10-19-23

28 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY OCTOBER 19-25, 2023 www.montereycountyweekly.com FILM Gather ’round, horror movie fans, for an opportunity to see some favorite films this month at two locations— Fright Fest at the Stanton Center in Monterey, and the Spooktacular Extravaganza at Pacific Grove’s Lighthouse Cinema. Among a dozen films, Fright Fest will feature the 1968 George Romero classic Night of the Living Dead, which single-handedly gave rise to the zombie craze. The festival lineup also includes a few other well known classics, from 1928’s Phantom of the Opera, which features horror icon Lon Chaney in the title role, to 1960’s Little Shop of Horrors, with a very young Jack Nicholson. Fright Fest will conclude with a one-two punch of silent film weirdness. After showing Man In The Attic (1953) and Carnival of Souls (1962), the theater will screen the original vampire film: 1929’s Nosferatu, starring Max Schreck as the rigid, long-fingered and long-fanged Count Orlok. The German expressionist film features one of the most famous visuals in horror history. Following Nosferatu is 1922’s Häxan, a high art silent film chronicling witchcraft throughout its inception. With nightmarish, Dali-esque sequences and doom-driven, red, blue and green monotone shots that feel like visuals to match a Pink Floyd album, Häxan is a fascinating feature. Showcasing it will allow open-minded moviegoers to see a film not often shown during typical horror film fests. “In doing my research for the festival, it seems like Häxan was one of the early horror films, so it’s cool to give people the opportunity to see a film that is that old on the big screen,” says Elaura Hastings, managing director at Stanton Center. Lighthouse Cinema’s Spooktacular Extravaganza, meanwhile, runs all month showcasing more family-friendly fare including Casper, The Addams Family and Practical Magic. The P.G. theater goes big from Oct. 20-26 with the 1984 Bill Murray fan-favorite Ghostbusters—there will be a giant, Stay-Puft Marshmallow man posted on the roof, actors running through the theater in Ghostbuster costumes and a replica Ectomobile car out front. Fright Fest runs Oct. 25-29. Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $5/single show, $40/all-festival pass. 372-2608, stantoncenter.org/frightfest. Spooktacular Extravaganza runs through Oct. 26. Lighthouse Cinema, 525 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. $10. 641-0747, lighthousecinema4events.com. NIC COURY Watch Out ’Tis the season—horror films take center stage at two local film festivals spanning the breadth of the genre. By Nic Coury Classic horror film posters, as seen in the author’s home. If you want to watch some scary movies on the big screen this season there are two horror film festivals ongoing. Something Wicked thiS Way comeS Don’t be scareD, be prepareD! 831-233-3263 1730 The Mall | Seaside sullivansautoservice.com 10% Off any service MaxiMuM of $100 back Limited time OnLy cannOt be cOmbined with Other prOmOtiOns Spooky Special

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