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.