It’s Halloween: Everyone’s Entitled to One Good Scare [Special Screenings, Oct. 24-31]

Halloween (1978). Photo courtesy of Compass Pictures

The Lost Boys. Joel Schumacher’s 1987 teen thriller stars the young Jason Patric and two Coreys (Haim and Feldman) in a story about newly arrived nerdy boys coming under the spell of a Northern California beachside town’s cool kids, who just love them some neck blood. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 24-25, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Anime Afternoons. Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs. & Thurs., Oct. 24 & 31, 6 p.m. Free.

Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein. A Night at the Movies, which writer/researcher/TV professional Theo Siegel presents, concludes with a double feature of classic Universal monster pictures directed by James Whale. In 1931’s Frankenstein, which is of course based on Mary Shelley’s world-famous 1818 novel, obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) successfully animates a creature (Boris Karloff) from body parts of the deceased, which is fine until the monster breaks out of the lab. Perhaps the wild beast can be tamed with a mate, which is why in 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein, which is widely considered one of the best horror sequels of all time, a deceased woman (Elsa Lanchester) is brought back to life to join the monster (Karloff again). Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677; Thurs., Oct. 24, 6 p.m. $10-$15.

Kusama: Infinity. This documentary shows how Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world and become the top-selling artist on the planet. Snacks and refreshments are provided, and seating is limited, both of which may explain why RSVPs are recommended. Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-1650. Thurs., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. Free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Jeepers Creepers III. “Third time’s the charm” promises Victor Salva’s 2017 horror flick about a sheriff (Stan Shaw), his team of creepers and a new cop enlistee (Brandon Smith) trying to stop a monster’s eating spree. Various theaters; Thurs., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Reliant. Paul Munger’s new action flick is about a family (headed by Kevin Sorbo and Julia Denton) fleeing for the woods behind their Ohio home when a once-in-a-lifetime currency collapse leads to rioting and anarchy across the nation. Various theaters; Thurs., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. $15.

One Piece: Stampede. Image courtesy Funimation Films

One Piece: Stampede. Takashi Otsuka’s new anime is based on a story by Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary. Pirates from around the world gather at the Pirates Expo to hunt for Gol D. Roger’s lost treasure. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; also at Starlight Triangle Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 650-4300; Thurs., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. (subtitled); Sat., 4 p.m. (dubbed); Tues., 7:30 p.m. (subtitled); Wed., 7:30 p.m. (dubbed); Thurs., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. (subtitled). $6-$12.

The House of the Devil. It’s a 10th-anniversary screening of Ti West’s horror flick about a desperate college sophomore (Jocelin Donahue) who takes a babysitting job at a couple’s mansion deep in the woods on the night of a lunar eclipse. Things go south when she discovers there is no kid. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Oct. 24, 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

3 From Hell. Rob Zombie’s new follow-up to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects has crazed killers Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) returning to unleash bloody mayhem. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Oct. 24, 10 p.m. $7-$10.50.

A Quiet Place. Teen Movie Night presents John Krasinski’s very effective 2018 chiller, in which he and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, star as parents trying to protect children from postapocalyptic monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, 1855 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-8845. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Free; also at Garden Grove Main Library, 11200 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 530-0711. Wed., 3 p.m. Free.

Dolemite Is My Name. Eddie Murphy stars in a new biopic of the legendary Rudy Ray Moore and his success in creating a notable blaxploitation film and character. Included at the Wed., 7:30 p.m. screening is a special Skype Q&A with co-writer Larry Karaszewski. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sat., 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., Oct 31, 2:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-10.50.

Dolemite Is My Name. Photo courtesy Netflix

OC Film Fiesta. This year’s cinextravaganza continues through Nov. 3. On Fri., catch “An Evening with Filmmaker Katherine Bowers: Vasquez Mural Restoration Documentaries.” Saturday, there’s a SAUSD Student Showcase; Una Mujer Sin Filtro; Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire; ¡Gaytino! Made in America; Mirreyes vs. Godinez; The Infiltrators. And on Sunday, look for Spotlight on the Middle East—Shorts; Bozkir Looks at Birds; Kilikis . . . The Town of Owls; Singing Our Way to Freedom with director Paul Espinosa; The First Rainbow Coalition with director Ray Santisteban. Anaheim Public Library, 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim. Fri., 6 p.m. Free; AMC Orange 30, 20 City Blvd., Ste. E, Orange. Sat., 10:45 a.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m. (programming start times). Free-$10. Visit for descriptions and show times.

