Or should that be scream-ings?! Muahahahaha…. Creepy, campy, culty, scary and startling. All good qualities in horror and sci-fi movies. There’s something so perfect about sharing in the experience of watching such movies with a crowd; the gasps and occasional yelps, or watching others as jump or peek through covered eyes.
October, or more specifically Halloween, is the perfect time to revisit the classics and a few venues in town are having some fun with the genres over the next few weeks. Here are five local movie screenings to get you in the spirit.
Wednesday October 18th $8 9pm
The Garrick Hotel has a 100″ screen and you can bring your own food or snacks. They’ll hook you up with free popcorn if the screening is sold out or you can order Dominos with a discount if you order from the bar. Plus they have a pretty perfect warm-up act, from 8pm-9pm they’ll be showing a Dita Von Teese performance from Parician Cabaret. The $8 basically helps you guarantee a seat.
Friday October 20th – SOLD OUT
Winnipeg has the unusual honour of being the place where this movie was more successful than anywhere else. For years now, screenings have sold out and this one is no different. To give you can idea of how popular The Met knew this event would be, tickets went on sale back in July! Tickets were pricey, starting at $75 but that includes dinner, the movie and music from the Paul Williams Experience. Proceeds for the event will go to the William Finley Foundation. Since this event is sold out I will console you by letting you know that a) you can see Paul Williams at McNally Robinson on October 19th and b) there’s another Phantom screening later in the month.
The other screening is at the Garrick Hotel on October 31st. 9pm. $8-$16.
Sunday October 29th @ the Handsome Daughter FREE
This screening includes horror trivia and a costume contest between films. The early feature is John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) at 7pm followed by the first zombie movie, the film that kicked horror into high gear as a film genre; the 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead by George A Romero who passed away earlier this year. If you’re feeling a bit misty about the grandfather of modern horror’s passing you’ll be pleased to know that he’s finally getting a star on the Walk of Fame.
Sunday October 29th. $10. 8pm & 10:45pm
The Park Theater’s sing-a-long events have been a huge success and the early screening is already sold out. There are still tickets for the second showing though. Fact: there will be some amazing costumes at this event and there will be people who know every line of dialogue and every answer back. Every song has karaoke lyrics at the bottom of the screen to help you along (and only the songs, so the movie experience is still intact). If this one doesn’t have you leaving the theatre singing Dammit Janet, or Touch a Touch a, by the end, I don’t think we can be friends anymore.
Tuesday October 31st @ Cinematheque $6-10 7 pm
It would be very cool to go see Night of the Living Dead on Sunday and follow it up with the 1978 sequel on Tuesday so why not?