In a 1978 review of John Carpenter's Halloween, film critic Pauline Kael wrote, "Halloween has a pitiful, amateurish script (by Carpenter and his producer, Debra Hill). An escaped lunatic wielding a kitchen knife stalks people in a small Midwestern town (Haddonfield, Illinois), and that's about it. Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness—when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic)—it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do." Rising to the occasion with a revival of the influential slasher flick, the folks at the Drafthouse remind, "Kael was right. But the elements that she hated over 30 years ago are the very same elements that we love today. Halloween might be dumb, but it's an idiot-proof prototype for an entire genre." $9.50-$10, 10pm Monday at Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes (1255 SW Loop 410); 10:30pm Wednesday at Alamo Drafthouse Park North (618 NW Loop 410); 7pm & 10pm Thursday at Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak (22806 Hwy 281 N); (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com.
Tue, Oct 29
TPR Cinema Tuesdays Special Halloween Week Screening: The Exorcist
For most of cinema’s history, the horror genre existed at the fringes of more popular fare. Universal Studios had much financial success with early monster films such as Dracula and Frankenstein, but great actors like Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff never received the accolades for their work in these films that they would have had they focused their talents on other projects. William Friedkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist, which premiered on June 19, 1973, broke this glass ceiling by winning two Academy Awards and receiving eight other nominations, a groundbreaking first for the horror genre that would not be bested in terms of Academy recognition until The Silence of the Lambs debuted almost two decades later. San Antonians will have another chance to see this classic on the big screen Tuesday at the Bijou, as part of Texas Public Radio’s Cinema Tuesdays series. $10-$12, 7:30pm Tuesday, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, tpr.org.
Tue, Oct 29
Distinguished Lecture Series: Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Turns out taking down Nixon was only the tip of the iceberg for these two journalism superstars (and possibly journalism’s only superstars). Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward were just a couple of Washington Post reporters bearing striking resemblances to Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, respectively, when they were assigned to cover the 1972 Watergate break-in that targeted the Democratic National Committee. Bernstein and Woodward, aided by the infamous “Deep Throat” and other anonymous sources and an FBI investigation, linked the burglary and subsequent cover-up back to the Nixon administration, which eventually led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Bernstein later continued his hard-hitting coverage with exposés into the CIA, the Israeli government circa 1980-84 and Iraq during both wars with the U.S. Woodward also went on to an illustrious, though at times controversial, career as a White House correspondent from the Clinton administration forward; his latest book The Price of Politics was published last year. Hear the talk, ask some tough questions of your own during the Q&A and check out the University of Texas Ransom Center’s fascinating web-based collection of the journalists’ Watergate papers. Tickets are free, though they must be procured at the Laurie Auditorium box office in person, open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri. Free, 7:30pm Tuesday, Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, (210) 999-8406, trinity.edu.
Wed, Oct 30
Hallows Eve Japanese Invasion
The so-called Hallows Eve Japanese Invasion is a showcase for three Japanese bands with only one thing in common: they’re all absolutely insane. From Tokyo come the funky Otonana Trio and plain fun Gelatine, the latter mixing, among a variety of styles, rock with Japanese war and children’s songs. Osaka’s Babylon Breakers display a more punk/garage attitude. All fine and visually exciting bands, but I wouldn’t be surprised if four local guys steal the show: Ghost Police (pictured). Winners of the Current’s recent San Antonio Music Awards (Best Hardcore Band), the quartet just released the Dead Soul Noise EP, but don’t be misled by the title: all their noise and screaming has a point to it, and no matter how loud the record gets, once it’s finished you’re ready to see them live. Also on the bill: SA’s SCUMACIDE, death metalheads that look as mean as they sound. $5, 8pm Wednesday, Limelight, 2718 N St. Mary’s, thelimelightsa.com.
Wed, Oct 30 - Sun, Nov 3
Día de los Muertos Altar
Given the grim nature of its current (excellent) exhibitions exploring life and death on the U.S./Mexico border, and the honorable intentions behind Día de los Muertos, Southwest School of Art could hardly have picked a more appropriate altar artist this year. Adriana Cristina Corral, a San Antonio artist with roots in El Paso, dedicates much of her work to human rights issues and particularly victims of violence. In an interview with Glasstire earlier this year, she compared her research-heavy process and minimalist output to “like going through the stages of grief.” For this site-specific installation, Corral will gather names from SWSA’s archives and students to become “echoed voices, engrained patterns and memories.” Corral will also perform a related piece at the installation site on Friday at 7 p.m. Free, 9am-5pm Wed-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun, Navarro Lobby Gallery, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org.