Hocus Pocus. Part of the opening celebration for the new 2nd & PCH retail and dining center is a free screening of Kenny Ortega’s 1993 comedy about three sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) awakening 300 years after their Salem witchcraft death sentences. Now they have revenge and “amuck, amuck, amuck” on their minds. 2nd & PCH, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach; Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free; also at Melinda Park, 28951 Melinda Rd., Mission Viejo, (949) 859-4348. Fri., 7 p.m. Free; and Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, (949) 646-8845. Thurs., Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m. Free.

Dark Water. Subtitled in English, the 2002 Japanese psychological horror film from director Hideo Nakata narrates a young mom’s new life with her daughter after a bad divorce. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The pioneering midnight movie starts with the car of sweethearts Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) breaking down near the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The transvestite scientist’s home also hosts a rocking biker (Meat Loaf), a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien) and assorted freaks, including a hunk of beefcake named “Rocky.” Live shadow-cast troupe K.A.O.S. performs in Santa Ana, while it’s Midnight Insanity in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 11:30 p.m. $13; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. $9-$12.

The Met: Live in HD: Manon. Massenet’s tale of passion, excess and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the title role and tenor Michael Fabiano as her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux. Sung in French with English subtitles. Various theaters; Sat., 9:55 a.m. (live); Wed., 1 & 6:30 p.m. (encore). $18-$25.

Beetlejuice. Tim Burton’s 1988 horror/comedy features a ghost couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) haunting their old home and hiring the undead Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) to scare off the new homeowners. The Art Theatre; Sat., 11 a.m. $9-$10.

Beetlejuice. Photo courtesy the Geffen Co.

Teen Horror Movie Day. Scary flicks appropriate for ages 12 to 17 are shown. Westminster Branch Library, 8180 13th St., Westminster, (714) 893-5057. Sat., 2 p.m. Free.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The Frida’s Pedro Almodóvar retrospective continues with his 1988 screwball comedy about an actress (Carmen Maura) reeling from a breakup. But her suffering is interrupted by a string of visitors to her apartment with their own passion problems. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 2 & 4 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Family Movies. Bring the whole brood to a film, the title of which is to be determined. Garden Grove Main Library, (714) 530-0711. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Free.

HorrorBuzz’s Horror Movie Nights: 2 Year Anniversary Free Surprise Screening. For its second birthday, all-things-horror shows a secret movie. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free.

La madre, el hilo y la abuela (The Mother the Son and the Grandmother). Benjamin Brunet’s 2017 Chilean family drama is about a 27-year-old fellow (Gonzalo Aburto) who returns to his birthplace after the eruption of a nearby volcano. Looking for his family and coming up empty, he forms unlikely bonds with a middle-aged tobacconist (Ana Gallegos) and her sick elderly mother (María Muñoz). Art Theatre; Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$10.

Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda. One of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works is presented live. The production features beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances and a title role that demands an outstanding ballerina. Various theaters; Sun., 12:55 p.m. $18; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Sun., 1:15 p.m. (live); Tues., 7 p.m. (encore) $14-$17.

Spirited Away. Image courtesy Studio Ghibli

Spirited Away. Studio Ghibli Fest continues with Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning, 2001 anime fantasy. A girl’s parents undergo a mysterious transformation before she is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a wicked witch. Various theaters; Sun., 12:55 p.m. (dubbed); Mon., 7 p.m. (subtitled); Wed., 7 p.m. (dubbed). $12.50.

The Third Wife. In writer/director Ash Mayfair’s 2018 drama, a 14-year-old (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner (Long Le Vu) in 19th-century, rural Vietnam. She seeks to change her status by giving birth to a male child. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Rd., Dana Point, (949) 496-5517. Sun., 2 p.m. Free.

