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The Long Beach School for Adults presents a wonderfully ghastly double bill this week. Director Roger Corman's 1959 horror cheapie A Bucket of Blood stars Corman staple Dick Miller as a busboy and wannabe artist who becomes an overnight success by using some very, er, unusual materials. You might say he puts blood, sweat and tearsinto his art! Boowahaha! (Hey, it's Halloween, when even the most sober of movie critics can turn into Count Floyd.) Affable '70s game-show host Bert Convy has a smallish role as a luckless cop. It screens with James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein, a horror classic that's vastly more peculiar and campy than you remember from seeing it when you were a kid. Certain parts of this movie—like, say, the interlude with the little, tiny people—will have you wondering what kind of wolfsbane they were smoking back in the '30s. Elsa Lanchester is the Goth cutie with the Don King hairdo, and Boris Karloff is of course a perfect wretch as the poor lug with the bolts in his neck. There are many other, perfectly neat Halloween movie events going on around OC this week . . . but c'mon, when do you think you'll ever get the chance to see a public screening of ABucket of Blood again? Short subjects, cartoons and other goodies are also on the bill. Long Beach School for Adults Auditorium, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000, ext. 7198. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
Beetlejuice. Tim Burton's breakout picture, starring Gena Davis and a startlingly slender Alec Baldwin as a pair of yuppie ghosts who try to scare away the obnoxious hipster family that's moved into their home. Michael Keaton is skuzzily hilarious as the self-procliamed "ghost with the most." This screening is for a great cause: some of the proceeds go to benefit the restoration of the historic Fox Fullerton Theatre. This is an outdoor screening, and snacks will be available, but seating will not be provided, so be sure to bring chairs and lots of blankets to keep warm. Film screens on the rear, exterior wall of the Fox Fullerton Theatre, with the viewing area in Angelo's & Vinci's Ristorante parking lot. 500 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 870-0069. Thurs., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Free.
The Exorcist. Not the sequels. Not (either) of the prequels. Not a remake, not a rip-off, not a parody or a spinoff. This is the original, still scary-as-hell horror classic: Linda Blair, head spinning 'round, pea-soup puke, the works. Just as God (or somebody else) intended. Pierside Surfcity, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (714) 969-3151. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $7.
The Films of Elizabeth Subrin. UC Irvine presents the short films of documentary filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin. Shulie is an examination of second-wave feminism, while Swallow looks at anorexia and depression. There will also be a preview of the latest film by Subrin, who appears at the screening. It's the latest picture in the UC Irvine Film and Video Center's Los Angeles/Experimental Film Series. UCI Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.; reception, 6:30 p.m. $3-$5.
The GroundTruth. Documentary about the tough times faced by American soldiers returning home from Iraq. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave., Whittier, (562) 587-6270., Thurs., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. Free.
Halloween. I could never really buy Jamie Lee Curtis as the screaming damsel. I mean, my gosh, those shoulders. She looks like she could slap the knife of out Michael Myers' hand, push him to the ground and then hold him down with one foot until the cops come. Boy, I bet all the other masked serial killers would give him hell for that. Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (949) 450-4920. Call theater for show times. $7.50-$10.
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) takes you inside the lives of everyday people whose lives have been forever changed as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Education 2000+ Bookstore, 309 Pine Ave., Long Beach. (562) 435-1199; www.edunow.com. Thurs., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Free.
The Lost Boys. A startlingly young Kiefer Sutherland and a couple of the Coreys star in Joel Schumacher's cheesetastic '80s teen-vampire flick. It's either a nostalgic must-see or an absurd curio from your misspent youth—you decide. Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988. Fri., 10:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. $6-$8.
The Little Mermaid. Throw on your seashell bra and swim over to this screening of the cute if seriously schmaltzy Disney blockbuster, presented in the midst of the fishy wonders of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, (562) 590-3100. Fri., 2, 4, 6 p.m. $5, plus museum admission ($11.95-$16.95). Limited seating; advance reservations required.
Maquilapolis. Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre's documentary on the sweatshops of Tijuana. The filmmakers appear at the screening. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net. Thurs., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Free.
The Most Typical Avant-Garde: Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. UC Irvine looks at the avant-garde filmmaking that once flourished at the periphery of mainstream cinema. This first program includes Josef von Sternberg's 1925 drama TheSalvation Huntersand Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich and Gregg Toland's 1927 short The Life and Death of 9413—A Hollywood Extra. Introduction and discussion with David E. James, author and professor of critical studies in USC's Cinema-Television department. The series' second program screens Nov. 16. UCI Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., Oct. 26, 7 p.m.; reception at 6:30 p.m. $3-$5.
9/11 Mysteries. Single-named filmmaker Sofia challenges assumptions about that fateful day and raises questions that somebody, some day will hopefully answer satisfactorily. 9/11 Movies Night at Ami Beaucoup Martini Lounge, 151 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (714) 553-1030; www.911truthoc.com; hb911truth.blogspot.com. Thurs., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Free.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Irish documentary examining the April 2002 coup attempt against President Chavez of Venezuela. Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, 1259 Victoria St., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-4652. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Downtown Long Beach will enjoy a welcome influx of perverts in these days leading up to Halloween, as the Midnight Insanity presents two full shows of Richard O'Brien's cult classic, glam-rock horror musical. Saturday, they're having Lingerie Night (what, like that's a change?) and costume contests, and on Tuesday, Halloween itself, they're having a bonus midnight show. Halloween night. Rocky Horror. On the freakin' Queen Mary, of all places. I'd say that beats staying home and handing out Snickers to the kiddies, wouldn't you? Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 694-4411 or (562) 235-8053; www.midnightinsanity.com. Sat., midnight; Tues., midnight. $8 tickets go on sale at 10:30 p.m.Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you have any taste, you've already seen this thing so many times you're frankly kind of tired of it. But damn it, this is in 3D! 3 freakin' D! Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (949) 450-4920. Call theater for show times. $7.50-$10.You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. Documentary about historian and social activist Howard Zinn, narrated by Matt Damon, and featuring music by Pearl Jam and Woody Guthrie. However, I must point out the obvious flaw with this title: one can, indeed, be neutral on a moving train. In fact, unless you're headed someplace particularly exciting or there's a derailment or something, you're likely to spend a fair portion of your journey gazing lazily out the window. It would perhaps be more accurate to say You Can't Be NeutralDirectly In Front of a Moving Train. I think that's a fairly universal truism. Chapman University, Beckman Hall, Room 103, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 532-7758. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.Mail your press releases (and a videotape, if available) to Special Screenings, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701-7417. Or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials must be received at least two weeks before the screening.
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