It's not quite Halloween, but this week we celebrate a different, less official horror nerd's day of importance... Friday the 13th! And this is a good week for it; Happy Death Date is out this Friday (with early screenings Thursday), The Crazies screens as part of the George Romero Terror Tuesday month at the Alamo, and SpookFest unleashes thirteen short films at the Roxie this Friday.
And that's only the beginning...
Opening This Week
Early Screening Thursday 12th (1hr 36min)
Opens Friday 13th
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity. Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and written by Scott Lobdell and Landon.
Tuesday 10th @ 10:45pm (1hr 41min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house, after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh -- with insanity. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won't let anyone in or out -- even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.
Wednesday 11th @ 10:45pm (1hr 30min)
Action/ Drama (IMDB)
An Ex-Cop comes back as vigilante to bring down with blazing weapons an martial arts a satanic cult that has taken over his town. John De Heart, Wings Hauser, Pamela Bryant, and William Smith star.
Thursday 12th @ 9pm (2hrs 26min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Friday 13th @ 10pm (1hr 35min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Wednesday 11th @ 9:30pm(1hr 26min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
"Kaboom" is a hyper-stylized "Twin Peaks" for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous young cast. A wild, witty and sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller, it is the story of Smith, an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town.
Down By Law (1986)
Thursday 12th @ 7pm
Comedy/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
Big Time (1988)
Thursday 12th @ 9:15pm (1hr 27min)
Documentary/ Music (IMDB)
You've seen gravelly-voice actor/singer Tom Waits in meaty dramatic roles in such films as The Fisher King (1989), At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). And you've heard his compositions on the soundtracks of films like Divine Madness (1980), Wolfen (1981) and Let's Get Lost (1988). The 1988 documentary Big Time combines the vocal and visual Tom Waits, endeavoring to juxtapose glimpses of Waits in concert with staged dramatic scenes, allegedly inspired by his songs. Waits himself assumes several wacky characterizations during the fictional sequences. The "real" scenes in Big Time were filmed during a Waits concert at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre.
Friday 13th @ 7pm (2hrs)
SpookFest is the film festival that goes bump in the night! We’re bringing you 13 new homegrown shorts about oddball creatures, diligent aliens, and mutant grocery produce, all with a touch of humor and a splash of fake blood.
Friday 13th @ 9:30pm (1hr 50min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rrotten Tomatoes)
She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine - a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (KEITH GORDON), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath.