Friday Night Frights

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Around the world, only a smattering of the best horror films come out in theaters, and gobs of great gore go softly into the night, never to be screamed at on the silver screen. In the past, Cinefamily has reserved just the month of October as an excuse to make merry in the macabre and delight in an onslaught of slaughter; and once All Hallow’s Eve has come and gone, our poor patrons must lurch back to their bloodless daily lives, secretly wishing that the terrifying times never need end. Well, fear not, for now every month is horrific at the Cinefamily! Midnight is the witching hour, and every other Friday night, Friday Night Frights brings you the finest cuts in upcoming horror and gruesome genre cinema, as well as devious picks from the repertory crypt, all with guests galore.

Poltergeist III

9/30 - 11:59PM
$12/free for members

CAROL ANNE! In horror franchises, the third entry is typically where things get gloriously crazy, and thankfully Gary Sherman’s Poltergeist III is no exception. Transporting the saga of the ghost-beleaguered Freeling family (minus all but one original Freeling) from the suburbs to a Trump Tower-inspired Chicago high rise, Sherman’s 1988 sequel chronicles Carol Anne’s (Heather O’Rourke in her final role) continuing battle with the specter Reverend Kane and his jolly band of evil spirits. Poor Carol Anne only has her distracted millionaire uncle (Tom Skerritt), his kid-unfriendly wife (Nancy Allen) and their boy-crazy teen daughter (Laura Flynn Boyle) to help her fend off the titular poltergeists, who spend a lot of their time voguing in the reflections of mirrors, windows, puddles…you name it. It’s a beautiful clusterfuck of dizzying nonsense that may not live up to the heights of the Spielberg-shepherded original, but is still a hell of a lot of campy ’80s fun and a great kickoff to the Halloween season. Plus, you get to hear the name CAROL ANNE yelled at least 60 times in one sitting, so it’s a win-win.

Dir. Gary Sherman, 1988, 35mm, 98 min.

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