It’s that time again–the only month out of the year when it’s totally appropriate to binge on slasher flicks, torture porn, slow-burn thrillers, and some classic on-screen ghost stories. If you’re in the market for some old-school Halloween movies this October, San Antonio’s theaters have got you covered.
Outdoor movie provider Slab Cinema will be screening several creepy flicks around the city this month. Creature from the Black Lagoon will play on the lawn at the McNay at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 30, with a wine reception preceding the event at 6pm. On the same night, the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula (starring Carlos Villarías, not Bela Lugosi) will be shown at Mission Drive-In. Full details on the showing have not yet been released, so check back later for the film’s showtime. Slab Cinema will close out their Halloween screenings with Frankenstein on Friday, October 31 at Travis Park. The movie will start at 8pm, but get there early for some pre-show entertainment at 7pm.
While Slab Cinema is offering up some creepy cinematic gold, Alamo Drafthouse is especially determined not to disappoint Halloweenies with their movie line-up this October. As far as horror movies go, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (the one film in the franchise that doesn’t include Michael Myers, but does have some pretty gnarly pumpkin masks in it) will play at Alamo’s Stone Oak location on October 13 at 7pm, and at Westlakes on the October 16 at 7pm. George A. Romero’s Creepshow has features on Sunday, October 19 Stone Oak, Monday, October 20 at Westlakes, and at Park North on Tuesday, October 22, all at 7pm. The Westlakes location will also be hosting San Antonio’s first ever “Dismember the Alamo” horror movie marathon on Saturday, October 25, starting at 5pm. Westlakes has not divulged their list of movies for the marathon yet, and the anticipation is killing me.
Shaun of the Dead
The other movies Alamo Drafthouse is featuring this month are all creepy comedies, and most of them will be interactive showings. Hocus Pocus will be shown during a Girlie Night at Park North on Wednesday the October 8 at 7pm, then at 9:50pm. Girlie Night will be a great opportunity for you to discuss the ongoing Thackery Binx debate with your girlfriends: is he the perfect pet cat or the perfect boyfriend? You decide. Once you’ve settled that, you can move on to a Little Shop of Horrors Sing-Along (playing at Park North on Monday, October 13 at 7:30pm, at Stone Oak on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:30pm, and at Westlakes on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm), a Ghostbusters Quote-Along (playing at Stone Oak on at 7:00pm, at Park North on Tuesday the 21st at 7:00pm, and at Westlakes on Wednesday the 22nd at 7:00pm), or a Shaun of the Dead Quote-Along (playing at Park North on Thursday the 16th at 7:30pm, at Stone Oak on Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm, and at Westlakes on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm). Of course, the ever-quotable Rocky Horror Picture Show will also be shown as a sing-along at Stone Oak on Tuesday, Ocotber 28 at 10pm, then at Westlakes on Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 at 10:30pm.
Santikos theaters will also be showing several scary movies this Halloween season, including Interview with the Vampire (opening on Thursday, October 16), The Shining (opening on Thursday, October 23), and The Lost Boys (opening on Thursday, October 30). Santikos will announce the showtimes for these movies as their release dates draw nearer.