My enthusiasm for Halloween, salted at age 13, when Mom forbade trick-or-treating, and extinguished by beer-fueled hooligans in college and grad school, has finally been revived through the mad energy of the Triangle's local pop culture aficionados. For example, take the Carolina Theatre's monthly Retrofantasma retrospective.
This month, the evening begins with the infamous Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the only film in the Halloween series to not feature the white-masked Michael Myers, though it does boast fellow '80s horror icon Tom Atkins. Originally a completely different film about evil Halloween masks (written by Nigel Kneale, author of the legendary Quatermass UK horror series), it was given a Halloween title to help box office and attempt to turn the series into a Twilight Zone-style anthology.
Those in need of a Myers fix can let their anger go and enjoy this last known North American 35 mm print, because the Carolina Theatre also features a special Halloween tribute short film, Judith. Written by Hillsborough's Kenny Caperton, creator of the town's Michael Myers House (read the story we posted last year at indyweek.com), it tells the story of Michael Myers' sister, whose stabbing set off the whole Halloween series. It's filmed at the Myers House-North Carolina, so look for some local scenery ... if you dare.
On top of all this is the never-released-on-DVD retrospective Terror in the Aisles, featuring clips from dozens of Universal Studios classic monster movies! Eight dollars buys you all this horror, which starts at 7 p.m, right as it gets dark. Moo hoo ha ha! Yes, Halloween is awesome again. —Zack Smith