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Julia Marchese’s All Killer No Filler Halloween Hullabaloo!

 

 

Halloween is my favorite holiday – I love dressing up, getting candy, listening to ghostly tunes and watching scary movies. (I mean, I always like these things, but especially around Halloween!) 

Every year I try to do special things and really enjoy the holiday to its fullest – and this year is certainly going to be my best Halloween yet. 

 

The incredible Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts (who I have programmed film series for the last two summers – The Summer of Love series in 2017, and the female half of their Play it Cool series in 2018) asked me to program the week leading up to Halloween this year, and I am simply over the moon about it – a horror hounds dream! 

 

The best part about it is I will be attending the screenings as well! I’ve never been to the theatre so I am chuffed beyond belief to be able to watch all of these wonderful films with you! 

Ladies and gentlemen, won’t you join me for my All Killer No Filler Halloween Hullabaloo?! 

 

 

SCHEDULE:

 

*Thursday Oct.24: BATTLE ROYALE at 7:30 , JU-ON: THE GRUDGE at 9:45

 

*Friday Oct. 25:  FADE TO BLACK at 7:30 , CUTTING CLASS at 9:40 , PSYCHO at 11:45

 

*Saturday Oct. 26: FIRESTARTER at 7:30 , THE DEAD ZONE at 9:45 , CARRIE at MIDNIGHT

 

*Sunday Oct. 27: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST at 6:30 , WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE at 8:30

 

*Monday Oct. 28: FROZEN (2010) at 7:30

 

*Tuesday Oct. 29: FREAKS, with short subjects at 7:30

 

*Wednesday Oct. 30: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE at 7:30

 

 

 

 

Battle Royle & Ju-On – J-Horror Double Feature

 

 

The the early 2000’s, Japan was crushing the new horror wave with its violent, unique, terrifying visions. Battle Royale (2000) smashed its brutal way around the globe, shocking everyone with its barbaric premise and dark sense of humor,  influencing countless other movies.  If you’ve never seen this film on the big screen before, hope you’re ready for an intense ride! Ju-On (2002) is my absolute favorite of the J-Horror craze – with disturbing images that won’t leave your mind and a new spin on the old haunted house trope, this film is scrumptiously frightening.

 

 

 

 

Fade to Black, Cutting Class & Psycho – Killer Crushes

 

 

 

These three fantastic films are linked together by the fact that I have an intense crush on each of the killers in the film – I know, I know, kinda weird to admit – but when you see the actors portraying each one, you’ll understand. Dennis Christopher plays the shy cinephile loner Eric Binford in 1980’s Fade to Black, an under seen film that I show to everyone I meet, with a great concept and terrific lead performance. Another under seen gem, 1989’s Cutting Class, might be best known for being one of Brad Pitt’s very first lead roles, but I’m more interested in Donovan Leitch’s off kilter, bowling shoes wearing teenage psycho Brian Woods. And lastly, but certainly not leastly, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho, with that voyeuristic mama’s boy that gets my heart beating a little bit faster, that adorable psychotic Norman Bates, played by the incredible Anthony Perkins.

 

 

 

 

Firestarter, The Dead Zone and Carrie – Stephen King Pyro/Telekenesis

Triple Feature 

 

 

I am, to put it mildly, super obsessed with Stephen King (ask me about my Dark Tower quest!) and his stories of people with special powers they can’t quite control are some of my very favorites. We start off with 1984’s Firestarter, with Drew Barrymore giving a powerhouse performance as the pint sized pyrokenetic Charlie McGee – this movie is so good – and there would be no Stranger Things without it. Then we flip on over to Cronenberg’s 1983 film The Dead Zone, where Christopher Walken stars as harmless school teacher turned paranoid psychic John Smith – whose visions are terrifying, but not as terrifying as the fact that he can’t quite see if they’ll come true or not. We end with Brian de Palma’s 1976 classic Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek as the bullied, broken Carrie White. The film is meticulously crafted and directed, with star turning performances and is the movie that launched Stephen King’s name into the stratosphere, so we should all give it the mad respect it deserves.

 

 

 

 

Nightmare on Elm Street & Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – My Favorite Final Girl 

 

 

My podcast, Horror Movie Survival Guide, is all about how to survive horror films and become the final girl, and all of that final girl love stems from one character – Heather Langenkamp’s fiery Nancy Thompson from the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Nancy in 1984’s Nightmare on Elm Street (my very favorite horror films of all time) is such a terrific role model – fearless, loyal, smart, and most importantly – self-reliant – Nancy is always fun to watch and admire, but watching Heather Langenkamp play herself in the superbly meta 1994 film Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is even juicier, and watching them back to back is absolute perfection.

 

 

 

 

Frozen

 

 

Adam Green’s 2010 film Frozen is super potent and packs a powerful punch – a hyper intense watch, this film brings out of control amazing performances, a tight, super inventive script and Green’s fun directing style to create a nonstop white knuckle ride from beginning to end. To me, the best horror films are those that focus on strong characters that I like and identify with, going through trying situations and pushed to their limit, with lots of deep dialogue – this film is all of that and more.

