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LAist Film Calendar 05/12-05/15: Friday The 13th: Jason Takes LA!

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Famous last words: "Isn't that the sign for Camp Crystal Lake back there?" For the past 30 years, the image of Jason Voorhees, wearing a hockey mask & wielding a machete, has become so synonymous with the worst of horror franchises that it's easy to forget how good the original Friday the 13th actually is. What better time to revisit this truly classic slasher than this Friday, the 13th?

No less than three theaters, in all corners of LA, are screening Friday the 13th this Friday the 13th. For the northeast, the Regency Academy has a midnight show courtesy of Insomniac Cinema. For the southwest, the Bay Theatre has an earlier program unspooling at 10:30. Smack dab in the middle comes a killer deal, where the Downtown Independent screens the original Friday the 13th & Friday the 13th: Part III (the one where Jason acquires his trademark hockey mask) alongside drink-a-long beer pong festivities starting at 8.

Real horror nerds will be pleased to know the Downtown Independent will screen Part III in the original 3D. Those same horror nerds will want to chase that with Cinefamily's midnight screening of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. One of the wackiest films in the franchise will be preceded by a murderous mash-up of every kill in the franchise. Which is... let's see... thirty seconds per kill, carry the one... an extra couple hours?

Superstitious readers may want to avoid graveyards & black cats. Everyone else should rush towards a graveyard for Maggie The Cat. This summer's Cinespia slate kicks off at Hollywood Forever with one of the late Elizabeth Taylor's signature films, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The Egyptian Theatre's Taylor tribute series also closes out this Sunday with an evening show of the epic Giant. The ticket includes entry into a contest to win an Elizabeth Taylor DVD box set, to keep her memory alive long after the light flickers and fades.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
The Bang Bang Club (2010) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Everything Must Go (2010) (The Landmark)
The First Grader (2010) (The Landmark)
Love Exposure (2008) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The People Vs. George Lucas (2010) (Nuart Theatre)
Skateland (2010) (The Landmark)

Thursday 5/12
Another Year (2010) / Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) (New Beverly Cinema)
Badlands (1973) (w/ Sissy Spacek) (LACMA) (The Elemental Cinema of Terrence Malick)
Bill Brand: Perceptive Frame (Echo Park Film Center)
Eternity (2010) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Fast Five (2011) (Arclight Beach Cities) (Arclight Hollywood) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ show)
Lifting Hong Kong (2009) (free event) (Korean Cultural Center)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) / Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) (w/ director Monte Hellman) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lonesome Country: An In-Person Tribute to Monte Hellman)

Friday 5/13
Beetlejuice (1988) / Multiplicity (1996) (w/ Michael Keaton) (Aero Theatre) (Seriously Funny: An In-Person Tribute to Michael Keaton)
The Blues Brothers (1980) / Raising Arizona (1987) (New Beverly Cinema)
Celebrating Orphan Films (Los Angeles Filmforum) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Cockfighter (1974) / The Shooting (1966) (w/ director Monte Hellman) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lonesome Country: An In-Person Tribute to Monte Hellman)
Friday the 13th (1980) (The Bay Theatre)
Friday the 13th (1980) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Friday the 13th (1980) / Friday the 13th Part III (1982) Drink-a-long & Beer Pong (Downtown Independent)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) (midnight show) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Friday Night Frights)
Jurassic Park (1994) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Long Beach Cinematheque)
Silent & Sound Comedies (Old Town Music Hall)
The Thin Red Line (1998) (w/ Jim Caviezel) (LACMA) (The Elemental Cinema of Terrence Malick)

Saturday 5/14
8th Annual LA 3D Movie Festival (Downtown Independent)
Batman (1989) / Batman Returns (1992) (Aero Theatre) (Seriously Funny: An In-Person Tribute to Michael Keaton)
The Blues Brothers (1980) / Raising Arizona (1987) (New Beverly Cinema)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
Celebrating Orphan Films (Los Angeles Filmforum) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Days of Heaven (1978) (w/ Jim Fisk) (LACMA) (The Elemental Cinema of Terrence Malick)
Grassroots Acoustica: A Musical Benefit for EPFC (Echo Park Film Center)
Grease 2 (1984) (Devil's Night Drive In)
The Island (1980) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962) (Autry National Center) (What is a Western? Film Series)
Midnight Movie: Killer Cut (2008) (Bigfoot Crest)
Road to Nowhere (2010) (w/ director Monte Hellman) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lonesome Country: An In-Person Tribute to Monte Hellman)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Silent & Sound Comedies (Old Town Music Hall)

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Sunday 5/15
Demons (1985) / Demons 2 (1986) (w/ special guests) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)
Friday the 13th (1980) (The Bay Theatre)
Giant (1956) (Egyptian Theatre) (Lovely Tumult: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor)
The Owl and the Sparrow (2009) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Pacific Heights (1990) / Clean and Sober (1988) (Aero Theatre) (Seriously Funny: An In-Person Tribute to Michael Keaton)
Silent & Sound Comedies (Old Town Music Hall)
Sofia Gubaidulina (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
Teach Your Children Well (2010) (w/ Lily Tomlin) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
A Week Alone (2008) (Echo Park Film Center)