Arlington's Regent Theatre presents the Boston premiere of the newly restored and enhanced 50th anniversary edition of the Oscar-nominated documentary. Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop, there was Festival. From 1963 to 1966, American documentary and experimental film director and producer Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, The Staples Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, & Peter, Paul and Mary were just a few of the legends who shared the stage at Newport, treating audiences to a range of folk music that encompassed the genre's roots in blues, country, and gospel as well as its newer flirtations with rock 'n' roll.
Real-life best buds Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart star in this National Theatre Live screening of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast in HD from Wyndham's Theatre in London to Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room. Fresh from a hit run on Broadway, the duo plays a pair of aging writers who meet in a pub and embark on a night of storytelling and drinking. But the evening takes an interesting and possibly sinister turn when two younger men join the party. Relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity, in one of Pinter's most entertaining plays.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 1:00pm
Named one of The Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine, the Manhattan Short Film Festival brings together 10 of the world's best short films, screens them in 250 cities around the globe, and you decide the winner. This year, the finalists represent represent a myriad of countries like the States, Italy, Latvia, and Syria. Be a part of the 100,000+ film lovers uniting for this unique event.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pm
Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for the movies Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale, played by Ian McKellen, is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of the parade of young gay lovers Whale has coming through the residence, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest. See a screening of Gods and Monsters at Peabody Essex Museum as part of the Salem Horror Fest.
A love letter to atomic-era monsters, William Castle-style theatrical gimmicks and 1960s Americana, Matinee is one of the most underrated films directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Burbs). It's 1962 in Key West, Florida, where the upcoming premiere of producer Lawrence Woolsey's (John Goodman) half-man, half-ant creature feature Mant! coincides with President Kennedy's televised announcement that the Soviet Union has been shipping missiles to nearby Cuba. In this ensemble comedy, the canny Woolsey attempts to capitalize on the rampant nuclear paranoia to promote his atomic radiation-themed film while a cast of quirky locals grapple with life, love and the potential end of the world. This Salem Horror Fest screening of Matinee at the Peabody Essex Museum includes admission to a post-film panel discussion.
Charley Brewster enjoys the simple life of a 17-year-old horror fan. He watches all the latest slasher flicks, and really digs the late night horror show "Fright Night." But things start to get a little weird when two guys move in next door. They seem to be spending an awful lot of time alone together ... and also seem to be unusually close with one other. Don't miss this '80s horror classic, presented at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest. Grab double feature tickets to add a screening of another vampire fave, Let the Right One In, to the mix -- or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) and Nathan Lane (The Producers) lead the cast of Angels in America II: Perestroika, to be shown in HD at Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Screening Room as part of the National Theatre Live broadcast series. The powerful second part of Tony Kushner's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning epic is set in Reagan-Era New York City, among a colorful array of characters who confront the AIDS crisis along with questions of love, life and the afterlife. Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass) co-star.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 1:00pm
Arguably director David Cronenberg's greatest film, Videodrome comes to Cinema Salem for the Salem Horror Festival. Here's your chance to see this visionary, surreal techno-horror classic on the big screen. Melding social satire with outrageous visual style and a large dose of creepiness, the master of body horror tells the story of Max Renn (James Woods), a sleazy president of a UHF TV station who's always looking to push the envelope. When he discovers a mysterious, disturbing broadcast, he tumbles down the rabbit hole of sex, violence and paranoia -- with some bizarre side effects.
The most unusual entry in the Halloween franchise, Halloween III: Season of the Witch doesn't feature Michael Meyers, or any other slasher maniacs. With this installment, original producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill took the series in a new, supernatural direction, focusing on a doctor who is investigating the hot new Halloween item: Silver Shamrock masks. He soon discovers a conspiracy involving an ancient Celtic ritual, but can he stop it in time? You can catch this 1982 cult favorite on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Halloween is prime time for horror flicks, so grab a popcorn and a hand to squeeze at Cinema Salem's screening of Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. 13-year-old Poindexter "Fool" Williams and his family are about to get evicted from their house in the ghettos of Los Angeles when Fool goes to their landlords', home to do something about it. Upon breaking into the Robesons' place, they later uncover a group of children under their landlords' stairwell, and that "Mommy and Daddy" are actually siblings harboring children who have resorted to cannibalism to survive.
Kick off the Halloween season and bring an arm to squeeze at the Cinema Salem's screening of Get Out, a directorial debut by comedian Jordan Peele (MADtv, Key & Peele). With a whopping 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film places racism on a whole new terrifying level. When Chris and Rose, an interracial couple, head to the suburbs to meet the girlfriend's Caucasian parents, a hidden world of prejudice goes to the extreme to keep the town white. With missing person cases and even fishier cases amongst the residents present, Chris can only imagine what may be coming his way.
Often called the greatest haunted house movie of all time, The Haunting comes to the big screen at the Peabody Essex Museum for the Salem Horror Festival. Based on Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House, this 1963 adaptation directed by Robert Wise stars Julie Harris as one of a group of researchers who assemble in a mansion to investigate its seemingly cursed history. A panel discussion will follow the screening, and New York's Victorian goth-punk band The Long Losts will also perform. Spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Horror films have rarely felt as visceral as in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. If you're seeing it for the first time or the hundredth, you won't want to miss it on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival. While the "found footage" trend in recent years has tried to capture a certain realism, none of it has equaled the grit and conviction of this low-budget 1974 classic from director Tobe Hooper. A group of teens out in rural Texas stumbles on a house full of psycho cannibals. Needless to say, it doesn't go well for them. Don't miss this screening at Cinema Salem.
