Two Great Cinematic Events: Pumpkinhead and Phantom of the Opera

While I will be preoccupied with travel this upcoming weekend, I wanted to used a little bit of blog space to promote some fine cinematic events that will occur in Richmond this weekend.  Opportunities to view classic and cult horror films in preparation for the most pagan of all holidays abound. 

On Thursday, 20 October 2011, Jeff Roll, Phil Ford, Bobby Morgan, Doc Gillespie, and the James River Film Society will present their Halloween Horror Showcase.  The showcase will consist of the short film Pickman’s Model (2007) and the amazing Pumpkinhead (1988).   I remember watching Pumpkinhead when I was in high school, and at that time I only watched horror flicks.  If Pumpkinhead is as I remember it as a fifteen-year-old, then it is most likely the greatest thing in the history of the universe. Of course, fifteen-year-old me thought a lot of things were the greatest things in the history of the universe: quadruple cheeseburgers, Mariner throwback uniforms,  David Letterman, etc.  Still, Pumpkinhead is great.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

On Friday, 21 October 2001 2011, The Byrd Theatre offers the chance to upgrade from “cult” to “classic” horror with its showing of Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera (1925).  Ray Brubacher, one of the world’s greatest organists (and that is written without hyberbole), will once again play the accompanying music.  The Byrd put on this exact program a year ago, and it was nothing short of marvelous.  Rather than attempt to re-explain its greatness, here is a link to my post from last year.  Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. 

Enjoy the pre-Halloween cinema.


About Todd Hunter Starkweather

Todd Starkweather is an Assistant Professor of English at South University-Richmond. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Illinois-Chicago; his interests include film, Victorian studies, sport, and post-colonialism.
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7 Responses to Two Great Cinematic Events: Pumpkinhead and Phantom of the Opera

  1. jroll40 says:

    The Pickman’s Model link that is posted is incorrect . The half hour short that will be screened at the Halloween Horror Showcase is Italian with English subtitles directed by Giovanni Furore .
    here is a link :

  2. Todd Hunter Starkweather says:

    The link in the post has now been corrected.

  3. Mark Elliott says:

    “Phantom of the Opera” will be playing tomorrow night, right? Rather than 10 years ago?

    • Todd Hunter Starkweather says:

      Once again, the correction has been made. At least I know people are viewing the blog.

  4. Todd, I certainly hope that age hasn’t soured you on Mariners throwback jerseys!

    • Todd Hunter Starkweather says:

      Mariners throwback jerseys still remain awesome, but as for quadruple cheeseburgers . . . I am a vegetarian now.

  5. Cinebug says:

    buen articulo! Aca les dejo uno que trata del pumpkinhead:

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