Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fright Night: What to Watch on Halloween

What to watch on Halloween? Flickgrrl thinks no movies better capture the feeling of childhood treat-or-treat terror than Meet Me in St. Louis (1945), in which Margaret O' Brien beats up the boy next door on fright night, and Curse of the Cat People (1944), where Ann Carter has some disturbing fantasies about Daddy's first wife.

Fright Night: What to Watch on Halloween

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What to watch on Halloween? Flickgrrl thinks no movies better capture the feeling of childhood treat-or-treat terror than Meet Me in St. Louis (1945), in which Margaret O' Brien beats up the boy next door on fright night, and Curse of the Cat People (1944), where Ann Carter has some disturbing fantasies about Daddy's first wife.

If you're staying in and are an On-Demand subscriber, you can find Curse of the Cat People in the alpha list of movies. And Comcast has a jack'o'lantern full of other scare titles, from the unnerving Silence of the Lambs (1991) to the droll Shaun of the Dead (2004). Other "Creepy Classics" include Carrie, Psycho and Se7en. (Comcast's Activity On Demand has a number of seasonal offerings, including tips on how to make a costume and how to carve a pumpkin.)

If you're going out, Saturday October 30 at 8 pm Old Pine Street Church is screening Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), the silent classic with a possessed performance by John Barrymore, accompanied by live organ music played by virtuoso Don Kinnear. Admission: $20.

On Sunday at Macy's Center City, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) -- the great one with Lon Chaney -- will screen at 4:30 pm with Jim Riggs accompanying on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Admission: $10.

Your favorite Halloween tricks and treats? Why?

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