 

 

 

 

Freaks 

 

 

Tod Browning’s 1932 film Freaks is a classic for a reason. Yes, it’s scary, but not for the reasons you might think and it’s also charming, heartbreaking and life affirming. Browning himself performed in the circus as a youth and had great affection for his cast, which comes through in the finished film. A wonder to behold (especially on the big screen), this film is so well directed and a must see for every film fan. And because Freaks is only a little over an hour, we’re gonna throw in some short Halloween themed surprises before the movie!

 

 

 

 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

 

 

I’ve watched hundreds of horror films in my lifetime, and I can say with great confidence that Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the scariest horror film ever made. No other film matches the grainy, gritty, dirty, snuff film feeling of this movie, with its unknown actors, bare bones budget, lack of soundtrack and some of the most intense villians ever put to screen. If you’ve never seen this film on the big screen with an audience, get ready for a whole different experience than watching it at home. And if you’re looking for the perfect horror film to scare the hell out of you and get in the mood for Halloween, this is the film. 

 

Julia’s Marchese’s Movie List 2018

These are the movies Julia Marchese watched in 2018 (in case you care about such things) 
Shout out to all of the insane, awesome rep programming I attended this year, especially those I watched on film –  courtesy of  The Tampa Theatre, The Egyptian, The Aero, Cinematic Void, Beyond Fest, Friday Night FrightsDynasty Typewriter, Secret Sixteen,  Vidiots, LACMAVoyager InstituteGenesis Cinema, Prince Charles Cinema, Crouch End Picturehouse , Scalarama – and to all of the friends who watched this movies with me/because of me. 

 

Key:

MN – Movie Night – my weekly movie night I have had with friends for over 8 years – (name in parenthesis chose the movie that week).

HMSG – movie watched for and talked about on my podcast Horror Movie Survival Guide.

BCBrian Crewes movie night, a friend who shows a wide variety of cinematic gems in his unbelievable home movie set up 

 

1. The Shape of Water – Tampa Theatre

2. The Greatest Showman 

3. In the Mouth of Madness – HMSG

4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

5. Get Out

6. Cars 3 

7. Standing Ovation – MN – (Matt)

8. Child’s Play – HMSG 

9. Psycho – HMSG

10. Friday the 13th – HMSG

11. Rocky Horror Picture Show – Nuart at Midnight 

12. The Holy Mountain 

13. Alphaville – MN – (David)

14. Beetlejuice 

15. Heathers 

16. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

17. Lady Bird 

18. Masculine Feminine – MN (Julia)

19. Don’t Look Now – Egyptian – 35mm 

21. Charlie’s Angels

22. Velvet Goldmine

23. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

24. Pumpkinhead – HMSG

25. Psycho  – MN (Melanie)

26. People Under the Stairs – HSMG

27. Jaws – HMSG

28. Winchester

29. Stage Door – MN (Eric)

30. Viva – Loyola Marymount  

31. Secret Admirer – Egyptian – 35mm 

32. Mystery Date – Egyptian – 35mm 

33. Talented Mr. Ripley – MN (Matt)

34. Harold and Maude

35. Cat’s Eye – HMSG

36. Mute

37. Basketcase – Egyptian

38. Brain Damage – Egyptian – 35mm 

39. Frankenhooker – Egyptian – 35mm

40. Wild at Heart – BC

41. Darkest Hour

42. Across the Universe 🍓

43. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – MN  (Melanie)

44. Creepshow – HMSG

46. Nightmares – HMSG

47. The Pornographers – MN (David)

48. Annilhilation 

49. Red Sparrow 

50. Coco – MN (Teri)

51. Mind Game – Egyptian 

52. Miracle Mile 

53. Altered States – HMSG

54. Blue Juice – MN (Julia)

55. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – HMSG

56. Exorcist 2 – HMSG

57. Downsizing 

58. Lost Boys HMSG

59. Suspiria 1978 HMSG

60. The Pillow Book – MN (Paul)

61. Halloween 2 – HMSG

63. Isle of Dogs 

64. Annihilation 

65. Pet Sematary 2 – HMSG

66. Ready Player One 

67. Wonderstruck

68. 24 Hours to Live

69. Yes Man

70. Breathe

71. If I Stay

72. Kingsman: the Secret Service

73. Kingsman: the Golden Circle

74. Breakin all the Rules – MN (Teri) 

75. The Seventh Seal – Egyptian – 35mm 

76. The Magician – Egyptian – 35mm

77. Blood and Sand – BC

78. Stage Struck – BC

79. Thrashin’ – MN (Julia)

80. First Reformed

81. Ghoulies – HMSG

82. Grey Gardens – Egyptian

83. Mommie Dearest – Egyptian

84. Race With The Devil – MN (Paul)

85. Ready Player One

86. Dance of the Dead

87. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – MN (Eric)

