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October 17, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 18, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 18, 2019, 10:00 PM
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.
October 19, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 19, 2019, 10:00 PM
October 20, 2019, 1:00 PM
October 20, 2019, 4:00 PM
October 20, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 21, 2019, 5:30 PM
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.
October 22, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 24, 2019, 7:00 PM
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)
October 25, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 25, 2019, 10:00 PM
October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM
October 26, 2019, 10:00 PM
October 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.
October 31, 2019, 7:00 PM
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.