Death, Anime and More Death: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween

This week's list is especially for horror lovers.

Friday, Oct. 26

Feeling the autumn blues (by L.A. standards, anyway)? Soak up some inspiration from Seeds of Resiliency, an indie flick that spotlights an assorted mix of people, from the Guinness World Record holder for performing flips in his wheelchair to a Holocaust survivor. See it tonight at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Saturday, Oct. 27

This year's Platform International Animation Festival has a special treat in store for hard-core anime fans: renowned Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo. The three-day festival keeps the ball rolling on its second night with a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to the director and writer of Akira, the 1988 anime classic that has inspired big Hollywood names from Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan to the Wachoswki siblings. An exclusive screening of Otomo's new short film, Combustible, will get the ceremony started at REDCAT.

Spend an all-nighter at the Aero Theatre for its seventh annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horror-thon. Coffee and energy drinks at the site will keep you wide-eyed as the art house screens six classics, ranging from 1987's Hellraiser to 1978's The Manitou.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Before the emergence of the found-footage genre, and long before probiotic yogurt commercials, Jamie Lee Curtis made her 1978 film debut in a low-budget horror film: Halloween. The John Carpenter slasher flick screens tonight at the Regent Theatre, as well as select theaters citywide.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

If brain explosions and baby-munching are your idea of a Halloween well-spent (just on-screen, hopefully), Cinefamily -- of course! -- has you covered. Tonight at 10:15 p.m., celebrate the holiday with Cinefamily's Most Outrageous Kills, a showcase of the goriest death scenes from classic horror flicks to present-day films.


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