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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Two shows! Fri, Oct. 19 & Sat, Oct. 27

SECOND SHOW ADDED! Saturday, October 27 at 9:30pm! Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show need any introduction? It’s a cultural artifact with unlimited lifespan — it creates new audiences for itself each screening, and will

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

Saturday, Oct. 20

Widely forgotten in the tumult of sequels, rip-offs and parodies that followed in its wake is the fact that A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s original 1984 slasher classic, was not just a huge

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This is going to be frustrating, but all that stuff we said about the original A Nightmare On Elm Street? Forget it. The first of a great many sequels, Freddy’s Revenge does away with a

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In a trajectory mirroring the Halloween series, Dream Warriors is another third movie that completely ignores the second and tries to get back to what made the original interesting. Creator Wes Craven came back to

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By the fourth entry in the series, the Nightmare formula was largely solidified. There’s a house on an unassuming street in which unspeakable things have happened. There’s a cohort of teenagers being pursued by a

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If the first Nightmare was a fantasy-soaked reaction to the success of Halloween, and the early sequels were chasing a kind of post-Friday the 13th American grand-guinol of comical sadism, A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Depending on your perspective, Freddy Krueger has either been dead ever since long before his first film appearance, or he can’t die at all. But the Nightmare series has never been one to let consistent

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Corpse Bride

Sunday, Oct. 21

As production on The Nightmare Before Christmas came to a close, storyboard supervisor Joe Ranft approached Tim Burton with a macabre little yarn that he knew the auteur would eat right up, pulled from a

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Bride of Frankenstein

Sunday, Oct. 21

1931’s Frankenstein is certainly a sort of masterpiece. It was groundbreaking in its use of makeup and effects, and it thrilled and terrified audiences in its time. But the sequel Bride of Frankenstein improves on

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The Brides of Dracula

Sunday, Oct. 21

In 1958, British production company Hammer brought classic vampiric godfather Dracula to contemporary audiences with an iconic portrayal by Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula. It was scary and sexy, just as a Dracula movie

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The Brides Wore Blood

Sunday, Oct. 21

Come close, audience member, and heed ye well, because if a title like The Brides Wore Blood sounds appealing to you, you are in for a treat. The Brides Wore Blood makes use of a

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Hotel Transylvania

Monday, Oct. 22

Everybody needs a vacation now and then. Doesn’t matter how much you love your job, sometimes you just need to get away from everything for a while. Especially when you’re under threat of persecution by

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Psycho

Monday, Oct. 22

Psycho is based on a book of the same name by Robert Bloch. During its writing, Bloch was living 35 miles away from real-life murderer Ed Gein, a serial killer who flayed his victims in

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Eaten Alive

Monday, Oct. 22

So the thing about Psycho is: if you don’t already know what the Bates Motel is, the building itself is pretty unassuming. There’s a spooky house nearby where the creepy owner lives, but that’s no

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A Quiet Place

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Examined under a certain light, A Quiet Place seems like more gimmick than movie. It’s certainly an easy plot to explain: a family is pursued by monstrous creatures with hypersensitive hearing that attack anything that

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Hereditary

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Last year, when we showed The Babadook, we said “parenthood is scary.” And it is, but it turns out being parented is pretty dang scary too. Look, Hereditary is the kind of movie that’s best

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Teen Wolf

Wednesday, Oct. 24

You know how you hear people talk about movie stars having “it?” That unnameable, ungraspable something that makes some people big stars and keeps other people small? You know if someone has “it” the first

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An American Werewolf in London

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Writer/director John Landis wrote his first draft for An American Werewolf in London in 1969, at the age of just eighteen. Twelve years later, after three enormous hits (Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House and The

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The Slumber Party Massacre

Thursday, Oct. 25

Tampa Theatre, in conjunction with ZaZu Productions, LLC, presents a special “Nightmare on Franklin Street” Pajama Party, featuring the 1982 classic The Slumber Party Massacre – one of the first horror films written and directed

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The Cat and the Canary

Friday, Oct. 26

A touchstone of the early days of horror films, The Cat and the Canary is an expressionist and dreamlike vision of a woman trying to survive a night in a terrifying (and possibly poltergeisted) mansion

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Hocus Pocus

Sunday, Oct. 28

SECOND SHOW ADDED! Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:00pm! Hocus Pocus had a decent enough first release, but really found new life on television and home video in the years after its initial run in theaters.

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Phantasm

Sunday, Oct. 28

Phantasm introduced audiences to two of horror’s most memorable monsters: one, the Tall Man (played with tremendous charisma by Angus Scrimm), an extradimensional wraith in a sensible black suit who is reanimating corpses as diminutive

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Bubba Ho-Tep

Sunday, Oct. 28

Lantern-jawed king of horror Bruce Campbell plays Elvis (or someone who believes that he is Elvis), and iconic American actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis plays JFK (see above) in Bubba Ho-Tep, a horror

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Beetlejuice

Monday, Oct. 29

Consider this timeline: Tim Burton makes Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985 to huge financial success. As a result, Warner Bros. is willing to pay him to develop a script for his next movie, but isn’t

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It

Tuesday, Oct. 30

In the past ten years, the idea that clowns are scary has scored some real PR victories. It went viral – fear of clowns went from a very rare actual phenomenon, to a joke, to

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The Shining

Tuesday, Oct. 30

A few years ago a documentary was released called Room 237, about a group of obsessive people who believe that Stanley Kubrick was trying to send the world a message through The Shining. That message

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Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 31

The script for the original 1978 Halloween was written in 10 days, which, yeah, actually seems like plenty of time, come to think of it. It’s a pretty terse movie: silent killer menaces teens, travels

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Hi Noon, Goodbye Dr. Paul

Friday, Oct. 19

Join Tampa Theatre and Tampa horror legend Dr. Paul Bearer for the world premiere of his 2018 Halloween special! Dr. Paul Bearer is living in a ghost town in the 1800’s. He enjoys a quiet