Ok, for those wondering where I've been this Halloween, I've been at Dismember the Alamo.
Dismember the Alamo is the annual Halloween celebration at the Alamo Drafthouse.
The Alamo Drafthouse is a movie palace that not only shows new movies, but old movies as well. They also offer fully cooked meals and alcoholic beverages. It is the best place to see a movie here in Austin!
Anyway, at Dismember the Alamo, they show six cult horror movies from 1:00 until the stroke of Midnight on Halloween. The kicker is that they never tell you what the movies they're going to show. You just have to be surprised.
Anyway, my father, brother and I went there tonight and we had loads of fun!
Before the movies, there were Halloween-themed shorts and commercials, etc. And then, they showed "Monsters Crash the Pajama Party", an incredibly cheezy audience-involvement spook show where trained actors sneak into the theater at a certain point in the film to capture girls for the Mad Doctor. It made us laugh more than scream. XD
The first movie was Frankenhooker, another movie to tickle our funny bones. As the title implies, a mad scientist attempts to reanimate his butchered fiance after a freak lawnmower accident. In order to do so, he decides to use the body parts of New York prostitutes. Unfortunately, this does not go as planned. It leads to libido-infused electrocutions for those willing to pay.
The second film was a unknown anthology film called Screams of a Winter Night. Practically never seen before, this Mafia-funded horror flick involves ten college students spending the weekend in a Louisiana lakeside cabin where they tell scary stories to each other.
The third film was the crowning jewel of the evening. Personally selected by director John Landis; The Theater of Blood starring Vincent Price. A fantastic film in which Vincent Price plays panned Shakespearean thespian Edward Lionheart. In order to exact his vengeance on the critics who cost him the award of his lifetime, he punishes them using the Immortal Bard's most famous murder scenes. A film that casts a fantastic actor in such distinguished roles is a definite watch!
The fourth film was supposed to showcase the guest speaker, John Landis. Unfortunately, thanks to weather, he was unable to make it to the showing. An American Werewolf in London is the quintessential werewolf movie. Enriching the mythos with new stipulations to the curse, it all comes to a head when the werewolf goes rampant in Piccadilly Circus.
The Fifth and final film was actually a shot-on-tape film done by a sixteen year old Mark Polonia, famed splatter film director. Three brothers suffer from disturbing and terrifying hallucinations that gnaw at their minds and souls.
Combined with the food, it was an awesome way to spend Halloween!