Best Places To Watch Horror Films In L.A.
Angelenos sure know how to stir up the scary pot during Halloween. What with our numerous haunted house tours and amusement park fright fests, it can be guaranteed we like to freak ourselves out. Hollywood is the home to some of the most passionate cinephiles, so it goes without saying that horror movie screenings are abundant in town. If you're looking for a scare (and we'd suggest going with some buddies), here's a rundown of some of the best places to watch bone-chilling screenings before Halloween hits.
The New Beverly Cinema
With director Quentin Tarantino as the landlord of the New Beverly Cinema, it can be guaranteed that the theater is a haven for movie buffs who love cult-classics. Alongside of some favorites like Psycho II and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, movie-goers will also get to enjoy 35mm prints of classics like David Lynch's Eraserhead and the terrifying Japanese 1977 horror flick, House (pronounced hau-su). View the full schedule here.
In one of the most exciting Halloween-themed events is Aero Theatre's 8th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon on Oct. 26. Six back-to-back movies including Amityville II: The Possession to The Fly will send chills down your spine. Plus, the lively event is full of fellow horror film buffs and free food, snacks, and giveaways will be given out. You can't go wrong with that.
Elijah Wood's new horror film company, SpectreVision, has partnered up with Cinefamily cinema for a 13-night horror-a-thon (because 13 is the luckiest number). The festival, which started on Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 31, invites movie-goers to "come immerse yourself in a mind-bending marathon of the macabre," as stated on the website. Special screenings include a brand new restoration of F. W. Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror , Fritz Lang's Metropolis paired with a live score by Chrome Canyon, and Wood's own film Grand Piano with co-star John Cusack—followed by a Q&A with Woods himself. Psychedelic and experimental L.A.-based musician Ariel Pink will even mix his solo performance with a series of surrealist short films. View the schedule here.
Arclight Presents... Scary Stories" has a sweet lineup of some freaky and beloved flicks from The Shining to Psycho and Evil Dead II, which basically are some of the best films to watch with groups. They'll be showcasing their films throughout their different theaters, including the Hollywood, Pasadena, and Sherman Oaks locations. Check out the schedule here.
The historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is screening films that will make horror fans salivate—from Rosemary's Baby to Clive Barker's Nightbreed (followed by a discussion with the director) and zany horror HBO's 1995 classic Tales From the Crypt: Demon Night (featuring actors like Jada Pinkett Smith and Billy Zane). Full schedule can be seen here.