Halloween on Screen
This year's offering of Halloween-time horror films includes the annual screening of NOSFERATU with live musical accompaniment by silent orchestra, the opening night of the Spooky Movie 2010 International Horror Film Festival, festival-award-winning hillbilly horror-spoof TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL, a return engagement of the rom-zom-com classic SHAUN OF THE DEAD, a rare 35mm print of Dario Argento's Italian horror classic SUSPIRIA, and the utterly unique Swedish vampire film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN [Låt den rätte komma in].
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the Halloween series, unless otherwise noted.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
[Låt den rätte komma in]
The Swedish original of the new UK/US remake LET ME IN!
A bullied misfit boy finds an unlikely friend and soul mate when he meets a mysterious girl who has moved into his dreary apartment complex: an eternally twelve-year-old girl vampire. By turns romantic, horrific and always surprising, this film was the surprise winner of the top award at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Fans of Stephen King and Anne Rice will thrill to this startlingly original film, based on the bestseller by John Ajvide Lindqvist and directed with inventive vision by Tomas Alfredson.
DIR Tomas Alfredson; SCR John Ajvide Lindqvist, based on his novel; PROD Carl Molinder, John Nordling. Sweden, 2008, color, 115 min. In Swedish with English subtitles. RATED R
Thu, Oct 14, 9:30; Fri, Oct 15, 11:00; Sat, Oct 16, 12 midnight; Wed, Oct 20, 9:15
The signature film of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, SUSPIRIA sends fresh-faced American dancer Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) off to a prestigious ballet school in Germany, where she is greeted by students fleeing in panic, secretive headmistresses (Joan Bennett and Alida Valli), and a series of murders and supernatural occurrences that grow increasingly gruesome. Does something more than the spirit of the dance live within the school's walls? Propelled by a pounding soundtrack (by Italian rock band Goblin) and bold, almost impossibly stylized Technicolor visuals, this film is a landmark work of horror rarely screened in the US--and on 35mm, no less! Print courtesy of the National Media Museum.
DIR/SCR Dario Argento; SCR Daria Nicolodi, based on the book Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey; PROD Claudio Argento. Italy, 1977, color, 98 min. In English. NOT RATED
Wed, Oct 20, 6:30; Fri, Oct 22, 9:30; Sat, Oct 23, 12 midnight; Sun, Oct 24, 9:15
TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL
Opening Night of the Spooky Movie Film Festival
"It does for massacre flicks what SHAUN OF THE DEAD did for zombie movies!" -- USA Today
Two bumbling hillbillies, Tucker (FIREFLY's Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), are mistaken for crazed backwoods psychos by a group of college kids on spring break. Everything the duo does feeds the fear and paranoia of the preppie campers, who see no other choice but to confront the hayseeds, leading to a series of grisly accidents that Tucker and Dale interpret as suicide attacks. Sharp, funny and original, this film is one of the most hysterically entertaining horror/comedy epics to come along in years. Official Selection, 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Audience Award, 2010 SXSW Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Eli Craig; SCR/PROD Morgan Jurgenson; PROD Albert Klychak, Rosanne Milliken, Deepak Nayar. Canada, 2010, color, 89 min. NOT RATED
Thu, Oct 21, 9:45
DAWN OF THE DEAD
WARNING: Zombies from the Silver Spring Zombie Walk have threatened to attend the show!
In the first sequel to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, four human survivors flee zombie-ridden Philadelphia via helicopter, landing in the only sanctuary they can find--an abandoned shopping mall in the middle of nowhere. Ensconced in the complex, the group decides to wait out the crisis, planning strategy, shoplifting supplies, and, ultimately, fighting off the hordes of undead whose latent consumer instincts send them back to "an important place in their lives." Romero's 1978 classic is arguably the apex of the DEAD cycle, a masterful blend of horror and gore, rarely seen on the big screen!
DIR/SCR George A. Romero; PROD Richard P. Rubinstein. US/Italy, 1978, color, 127 min. RATED R
Sat, Oct 23, 9:45
NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF HORROR
[Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens]
The Halloween Classic
Casting a long and terrifying shadow over the genre, German silent film master F.W. Murnau's uncredited appropriation of Bram Stoker's Dracula set the standard for all vampire flicks to come. Max Schreck's monstrous Count Orlok is singularly frightening, repulsive and beastly where Bela Lugosi was courtly and Christopher Lee seductive.
DIR F.W. Murnau; SCR Henrik Galeen, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker; PROD Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau. Germany, 1922, b&w, 81 min. NOT RATED
Washington, DC, ensemble silent orchestra--keyboardist Carlos Garza and percussionist Rich O'Meara--will once again accompany NOSFERATU with their acclaimed original score, by turns dreamlike, ambient, thundering and hell-bent.
Emceed by WTOP's James White
James White has been an active member of the Washington, DC, media for more than 30 years and is currently a news anchor and reporter with WTOP Radio, and on-air host for Maryland Public Television (MPT).
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 AFI Members, $5 children under 12.
Fri, Oct 29, 10:00; Sat, Oct 30, 7:30, 10:00
No passes accepted.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
A surprise hit in 2004 and an enduring cult item since, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's "rom-zom-com"--a romantic comedy, with zombies, that is--remains one of the few successful examples of a film that achieves the tricky balance of horror and comedy. Dumped by his girlfriend, slacker appliance salesman Pegg is so down in the dumps that he fails to notice the zombie plague taking over his London neighborhood until one pops up in his backyard. Fortunately, he and his couch potato flatmate Nick Frost prove to be ace zombie dispatchers, and round up their remaining loved ones to make a final stand at their local pub, the Winchester.
DIR/SCR Edgar Wright; SCR Simon Pegg; PROD Nira Park. UK/France, 2004, color, 99 min. RATED R
Fri, Oct 29, 12 midnight; Sat, Oct 30, 12 midnight