What with this being Austin, one of the finest movies towns of its size in the world, plenty of theaters are celebrating Halloween this week with all sorts of scary (and absurd) movies.
The ultimate midnight musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screens at 9:30 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.
The zombie classic “Evil Dead II” screens at 7 p.m. at the Violet Crown Cinema.
Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” screens at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) at the Blue Starlite Drive In.
“Night of the Living Dead,” the zombie flick that started them all, screens at 6 p.m. at Holy Grounds Cafe.
The Austin Film Festival Family Series Presents “Hocus Pocus” at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theater.
The silent vampire classic “Nosferatu” with a live score by Invincible Czars screens 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.
The Austin Film Society Theater has a mess of classics. The terrifying 1980 stomach-flipper “The Changeling” screens at 7. The Japanese stunner “Hausu” screens 7:30 p.m. This is followed by Brian DePalma’s “Sisters” at 9:30, while the Italian giallo “Deep Red” screens at 10 p.m.
The original 1978 “Halloween” screens at 7 p.m. at the Violet Crown.
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Wanna keep the Halloween spirit going? The “Silent Films Out Loud Halloween Edition” takes place at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) at the Blanton Museum of Art with 1910’s “Frankenstein,” 1928’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and the Buster Keaton short “Haunted House” with new scores from Austin-based composers Jackie Myers, Bob Hoffnar, Dave Biller and Jean Hasse.
These are all wonderful movies, but it got us thinking: What are the best movie monsters?
Dracula? The Mummy? The Creature from the Black Lagoon? What about the thing from the 1951 movie “The Thing from Another World” versus the thing from John Carpenter’s 1982 creepshow “The Thing”?
Who (or what) are your favorite movie monsters and what movies would you like to see screen in Austin next Halloween? Let us know!