September 30, 2021

A Month of Spooky Films from Cinema Salem

by Felicia Cheney

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For the month of October, Cinema Salem is hosting a devious assortment of spooky movies and classic films.

Night of the Creeps


Runtime: 88 minutes

Oct 1 10:00pm

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

Runtime: 97 minutes

Oct 1 4:00pm 7:15pm

Oct 2 1:30pm 4:00pm 7:15pm

Oct 3 1:30pm 4:00pm 7:15pm

Oct 4 4:00pm 7:15pm

Drácula (spanish language)

You’re probably familiar with Bela Lugosi’s iconic turn as the vampire Count Dracula. But did you know that every night, once Lugosi & company had called it a wrap, the same studio and the same sets were taken over by a second cast and crew to produce a Spanish-language alternate version? Released in Havana in 1931 and largely unseen again until the 90s, DRÁCULA is no simple duplicate of its better-known twin, but a singular and fascinating counterpoint, and an effective take on the classic vampire tale.

Runtime: 104 minutes

Oct 4 7:00pm

The Abominable Dr. Phibes


Runtime: 94 minutes

Oct 8 10:00pm


Join us for discussions of great film scores. Richard Guérin, producer of many recordings of great film music, examines how these scores do their job and how much of a film’s success can rely on its music.

Richard has worked with multi-Oscar nominated composer Philip Glass (Candyman, The Truman Show, The Hours) for over 15 years years as well as Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (Batman Forever, Interview with a Vampire, Alien 3) for a decade.

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, gors on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Runtime: 109 minutes

Oct 14 7:00pm

Halloween Kills

In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.

And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet.

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor.

But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.

The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.

Evil dies tonight.

Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions, and Trancas International Films present Halloween Kills, co-starring Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island), and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight).

From the returning filmmaking team responsible for the 2018 global phenomenon, Halloween Kills is written by Scott Teems (SundanceTV’s Rectify) and Danny McBride and David Gordon Green based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block. The executive producers are John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Ryan Freimann.

Runtime: 106 minutes

Oct 15 

Mars Attacks!

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Runtime: 106 minutes

Oct 15

The Brood


Runtime: 92 minutes

Oct 15

Creature From the Black Lagoon

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Runtime: 79 minutes

Oct 16

Haunt + Q&A with Damian Maffei

This special screening of HAUNT will feature a Q&A with star Damian Maffei, hosted by The Horror Squad Podcast.

On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

Runtime: 92 minutes

Oct 16

The Bride of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Runtime: 75 minutes

Oct 16 3:30pm

Oct 17 6:00pm

The Mummy

In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege. Also found in the tomb is the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. One night a young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, and then goes insane, realizing that he has brought Im-Ho-Tep back to life. Ten years later, disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated into a beautiful young woman.

Runtime: 73 minutes

Oct 16 1:30pm

Oct 17 4:00pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The pre-show from the Teseracte Players of Boston runs about 30 minutes prior to the film starting.

Every ticket comes with a prop bag (given when entering the theater for seating).

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.

Runtime: 130 minutes

Oct 16 10:00pm

Oct 23 10:00pm

Deathdream + Q&A with Richard Backus

Star of Deathdream Richard Backus will appear in person for a Q&A following the screening.

In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents Charles (John Marley) and Christine Brooks (Lynn Carlin) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well . . . or is he?

Directed by Bob Clark just before he made his groundbreaking slasher classic BLACK CHRISTMAS, this furiously subversive zombie thriller was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War, and it marks the grisly debut of gore-effects legend Tom Savini.

Deathdream is the first in a monthly series called “Horrorgorical,” which showcases horror films that serve as allegories for social and political issues.

Runtime: 88 minutes

Oct 21 7:00pm

Alice, Sweet Alice


Runtime: 107 minutes

Oct 22 10:00pm

The Craft

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

Runtime: 101 minutes

Oct 22 7:30pm


The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Runtime: 75 minutes

Oct 23 7:00pm

Oct 24 4:00pm


This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster (Boris Karloff), but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Runtime: 71 minutes

Oct 23 5:00pm

Oct 24 6:00pm