Your complete guide to every Halloween-related screening in KC and Lawrence this October

This October, there are just three wide release horror films hitting theaters: an animated adaptation of The Addams Family; Zombieland: Double Tap; and the app-related underdog, Countdown. You might think that means your chances of taking in some spooky cinema would be limited. Wrong!

Thanks to special screenings courtesy of both local movie houses and national companies like Fathom Events, you could go out nearly every night in October and not see the same scary movie twice. (Although many of them you can see twice: the 1968 George Romero classic Night of the Living Dead is playing all over town, and you’ve got four shots at John Carpenter’s Halloween, plus two different opportunities to see the teen goth flick The Craft. Horror actor Sid Haig, who recently died, is also the subject of more than a few tribute nights this month.) We’ve got mystery screenings, live scores, a two-night stand for Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin—folks, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of terror. 

Below, our comprehensive guide to it all. Enjoy!

Tuesday 10/1

Alamo Drafthouse

The Lost Boys movie party, 7:00 p.m.

Terror Tuesday: Poltergeist, 9:30 p.m.

Regal

The Shining (remastered), 7:00 p.m. I went and saw this last Thursday, and it looks like a brand-new movie. The 4K remaster on Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King novel takes an already excellent work of art and breathes new life into something you thought you knew front to back. The close-ups are good, but the wide shots turn into something like portraits, while Wenday Carlos’ score comes through like the voice of God.

Screenland Armour

Night of the Living Dead (1968), 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday 10/2

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

The Witch, 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Public Library

Feminist Fright Fest: Night of the Living Dead (1968), 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Army of Darkness, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday 10/3

Screenland Tapcade

The Blob (1988), 9:30 p.m.


Friday 10/4

Myers Hotel Cinema

Psycho Killer Night: Psycho & The Driller Killer, 7:30 p.m. Head out to Tonganoxie for some killer cocktails and check out one of the high points of silver age horror flicks. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho set the template for so many slasher movies that followed in its wake, and it’s still an absolute gem. Abel Ferrara’s 1977 sicko slasher, The Driller Killer, is probably more appealing for the grinding New Wave tunes from Tony Coca Cola and the Roosters and the glimpses of pre-gentrification New York City than it is for the movie itself.

Screenland Armour

Sid Haig Double Feature: House of 1000 Corpses & The Devil’s Rejects, 9:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Harpoon, 5:15 p.m.

Memories: the Making of Alien, 3:10 p.m. / 7:15 p.m.


Saturday 10/5

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Night of the Living Dead (1968), 1:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 9:30 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Freaks, 9:00 p.m.


Sunday 10/6

Fathom Events

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary 4:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library (Trails West Branch)

ParaNorman, 2:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1:00 p.m.

Slaughter Movie House, 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Freaks, 9:00 p.m.


Monday 10/7

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Hereditary 2:00, p.m.


Tuesday 10/8

Screenland Armour

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin plays Deep Red, 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday 10/9

Alamo Drafthouse

Wolfman’s Got Nards with Andrew Gower, 7:30 p.m. The star of kid-horror gem The Monster Squad brings his documentary about the 1987 film to the Drafthouse. By all accounts, Gower is a gem of a guy, and a real horror fan himself, and the doc’s gotten nothing but praise since it first played the area last year. 

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Unsane, 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Public Library

Feminist Fright Fest: Sisters, 7:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin plays Suspiria, 7:00 p.m. I talked with Claudio Simonetti ahead of last year’s event, and the show ended up being one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The film looks amazing, and not only does Simonetti and his group perform an expanded version of the classic score, you get a selection of other favorites from the composer and musician afterward, including takes on the themes of Demons and Phenomena, which will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. It’s also rumored to be one of the last chances you’ll have to see the Dario Argento film on the big screen, because the rights are now owned by Fox, which is now owned by Disney. New rules from the company governing prioritizing first-run films over repertory cinema means a lot of titles will be unavailable soon.


Thursday 10/10

General release

The Addams Family. The animated reboot of the long-running spooky family series looks borderline painful, but here’s hoping it might serve as a horror gateway film for kids that leads them to the original ’60s series or ’90s movie adaptations.

Fathom Events

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary, 4:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Tammy & the T-Rex: The Gore Cut, 7:00 p.m. Take an early film with Paul Walker and Denise Richards, turn it into a teen comedy, and watch it tank. But, then: Discover a 35mm print with all the gore scenes that were removed and watch folks go nuts to see it. This version comes out on Blu-ray next month from Vinegar Syndrome, but here’s a chance to watch it with a theater full of folks in on the joke.

Screenland Tapcade

Nosferatu (1922), 7:00 p.m.


Friday 10/11

Kansas City Public Library (Waldo Branch)

The Bride of Frankenstein, 12:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Takeshi Miike’s First Love, 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Hausu (House), 10:00 p.m.


Saturday 10/12

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Zombieland, 1:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Sleepy Hollow, 10:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Warlock, 10:00 p.m.


Sunday 10/13

Fathom Events

Alien 40th Anniversary, 1:00 p.m. / 4:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library (Trails West Branch)

Hocus Pocus, 2:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Coraline, 1:00 p.m.

Analog Sunday: The Basement, 8:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Cat People (1942), 7:00 p.m.


Monday 10/14

Fathom Events

3 From Hell encore, 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Green Room, 2:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

The Tingler, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday 10/15

Alamo Drafthouse

Terror Tuesday: The Fog, 9:30 p.m.

