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LAist Film Calendar 09/29-10/02: The New Bev's 4th Annual All-Night Horror Show

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October 1st marks the beginning of the season of the witch, and the New Beverly's going not double, not triple, but sextuple bubble toil & trouble! Every year, the All-Night Horror Show brings 12 hours of beasts, blood & the beyond to the silver screen, and every year it's graced this computer screen. If you've never been, it's a hell of a bargain: $20 for hours of hard-to-come-by horrors in one of the best theaters in LA (which, by default, makes it one of the best theaters in the world), interwoven with terrifying trailers & spooky shorts. If you have been, this year's line-up follows.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter at 7:30PM, and bear witness Beyond the Door! The supernatural thriller is a relic from the glory days of Italian exploitation, where anything that made a buck in Hollywood was reproduced in Rome with half the budget, twice the camp & even more gore. This time it's a devilish double duplication, as both Rosemary's Baby & The Exorcist run through the cinematic sausage maker. The head-spinning & vomiting (one hell of a case of morning sickness!) comes courtesy of Wally Gentleman following his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Decades before Avatar (indeed, months before Cameron), Creature From The Black Lagoon brought bizarro humanoids & environmental terrors to the screen in bone-chilling 3D. The titular Creature, known affectionately as The Gillman, inspired two sequels & a short-lived stage show. The classic monster mash screens around 9:30PM in anaglyphic 3D. This means if you don't come back bleary-eyed with a lifetime of memories, at least you'll pocket a snazzy pair of red & blue shades.

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Even after two trips to The Exorcist, Linda Blair couldn't escape Hell Night. At 11:15PM, it's close to midnight, and something evil's lurking in the dark. Like any slasher released 30 years ago, its obvious influence is Friday the 13th. To its credit (unlike 81% of all slashers), it goes a different route & develops a Gothic atmosphere amidst its gruesome sorority stalking. Interestingly, it predates better-known sorority slasher sister The House on Sorority Row (which played at the first All-Night Horror Show back in 2008).

A mystery movie follows. We're not privy to any spooky scuttlebutt, but it's blocked out for nearly two & a half hours. Around 4AM, the penultimate film possesses the screen: The Pit & The Pendulum. This 1991 Edgar Allan Poe adaptation (cherry picking from Pendulum & other Poe tales), one of the few genuinely good films from low-budget production house Full Moon Pictures, stars cult actor Lance Henriksen as sado-masochistic Spanish inquisitor Torquemada. Stuart Gordon directs, and brings along his Re-Animator lead Jeffrey Combs for the ride. It's atmospheric when it really has no right to be, and just nasty enough at all the right parts.

Last, but not least is Horror Planet at 5:45AM. The gory sci-fi exploitation (another from '81) is also known in its native England as Inseminoid, for its plot involving a female astronaut who rips her crewmates apart after her impregnation with blood-thirsty alien-human hybrids. You can't make this up - unless you're Star Wars make-up artist Nick Maley or 1970s sex pot Gloria Maley, who co-wrote the film for martial arts maestros The Shaw Brothers. A fittingly nightmarish end to a night at the New Beverly.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
Beware the Gonzo (2010) (Downtown Independent)
The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Bunraku (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Debt (2010) (Lammle's BLVD)
Finding Joe (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Force (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Guard (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Higher Ground (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Margaret (2011) (The Landmark)
The Mill and the Cross (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
Resurrect Dead (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Restless (2011) (Lammle's BLVD) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
The Road to Freedom (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Silent Souls (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Story of Gray Column (Getty Center)
Take Shelter (2011) (The Landmark)
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Weekend (2011) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Whale (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Worst Movie Ever! (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 9/29
Connected (2011) (L.A. premier w/ reception) (Downtown Independent)
Drive (2011) (Arclight Beach Cities) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Field Notes: Processing the Idea of Nature in Los Angeles in 2011 (w/ filmmaker Kate Lain) (Echo Park Film Center)
Gone to Earth (1950) / A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Production of the Archers: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
The Happening (2008) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Doug Benson's Movie Interruption)
Straw Dogs (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
Take Shelter (2011) (free sneak preview) (Melnitz Movies)

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Friday 9/30
Bunraku (2010) (w/ director Guy Moshe at 7:30pm & 10pm shows) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
City of Life and Death (2009) / Come and See (1985) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926) (Old Town Music Hall)
Kingpin (1996) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Pather Panchali (1955) / Aparajito (1956) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy)
Stripes (1981) / Caddyshack (1980) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Swell Season (2011) / The Commitments (1991) (w/ special guests) (Aero Theatre) (Los Angeles Irish Film Festival)
Thundercrack! (1975) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Celluloid Sins of George Kuchar)
Time of the Gypsies (1988) (free event) (Long Beach Cinematheque) (Luckman Fine Arts Complex)
Well of the Beast (w/ filmmaker Emett Casey) (Echo Park Film Center)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)

Saturday 10/1
4th Annual All-Night Horror Show (New Beverly Cinema)
Dreaming the Quiet Man (2010) / The Quiet Man (1952) (Aero Theatre) (Los Angeles Irish Film Festival)
Footloose (1984) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Gothtober Spooktacular (w/ filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Pipe (2010) (w/ producer Rachel Lysaght) (Aero Theatre) (Los Angeles Irish Film Festival)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
The Sagebrush Troubadour (1935) / Blue Canadian Rockies (1952) (Autry National Center)
The World of Apu (1959) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy)

Sunday 10/2
Beetlejuice (1988) (The Bay Theatre)
A Bitter Taste of Freedom (2011) (free event w/ filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Archive Documentary Spotlight)
An Evening With Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher of Snuff Box (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926) (Old Town Music Hall)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) / Adam's Rib (1949) (Egyptian Theatre)
Hands Off Mississippi (2007) (Goethe-Institut) (Kinder Kino)
Knuckle (2011) (w/ director Ian Palmer & documentary subject James Quinn McDonagh) (Aero Theatre) (Los Angeles Irish Film Festival)
Parked (2010) / The Runaway (2010) (w/ director Ian Power & closing reception) (Aero Theatre) (Los Angeles Irish Film Festival)