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LAist Film Calendar: Trick 'r Treat, John Hughes & Living People Too!

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He sticks pumpkin; I'll stick Paquin | Photo courtesy of Warner Home Videot

A wise man was once misquoted: "Beer is proof that God loves us". May I further bastardize: "And so are horror movies!" It's no coincidence both are celebrated in October, the most wonderful month of the year. Par ejemplo: long-awaited horror anthology Trick 'r Treat. Scheduled for release years ago, the film was instead shelved in a nasty trick, despite a bankable cast (headlined by the fang-banging, award-winning Anna Paquin & all-around-awesome character actors Dylan Baker & Brian Cox) and unanimous acclaim from the few who have seen it. Which is why it's such a treat that there are two screenings this week before its descent into direct-to-DVD hell. The Cinefamily has Trick 'r Treat's writer-director Michael Dougherty as special guest on Friday, while the New Bev unearths Stephen King's Creepshow on Sunday. Be scared or be square!

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Embrace the dead without fear at the Egyptian's John Hughes tribute weekend, or all week at the Nuart with Akira Kurosawa. The word "classic" gets bandied about too often, but truth is, Rashomon single-handedly taught Americans to watch dem furreign pictures. And thank goodness for that, because there's a German film program, an Alan Resnais program AND a Woody Allen double feature this week! If only Polanski had followed Allen's lead and made an honest 13-year old girl of...that 13-year old girl -- he could have directed more horror movies! Like Killer Klowns! Nosferatu! House on Haunted Hill! The Boxer's Omen! I could go all month!

Full list appears below. See you at the (horror) movies!