Halloween II, A Nightmare On Elm Street III & Friday The 13th Part IV!

Halloween II – 7:30pm
Halloween is a indisputable genre classic and the father of all slasher films, but 1981′s Halloween II is where all the elements congeal into one of the greatest horror franchises in cinema history. Picking up before the first film even ends, this sequel promises “more of the night he came home”, and boy, does it deliver! The Shape is back, and stalking an obviously-wigged Jamie Lee Curtis to the local hospital, where fresh victims await. Also returning is Donald Pleasance as Loomis, the shrink with a mad-on for Michael Myers; it is this patented Pleasancemania that really fuels this fun and gorier outing. Michael really gets crafty with his kills this time around, and his look and mannerisms are the best in the series outside of the original. John Carpenter’s influence can still be felt, and the film fits seamlessly with the original, thanks in no small part to Dean Cundey’s striking camerawork and the now-synthed-up Halloween theme. This gem from the golden age of slasher cinema demands to be re-evaluated on the big screen, so put on your coveralls and grab your favorite kitchen knife, for you’ve got a date with The Shape!
Dir. Rick Rosenthal, 1981, HD presentation, 92 min.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – 9:15pm
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge has its selling points (such as hilarious homoerotic subtext so palpable it barely qualifies as subtext), but Dream Warriors is the real launching point for the rest of the Freddy empire. Wes Craven returned to lend a hand with the script (as did “The Walking Dead” creator Frank Darabont), Heather Langenkamp and the mighty John Saxon returned to tie up their storylines, and the fantastical dream elements of the Freddy mythology were pushed to their limits! And though it would soon grow out of control in later films, it was here that Freddy first blossomed as “the merry prankster of horror.” Someone wisely realized that despite the film’s title, events didn’t need to be centered at 1428 Elm Street, so we shift to a psychiatric hospital for troubled teens, where the lovely Patricia Arquette discovers she has the ability to pull others into her dream and fight back against Mr. Krueger — cue superhero motif. Welcome to primetime, bitches!
Dir. Chuck Russell, 1987, 35mm, 96 min.

Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter – 11:15pm
Director Joseph Zito’s entry in the beloved slasher franchise is almost universally regarded as the best of the series, and deservedly so! Zito (who also directed the 1981 slasher classic The Prowler) takes the well-tread Friday the 13th formula and brings a level of muscular filmmaking heretofore unseen in the franchise, a skill that is augmented by the triumphant return of gore maestro Tom Savini in the make-up effects department. Add to that the presence of a fantastic cast which features Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman and the dude from The Last American Virgin and you have an unstoppable, Jason Vorhees-like juggernaut of a film.
Dir. Joseph Zito, 1984, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Halloween II”!
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Watch the “Nightmare on Elm Street III” Dokken music video tie-in “Dream Warriors”!
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Watch the trailer for “Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter”!
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