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Diabolique (1955)

DIABOLIQUE (1955)

In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife (Vera Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears. NR / 137 min.

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House (Hausu)

HOUSE (HAUSU)

An 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.

The sixth film in our partnership series "Understanding Horror" with Illinois State University professor of psychology Dr. Eric Wesselmann. This series will seek to understand our morbid fascination for stories of “things that go bump in the night.” Film screenings will include a brief introduction and lecture by Dr. Wesselmann.

October 6th

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Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

BLUE WHISKEY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: BEST OF FEST!

The Normal Theater is excited to present the "Best of Fest" encore screenings from the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. Three films are featured in this year's inaugural event. The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that assembles character-driven independent film programming constructed by bold and innovative storytellers for the purposes of education, entertainment, and thought-provoking discussion.

DO NO HARM

Risking her career rather than admit the truth that she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and overwhelmed by a fear of causing harm to others, Dr. Beth Anderson breaks into a high security facility in the dead of night to steal an out of date sandwich in order to save a pregnant colleague from eating it.

COME ON TIME

The story of Clive Kennedy, a music documentary about a performer who can’t perform. A story of incredible talent gone unrealized turns into a joint effort between subject and filmmaker to battle Clive’s mental health and find catharsis in his songs.

SWEET DISASTER

A charming family dramedy that navigates the difficulties of pregnancy and motherhood with a bittersweet optimism and refreshing transparency. Frida, a 40-year-old painting therapist, unexpectedly gets pregnant just as the father of her child leaves her for his ex. Unable to accept him leaving, Frida concocts an elaborate scheme to win him back, while ultimately affecting a stable of wonderful characters, whose lives she touches for the better along the way.

October 7th - 9th

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Troll Hunter

TROLL HUNTER

While investigating reports of illegal poaching, three student filmmakers encounter a man (Otto Jespersen) who slays trolls for the Norwegian government. PG-13 / 103 min.

October 7th

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Tucker & Dale vs Evil

TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. R / 89 min.

October 8th

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COMING SOON

The Host

THE HOST

Careless American military personnel dump chemicals into South Korea's Han River. Several years later, a creature emerges from the tainted waters and sinks its ravenous jaws into local residents. When the creature abducts a young girl her family decides that they are the only ones who can save her. R / 120 min.

October 12th

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The Lost Boys

THE LOST BOYS

Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) -- who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead. R / 97 min.

October 13th

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Cat People (1942)

CAT PEOPLE (1942)

Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon), a New York City--based fashion designer who hails from Serbia, begins a romance with marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith). After the couple gets married, Oliver becomes concerned about Irena's notion that she is cursed and may transform into a large cat in the heat of passion. Confiding in his beautiful assistant, Alice Moore (Jane Randolph), about his marital issues, Oliver unwittingly triggers Irena's curse, with tragic results. NR / 73 min.

October 14th

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Rubber

RUBBER

A car tyre comes to life with the power to make people explode and goes on a murderous rampage through the Californian desert. R / 85 min.

October 14th

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Coraline

CORALINE

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life. PG / 100 min.

October 15th

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Poltergeist

POLTERGEIST

Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help. PG / 114 min.

October 15th

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The Void

THE VOID

When police officer Carter discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a bare bones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil. NR / 90 min.

October 15th

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life -- he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. PG / 76 min.

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The Monster Squad

THE MONSTER SQUAD

Five kids find themselves up against the combined might of Dracula, the Mummy, the Gill Man, and Frankenstein's Monster who arrive in town in search of a magic amulet. PG-13 / 79 min.

October 16th

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One Cut of the Dead

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie film in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility when they are attacked by real zombies. NR / 96 min.

October 19th

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Hocus Pocus

HOCUS POCUS

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 20th, 22nd, 23rd, & 30th

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Beetlejuice

BEETLEJUICE

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia. PG / 92 min.

October 21st - 23rd

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Hereditary

HEREDITARY

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. R / 126 min.

October 21st

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Creepshow

CREEPSHOW

A compendium of five short but terrifying tales contained within a single full-length feature, this film conjures scares from traditional bogeymen and portents of doom. In one story, a monster escapes from its holding cell. Another focuses on a husband (Leslie Nielsen) with a creative way of getting back at his cheating wife. Other stories concern a rural man (Stephen King) and a visitor from outer space, and a homeowner (E.G. Marshall) with huge bug problems and a boozing corpse. R / 120 min.

October 22nd

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Hour of the Wolf

HOUR OF THE WOLF

On a remote island, a troubled artist (Max von Sydow) feels his mind slipping away from him. Troubled by disturbing visions and paranoid delusions, he and his wife (Liv Ullmann) begin to suspect that the haunting memories are the machinations of a bizarre, perverted cult that reside on the other side of the island. The leader of this group (Erland Josephson) may hold the key to the artist's delusions. This is the only horror film in director Ingmar Bergman's legendary body of work. NR / 90 min.

October 26th

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Nosferatu with Invincible Czars

NOSFERATU with THE INVINCIBLE CZARS

In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

This Special Event includes a live score by the Invincible Czars. Fans, theaters, and media have consistently praised The Invincible Czars' carefully crafted soundtracks for enhancing the movie goers experience. The band has performed for over a decade at hundreds of theatres and art houses across the US and Canada delighting audiences with an array of sonic twists and turns. The varied compositions and instrumentation adapt individually to each film the Czars score, capturing each thrilling moment and keeping audiences engaged scene by scene.

In 2021, the group ventured back into the proverbial depths of Romanian folk music and horror soundscapes to give their Nosferatu soundtrack a centennial facelift. The updated score is performed by a five member touring ensemble using violin, flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar, bass, piano, organ, glockenspiel, music box, drums, percussion, samples and loops. From delicate pianissimo passages of longing and love to menacing motifs of dissonant horror and pain, each instrument plays a critical role establishing character themes and maximizing the visceral nature of this film.

The Invincible Czars encourage fans and attendees to dress for the Halloween season and fully immerse themselves in the timeless tradition of Count Orlok.

October 27th

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky." R / 100 min.

October 28th & 29th

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Coco

COCO

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. PG / 105 min.

October 29th & 30th

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