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LAist loves watching bad musicals and horror movies in the summer. Much to our delight, the programmers at the American Cinematheque are screening a week of horror movies and musicals, probably as a prelude to their upcoming Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction.

“Can't Stop The Musicals: More Musicals from the 1970s and 80s” series runs July 28th–August 3rd. The series includes a rock music version of The Passion of Christ (Jesus Christ Superstar); Ken Russell's brilliantly deranged life of composer Franz Liszt starring The Who's Roger Daltrey (Lisztomania); campy send-up of "The Pirates Of Penzance" with teen heart-throbs Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins (The Pirate Movie); and a remake of Lost Horizon with music by Burt Bacharach and choreography by Hermes Pan; Herbert Ross and Steve Martin's take on writer Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, and an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt, based on Joseph Papp's acclaimed Public Theater production.

Arrive early for a program of musical shorts—mostly new—but they've found a long lost gem, "Junior High School" from 1978, starring Paula Abdul!

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Then, on Thursday, July 29th at 7:30 PM the Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase presents the film Graveyard Alive: A Zombie Nurse in Love, directed by Elza Kephardt. This clever cross between 1920's German Expressionism and vintage B-horror flicks, features a lonely nurse bitten by a zombie patient, whereby she becomes a sex kitten capable of realizing her romantic daydreams.

Plus the LA premiere of Glenn Cowan's short, For Fuck's Sake written by Cecil Castelucci and Glenn Cowan. The fantasy women in Hank's head are starting to become a pain; they simply won't leave him alone. Discussion following with cast and crew.

It's all happening this month at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre.