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All Night Dusk-to-Dawn HORROTHON at the AERO Theatre in Santa Monica

This will be the American Cinematheque's 8th annual all-night horror film marathon. Six of the most shocking and schlocky movies from the Golden Age of Gore, many of them unseen on L.A. screens in decades! Complete with between-film free food, coffee, giveaways, crazy shorts and surprises!

Coffee courtesy of Pete’s Coffee, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen's Beverage and prizes and giveaways courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and more.

Six Back-To-Back Films!
AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION
1982, Orion Pictures, 104 min. Dir. Damiano Damiani.
This hit prequel to THE AMITYVILLE HORROR was loosely inspired by a real-life mass murder that took place in the Long Island town in 1974. The Montelli family’s dream home turns out to be a nightmare - built on an Indian burial ground, an evil spirit resides in the house, and eventually takes possession of oldest boy Sonny. Scarier than the original, with Burt Young’s (of ROCKY fame) turn as the family’s abusive father and Lalo Schifrin’s soundtrack ratcheting up the tension.

KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS
1977, Dimension Pictures, 97 min. Dir. John 'Bud' Cardos.
Horrorthon vet William Shatner stars as a veterinarian who sounds the first note of alarm when animals begin dying from spider venom; soon the entire populace of Verde Valley, Ariziona is under attack from tarantulas. A low-budget but highly entertaining revenge-of-nature tale, made with thousands of real spiders.

THE FLY
1986, 20th Century Fox, 100 min. Dir. David Cronenberg.
This new version of the 1958 sci-fi hit isn’t just a remake but a complete reimagining, with director David Cronenberg mixing in his own sensibilities about organic life and its startling mutability. Teletransporter inventor Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) inadvertently mixes his genes with a house fly’s when he decides to use himself as guinea pig. His future as a human being, including his romance with science writer Veronica (Geena Davis), changes forever as he begins a slow slide into a gooey half-man/half-insect, complete with superpowers and messianic delusions of grandeur. Chris Walas and Stephen Dupuis won Oscars in 1987 for Best Make-Up.

HELL HIGH
1989, JGM Enterprises, 84 min. Dir. Douglas Grossman.
“The teachers are tough … but their exams are murder.” A biology teacher (Maureen Mooney) is tormented by four students - who have no idea that the woman has a homicidal past.

THE CAR
1977, Universal, 98 min. Dir. Elliott Silverstein.
Wildly-deranged shocker about a mysterious black car given to mowing down anyone in its path. It soon dawns on desert town sheriff James Brolin that the homicidal car has no driver and may, in fact, be a satanic entity! One of our favorite guilty pleasures from the 1970s. With John Marley, Ronny Cox, R.G. Armstrong.

THE SENTINEL
1977, Universal, 92 min. Dir. Michael Winner.
In this creepy adaptation of Jeffrey Konvitz’s horror best-seller, a troubled model (Cristina Raines) moves into a New York apartment building that gives new meaning to the phrase “neighbors from Hell.” The all-star cast includes Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, John Carradine and Christopher Walken.

Special Horrorthon prices: General $20, Student/Senior $18, Members $15 - includes all-night snacks and coffee.

PARKING:  Street only--read signs and feed the meters during posted times.


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  • Jono

    I showed up in time for the last 30 minutes of the first flick, hung around during the first intermission, then as previously announced I had to drive to Whittier to make an appearance at my other Meetup group's Halloween party. But as promised, I did return to see 2 other movies--though I have to confess I ended up ducking out around 5am--not because of falling asleep, but because there is only so much 80's horror schmaltz that I could take. But the nearly full-house audience remained through the night and hooted & hollered with glee the entire night. It is SO MUCH BETTER watching these types of movies with an enthusiastic audience and sharing the incredibly fun crowd reaction. I was also surprised at the croissant & pinwheel sandwiches, hot pizza, mini muffins, snack candies and gourmet hot coffee that was served continuously through the night--I can't believe they could do that and charged the low admission fee. Glad we went!

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    3 of us members are sitting on right side of theatre in the aisle left side of the bottom of steps

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    At end of line w my niece

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here

    October 26, 2013

  • Jono

    Yes the 405 SEPULVEDA PASS segment between the Valley and Westwood is going to be closed for much of LATE Saturday night, but believe it will remain open until close to midnight then be shut down until at least 6am so they can pour concrete in their road construction project.

    October 25, 2013

  • Jasmine

    Not sure where everyone lives, but various ramps and roads/lanes near the 405 will be closed at various. See

    http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/daily-updates/

    October 24, 2013

  • Jono

    Oh yeah, I will be wearing a "California bear flag" t-shirt and fuzzy, dark plush bear ears (since I am already a bearish guy). IMPORTANT NOTE: I will NOT be wearing my usual TCM-inspired olive fedora due to the Halloween weekend. So instead look for me in bear ears!

    October 24, 2013

    • Jasmine

      That's a GREAT costume idea! Post pics!

      October 24, 2013

  • Jono

    FYI--I will try to find our group at the Aero, but WILL NOT be there at the beginning because I will be attending a immediately prior, special screening of the John Landis-directed Michael Jackson music video THRILLER in Westwood at 7:30pm. I will visit our group for a short while during the first intermission then leaving for a couple of hours to attend a Halloween party for my other organized Meetup.com group called "Gay Winos." However, I will definitely be returning to the Aero later in the night and spending the remaining early a.m. hours there--though I cannot guarantee that I will necessarily stay awake the whole time. Please check out our RSVP list and members profile pics so you can hopefully find one another during any time absences when I am not there. Thanks, see you Saturday!

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great movie line-up. I can't wait. Is anyone wearing costumes?

    October 11, 2013

    • Jono

      I am going to wear a simple costume for fun--but nothing elaborate because I also want to be comfortable

      October 16, 2013

  • Jasmine

    I saw The Sentinel in the theater when it was new - really a creepy film - highly recommended. Will try to make at least part of this but not sure yet.

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting. I do like horror, but not blood and guts type. can't wait

    August 6, 2013

    • Jono

      Despite having been the former producer of the former downtown SPOOK-A-THON film festival for many years, I am also not a giant gore fan and I personally wish the Aero would have included a 50's sci-fi and at least one vintage horror film--but I think they booked movies that would attract an all night audience. Hope you still attend--JONO

      October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Jono interested in the movie marathon. What is admission ? Do I need to confirm soon ?

    October 8, 2013

    • Jono

      $20 general admission or $15 Cinematheque members

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey you guys, how much will it be to attend. This event. Thank you

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here to meet new people and to watch great movies

    October 4, 2013

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