New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest—within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately—animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness. R / 92 min.
10/15 @ 7:00pm
In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late? R / 101 min.
10/15 @ 10:00pm
The original Godzilla team of director Ishiro Honda, special-effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya, and composer Akira Ifukube reunited for this kaiju extravaganza, which features no fewer than eleven monsters. Set in the remote future of 1999, when the people of Earth have achieved world peace by confining destructive creatures to Monsterland (until an alien race intervenes), Destroy All Monsters mounts a thrilling display of innovative action sequences and memorable images that have made it a favorite for generations of viewers. G / 89 min.
10/16 @ 3:00pm 10/17 @ 7:00pm
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.
10/16 @ 7:00pm 10/23 @ 3:00pm
10/31 @ 7:00pm
A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. With its combination of psychological and body horror, THE BROOD laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision. R / 92 min.
10/16 @ 10:00pm
Baron Boris von Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) decides to announce his retirement at a convention of monsters, including the Werewolf, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and others, leaving his business to his incompetent nephew, Felix. But Frankenstein soon realizes that he must keep his newest discovery, the secret of total destruction, out of the wrong hands. A Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation from 1967 that's fun for all ages. NR / 94 min.
10/17 @ 3:00pm
Rialto Pictures presents a 40th Anniversary Restoration of this horror classic. Karen White (Dee Wallace), a LA news anchor with a serial killer for a stalker, leads the man into a trap where the police are able to kill him. In order to recover from the traumatic event, she and her husband are sent to "The Colony," a country resort where their marriage is tested by the fact that there are vicious werewolves everywhere. R / 91 min.
10/20 @ 7:00pm 10/22 @ 7:00pm
10/24 @ 7:00pm
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or “PG” for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy. NR (mature) / 95 min.
10/21 @ 7:00pm
Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) moves with his family into the home of the lone survivor from a series of attacks by dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). There, Jesse is bedeviled by nightmares and inexplicably violent impulses. It turns out Freddy needs a host body to carry out his gruesome vendetta against the youth of Springwood, Ohio. While Freddy gains influence, Jesse and his girlfriend, Lisa (Kim Myers), race against the clock trying to figure out what's going on. R / 87 min.
10/22 @ 10:00pm
Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. Directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novel by Stephen King. R / 98 min.
10/23 @ 7:00pm
Where shopping costs you an arm and a leg!
Producer Julie Corman (SATURDAY THE 14TH) and director Jim Wynorski (THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING) put the pedal to the metal for CHOPPING MALL, a joyous hybrid of FRIDAY THE 13TH and DAWN OF THE DEAD . . . with robots! A group of horny teens, including Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR) and Kelli Maroney (NIGHT OF THE COMET), sneak into a mall. But they soon find themselves confronted with a team of blood-thirsty, high-tech Robo-killers. Packed with familiar faces from the Roger Corman stable (Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller), this movie crams more slit-throats, lasers, and exploding robots into 77 minutes than most filmmakers can muster in an entire career. R / 77 min.
Description courtesy of American Genre Film Archive.
10/23 @ 10:00pm
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 / 93 min. Directed by Tim Burton.
10/24 @ 3:00pm 10/28 @ 7:00pm
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. R / 100 min.
It's a Halloween tradition for us, but with a twist: you won't see a full shadowcast production this year. It's about the film & the energy you bring in to the space, and we know you won't let us down.
All we ask is that you remember the rules:
1. No Food.
2. No Liquids.
3. No Fire.
4. (and we cannot stress this one enough) No Glitter.
First time? A welcoming ceremony will happen right at the top of the show, and we'll have some Transylvanians letting everyone know when it's time for props, etc.
And yes, there will be a costume contest before each show, with prizes for both RHPS-themed costumes as well as the best random costumes.
10/29 @ 7:00pm 10/29 @ 10:30pm
10/30 @ 7:00pm 10/30 @ 10:30pm