Cinematheque's 2014 Halloween Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon

Creepshow1982posterLocation: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Date: October 25, starting at 7:30pm

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Description: The American Cinematheque celebrates Halloween 2014 with its 9th annual Dust-To-Dawn Horrorthon, featuring seven films running one after the other: CREEPSHOW, GARGOYLES, THE THING (1982), THE NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS, THE DEADLY SPAWN, BASKET CASE, and ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (a.k.a. DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D.) Guests will spend the entire evening and much of the next morning within the Aero Theatre. There will be trailers, short subjects, free food, prizes and give-aways, plus coffee (courtesy of Pete’s Coffee) to help keep your eyelids open.

Horrorthon ticket prices (includes all-night snacks and coffee):

  • General $20
  • Student/Senior $18
  • Members $15.
  • No vouchers

Here are descriptions of the films, from the Cinematheque website:

CREEPSHOW. 1982, Warner Bros., 120 min. Dir. George Romero. There hadn’t been a lot of anthology movies when the George Romero/Stephen King collaboration CREEPSHOW, a film inspired by classic EC horror comics, debuted in 1982; in comparison to the sober, big budget thrills of POLTERGEIST and THE THING, the Romero/King effort was a refreshing blast of B-movie fun, low on budget and ambition, but with a surprisingly good cast: Hal Holbrook, EG Marshall, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Fritz Weaver and Stephen King himself. “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” the segment with King (as an incredibly stupid farmer), is probably the most memorable even though it’s a short vignette compared to the others — it’s a deft takeoff of THE BLOB and a riff on those moronic victims in 50’s sci-fi movies who always want to be first in line to check out that strange light coming from over the next rise.

GARGOYLES. 1972, 74 min. Dir. Bill L. Norton. Cornel Wilde and Jennifer Salt star in this made-for-TV movie as a scientist and his daughter who excavate a strange skeleton from the Arizona desert, unleashing an army of Stan Winston-designed gargoyles in the process.

THE THING. 1982, Universal, 109 min. Director John Carpenter took the 1951 sci-fi classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, produced by Howard Hawks, and turned it into something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing, pitting sombrero-wearing helicopter pilot Kurt Russell and a crew of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a ravenous, shape-shifting alien being. From the haunting opening shots of a sled dog fleeing across the snow, to the apocalyptic, fire-and-ice ending, this ranks with Ridley Scott’s ALIEN as one of the finest (and most beautifully crafted) sci-fi films of the past 30 years. The film was terribly underrated by critics on its initial release, but its stock has constantly risen in the ensuing decades as one of the most intelligent, scary and uncompromising horror films of the 1980s. Also starring Keith David and David Clennon.

THE NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS (LA NOCHE DE LOS MIL GATOS), 1972, 63 min. Dir. René Cardona Jr. A playboy (Hugo Stiglitz) lures beautiful women to his palatial home to kill them and feed their bodies to cats – lots and lots of them. With Anjanette Comer.

THE DEADLY SPAWN. 1983, 81 min. Dir. Douglas McKeown. A meteorite crashes near a New Jersey town, carrying with it an alien creature whose taste for human flesh and rapid reproduction cycle imperils local teens Charles George Hildebrandt and Tom DeFranco.

BASKET CASE. 1982, 91 min. Dir. Frank Henenlotter. If you’d been separated from a horribly deformed, blood-thirsty Siamese twin, wouldn’t you carry him around in a basket like Keven Van Hentenryck does? A campy cult classic!

ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST (aka DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D.), 1980, 84 min. Dir. Marino Girolami. In this Italian-made gore-fest, a New York City hospital worker who had been munching on bodies in the morgue leads a doctor (Ian McCulloch) and an anthropology expert (Alexandra Delli Colli) to the Asian Molucca islands, where they get caught between cannibals and zombies.

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