The seventh season of "Thursday Night Terrors" opens with a campy cult classic about a guy who carries his deformed twin in a picnic basket (yes, you read that right) – and then the series gets strange.
In addition, this season will include two holiday firsts: The first time a "Terrors" screening is taking place on Halloween (a "dream come true" for series creator Peter Vullo) and the first Christmas horror film for December.
The monthly event is so popular now that all "Terrors" movies will be shown twice (7:30 and 9:30 or 9:35 p.m.) at the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). Leave yourself time to shop the cool merchandise from Deadend Toyz & Teez in the lobby. Be sure to enter the free "Terrors" raffle at the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $7 online and the box office.
Here are the five films announced so far; keep Oct. 17 open for a special sixth screening of a yet-to-be announced film (if you're a true horror fan, you'll want to be there).
Aug. 22: “Basket Case” (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Frank Henenlotter cult film about a brother who carries his surgically separated and deformed twin in a wicker basket as they seek vengeance against the doctor who separated them. The film spawned two sequels.
Sept. 19: “Demons 2” (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). For his first season of "Terrors" in 2016, Vullo showed the Italian horror film "Demons." A fan of the genre, Vullo has now programmed its 1986 sequel, also from director Lamberto Bava (the son of Mario Bava) and co-written and produced by Dario Argento.
Oct. 31: “The Lost Boys” (7:30 and 9:35 p.m.). This clever take on the vampire genre is hilarious yet terrifying as a mother and her sons move to a California coastal town controlled by nasty teen vampires. (Did I mention Kiefer Sutherland plays their sneering leader?) DJ Nelson Rivera will play spooky tunes before the movie.
Nov. 21: “Demon Wind” (7:30 and 9:35 p.m.). A farm. Friends. Demons. Mysterious fog. Check, check, check and check all of those horror tropes for this 1990 film from director Charles Philip Moore. Lou Diamond Phillips has an uncredited role as a demon. We won't say more since: "It’s the type of movie best enjoyed with a 'Terrors' audience and without much prior knowledge of it beforehand."
Dec. 12: “Black Christmas” (7:30 and 9:35 p.m.). This is the original 1974 film from Bob Clark (not the 2006 or 2019 remakes) and is considered one of the earliest in the slasher film genre. You may have seen this under the original U.S. title "Silent Night, Evil Night." Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder star.