- Emily Quigley American-Statesman staff
Did you hear the story about the girl who stayed home alone to watch scary movies and was never heard from again? Yeah, you don’t want to be that girl. Get out of the house and get your frightening film fix at one of these special movie events all over Austin. It’s much more fun to watch a creepy classic or blood-soaked slasher series when you’re surrounded by friends. But is it safer? Well, don’t ask those kids from “Scream 2”...
The Buzz Mill coffee shop in Southeast Austin will take you back to summer camp with a screening of the classic slasher flick “Friday the 13th” on, you guessed it, Oct. 13 as part of its Halloween for Harvey event series, which raises money to help people affected by the August hurricane. The Friday night fun also includes creepy cocktails, s’mores and a hockey mask-decorating contest, because Jason Voorhees could have used a little help in the fashion department.
Downtown’s Violet Crown Cinema continues its Scream Screens series on Oct. 12 with “Friday the 13th.” A 20th anniversary screening of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is Oct. 17, followed by “The Serpent and the Rainbow” on Oct. 19, “The Beyond” on Oct. 24, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” (loosely based on real events in Texarkana in 1946) on Oct. 26 and, finally, “Halloween” on Halloween.
For October, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Manchaca is becoming a Halloween Haunted Drive-In with a creepy setting and a monthlong roster of favorite films for all ages, including “Poltergeist,” “Beetlejuice,” “Hocus Pocus,” “The Exorcist,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Shining,” “Hotel Transylvania and, of course, “Halloween.”
The dog-friendly Yard Bar on Burnet Road is throwing a special Halloween version of its Movie Mondays series -- Haunted Movie Nights of Terrier -- and will play a scary flick on the patio every Monday in October. In addition to the full menu, there will be popcorn, s’mores (weather permitting) and drink specials. “Beetlejuice” screens Oct. 16, followed by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Oct. 23 and a movie to-be-named on Oct. 30.
The Alamo Drafthouse always hosts creative movie events. There are plenty of spooky screenings in October, including Dismember the Alamo on Oct. 21 -- a horror movie marathon presented with the American Genre Film Archive -- and a “Shaun of the Dead” Beer Dinner on Oct. 19 that features a special three-course menu paired with beers for you to enjoy while watching what is possibly my favorite zombie movie of all time.