Have a Bloody Good Time This Month With These Horror Movie Screenings
October is my favorite month for a few reasons, but mostly because my constant obsession with horror cinema seems less strange for these 31 days, and I can more easily justify watching a horror flick almost every single day.
Luckily, the fine movie theaters of Dallas embolden splatter-addicted cinema junkies like me (and perhaps you) by offering some truly fantastic programming throughout the month. The following screenings are my top choices, but I really do encourage readers to do some research on their own. Both the Alamo Drafthouse and the Texas Theater are killing it this month and you’ll probably find additional movies to catch.
House of 1000 Corpses/Sid Haig Double Feature at the Texas Theatre | October 16
Cult horror icon Sid Haig recently passed away, and the Texas Theatre is paying tribute by showing two flicks in which he starred. The first is Rob Zombie’s debut film: House of 1000 Corpses. I personally think this is one of the better pieces of 2000s schlock horror, and its something of a cross between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and one of those weird carnivals you would randomly stumble across in the parking lot of Valley View.
Following House of 1000 Corpses, Texas Theatre will be showing another, not-yet-announced film also featuring Sid Haig. If I had to guess, I’d say it’ll probably be Zombie’s sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. I could very well be wrong. Either way, this is sure to be a very groovy and very gory evening.
The Craft at Texas Theatre | October 27
This screening of The Craft is part of a series Fangoria is running all month on Sundays. Any of the films being shown would be great to see, but The Craft is one of the quintessential ’90s horror flicks, and I think it deserves more respect and recognition. It is about four high school witches, and they are just so goddamn cool. If you want to watch something oozing with a ’90s alt-aesthetic, this is the film for you.
Again, I highly recommend checking out Texas Theatre’s calendar to see what else they have brewing this month.
Nightmare on Elm St. Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson | October 20
Alamo Drafthouse is hosting several Nightmare on Elm St. movie parties throughout the metroplex on different dates. I specifically chose Richardson on October 20 because it is close-ish to Dallas and doesn’t double book you with other screenings on this list. Okay, now that we’ve got the logistics out of the way, we can talk about this movie. For me, Freddy Krueger is the best of the big slashers. He looks gross, he has knives on his gloves, he turns Johnny Depp into a blood smoothie, and he is just one sassy POS. Alamo is going all out for this movie party and will provide viewers their own Freddy gloves and other stimuli to ensure they don’t fall asleep and become Krueger’s next victims.
Evil Dead 4K Restoration at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson | October 19
If you were to put a shotgun to my head, a chainsaw to my throat and demand I announce my favorite horror franchise, I would pick Evil Dead. To be fair, you probably wouldn’t have to coerce me that much — I just deeply love all those films. This particular showing of the film is extra exciting because it is a new 4K version that also has an updated, reimagined score as well as a sound audio mix. These may not seem like huge deals, but when you’ve seen this movie as much as I have, the little updates really make it feel like a new experience. Alamo is also showing Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness throughout the month, so you can (and should) check those out too.
The Exorcist Extended Cut at the Inwood | October 11 and 12
While Evil Dead might be my favorite, The Exorcist is objectively one of the very best horror films ever made. It is legitimately terrifying and every aspect of it is just exquisite. I’ve never gotten to see it on the big screen, so it’s quite exciting that the Inwood Theater is showing it as their midnight movie. Seriously, if you haven’t seen The Exorcist, you really should — it is one of the rare films that is very scary while also being an iconic film (which, by the way, is a great way to sell it to anyone who doesn’t appreciate the genre).
Poltergeist at The Magnolia | October 29
Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Funhouse) and was produced by Steven Spielberg (pretty much everything). This is important and interesting because this film walks the line between Spielberg’s unique, family-friendly style and Hooper’s unmatched eye for terror. Like The Exorcist, this is another classic of the genre — one of the few films that was met with critical and commercial acclaim. If you haven’t seen this one before, you’ll surely recognize tropes and themes you’ve witnessed in other films that are paying homage to this masterpiece of the genre. Also, this movie is PG — which is insane — so feel free to bring any children you know and want to terrorize.