (Beach Cities), October 30th and 31st (Hollywood)
Gremlins - October 5th and 8th (Sherman Oaks), October 12th and 15th (Beach Cities), October 17th and 18th (Hollywood)
The Shining - October 5th and 8th (Beach Cities), October 9th and 10th (Hollywood), October 14th (Pasadena), October 21st and 23rd (Sherman Oaks)
The Thing - October 5th and 8th (Pasadena), October 21st and 23rd (Beach Cities), October 24th and 25th (Hollywood), October 28th (La Jolla)
American Psycho - October 6th (Pasadena), October 22nd (Sherman Oaks)
The Bride of Frankenstein - October 6th and 9th (Beach Cities), October 26th and 30th (Sherman Oaks)
Carrie - October 6th and 9th (Sherman Oaks)
Psycho - October 6th and 9th (La Jolla), October 19th and 22nd (Pasadena), October 27th and 30th (Beach Cities)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - October 7th (La Jolla), October 12th and 15th (Pasadena)
Shaun of the Dead - October 7th (Beach Cities), October 8th and 9th (Hollywood)
Dracula - October 7th (Pasadena)
Little Shop of Horrors (Director's Cut) - October 7th (Sherman Oaks), October 19th (Beach Cities), October 22nd (La Jolla)
Fright Night - October 9th (Pasadena)
The Exorcist - October 12th and 16th (La Jolla), October 26th and 29th (Pasadena), October 30th and 31st (Hollywood)
Alien: Director's Cut - October 13th and 16th (Pasadena)
Rosemary's Baby - October 13th and 16th (La Jolla), October 27th and 29th (Sherman Oaks)
Silence of the Lambs - October 13th and 16th (Beach Cities), October 17th (Hollywood), October 27th (Pasadena)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - October 13th and 16th (Sherman Oaks), October 17th (Hollywood)
American Werewolf in London - October 14th (Beach Cities), October 15th and 16th (Hollywood)
From Dusk Til Dawn - October 14th (Pasadena), October 15th and 16th (Hollywood)
Creature from the Black Lagoon - October 14th (Sherman Oaks)
Corpse Bride - October 19th (Sherman Oaks)
Young Frankenstein - October 19th and 21st (La Jolla), October 22nd and 23rd (Hollywood)
Edward Scissorhands - October 20th and 23rd (Pasadena), October 28th (Beach Cities)
Fearless Vampire Killers - October 20th (Sherman Oaks)
Scream - October 20th and 22nd (Beach Cities), October 23rd and 24th (Hollywood), October 26th and 29th (La Jolla)
Ju-On: The Grudge - October 21st (Pasadena)
Last Man on Earth - October 22nd (Hollywood)
Let The Right One In - October 23rd (Hollywood)
Monster Squad - October 28th (Sherman Oaks)
Night of the Creeps (Director's Cut) - October 28th (Pasadena)
Poltergeist - October 27th and 30th (La Jolla), October 29th and 30th (Hollywood)
Videodrome - October 29th (Hollywood), October 30th (Pasadena)
Evil Dead - October 31st (Hollywood)
The Host - November 1st (Hollywood)
So there you have it! The selection this year seems to way surpass last years, I don't remember having such a tough time deciding as I do this year. So for you Angelenos, are you going to partake and if so, what's your poison? Sound off below!
- Rg Lovecraft