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This week we’re opening the cyber-bullying and smartphone update to Stephen King’s classic Carrie (Tickets) to help ring in the spooky movie season. I still have a tough time believing that Chloe Grace Moretz is the ugliest girl in any school, but… whatever.

We’re also holding on to Don Jon (Tickets) a while longer and Machete Kills (Tickets) more celebrities in theater 3 along with the remake of We Are What We Are (Tickets) hanging on for another week.


The Devil and a Man Called Brian

Italian genre icon Mario Bava got it all started in 1960 when he hammered a spiked mask onto Barbara Steele’s beautiful 18-year-old face. Black Sunday (Tickets), Bava’s first film, is a landmark in horror, one with stunning and spooky classic production design and envelope pushing violence. One of the first modern horror films that is absolutely essential viewing.

Speaking of essential, Life of Brian (Tickets), the Python’s all-around best film, plays at midnite this weekend as part of our ongoing Terry Gilliam series. Catch Graham Chapman as he makes his way through Jerusalem with a gaggle of fools thinking he’s the messiah. See it and then realize that organized religion is… well… Anyway.


The Picture of General Mills

For our Art Seen series, I always just paste what’s already on the website because I’m afraid I’ll get some detail wrong. So with that in mind, here we go:  For Halloween, ART SEEN screens a film classic where art and horror meet. A portrait painting becomes the site of horror in this stunning cinematic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Tickets). Artist Film Club presents Marnie Weber’s The Night of Forevermore and Frieze Video: Richard Mosse’s The Impossible Image.

Secret Formula, the guys behind Spoons Toons and Booze (Tickets), are back this month with a special all-Halloween kiddy toon collection from which you choose. No doubt the full line of spooky cereals will be available: your Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Frankenberry — but also the less seen but equally delicious Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy.


Give your god-damned soul for just a glass of beer.

The Shining. Allagash. Beer. Dinner. Kubrick. Roque. Stroke. Redrum. (Tickets)


Cafe Programs

Simpsons Club Presents: Treehouse of Horror Month
FREE in the cafe | October 21 | 10:00pm

To be honest, I stacked the last two weeks of Treehouse of Horror Month with my favorite Treehouse episodes. This week has a couple of absolute fan-favorites, including the Twilight Zone-heavy second installment; and the fifth, which has the unforgettable Shining parody, as well as the one where the teachers start eating all of the kids. Also, more commercials from 1991!

The Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival 19: Creepy Curiosities Halloween
FREE in the cafe | October 24 | 7:30pm | All 16mm!

It’s time for creepy cartoon cats, scary witches, ghoulish puppets, and all sorts of other hair-raising fun things in ancient animated cartoon form at Nitehawk Cinema! For TSCC #19, Tom Stathes has hand-selected a group of weird, wacky, funny and SpOoKy 16mm cartoons from the 1920s thru the 1940s that will give you thrills, chills, and a tickled funny-bone.