Sunday, Oct. 27 ZOMBIE SUNDAY!
Tickets for “Nightmare on Franklin Street” feature films are $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members. Double-feature tickets (one admission for any two of these films) are available for $15 for adults and $13 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members. Triple-feature tickets (one admission for each of the three films) are available for $21 for adults and $18 for children, seniors military and Tampa theatre members at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa or online (service fees apply).
Eleven-year-old Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young misfit with a remarkable gift: He sees dead people. Although Norman’s clairvoyance allows him the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch) long after she has ceased to be, it also drives his frustrated father Perry (Jeff Garlin) and popularity-obsessed sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) up the wall at home and makes him the target of dim-witted bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) at school.
When Norman’s deceased uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), a local pariah, warns the young boy that he must save their small town of Blithe Hollow from a witch’s curse that has plagued the area for centuries, the young creature-feature addict isn’t entirely sure how to respond – that is, until the sky turns red, the clouds start to swirl, and the dead rise up from their graves. Now, as a terrified mob takes to the streets with torches in hand, it’s up to Norman, Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Neil’s older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) to put things right, even if it means confronting the 300-year-old curse that has haunted Blithe Hollow ever since the notorious witch hunts of the 18th century. 2012/Rated PG/1h 32m
Seven people secluded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse face relentless attacks by reanimated corpses seeking to eat their flesh. The group, which includes a married couple and their daughter, a pair of young lovers and an African-American man, try to keep their sanity as the living dead keep trying to enter the house. Radio news reports tell of the plague taking over the eastern United States, while the ever-decreasing band of survivors rapidly loses ground in the battle to both keep peace with one another and to stay alive.
George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is a low-budget, homegrown classic that had great difficulty finding a distributor at the time of its release in 1968, but has since become one of the most influential horror films of all time. Aside from its visceral impact years before realistic gore became the fashion, the film is also noteworthy for its portrayal of a black man as the protagonist during a time when race was an extremely sensitive issue in the United States. 1968/Not rated/1h 36m
Guests will be treated to a special appearance by the “lady in the basement”, Marilyn Eastman!
The movie’s central character is a poor schmuck named Lionel Cosgrove (Timothy Balme) who’s trying to woo new girlfriend, Paquita (Diana Penalver) while practically enslaved by his domineering mother Vera (Elizabeth Moody). But when ol’ Mum gets bitten by a rare and poisonous rat monkey from Skull Island and is turned into a flesh-eating zombie on a trip to the zoo, Lionel has the unfortunate task of keeping both ladies in his life happy while fending off all the other zombies that result from Mom’s voracious feeding frenzies.
If nonstop mayhem and extreme violence are your idea of great entertainment, you’re sure to appreciate this story that can judiciously be described as sick, twisted, and totally outrageous from the demented mind and delirious camera of New Zealand-born writer-director Peter Jackson. And while director Jackson would later achieve critical success with mainstream blockbusters like HEAVENLY CREATURES and LORD OF THE RINGS, his talent is readily evident in this earlier effort. 1992/Rated R/1h 44m