When the isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is invaded by a group of bloodthirsty vampires – including their leader, Marlow (Danny Huston) – it’s up to an ever-shrinking group of survivors to do anything and everything they can to last until daylight in Columbia Pictures’ “30 Days of Night.”
Shock-tober has always been a banner month for horror films.
Whether it means trekking to the local cinema to see one of Hollywood’s latest gore-fests or digging through personal collections for those creepy classics of yesteryear, the month that closes with Halloween is a perfect time to celebrate everything ghoulishly ghastly, bloodcurdlingly bizarre and wonderfully weird.
Following is a list of horror movies that will be sending shudders through fearful audiences this month:
• “Hallows Point” – Filmed in the Tampa Bay area, this movie stars genre legend David Naughton. A group of high school students lock themselves into an abandoned schoolhouse on Halloween night and accidentally resurrect their former biology teacher, who happened to be a serial killer. The teacher is all too willing to come back and give these poor unfortunate souls their final exam. From Chameleon Filmworks (based in Clearwater). Currently playing. Rated R.
• “Resident Evil: Extinction” – Alice (Milla Jovovich) is back in the third installment of the Resident Evil franchise. The T-Virus has ravaged the globe, turning virtually all living creatures into zombies. Meanwhile, the corporation which engineered the virus – and developed Alice as a Bio-Organic Weapon – tries to find a cure while a rogue scientist creates a new form of super zombie. Packed with non-stop violence, this flick is all about technology gone bad ... and kicking zombie butt. From Screen Gems. Currently playing. Rated R.
• “30 Days of Night” – Based on the IDW Publishing comic book miniseries by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, the film is set in Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets and doesn’t rise again for more than 30 consecutive days and nights – the perfect setting for a buffet fit for bloodthirsty vampires. Only Sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) and his wife, Deputy Stella Oleson (Melissa George) can save the town. From Sony Pictures. Opens Friday, Oct. 19. Rated R.
• “Saw IV” – Probably the most visceral offering due out this month, “Saw IV” continues the graphically gruesome franchise. The genesis of Jigsaw’s evil is unveiled in this installment, which features grisly, bloody violence and torture. From Lionsgate. Opens Friday, Oct. 26. Rated R.
Beach Theatre will conjure up a host of horrors with its Terrorthon, running from Oct. 21 through 31.
Monstrous movies will include:
• Oct. 21 – Ed Wood Night, featuring “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and “Glen or Glenda”
• Oct. 23 – Richard Matheson Night, featuring “The Incredible Shrinking Man” and “Duel”
• Oct. 24 – “Call of Cthulhu” and “Nosferatu”
• Oct. 25 – William Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill”
• Oct. 26 – “The Signal” and “Night of the Living Dead”
• Oct. 27 – “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as two matinees including “Bride of Frankenstein” and “Son of Frankenstein”
• Oct. 28 – More Richard Matheson, featuring “Burn Witch Burn” and “The Last Man on Earth”
• Oct. 30 – “The Entrance”
• Oct. 31 – “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Beach Theatre also will host two free kids matinees, including “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” on Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m., and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” on Saturday, Oct. 27. The matinees will feature a costume parade and trick-or-treating down Corey Avenue following the presentation.
For late-nighters, Beach Theatre will offer two shocking midnight movie treats. “Return of the Living Dead” will be shown on Friday, Oct. 19, and “The Army of Darkness” will be shown on Friday, Oct. 26.
Tampa Theatre will screen a few classics this month. F.W. Murnau’s 1922 German classic “Nosferatu” will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. The movie will feature live musical accompaniment by Tampa Theatre organ legend Rosa Rio at the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
To celebrate Halloween, Tampa Theatre will present “Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn” on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Rated R for substantial graphic horror violence and gore, this 1987 Sam Raimi cult classic stars Bruce Campbell as Ash in his continuing struggle with the forces of the dead.