88. The Breakfast Club – BC

89. Solo – El Capitan

90. Mac & Me – MN (Matt)

91. The Gate – HMSG

92. Critters – HMSG

93. Barefoot 

94. Arachnophobia – HMSG

95. The American Astronaut – MN (David)

96. Dead Calm – HMSG 

97. I Feel Pretty

98. Model Shop 

99. I Heart Huckabees – MN (Melanie)

100. Hereditary 

101. Upgrade 

102. Valley of the Dolls – Egyptian

103. What’s the Matter with Helen? – Egyptian – 35mm

104. War of the Worlds – BC

105. ET – BC

106. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Aero – 70mm

107. Hellraiser – HMSG

108. Domino – MN (Julia)

110. Hell Night – HMSG

111. La Ronde – MN (Paul)

112. Inception – Egyptian – 35mm

113. Adrift

114. A Quiet Place

115. Gassss – MN (Matt)

116. Gleaming the Cube – Egyptian – 35mm

117. North Shore – Egyptian – 35mm

118. BMX Bandits – Egyptian

119. Firestarter – HMSG

120. Show People – Paramount Ranch – 16mm

121. Shag – MN (Teri)

122. Children of the Corn – HMSG

123. It’s Alive – HMSG

124. Bloody Birthday – HMSG

125. City of Gold – MN (David)

126. Won’t You be my Neighbor?

127. The Frighteners – Egyptian – 35mm

128. Re-Animator – Egyptian – 35mm

129. Backbeat 

130. Across the Universe 🍓

131.Eighth Grade 

132. Waitress – MN (Melanie)

133. Dracula Untold

134. Dracula: Dead and Loving It

135. Predestination 

136. Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared Syn – Egyptian 3D – 35mm

137. Rottweiler – Egyptian 3D- 35mm

138. These are the Damned – MN (Jamie)

139. Van Helsing

140. Empire Strikes Back – Hollywood Bowl

142. Blackkklansman 

143. A Life Less Ordinary – MN (Julia)

144. The Bride – HMSG

145. He Knows You’re Alone – HMSG

146. Don’t Breathe 

147. The Blob – HMSG

148. The Cruise – MN (Paul)

149. Spacecamp – BC

150. Herzog’s Nosferatu – MN (Matt)

151. The Believers – HMSG

152. The Uninvited – HMSG

153. Dracula 2000

154. Dracula 79

155. LA Plays Itself

156. Suing the Devil – 5 Minute Game at Dynasty Typewriter

157. Splash – MN (Teri)

158. Dawn of the Dead – HMSG

159. Christine – HMSG

160. Love at First Bite

161. Wacky Taxi – MN (David)

162. Horror of Dracula

163. Blood for Dracula

165. The Thief of Bagdad – BC

166. Children of Men – MN (Melanie)

167. Down to Earth – Crouch End Picturehouse

168. Frogs – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

169. Daughters of Darkness- Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

170. Top Secret! – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

171. Phantom of the Paradise – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

172. After Hours – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama – 35mm

173. The Sentinel – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama – 35mm

174. The In Crowd – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

175. Heavy Metal Parking Lot – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

176. Crumb – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

177. La Ronde – Genesis Cinema/Scalarama

178. Hocus Pocus – Prince Charles Cinema 

179. Oculus

180. Deadly Friend HMSG

181. What They Had 

182. Night of the Living Dead – MN (Matt)

183. The Kindergarten Teacher 

184. The Holy Mountain

185. Shocker – HMSG

186. The Outsiders – BC

187. Rumblefish – BC

189. Lost Souls – MN (Julia)

190. Scream – HMSG

191. The Hills Have Eyes – HMSG

192. Child’s Play 2 – 16mm Marathon Dynasty Typewriter

193. The Fly 2 – 16mm Marathon Dynasty Typewriter 

194. Poltergeist 3 – 16mm Marathon Dynasty Typewriter 

195. Phantasm 2 – 16mm Marathon Dynasty Typewriter 

196. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – HMSG

197. Suspiria 2018 – Egyptian

198. Nightmare Before Christmas – El Capitan

199. The Changeling – BC

200. The Lady in White – BC

201. The Witches of Eastwick – MN (Teri)

202. Bohemian Rhapsody

203. Rocky 4 – MN (David)  

204. Eight Days a Week 

205. The Other Side of the Wind

206. Border 

207. A Quiet Place 

208. Halloween 2018 

209. Taking Woodstock – MN (Melanie)

210. Amityville Horror HSMG

212. Strange Invaders – HMSG

213. The Dark Half – HMSG

214. A Star is Born 2018

215. Bird Box 

216. Mary Poppins

217. Firestarter – MN (Julia)

218. Roma 

219. Fright Night – HMSG

220. Shoot The Piano Player – MN (Paul)

221. Vox Lux 

222. Mandy – Nuart at Midnight 

223. Ben Hur 1925 – BC

224. Day of the Dead – HMSG

225. Victor/Victoria – MN (Eric)

226. The Dead Zone – HMSG

227. Fade to Black – HMSG

228. Mary Poppins Returns 

229. Santa Slays – MN (Matt)

230. The Christmas Chronicles

231. Mary Poppins Returns

232. The Chipmunk Adventure

233. Mary Queen of Scots

234. Stan & Ollie