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Classic Spooky Movies Hit Theaters in Celebration of Halloween!

10-22-2012 by the Hauntmistress

There’s nothing like a scary movie to help get you in the Halloween spirit. The Bay Area is offering many classic movie choices this October, from silent to horror to campy, all under $12. Below are our suggestions. All you need to do now is figure out how to smuggle in some popcorn.

Castro Theatre Pre-Halloween Double Feature
$11 - Oct. 25, 2012, two showings: 2:30 pm-6 pm and 7 pm-10:30 pm
Get ready for Halloween with two gems. First, Frank Langella brings his acclaimed Broadway performance as the Count to the screen with Laurence Olivier matching him note for note as Van Helsing in 1979’s Dracula. Second is 1982’s Cat People, Paul Schrader’s radically revisionist remake of Jacques Tourneur’s classic starring Nastassia Kinski and Malcolm McDowell as siblings who turn into panthers as a result of their strange family tree.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco

Halloween Headtrips
$7 - Oct. 27, 2012, 8:30 pm-10 pm
Genre archivist Christian Divine initiates a mind-boggling evening afloat in the phenomenal world of ‘70s psychotronic cinema: Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, ghostly hauntings, and occult ceremonies. These cult currents, as reflected in the era’s popular Sunn Classics pseudo documentary/exploitation cycles are expertly explicated with clips from Chariots of the Gods, In Search of Noah’s Ark, The Amazing World of Ghosts, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Equinox, Hex, Hangar 18, and a special “revival” of Wheeler Dixon’s sorely underrated The Amazing World of Ghosts. Plus a nod to Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of... series, and free treats and mulled wine.
Other Cinema, 992 Valencia St., San Francisco

BCM Horror Film Festival
$10; $5 in full costume - Oct. 27, 2012, 8 pm-10 pm
The 2012 Berkeley Community Media Horror Film Festival celebrates its sixth consecutive year featuring horror filmmakers from the Bay Area. This one-night special fundraising event will be filled with prizes, raffles, and a costume contest.
Berkeley Ch28 Studios, 2233 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley

Silent Scary Movies at the Niles
$5 suggested donation - Oct. 27, 2012, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Come watch the silent movie The Monster (1925) in which Lon Chaney plays the mad Doctor Ziska, in charge of a strange sanitarium on a dark and stormy night in this comedy horror mystery. The movie is preceded by the shorts The Ouija Board (1920), The Thieving Hand (1908), and The Red Spectre (1907).
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

Creature Features Matinee at the Niles
$8 suggested donation - Oct. 28, 2012, 4 pm-6 pm
The Niles presents a 1975 Bob Wilkins Creature Features program with original show segments, TV commercials, and feature film, all on the big screen. Hosted by John Stanley and Tom Wyrsch. Lots of Halloween raffle prizes!
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

Thrillville’s Halloween Gore ‘n Snorefest SF
$12 - Oct. 29, 2012, 7:30 pm-11 pm
This is a B-movie extravaganza featuring two super, sleazy, sexy, spooky exploitation classics, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) and Zontar, The Thing From Venus (1966). Plus live music by The Deadlies and live tassle tossin’ by Lady Monster.
Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco

Forbidden Island All Star Halloween Party
Free - Oct. 29, 2012, 7:30 pm-midnight
Forbidden Island, a classic tiki bar in Alameda, joins with Will “the Thrill” Viharo, creator of the long-running cult movie cabaret, Thrillville, for this showing of the cult films Dracula Vs. Frankenstein (1971) and Assignment Terror (1970), with surprises, prizes, Pulp Cocktails, and more!
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln, Alameda

Castro Theatre Halloween Double Feature
$11 - Oct. 30, 2012, 7:30 pm-11 pm
This double feature at the Castro Theatre is just in time for Halloween. The first show is The Cabin in the Woods, a 2010 cult fave by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard about a group of friends who travel to a remote cabin while unwittingly under surveillance by two devious scientist-types. The second show is Rob Zombie’s 2002 film House of 1,000 Corpses. A night of blood-drenched terror ensues when some foolish teens pay a visit to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. Horror vets Sid Haig, Karen Black, and Bill Moseley add cred to the nasty proceedings.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco

Roxie Theater Halloween
$11 - Oct. 31, 2012, Two Screenings: 6 pm-9 pm and 8 pm-11 pm
Roxie Theater presents a double-feature of Near Dark and From Dusk Till Dawn. In 1987’s Near Dark, a family of craven, bloodsucking vampires tours the country in search of new flesh. An innocent young man is drawn into their midst and joins them on a horrifically gruesome death spree. See what director Katherine Bigelow did before winning an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker. Stick around for 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn, written by Quentin Tarantino. It is the ultimate Halloween grind house attraction: a pair of desperate killers blast their way to Hell in spectacular, vampiric fashion.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco

Kiddie Cartoon Halloween Cavalcade at the Niles
$2 suggested donation or a party of three for $5 - Oct. 31, 2012, 4 pm-6 pm
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy silly and slightly spooky vintage cartoons, retro commercials, and funky film shorts at The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont

For a complete calendar of Bay Area Halloween and Fall events, including pumpkin patches, haunted houses, bar/club events, balls/parties, Oktoberfests, and more, visit our Events Calendar or our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses to find all the other great events going on in the Bay Area.

 
   

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