October classic films, movie events in the Buffalo area

In October, the film schedule is full of treats for horror movie fans with  black and white classics, cult favorites and even horror films that make you laugh.

There’s also another multiday film festival and a pretty cool event with some very special guests.

The 14th Buffalo International Film Festival returns Oct. 10-14 in the North Park Theatre. This year’s festival spotlights some notable films that were made in Buffalo or have a local connection including “A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, “The True Adventure of Wolfboy” at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 12 and “Clover” at 9:45 p.m. Oct. 12. With films coming from around the world, there are too many to mention here, so check out the full schedule at buffalofilm.org.

If you know the abbreviation MST3K, you are in for a treat. The just announced “Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Cheesy Movie Circus Tour” with Joel Hodgson is coming to the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda at 8 p.m. Oct. 22. That’s right – Joel will be here along with Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy. Tickets are $38.50 to $43.50.  There are very cool VIP packages available, too. Here’s a link to the info.

Now on to the daily screenings.

The crew of the Nostromo is in for a horrifying journey in “Alien.”

October films

“Alien”: OK, so in space they can’t hear you scream, but they can in a movie theater. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece. Part of the Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Series. When: 1 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Regal Transit, 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in Regal Elmwood, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Regal Elmwood and Transit and 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Regal Elmwood and Transit, and Dipson Amherst Theatre.

“The Ascent”:  The last completed film from director Larisa Shepitko is a bleak tale of two World War II soldiers fighting for survival. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre.

“Blazing Saddles”: Mel Brooks takes on the Western in this satire 1974 satire starring Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and Richard Pryor. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre.

“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”: In this 1962 film, a doctor with an expertise in transplants keeps the head of his decapitated fiancée alive after an accident. When: 9:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Screening Room Cinema Café. $5

​“Candy Corn”: Horror film favorite Tony Todd and P.J. Soles star in Buffalo premiere of film about a bullied man who is resurrected and seeks revenge. When: 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 24, Screening Room Cinema Café. $8/$7.

“Candyman”: Do not say it three times. Don’t! Tony Todd stars in title role in this entry in Thursday Night Terrors. When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. $7

“Don’t Look Now”: A grieving couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) vacation in Venice in Nicolas Roeg’s 1973  thriller. Part of Buffalo Film Seminars. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre.

“Elvis Unleashed”: Documentary on Elvis’ historic 1968 comeback tour includes interviews with producer Steve Binder and actor Dennis Quaid. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 at the Regal Elmwood and Transit.

Got ghosts? Call Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters”: The original ghostly comedy returns for 35th anniversary showings. When: 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Regal Quaker Crossing and Transit.

“Halloween”: John Carpenter’s groundbreaking 1978 film. When: 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30, Screening Room Cinema Café. $7/$6.

Harakiri. Buffalo Film Seminars presents Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 samurai drama set in feudal Japan. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre.

“Hocus Pocus”/”Beetlejuice”: Double feature of Halloween family films. When: 2 and 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, 646 Main St.

Vincent Price in “The House on Haunted Hill.”

“The House on Haunted Hill”: A group of people are offered $10,000 if they can stay overnight in a haunted house. Vincent Price stars in William Castle film. When: 3 p.m. Oct. 13 (Mimosa Matinee) and 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Screening Room Cinema Café.

​“The House That Dripped Blood”: The great horror trio of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt star in horror anthology from Amicus Productions. When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Screening Room Cinema Café. $7/$6.

“Lost Boys”: A family moves to a California seaside town overrun by teen vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland. It’s as much fun as it sounds, with scares thrown in, too. When: 7:30 and 9:35 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. Part of Thursday Night Terrors.

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”: It’s the audience participation version of the film. The words will be projected on the screen so you can join in on the fun. When: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and 6 at the North Park Theatre.

​​“Not Another Monster Movie”: Local filmmaker Tyler Cheman premieres his film about a once-famous horror director who will do anything to finish his film on Halloween. Introduction and Q&A with Cheman. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 20 Screening Room Cinema Café.$10.

“One Piece: Stampede.” The 14th “One Piece” movie from Toei Animation. Directed by Takashi Otsuka . When: 9:45 p.m. Oct. 24 (subtitled), 2 p.m. Oct. 26 (dubbed) , 9:45 p.m. Oct. 29 (subtitled) and 9:45 p.m. Oct. 30 (dubbed) in the North Park Theatre.

The Tall Man and his flying spheres are a horrific combination in “Phantasm.”

“Phantasm”: Watch out for the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and the flying spheres! When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 15 and 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Screening Room Cinema Café. $7/$6. Trivia and a movie night on Oct. 18 starts with “Phantasm” at 7:30 p.m. followed by trivia; $10.

“Plan 9 From Outer Space”: We know it’s bad – that’s why it’s so good. The Ed Wood cult classic returns. When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Screening Room Cinema Café. $7/$6

​“Rabid”: They don’t tell you one of the side effects of plastic surgery is suddenly developing a taste for blood. Directed by David Cronenberg. When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Screening Room Cinema Café.

“Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl.” This film follows the events of “Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.” Based on Hajime Kamoshida’s novel. When: 9:45 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at the North Park Theatre.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”: Do the Time Warp again at the multiple showings of this Halloween favorite. When: 10 p.m. Oct. 25, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda;  $20 general, $35 VIP. Also: 10 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Hamburg Palace (31 Buffalo St., Hamburg).

“Trauma Therapy”: At a self-help seminar in the woods, a group of people face their deepest demons. Local premiere has an intro and Q&A with producer and actor Tom Malloy. When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Screening Room Cinema Café. $8/$7.

“Young Frankenstein”: Mel Brooks did a masterful job in creating a homage to “Frankenstein” that is entertaining as well. When: 1 p.m. Oct. 13 (Mimosa Matinee), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 22, 25 and 7 pm. Oct. 28 in the Screening Room Cinema Café.

Coming in early November:

“Widow’s Point”: Locally made horror thriller from Greg Lamberson stars actor Craig Sheffer in an intense performance as an author who spends a weekend in a haunted lighthouse as a publicity stunt. That never goes well. When: 7 p.m. Nov. 1, 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 9 in the Screening Room Cinema Café. $8/$7.

“ ‘Til Death We Do Rot”: Premiere of Emir Skalonja’s film about a zombie virus that affects only men. Introduction and Q&A with Skalonja. When: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe. $10

 

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