Thursday, Oct. 31
An exercise in simple, pure horror, HALLOWEEN takes us into the world of a mad killer, Michael Myers, who at a very young age stabbed his older sister to death. Locked away for many years in a mental hospital Michael escapes one night and returns to his hometown to continue his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her first role, plays the resourceful babysitter who is chased by the killer on Halloween night.
Produced for very little money and a tight shooting schedule, HALLOWEEN is the movie that put director John Carpenter on the map as a viable filmmaker. The film also made a star out of Jamie Lee Curtis and turned the slasher movie into a worthwhile, successful genre. 1978/R/1h 31m
Tickets for “Nightmare on Franklin Street” feature films are $10 for adults and $8 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).
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
with live floor cast and audience participation – 11 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for GA and $13 for Tampa Theatre members, available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office or online (convenience fee applies.)
Borrowing largely from cinema’s horror conventions, the film begins as an innocent young couple is stranded at the home of a mad scientist who is building the perfect man. The castle is filled with a most bizarre group of characters who worship their master, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played Tim Curry, in leather, pearls, fishnet stockings, and heavy makeup. Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) are forced to examine their own sexuality as the voluptuous doctor releases the hidden desires in each of them.
Based on the stage musical by Richard O’Brien (who appears as Riff Raff), the film comes alive with unforgettable song-and-dance numbers that have come to represent the sexual liberation of the 1970s. The outstanding costuming and makeup, the terrific acting by a group of relative unknowns (Curry, O’Brien, Bostwick, Sarandon, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Meat Loaf), and the memorable songs (“Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite”) help make THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW one of the most bizarrely entertaining and satisfying musicals ever made.
Tampa’s own INTERCHANGEABLE PARTS and THE LIPSTICK PLAYERS shadow casts will join forces to provide a live pre-show and audience participation throughout the film. Guests are encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, cards, newspapers and toast – but please, no hot dogs, rice or water guns.