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Horror films - frightful and fun - return to the big screen for Halloween month

Michael Myers will be back. So will Edward Cullen. A spiffed up restored version of Dario Argento’s original “Suspiria” is on the way, too. ∆ Welcome to October, the glorious time when horror films get their due on the big screens.

Not only can we watch Michael Myers – AKA The Shape – terrorize in John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” (1978) at the Screening Room Cinema Café, we’ll also get a huge holiday treat on Oct. 18 with the premiere of a new “Halloween” movie with Jamie Lee Curtis.

And that’s just the start. Vampire fans with a romantic bent can re-live the first meeting of Bella and Edward when “Twilight” returns to select Regal cinemas for its 10th anniversary on Oct. 21.

For the third year, the North Park Theatre is hosting silent horror films with a live musical score performed by the acclaimed Austin-based group The Invincible Czars. This year’s program on Oct. 11 at the North Park features “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) and “Nosferatu” (1922).

Benedict Cumberbatch, bottom, and Jonny Lee Miller star in "Frankenstein." (Photo by Catherine Ashmore)

A celebration of #Frankenstein200 (the 200th anniversary of the novel) includes encore screenings of the inventive stage production of “Frankenstein” filmed in 2011 from the National Theatre in London.

What makes it special: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller switched the roles of Victor Frankenstein and Creature nightly. If you enjoyed comparing them as Sherlock, you’ll love watching them here when you get a chance to see each version: 7 p.m. Oct. 22 with Cumberbatch as the Creature and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 with Miller as Creature at the Regal Elmwood and Transit.

“Scary” movies are made for kids, too. The feature film “Goosebumps II: Haunted Halloween” opens in area theaters on Oct. 11. Shea’s Buffalo Theatre is hosting “Casper” at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The North Park is again hosting free kid fare for “Halloween on Hertel” with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure” at noon and 1 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28.

The Riviera Theatre’s Halloween Edition of its Throwback Thursdays Film Series is showing kid-appropriate fare in “Beetlejuice,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Ghostbusters” plus “Little Shop of Horrors: the Director’s Cut” (1986); tickets are only $3.

Speaking of the Riv, it’s not Halloween without the Riviera Theatre’s annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” party. Dress up (or not) and do the time warp again with all of your favorite characters as the Francis Bacon Experiment performs in front of the movie. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26, a pre-show event starts at 10 p.m. with The Eye Candy Burlesque Vixens and Ladies of Illusion. There will be a costume contest, too.

October wasn’t big enough to hold all of the programming for the Screening Room Cinema Cafe’s “Horrorfest” – so it went into November. “Horrorfest” will have 15 films plus special events including screenings of two films by local filmmakers and authors: Greg Lamberson presents a 30th anniversary screening of “Slime City” and Emir Skalonja premieres his film “The Plague 3.” The scare fest concludes in early November with double episodes of the fan favorite “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.”

Where to watch horror movies

Oct. 4
Retro Nightmares: “Amityville” double feature, 7 p.m. Regal Elmwood, Transit, Walden Galleria
“Beetlejuice,” 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre

Oct. 5
“Night of the Living Dead,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Carnival of Souls,” 9:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 9
“Nosferatu” (1922) silent with musical score, 7:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 11
Opening: “Goosebumps II: Haunted Halloween”
Thursday Night Terrors: “Scream,” 7 p.m. Dipson Amherst
Retro Nightmares: “Sweet 16” and “The Convention,” 7 p.m. Regal Transit, Walden Galleria, Elmwood
Silent movie double feature: “Phantom of the Opera” (7 p.m.) and “Nosferatu” (9:15 p.m.) with music by Invincible Czars, North Park Theatre
“Halloween” (1978), 7:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 12
“Phantom of the Paradise,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Slime City," 9:30 p.m. Screening Room. A 30th anniversary screening with director Gregory Lamberson

Oct. 13
“Beetlejuice,” 11:30 a.m. North Park Theatre
“Phantom of the Paradise,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 14
“Beetlejuice,” 11:30 a.m. North Park Theatre
“Casper,” 12:30 p.m. Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

Oct. 16
“Phantom of the Paradise,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room

Jamie Lee Curtis returns in "Halloween," picking up four decades after the original film.

Oct. 18
Opening: “Halloween” (2018)
“Halloween” (1978), 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Young Frankenstein,” 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre

Oct. 19
“Halloween” (1978), 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
Movie trivia night: “Halloween,” 9:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 20
“Teen Witch” (1989), 11:30 a.m. North Park Theatre
“The Plague 3,” 5 p.m. Screening Room. Premiere of Buffalo-made film with director Emir Skalonja.
“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Alice Sweet Alice” (1976), 9:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 21
“Teen Witch” (1989), 11:30 a.m. North Park
“Twilight: 10th Anniversary,” 2 and 7 p.m. Regal Quaker, Transit and Walden Galleria

Oct. 22
“Frankenstein” (stage version with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature), 7 p.m. Regal Elmwood, Transit

Oct. 24
“Terrifier” (Dread Central), 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968), 7 and 10 p.m. Regal Elmwood, Transit

Oct. 25
“Ghostbusters” (1985), 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968), 7 and 10 p.m. Regal Elmwood, Transit
“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
Thursday Night Terrors: “Return of the Living Dead” (1985), 7:30 p.m. Dipson Amherst Theatre

Oct. 26
“Suspiria” (1977, restored), 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” party, 10 p.m. Riviera Theatre

Oct. 27
Halloween family fare: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure,” noon and 1 p.m. North Park.
“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Terrifier” (Dread Central), 7:30 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 28
Halloween family fare: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure,” noon and 1 p.m. North Park.
Horror triple feature: “The Legend of Boggy Creek,” 5:30 p.m., “The House on Haunted Hill” (1959) 7:15 p.m. and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” 8:40 p.m. Screening Room.

Oct. 29
“Frankenstein” (stage version with Jonny Miller as the creature), 7 p.m. Regal Elmwood, Transit

Oct. 30
“Night of the Living Dead,” 7 p.m. Screening Room
“Suspiria” (1977, restored), 9 p.m. Screening Room

Oct. 31
“Halloween” (1978), 7 p.m. Screening Room
“Suspiria” (1977, restored), 9 p.m. Screening Room

Nov. 1
“Little Shop of Horrors: Director’s Cut” (1986), 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre

Darren McGavin played Karl Kolchak, the reporter with a penchant for finding monsters, in the cult TV show "Kolchak: The Night Stalker."

Nov. 2
“Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room
“Suspiria” (1977, restored), 9:30 p.m. Screening Room

Where to go

• Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St.
• North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.
• Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda
• Screening Room Cinema Cafe, Boulevard Mall, Amherst

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