Your guide to horror movies for October.
Your couch isn’t going anywhere and streaming services just can’t provide the classics like a traditional movie theater can. Instead, check out what Columbus has to offer in the way of horror films this October!
10.1-31 • Hitchcocktober
When you’re taking a shower in your dorm at night, do you ever feel that someone is on the other side of the curtain? Why? Oh, just asking… But seriously, you should always make sure that a serial killer with mommy issues isn’t waiting to pounce on you. That’s what happens in one of horror cinema history’s most iconic scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Known for being the Master of Suspense, Hitchcock directed some of the most famous horror movies to date. Every October, Gateway Film Center hosts Hithcocktober, a month-long Hitchcock film festival where you get to see Hitchcock’s greatest films in the big screen. From his arguably lesser known films like Young and Innocent (1938) to major spectacles like Dial M for Murder (1954) in 3D, Hitchcock films are a staple in film history. Grab a bag of popcorn, order a Hitchcock-themed drink from the bar, and settle in to be unsettled.
Location: Gateway Film Center
10.4-27 • October Fright Nights
The Shining (1980) and The Exorcist (1973) are just two examples of movies that redefined the way that American viewers saw fear. This October, Marcus Theaters is hosting its October Fright Nights, where you’ll be able to watch these classics, along with Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992) and Andy Muschietti’s It (2017), for $5. Yup, $5. From Linda Blair’s horrifying performance as pea soup upchucking Regan, to Bill Skarsgård’s child-eating Pennywise, each of these films has had an impact on American popular culture. So, if you’ve ever wanted a crash course on horror films, this event is perfect for you. After all, all work and no play makes you a dull person.
Location: Marcus Theater
10.13 • Shock Around The Clock: 10th Annual Ohio 24-Hour Horror Marathon
12 movies. 24 hours. Shock Around the Clock marks the 10th year anniversary of Drexel Theater’s 24-Hour Horror Marathon. From classics such as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997) to the midwest premieres of Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano’s Crystal Eyes (2017) and Tillman Singer’s Luz (2018), get ready to fear for your life as you force yourself to endure endless hours of pure gore that are sure to keep you up at night for the rest of the week. We triple-dog-dare you to do it.
Location: The Drexel
10.18-21 • Nightmares Film Fest
Look, the intersection of horror and indie filmmaking is where truly horrifying gems like Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (2015) are produced. The Nightmares Film Festival takes place every year at Gateway Film Center. It showcases indie thrillers and horror films as well as shorts from indie filmmakers that are sure to make you regret your life choices. All submissions compete to win Night Mare awards, and the honor of being named 2018’s Film from Hell. We guarantee you’ll have a bloody good time. Get it? Bloody? Ha!
Location: Gateway Film Center
10.18 • Halloween (2018)
Michael Myers is back, baby. And this time, Laurie Strode is ready to kick *clap emoji* his *clap emoji* ass *clap emoji*. If you haven’t had the time to watch the original eight movies, don’t worry. Us here at 1870 never leave a fellow behind. The story begins on 1963, when a teenage Michael Myers decides to put on a mask and stab his sister. 15 years later, he escapes from the mental hospital and decides to start killing people in the neighborhood. The one person he is never able to kill is Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. Throughout the years, Michael always escapes death. Now, he is back and Laurie is waiting for him with a shotgun. The Halloween series is a staple of horror cinema (yes, even the Rob Zombie reboot), so sit back and enjoy the ride.
10.24 • Night Of The Living Dead
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). This film is arguably the main reason we have zombie apocalypse movies. This film boasts many tropes that we’ve enjoyed from campy horror movies throughout the years AND the main character is an African American man, something that was rare to see in films at the time. In fact, Duane Jones was the first African American man cast as the main character in a horror film. If you’re a fan of Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Duane Jones’s Ben and Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris have a lot in common. Through these characters, both Romero and Peele explore body and racial politics in America. If that’s not enough to convince you to watch this movie, let me just say that without Night of the Living Dead, we wouldn’t have the hundreds of horror movies that it inspired. It’s an experience you do not want to miss.
Location: AMC Lennox Town Center 24