It's our special Halloween edition of Your Weekly Movie To-Do List. In addition to the horror films, there's a movie about a circus at Guantanamo Bay. Check it out…
Friday, Oct. 25
Start Halloween week with two family-friendly spooky films — but some grown-up beverages — at the Downtown Independent's The Addams Family and Beetlejuice Drink-Along. Costumes are encouraged. Ladies, come as either goth daughter, Wednesday or Lydia. And there just might be a danceoff. Tickets are $12 and include your first beverage. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26
There are more girls in black in The Craft, screening at 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. These Catholic schoolgirls are anything but innocent, particularly while dabbling with the art of Wicca. Director Andrew Fleming and stars Robin Tunney and Rachel True will be there.
Over at New Beverly Cinema, there's a double feature of He Knows You're Alone and Psycho II. In He Knows, a serial killer on a murder streak of soon-to-be-brides stalks Amy Jensen (Caitlin O'Heaney), who's getting a case of cold feet. In Psycho II, celebrating its 30th anniversary, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is released from the mental institution 22 years later in hopes of leading a solitary life but begins to spiral back into insanity once again. The films begin at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27
In a Dublin where zombies are just part of your day, a family decides to care for son Billy when his status changes to undead in Portrait of a Zombie. This mockumentary follows the Murphy clan and their family issues of unemployment, a goth teen (yet another one!) and a pregnant girlfriend — all amidst a zombie epidemic. Tickets are $20 and include a glass of champagne, appetizers, soda, popcorn and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a DVD from the Filmmakers' Gallery. Director Bing Bailey, screenwriter-producer Laura Morand and actor Todd Fletcher will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. The event starts at 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28
The short film Guantanamo Circus shows the other side of Guantanamo Bay — the family-friendly side. Who knew there was one? This documentary follows a troupe of clowns, dancers, jugglers, magicians and more as they put on a show for the 2,000 or more children and dependents who live within the confines of one of the United States' most highly guarded bases. A Q&A with the filmmaker and some of the circus members will follow the screening of the short, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Westwood Crest Theater.
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Tuesday, Oct. 29
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Haunting at 7 p.m. at the Regent, where Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), Nell (Julie Harris), Theo (Claire Bloom) and skeptic Luke (Russ Tamblyn) bite off more than they can chew in the haunted Hill House. Afterward, join the discussion with Tamblyn himself, moderated by Stephen Farber.
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