Screening Room’s ‘Horrorfest’ is 5 weeks of Halloween film treats

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The Screening Room Cinema Cafe’s annual Horrorfest is so big this year it has to go into November.

The five-week series of movies includes local premieres, classic horrors, cult favorites and double features. Of special note is the one-week run of local filmmaker Greg Lamberson’s taut new ghostly thriller “Widow’s Point” starring Craig Sheffer, along with multiple meet-the-filmmaker events with such directors as Emir Skalonja and Tyler Cheman.

Most screenings are $7 adults, $6 seniors and students except as noted for special events and trivia nights. On double feature days, you can stay for one film at regular price or stay for two films for $10. The Screening Room is located at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. For more info, visit

Here’s the schedule.

Oct. 4

“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die,” 9:30 p.m. Halloween Horrorfest opens with this 1962 film about a man who keeps his decapitated girlfriend’s head alive. Yes, you read that right. $5

Oct. 8

“Plan 9 From Outer Space,” 7:30 p.m. For a movie considered the worst ever, people still love to watch it.

Oct. 9

“Trauma Therapy,” 7:30 p.m. A group of troubled people must confront their deepest demons at a self-help seminar. Did I mention it’s at a remote retreat in the woods? Local premiere has an intro and Q&A with producer and actor Tom Malloy. $8/$7

Oct. 10

“Rabid,” 7:30 p.m. In David Cronenberg’s 1977 horror film, plastic surgery leaves a woman with the taste for human blood – and her victims zombies. Also: 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 p.m. Oct. 29.

Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man in “Phantasm.”

Oct. 12

“Phantasm,” 7:30 p.m. When this was released 40 years ago, the creepily weird Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) scared the bejeebers out of everyone. Also: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 15 and 9 p.m. Oct. 28; Trivia night is Oct. 18 with the movie at 7:30 p.m. followed by trivia; $10.

Oct. 13

Mimosa Matinee ($3 mimosas) and double feature

“Young Frankenstein,” 1 p.m. Mel Brooks does Frankenstein as no one else can. Also: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 22, 25 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

“The House on Haunted Hill,” 3 p.m. William Castle, Vincent Price and a haunted house. That’s all you need to know. Also 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

Oct. 15

“Phantasm,” 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18

 “Phantasm,” 7:30 p.m. Movie followed by trivia. $10

Oct. 19

Double feature.

“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m.

“Rabid,” 9:30 p.m.

​Oct. 20

“Not Another Monster Movie,” 7 p.m. Premiere of local filmmaker Tyler Cheman’s film about a one-time famed horror director who goes to extreme measures to finish his film on Halloween night. Introduction and Q&A with Cheman; $10.

Oct. 22

“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23

 “The House That Dripped Blood,” 7:30 p.m. Four-part anthology series from Amicus Productions stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt.

Oct. 24

“Candy Corn,” 7 and 9 p.m. A bullied man is resurrected and seeks vengeance against his tormentors. Buffalo premiere of film starring horror favorites Tony Todd and P.J. Soles. $8/$7.

Oct. 25

Double feature

“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m.

“Halloween” (1978), 9:30 p.m. John Carpenter brought the boogeyman to life in his original film that helped start a genre. Also 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30.

Vincent Price is up to something in William Castle’s “House on Haunted Hill.”

Oct. 27

Double feature

“The House on Haunted Hill,” 7 p.m.

“Plan 9 from Outer Space,” 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 28

Double feature

“Young Frankenstein,” 7 p.m.

“Phantasm,” 9 p.m.

Oct. 29

Double feature

“Halloween” (1978), 7 p.m.

“Rabid,” 9 p.m.

​Oct. 30

Double feature

“Halloween” (1978), 7 p.m.

“Night of the Living Dead,” 9 p.m.

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Nov. 1

“Widow’s Point,” 7 p.m. Locally made horror thriller from Greg Lamberson starring Craig Sheffer as an author who spends a weekend in a haunted lighthouse. Also 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 9. $8/$7.

“Til Death Do We Rot,” 9:30 p.m. A zombie plague that takes out only men. A homicidal cult of crazed women. This premiere from filmmaker and author Emir Skalonja ups the ante on zombie films. $10.

Nov. 2

“Murderous Trance,” 7:30 p.m. Local premiere of film based on a case of hypnosis murders in Denmark in the 1950s. Additional shows to be added. $8/$7.

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