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Horror films shown in Thursday Night Thrillers at the Riv

A new film series at the Riviera Theatre has a fitting lineup for October. “Thursday Night Thrillers at the Riv” showcases five modern horror classics, leading up to a special showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 10 p.m. Oct. 30.

The movies start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Riv (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda); cost is $5 each. Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 1: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Anthony Hopkins still delivers the chills as killer Hannibal Lecter in this drama that swept the top five Oscars: best picture, director (Jonathan Demme), actor (Hopkins), actress (Jodie Foster) and adapted screenplay.

Oct. 8: “Poltergeist” (1982). Forget the lame remake from earlier this year; this is the well-done original version in which a little girl is taken by evil entities inhabiting a family’s new home. It’s loosely based on writer Richard Matheson’s “Twilight Zone” episode “Little Girl Lost.”

Oct. 15: “Carrie” (1976). The color was red for the high school prom in this Brian DePalma film, the first based on a work by Stephen King. Sissy Spacek played the title role of the shy teen with special powers.

Oct. 22: “The Shining” (1980). Another King story comes to life, this time in the hands of master director Stanley Kubrick and actor Jack Nicholson.

Oct. 29: “The Exorcist” (1973). Mike Oldfield’s eerie “Tubular Bells” theme still haunts as much as this ground-breaking film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel about a 12-year-old girl possessed by a demon. Directed by William Friedkin.

For more info on the series, visit rivieratheatre.org.

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