Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema has a full slate of horror movies lined up over the next couple weeks, including silent classic Nosferatu with live music accompaniment and works from John Carpenter and Tim Burton. John Null caught up with MAC's programming director, John Holt, to discuss what's ahead at the nonprofit arthouse theater.
The Invincible Czars, an Austin, Texas based band, are on tour providing "tastefully modern" musical accompaniment to F.W. Murnau's 1922 film, Nosferatu, essentially an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. They'll be at Maiden Alley on Friday, October 21 for one screening beginning at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, October 22, MAC screens John Carpenter's The Thing. A remake of the 1951 sci-fi horror film The Thing from Another World, it's about a group of researchers in Antarctica who fall prey to a shape-shifting alien. It stars Kurt Russell, Keith David and Wilford Brimley and features an iconic score by Ennio Morricone and makeup effects by Rob Bottin.
Maiden Alley's Teen Scene Committee hosts a screening of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. There will be food on hand, as well as trivia and a costume contest. The beloved horror comedy stars Michael Keaton as the titular "bio exorcist" who overstays his welcome with a pair of ghosts (Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin) who want their old house back. The film also stars Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O'Hara.
Finally, the newly-remastered Phantasm will screen the weekend beginning Friday, October 28. The film, which has spawned numerous sequels, stars Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man, a mortician with sinister motives and some otherworldly powers. The new remaster was produced by J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot.
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