As the Austin summer heat finally gives way to cool fall breezes, it’s time for a new film series focusing on some scary movie classics: Paramount Halloween AnniverSCARY Films! Each of the five films in this series celebrates an anniversary this year, adding a hint of nostalgia to the chills and thrills.
Though horror films haven’t always received the respect they deserve, in recent years, studios have given this beloved genre the platinum treatment with some remarkable restorations, two of which begin our series this October. On Friday, October 21st, “35” will be the lucky number for fans of Sam Raimi’s original masterpiece The Evil Dead as we celebrate its 35th anniversary with a newly restored 35mm film print. If you like a touch of slapstick with your jump scares, this one’s for you.
Then, on Tuesday, October 25th, Richard Donner’s unholy terror, The Omen, will return for its 40th anniversary looking and sounding better than ever, thanks to a new 4k digital restoration and the Paramount’s new screen and sound system. Though many sequels and remakes have tried, none have managed to create the nearly unbearable tension this original thriller did, in part, to the always amazing Gregory Peck.
On Wednesday, October 26th, another 40th anniversary celebration is in store for Brian De Palma’s high school horror classic Carrie, which will be preceded by a trivia contest hosted by Geeks Who Drink! Based on Stephen King’s debut novel, De Palma’s chilling film was also the first ever adaptation of King’s work, and many still believe it to be the best. With a career-making performance from Sissy Spacek and typically masterful work from De Palma, it’s hard to argue. Trivia fans, take note: if you’re up for the always enjoyable Geeks Who Drink trivia challenge, please purchase the special Film + Geeks Who Drink ticket.
Finally, on Sunday, October 30th, the Paramount will wish a ‘happy birthday’ to two beloved Universal Monsters with a matinee double-feature on glorious 35mm film. Dracula, celebrating its 85th anniversary, was the film that started it all, with Bela Lugosi’s memorable performance setting the stage for all the iconic Universal Monsters to come. Ten years later, The Wolf Man, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, introduced Lon Chaney Jr. in the title role and surrounded him with such wonderful supporting actors as Claude Rains and even Lugosi himself. One ticket gets you into both films, so bring the whole family for some pre-Halloween fun!
This post was written by Maica Jordan