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BEETLEJUICE

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia. PG / 93 min. Directed by Tim Burton.

BEETLEJUICE is presented in memory of Joe Tulley, Town of Normal Uptown Manager for many years & lover of weird movies. 

10/12   @   7:00pm               10/13   @   4:00pm

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SILVER BULLET

When a series of unexplained murders occurs in the normally quiet town of Tarker's Mill, the residents decide to hunt down the killer. However, many of these vigilantes end up dead, and those who don't are no closer to finding an assailant. But when a young wheelchair-using boy named Marty (Corey Haim) encounters a werewolf one night, the pieces begin to come together. Along with his sister and his Uncle Red (Gary Busey), Marty begins a mission to capture the werewolf once and for all. R / 95 min. Screenplay by Stephen King, adapted from his novel.

10/12  @  10:00pm

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JOHN CARPENTER'S THE FOG

In this gorgeous new restoration of John Carpenter's 1980 thriller, an unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters. R / 89 min.

10/13   @   7:00pm

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WHITE ZOMBIE

Part of our Six Week Film School series: UNGRATEFUL UNDEAD.

Murder Legendre (Bela Lugosi) is the menacingly named zombie master of Haiti. So it's to him that Charles Beaumont (Robert Frazer) goes when he needs help for a twisted plan. Spurned in marriage by Madeline Short (Madge Bellamy), Beaumont has decided on a simple solution: kill Short and bring her back as a zombie. Then she can be his forever. The only problem comes when Legendre keeps the fetching girl for himself -- and her new husband (John Harron) comes to Madeline's rescue. NR / 85 min.

Join SWFS series curator Dr. Bill McBride in a discussion following the film. 

10/15   @   7:00pm

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CARNIVAL OF SOULS

A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, this eerily effective B-movie classic was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today. PG / 78 min.

10/17   @   7:00pm               10/20   @   1:00pm

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HOCUS POCUS

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. PG / 96 min. 

10/18   @   7:00pm               10/20   @   4:00pm

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THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE

Director Amy Holden Jones turned down an editing job on E.T. to direct this movie! She made the right choice.

Written as a commentary on the inherent sexism of slashers by feminist icon Rita Mae Brown — but filmed completely straight — THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE is a terrific inside joke that also delivers the goods as a skid row photocopy of HALLOWEEN.

With its stylized photography, plot points involving pizza and an endlessly cool homemade synth score, THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE is a drop-dead masterpiece of subversive trash-horror. R / 77 min.

10/18   @   10:00pm

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THE CROW

The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. R / 102 min.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, this is a classic horror romance that deserves to be seen on the big screen.

10/19   @   7:00pm               10/19   @   10:00pm

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) for a few months as they try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead. R / 87 min.

10/20   @   7:00pm

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PAYWALL: THE BUSINESS OF SCHOLARSHIP

Jason Schmitt, a filmmaker who investigates the economic and societal impact of academic publishing, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 21, at the Normal Theater in Uptown Normal. Schmitt will introduce his documentary, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, before a showing of the film. A Q&A discussion will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Milner Library as part of Open Access Week 2019 activities, the talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series. Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - NR / 65 min.

10/21   @   5:30pm

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DRACULA (1931)

Part of our Six Week Film School series: UNGRATEFUL UNDEAD.

The dashing, mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), after hypnotizing a British soldier, Renfield (Dwight Frye), into his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to wreak havoc, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires. When he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor, vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is enlisted to put a stop to the count's never-ending bloodlust. NR / 85 min.

Join SWFS series curator Dr. Bill McBride in a discussion following the film. 

10/22   @   7:00pm

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HOUSE (HAUSU)

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. R / 88 min. In Japanese w/ subtitles.

(Description form Janus Films)

10/24   @   7:00pm

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. R / 100 min.

This interactive cult classic returns for its 5th Halloween at the Normal Theater. With a full shadow cast production - now made up of students and community members alike - this is an event not to be missed. A limited number of prop bags will still be available for purchase courtesy of Theatre of Ted, but you're welcome to bring your own so long as you remember the rules:

1. No Food.
2. No Liquids.
3. No Fire.
4. (and we cannot stress this one enough) No Glitter.

Never been? A welcoming ceremony will happen right at the top of the show. Seasoned veteran? Let's hear those call-outs.

And of while not required, costumes are highly encouraged, with prizes given out at each show.

10/25   @   7:00pm               10/25   @   10:00pm

10/26   @   7:00pm               10/26   @   10:00pm

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THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another, far more sinister factor at play. R / 95 min.

10/27   @   7:00pm

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GHOSTBUSTERS

After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city, and are the only ones that can save New York from complete destruction. PG / 105 min.

10/31   @   7:00pm

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Part of our Six Week Film School series: UNGRATEFUL UNDEAD.

The dead come back to life and eat the living. Several people barricade themselves inside a rural house in an attempt to survive the night. Outside are hordes of relentless, shambling zombies who can only be killed by a blow to the head. NR / 97 min.

Join SWFS series curator Dr. Bill McBride in a discussion following the film. 

11/05   @   7:00pm

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DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT

Part of our Six Week Film School series: UNGRATEFUL UNDEAD.

Dapper Count Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) relocates from his Transylvanian castle to Victorian London with his slavish assistant, Renfield (Peter MacNicol), in search of new blood. He finds it in a pair of beautiful young women, Mina (Amy Yasbeck) and her best friend, Lucy (Lysette Anthony). When Mina's straitlaced fiancé, Jonathan (Steven Weber), notices his future bride's odd behavior, he calls in his mentor, vampire hunter Van Helsing (Mel Brooks), to save the day. PG-13 / 95 min.

Join SWFS series curator Dr. Bill McBride in a discussion following the film. 

11/12   @   7:00pm

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SHAUN OF THE DEAD

Part of our Six Week Film School series: UNGRATEFUL UNDEAD.

Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he's not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton). R / 99 min.

Join SWFS series curator Dr. Bill McBride in a discussion following the film. 

11/19   @   7:00pm

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