First Friday Fright Night
FRIGHT NIGHT AND CULT FILM TICKETS
$9.00 Regular Adult Admission
$7.00 Seniors (62+) & Students w/ID
$5.00 Members & Children <13
$1.00 per ticket service fee
Special screenings, marathons priced as noted in the show description.
Every First Friday the theater will go dark and the blood will run red as we refocus FFFN on straight up horror. We've spun the cult, sci-fi and MST3K screenings into a separate monthly series we're simply calling Cult Cinema. Click here to check out that line up.
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Directed by Emmett Alston. US. 1980. R. 90 min. MGM. 35mm.
- Fri, Dec 13, 10:15 pm
“New Year’s Evil” is an endangered species – a plain, old-fashioned, gory thriller. It is not very good. It is sometimes unpleasantly bloody. The plot is dumb and the twist at the end has been borrowed from hundreds if not thousands of other movies. But as thrillers go these days, “New Year’s Evil” is a throwback to an older and simpler tradition, one that flourished way back in the dimly remembered past, before 1978. More»
Directed by John Carpenter. US. 1982. R. 109 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Fri, Jan 3, 9:45 pm
“The Thing” starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley and Keith David is an updated version of “The Thing from Another World” (1951) and is directed by John Carpenter (“Halloween”). The story takes place in Antarctica where the United States government has set up a facility to do research, experiments, and, well, they never really do say what they are doing down there, but that isn’t important. What is important is that this research team gets a visit from the Norwegian research team that is only a few miles away. Turns out the Norwegians found something in the snow, something from another world that can imitate anything to perfection. Guess what? Now it is imitating the US research team. More»
Directed by Brian DePalma. US. 1974. PG. 92 min. Fox. Digital.
- Fri, Feb 14, 9:45 pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Colonial with an unconventional love story – “The Phantom of the Paradise!” We’re screening a widely-praised digital restoration of Brian DePalma’s campy horror/musical/comedy/love story. Released on Halloween 1974, ”The Phantom of the Paradise” masterfully blends a sly sense of humor, eye-catching art direction, the unique vision of a talented director, and a soundtrack full of original songs written by the legendary Paul Williams! According to the experts who run The Swan Archives, a website dedicated to all things associated with TPOTP, after years of neglect “the movie has never looked or sounded better.” Join us for a late evening of stunning visuals and fantastic music courtesy of Messrs. DePalma and Williams. More»
Directed by Wes Craven. US. 1989. R. 109 min. Universal. 35mm.
- Fri, Mar 7, 9:45 pm
“Shocker,” written and directed by Wes Craven in 1989, was the director’s attempt to launch a new horror franchise with Universal Pictures. Craven’s 1984 classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was a huge success, spawning four sequels and a television series. But due to bad business deals, Craven ended up making almost nothing off of the Elm Street films. For “Shocker” he would be making all the business deals upfront himself in an effort to correct these past mistakes. Craven’s hope was to create the next iconic horror villain, Horace Pinker. Pinker was meant to be the next Freddy Krueger. Unfortunately for Craven and Universal Pictures, the film was not a huge success when it was finally released in October of ’89 and disappeared rather quickly. More»
Directed by Tom Holland. US. 1988. R. 87 min. MGM. 35mm.
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- Fri, Apr 4, 9:45 pm
“Cornered in a toy store by police, a serial killer performs a voodoo spell that transfers his soul into a talking Good Guys doll. As luck would have it, Good Guys are the impossible to find, in-demand doll of the season and all that little Andy wants for his birthday. His hardworking single mother buys the possessed doll on the black market, and before long the little thing is toddling around killing people with toy hammers. Like Freddy, the sequels turned Chucky into somewhat of a killer comedian, but this first in the series is genuinely creepy. There have been other good killer doll movies, but most are about antique dolls. “Child’s Play’ was the first to update the concept to the post-Cabbage Patch Kids days of mass-produced toys.” (Bryan Theiss, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)
Directed by John Carpenter. US. 1983. R. 110 min. Sony. Digital.
- Fri, Jun 6, 9:45 pm
This Plymouth Fury Runs on Evil! In 1973, Stephen King was writing novels in a cramped trailer while his wife and children slept. By 1983, he was the hottest name in horror fiction turning out instant bestsellers one after another. Taking note of King’s success, Hollywood studios began snatching up the rights to his novels. Columbia Pictures grabbed the rights to “Christine,” King’s 1983 novel about a car possessed by the evil spirit of its previous owner, before the novel was published. And to tip the scales in their favor, Columbia hired horror film heavy hitter John Carpenter to direct. To horror film fans this was a match made in heaven…or hell depending on which metaphor you prefer. More»