Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!
After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose "help" quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
The Normal Theater is excited to present the "Best of Fest" encore screenings from the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. Three films are featured in this year's inaugural event. The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that assembles character-driven independent film programming constructed by bold and innovative storytellers for the purposes of education, entertainment, and thought-provoking discussion. DO NO HARM Risking her career rather than admit the truth that she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and overwhelmed by a fear of causing harm to others, Dr. Beth Anderson breaks into a high security facility in the dead of night to steal an out of date sandwich in order to save a pregnant colleague from eating it. COME ON TIME The story of Clive Kennedy, a music documentary about a performer who can’t perform. A story of incredible talent gone unrealized turns into a joint effort between subject and filmmaker to battle Clive’s mental health and find catharsis in his songs. SWEET DISASTER A charming family dramedy that navigates the difficulties of pregnancy and motherhood with a bittersweet optimism and refreshing transparency. Frida, a 40-year-old painting therapist, unexpectedly gets pregnant just as the father of her child leaves her for his ex. Unable to accept him leaving, Frida concocts an elaborate scheme to win him back, while ultimately affecting a stable of wonderful characters, whose lives she touches for the better along the way.
PGfor thematic elements.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
PGfor thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor
Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door that leads her into a world that’s just like her own... but better! But when this fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her “other” Mother tries to keep her forever, Coraline must count on all of her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.
In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife (Vera Clouzot) and the mistress he brazenly flaunts (Simone Signoret). The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.
Rfor horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity.
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
On a remote island, a troubled artist (Max von Sydow) feels his mind slipping away from him. Troubled by disturbing visions and paranoid delusions, he and his wife (Liv Ullmann) begin to suspect that the haunting memories are the machinations of a bizarre, perverted cult that reside on the other side of the island. The leader of this group (Erland Josephson) may hold the key to the artist's delusions. This is the only horror film in director Ingmar Bergman's legendary body of work.
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. The sixth film in our partnership series "Understanding Horror" with Illinois State University professor of psychology Dr. Eric Wesselmann. This series will seek to understand our morbid fascination for stories of “things that go bump in the night.” Film screenings will include a brief introduction and lecture by Dr. Wesselmann.
Join us for an evening with writer, director, and actor Greg Sestero as we introduce his new horror film MIRACLE VALLEY to the Normal Theater along with a double feature of THE ROOM. There will be a meet and greet opportunity before the event with doors opening at 6:00pm. The MIRACLE VALLEY screening will begin at 7:00pm followed by a brief intermission and then screening of THE ROOM. MIRACLE VALLEY Synopsis: Inspired by a true story about a cult in the Arizona desert…An obsessive photographer (Sestero) and his girlfriend (Mariano) are invited to a desert getaway in search of an ultra-rare bird. Fortune, fame and mending their fading relationship takes a turn at the hands of a sinister force where they face demons from both past, present and future. NR / 90 min. THE ROOM Synopsis: Johnny is a successful bank executive who lives quietly in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, putting aside any scruple, she seduces Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. R / 99 min.
In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home. This Special Event includes a live score by the Invincible Czars. Fans, theaters, and media have consistently praised The Invincible Czars' carefully crafted soundtracks for enhancing the movie goers experience. The band has performed for over a decade at hundreds of theatres and art houses across the US and Canada delighting audiences with an array of sonic twists and turns. The varied compositions and instrumentation adapt individually to each film the Czars score, capturing each thrilling moment and keeping audiences engaged scene by scene. In 2021, the group ventured back into the proverbial depths of Romanian folk music and horror soundscapes to give their Nosferatu soundtrack a centennial facelift. The updated score is performed by a five member touring ensemble using violin, flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar, bass, piano, organ, glockenspiel, music box, drums, percussion, samples and loops. From delicate pianissimo passages of longing and love to menacing motifs of dissonant horror and pain, each instrument plays a critical role establishing character themes and maximizing the visceral nature of this film. The Invincible Czars encourage fans and attendees to dress for the Halloween season and fully immerse themselves in the timeless tradition of Count Orlok.
ONE CUT OF THE DEAD opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film… Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place… Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew!
RRated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel.
When police officer Carter discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a bare bones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil.
Exploring the furore generated by the video nasties that found their way onto British screens in the 80s and the impact they had on today's film-makers. NR / 72 min. The fifth film in our partnership series "Understanding Horror" with Illinois State University professor of psychology Dr. Eric Wesselmann. This series will seek to understand our morbid fascination for stories of “things that go bump in the night.” Film screenings will include a brief introduction and lecture by Dr. Wesselmann.