American Psycho, the cult horror film starring Christian Bale, takes place in decadent 1980s Manhattan, and follows Patrick Bateman, a slick investment banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. But at night, Bateman takes part in a darker indulgence. Experience this "brilliant and absorbing musical" (London Evening Standard) at Cinema Salem as part of the Salem Horror Fest, a four-week, city-wide celebration of terror this fall. Your double-feature ticket also includes Texas Chainsaw Massacre, another cult classic that follows a handsome serial killer, the woman he loves, and his overly affectionate mother -- all in gory detail. Or, if your appetite for horror is truly insatiable, spring for the VIP All-Access Pass, which includes the Opening Night Party, M Lamar concert, all screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and celebrity appearances throughout the fest.
Based on Stephen King's classic novella, The Mist follows a group of everyday people who take shelter in a supermarket from a mysterious mist that has rolled in, blocking all visibility and drawing the military. As paranoia threatens to overtake them, the group has to work together to survive whatever lurks in the otherworldly fog. Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) directs an ensemble cast that includes Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher and Toby Jones. Don't miss this 2007 nail-biter (soon to be a TV series) on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
One of the more underrated films in the franchise (and one that was hurt most by the dastardly ratings board), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood brings a supernatural element to the series, as it is often referred to as "Jason vs. Carrie," given protagonist Tina's telekinetic abilities. When Jason is freed from his watery grave at Camp Crystal Lake, he returns with a vengeance, until he meets his ultimate match in a powerful teenage foe. This screening, presented by Women With Guts, features a post-film Q&A with actress Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder, the man behind the Jason mask.
The one and only Al Pacino ("Hoo-ah!") stars in controversial 1980 crime thriller Cruising, presented at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest. When human remains begin washing up in the Hudson River, the NYPD sends an undercover officer to infiltrate the underground S&M subculture of New York's Meatpacking District. Grab double feature tickets to add a screening of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge to the mix, or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
This 1985 camp classic slasher film was the second in a trio of Nightmare on Elm Street movies that enjoyed a cult fan following. Freddy's Revenge explores the homoerotic horrors of high school when the man who's been haunting teenage Jesse's dreams, the dead Freddy Krueger, overtakes Jesse's body as a portal into the living world. Mayhem of course ensues, and you'll be on the edge of your seat at CinemaSalem during this screening as part of the Salem Horror Fest, a four-week, city-wide celebration of terror this fall. A double feature ticket also includes the crime thriller Cruising, starring Al Pacino as a New York City undercover cop investigating the S&M gay subculture. Or, if your appetite for horror is truly insatiable, spring for the VIP All-Access Pass, which includes the Opening Night Party, M Lamar concert, all screenings, panel discussions, exhibits and celebrity appearances throughout the fest.
The 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In turned the vampire movie on its head, blending the coming-of-age drama with horror. Oskar, a bullied, lonely young teen, strikes up a friendship with Eli, the mysterious girl who just moved in next door. He soon notices some odd things about Eli, and as their relationship deepens, she lets him in on her secret, leading to a terrifying climax. This international hit spawned an American remake, but the original remains the best version. Now you can catch Let the Right One In on the big screen at the Salem Horror Festival.
Named "one of the freshest, funniest horror-comedies to emerge in Scream's long wake" (Variety) and a hit at last year's SXSW, Tragedy Girls stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as two social media-obsessed high school serial killers who use their online show to whip their small town into a frenzy. Presented as part of Salem Horror Fest, this horror-comedy flick will be paired with Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and followed by a Q&A with the film's stars -- Lar Park Lincoln and "man behind the mask" Kane Hodder -- moderated by The Faculty of Horror hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West. Spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more.
Playing like a modern-day (and eerily prescient) episode of The Twilight Zone, John Carpenter's Reagan-era satirical science fiction horror flick They Live has grown into a cult classic in the nearly 30 years since its release. Apart from some kick-ass fight scenes featuring actor/pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and some skull-faced alien imagery that'll seep into your unconscious, the movie's also a clever, chilling satire of consumerist society and -- as timely as ever -- the feeling that the people around you are just blindly following the dictates of their designated leaders. Grab double feature tickets to add a little classic Stephen King horror to your night with a screening of The Mist, or spring for VIP tickets and get admission to the whole festival, including an opening night party, screenings, an M. Lamar concert, a vintage horror and sci-fi art exhibit from the collection of Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and more. "Obey" your classic horror-lovin' heart and don't miss this classic flick at Cinema Salem, part of the Salem Horror Fest.
Love horror? Then you just might let out a bloodcurdling scream for The Horror Show, a podcast in which two childhood friends "dissect, mutilate, dismember and butcher" all the horror movies you love (as well as the ones you love to hate), weaving funny insights and personal anecdotes into weekly reviews and discussions. Whether it's watching every Tobe Hooper movie ever made or trying to make sense of movies like Rumpelstiltskin and Poultrygeist, The Horror Show gives every horror flick a fair shot at being picked on. Go behind the curtain and experience a live taping of The Horror Show at Cinema Salem as part of Salem Horror Fest.