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VCRs DRIPPING BLOOD and other CREEPY cinema happenings for Halloween week

Happy Halloween Week! Our Halloween and Kids' Halloween rental sections will be up through Wednesday for all your scary movie needs. We'll begin this week's cinema roundup up the street from us at Grand Illusion Cinema, where on Saturday night you can experice a psychotronic nightmare straight from our home video archives to your brain. The VCR That Dripped Blood is a compliation of clips still only on VHS that contain spookiness, gross-outs, nudity, and Alice Cooper (hopefully at the same time!). Advance tickets and a sturdy constitution are encouraged.

Also this week at the Grand Illusion, The Curse of All Monsters Attack! continues. Friday, there's a Triple Creature Feature of films featuring kung-fu, aliens, and all sorts of horrors. For the kids and/or more squeamish, Saturday through Tuesday there's Aardman Animation's delightful Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon there's a Kiddie Creature Feature with 1962's Jack The Giant Killer from the director of  The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. On Halloween night (Wednesday), The Sprocket Society presents an evening of terror with a secret double bill of disturbing pre-Code horror classics, plus spooky shorts and cartoons, and awesome door prizes. In the Late Night spot on Friday & Saturday, there's the 1981 slasher fim The Burning, one of the better Friday the 13th rip-offs.


SIFF Cinema is also in the spirit of the season with some Halloween classics. On Tuesday and Wednesday there's the 1954 psycho-thriller The Mad Magician (starring Vincent Price and presented in 3D) and the timeless wonder that is Ghostbusters; then on Thursday there's the seminal jealous rage thriller What Happened to Baby Jane? starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters-turned-bitter-rivals. This is one of those classics we encourage you to see in a theater on the big screen.

Two films open this week at SIFF Cinema: the long-lost Ozploitation (Australian B-movies) film Wake In Fright (come here to rent the Aussie cinema documentary Not Quite Hollywood for the backstory), and Fat Kid Rules The World, a coming-of-age story that The Stranger's David Schmader says is "terrific and laced throughout with richly humane moments that nail down big, well-known concepts—the push-and-pull of family love, the thrill of live music, the shittiness of loving a junkie (even platonically)—with affecting precision." It's directed by Matthew Lillard and shot right here in Seattle, including some scenes at my alma mater, Renton's Lindbergh High School. (Go Eagles!) Ben Affleck's Argo, based on the true story of a life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, done by disguising the rescue team as a film crew, continues its SIFF Cinema run this week as well.

This weekend's Film4Families matinee is the aforementioned Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. It screens with the Wallace & Gromit short  A Matter of Loaf and Death. And if you're up for a movie-making challenge, gather your filmmaking gear for SIFF Crash Cinema, which challenges participants to go concept to screening in one day. Teams should meet at 9am Sunday at SIFF Cinema and be ready to make a horror-themed film.


Northwest Film Forum has several movies by British filmmaker Ben Rivers, including his new feature Two Years at Sea, an almost dialogue-free portrait of a man living alone in the Scottish wilderness. Vist the Out Here in the Wilds: The Films of Ben Rivers series page for more on Rivers and his work, along with a schedule of his short films showing this week. The Earshot Jazz Film Festival, which celebrates "the history, sounds and spirit of jazz, and its intersections with cinema" continues this weekend at NWFF with two documentaries: Funkjazz Kafe: Diary of a Decade (The Story of a Movement), which "goes deep into the fabric of soul music: its definitions, pioneers, offspring, movements and challenges to the “mainstream” industry, as well as the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, a music and artistic renaissance movement born out of Atlanta’s diverse musical and cultural arts heritage"; and Deconstructing Dad, "comprehensive exploration of the life of musician/inventor Raymond Scott, directed by Scott's son Stan Warnow."

Bill W., an inspiring look at the life and legacy of the man who helped found Alcoholics Anonymous, returns to NWFF for two shows on Friday, October 26. And on Thursday, November 1, there's The Rolling Stones-Charlie is my Darling, the never-released documentary chroncling the Rolling Stones tour through Ireland in 1965.


Central Cinema fully embraces the horror of Halloween with the much-beloved 80s film The Lost Boys and the much-beloved 90s film Scream. Monday's Scream screening is in Hecklevision, featuring your humorous commentary on screen via text messaging. On Tuesday, there's a special Halloween TV Dinner with clips from The Peanuts ("I got a rock."), The Simpsons, The Muppets, and more. Jason Miller's BadMovieArt takes over on Halloween (Wednesday) with a double feature of Maximum Overdrive and Chopping Mall. Thursday brings the regular Cartoon Happy Hour and an entirely different kind of horror: Tommy Wiseau's The Room.


The lovely Pike Place Market-adjacent Can-Can has B-Monday Mondays with a fine selection of cult classics, grindhouse, and experiment b-movies, along with free popcorn and 1/2 price Absinthe. Up on the Hill, BenDeLaCreme and Major Scales present the Capitol Hill Creepshow every Sunday in October at Wildrose with a different horror flop, creepy comedic commentary, and petrifying prizes each week.

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