B&B Theatres

Beetlejuice

Fathom Events

Alien 40th Anniversary, 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Horror Roulette, 7:00 p.m. Here, they pick a selection of similarly themed horror films and play some kind of game (dice-rolling, Plinko, whatever) to determine which flick gets screened. Good times. 


Wednesday 10/16

Alamo Drafthouse

A Nightmare on Elm Street movie party, 7:00 p.m.

AMC Theatres

Zombieland & Zombieland: Double Tap double feature

Cinemark

Zombieland & Zombieland: Double Tap double feature

Fathom Events

Alien 40th Anniversary, 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

The Love Witch, 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Public Library

Feminist Fright Fest: Blackenstein, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday 10/17

General release

Zombieland: Double Tap

Myers Hotel Cinema

Classic Horror Night: Night of the Living Dead (1968) & Spider Baby, 7:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Re-Animator, 7:00 p.m.


Friday 10/18

Kansas City Public Library (Waldo Branch)

The Bad Seed, 12:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Nerd-O-Ween 5: Nouns That Kill, 6:00 p.m. Greg Dedrick and Jenius McGee of the Nerds of Nostalgia podcast bring you three mystery movies, all based around “killer nouns.” Despite the fact that the header for the Facebook event features Christine, the pair always promises to screen things that aren’t already on the October docket, so expect a swerve. I’m crossing my fingers for The Hearse.


Saturday 10/19

Alamo Drafthouse

Dismember the Alamo, 4:00 p.m. Four movies, all surprises, drawn from the expansive vaults of the American Genre Film Archive. Past years have seen screenings of Night of the Creeps, with the film’s cast in attendance, and the Alamo promises that this year’s event will be just like “a blood pact with Satan . . . BUT BETTER.”

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Dawn of the Dead (2004), 1:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

[REC]


Sunday 10/20

Kansas City Public Library (Trails West Branch)

The Nightmare Before Christmas, 2:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

The Driller Killer, 7:00 p.m.


Monday 10/21

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween, 2:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

Nerds of Nostalgia Monday Mystery Movie Night + Podcast, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday 10/22

Alamo Drafthouse

The Mummy movie party, 7:00 p.m.

Terror Tuesday: Phantasm, 9:30 p.m.

B&B Theatres

Halloween

Screenland Armour

Horror Roulette


Wednesday 10/23

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Seconds, 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Public Library

Feminist Fright Fest: Black Christimas, 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Scream, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday 10/24

Screenland Tapcade

The Guest


Friday 10/25

Alamo Drafthouse

Video Vortex: Soul of the Demon 9:30 p.m. “Halloween isn’t Halloween unless someone gets sawed in half by a demon wearing a Freddy Krueger mask from Target. When two kids find a gargoyle statue by a lake, they unknowingly unleash a demon with an insatiable bloodlust for humans.” Shot in Las Vegas, released on video, and a total rip-off of Night of the Demons, this film is a shot-on-video mess. That means it’s way better than anything you’ve seen in a while, thanks to its sheer “we can do it” spirit.

General release

Countdown. “When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.” Cool. Someone’s figured out how to cross The Ring with Unfriended.

Kansas City Public Library (Waldo Branch)

Dracula, 12:00 p.m.

Myers Hotel Cinema

Blood Sucker Night: Near Dark & Vampyres, 7:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

The Exorcist (Director’s Cut), 9:30 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

The Girl on the Third Floor


Saturday 10/26

The Break Room (Topeka)

Slash and Bash 15th anniversary party 6:00 p.m. The long-running horror festival throws a party, complete with screenings of Night of the Demons, Bride of Frankenstein, Terror Train, and the premiere of the Friday the 13th fan film, Vengeance. A costume contest and short films round out what looks to be something worth making the drive to Top City.

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Shaun of the Dead, 1:30 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Carpenter Fest: Halloween, The Fog, & Christine, 5:00 p.m.


Sunday 10/27

Alamo Drafthouse

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with live score. The Invincible Czars have done re-scores for Nosferatu, The Phantom of the Opera, and more silent films, and now they’re tackling Robert Wiene’s expressionist nightmare.

Screenland Armour

The Craft, 1:00 p.m.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? marathon

Screenland Tapcade

The House on Haunted Hill (1959), 1:00 p.m.


Monday 10/28

Alamo Drafthouse

The Craft movie party, 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Beetlejuice, 2:00 p.m.

Screenland Tapcade

White Zombie, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday 10/29

Alamo Drafthouse

Terror Tuesday: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 9:30 p.m.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Phantom of the Opera silent film + live organ, 7:00 p.m. Organist Dorothy Papadako performs an improvised score to the 1925 Lon Chaney silent film on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. Interestingly enough, the original score was composed by Gustav Hinrichs and Max Winkler from pre-exisiting music and included pieces from the opera Faust, by Charles Gounod. There’s another score for the 1930 reissue, composed by Joseph Cherniavsky, and over the years, there have been new scores made by Rick Wakeman and UK progressive electronic collective the Laze, among others, so Papadako has a great amount of leeway here.

Screenland Armour

Horror Roulette

Screenland Tapcade

Lake Mungo, 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday 10/30

Alamo Drafthouse

Halloween, 7:00 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library (Central Branch)

Halloween (2018), 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Public Library

Feminist Fright Fest: The Brood, 7:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Trick ‘R Treat

Screenland Tapcade

Night of the Living Dead (1968), 7:00 p.m.


Thursday 10/31

Myers Hotel Cinema

Surprise Movie, 9:00 p.m.

Screenland Armour

Halloween, 7:00pm / 9:30pm

Screenland Tapcade

Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 4:30 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. / 9:30 p.m.


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