All About My Mother. The Almodóvar retrospective moves on with his 1999 drama about a hard-working mom (Cecilia Roth) trying to find her only son’s father after the teen dies. The Frida Cinema; Sun., 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

BTS World Tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself.” Live from Seoul comes the grand finale of the South Korea boy band’s tour with 62 shows in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Various theaters; Sun., 5 p.m. $25.

Love and Mercy: Faustina. Shot in the U.S., Poland and Lithuania, the documentary-dramatization hybrid tells the story of Faustina Kowalska, who says Jesus appeared before her in 1931 and asked her to paint his image with the phrase “Jesus, I trust in you.” Various theaters; Mon., 7 p.m. $15.

The Witch. Photo courtesy Rafy/A24

The Witch. Robert Eggers’ 2015 horror mystery is set in 1630 New England, where a farmer moves his family to a piece of land at the edge of the forest. They test faith, loyalty and love when suspicions arise that their teenage daughter is a witch. The Frida Cinema; Mon.-Tues., 10:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Rain Man. In Barry Levinson’s 1988 melodrama, a car dealer (Tom Cruise) discovers a mental institution housing his autistic older brother (Dustin Hoffman) received their deceased father’s $3 million fortune. That leads to a cross-country road trip that changes the siblings’ lives. Look for the Santa Ana train station’s cameo. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, (949) 646-8845. Tues., 4 p.m. Free.

The Sixth Sense. M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 breakout picture is about a boy (Haley Joel Osment) who communicates with spirits seeking the help of a disheartened child psychologist (Bruce Willis). Irvine/Katie Wheeler Library, 13109 Old Myford Rd., Irvine, (714) 669-8753. Tues., 5 p.m. Free.

The Birds. Teen Movie Night presents Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller about a newcomer (Tippi Hedren) arriving in a seaside burg just as immense flocks of birds attack townsfolk. Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Veronica Cartwright co-star. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Tues., 6 p.m. Free.

The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cut. William Friedkin’s 1973 horror masterpiece is shown the way the legendary director wanted audiences to see it. A sweet 12-year-old (Linda Blair) exhibits strange behavior that is soon accompanied by strange events in her Washington, D.C., home, prompting her actress mother (Ellen Burstyn) to seek help from a medical doctor, a psychiatrist and eventually Roman Catholic priests. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, 32401 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, 30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 835-1888. Tues., 7 p.m. $10.

Luzia. Cirque du Soleil in Cinema presents the internationally acclaimed show that takes audiences to a vibrant Mexican world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Various theaters; Tues., 7 p.m. $15.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece (splatterspiece?), which was inspired by the Ed Gein murders, is about cannibalistic psychopaths intercepting five people on their way to visit a Texas gravesite. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Ghostbusters. Photo courtesy Sony Pictures

Ghostbusters. It’s a 35th-anniversary screening of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 blockbuster in which paranormal scientists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) luck out of their university gigs and luck into a lucrative ghost eradication business in a New York City gripped by untold evil. Starlight Cinema City, (714) 970-6700; Wed., 7 p.m. $7.

Halloween. In John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, 6-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandlin) killed his sister on Halloween night, 1963. Fast forward 15 years, and Myers (Tony Moran) escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill some more. As a teen trying to escape Mikey, Jamie Lee Curtis turned in a career-defining performance. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, (949) 835-1888. Wed., 7 p.m. $10; and at the Frida Cinema; Wed.-Thurs., OCt. 31, 8 p.m. $7-10.50.

Psycho. The 1960 Hitchcock classic, which is among the most influential and blatantly ripped-off movies of all time, is about the uncomfortably close relationship between motel manager Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his rocking-chair-bound mother. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost. Cecilia Aranovich’s animated feature from earlier this year has the oversized mutt and his groovy human minions catching 12 of the world’s most terrifying ghosts. . . . Where’s No. 13? Dana Point Library, (949) 496-5517. Thurs., Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. Free.

Poltergeist. Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror/thriller, from a Steven Spielberg story that he and two others turned into the screenplay, is about demonic ghosts haunting a family’s home. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Oct. 31, 1 p.m. Free.

Halloween Movie Marathon. Scary flicks are part of a Halloween-night celebration that also includes free candy, ghoulish tunes and frightful surprises. The 4th Horseman, Walker Building, 115 W. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 513-3394. Thurs., Oct. 31. Call for times. Free. 21+.

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