Denver's a great place for fans of the big five of genre film (that's sci-fi, fantasy, horror, exploitation and cult), as every week we get a generous helping of selections to choose from. As usual, we're rounding up your options for the weekend to come and the following week, and making a recommendation of one can't-miss film. This week, we'll find out if it was Professor Plum in the library with a candlestick.
Pick of the Week: Clue Where: Esquire Theatre, 600 Downing Street When: Midnight Friday, October 8, Saturday, October 9 Why?: Tim Curry stars in the off-the-wall adaptation of the famous boardgame that's really more off a riff on the obscure cult classic Murder by Death than anything to do with the childhood rainy-day pastime. Not to lay it on too thick, but the words "madcap" and "zany" have been used to describe this film, and they're not too far off. It's a fun, light and entertaining film that moves at a breakneck pace, has a great cast and offers no less than three different endings -- all of which will be shown here. Bonus! More info/Tickets: LandmarkTheatres.com
Fright Night Where: Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli building on the Auraria Campus When: 10 p.m. Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9 Why?: Another classic that's slated for a needless remake, Fright Night is the classic story of the guy who discovers his neighbor is a vampire and can't get anyone to believe him. No one, that is, except the vampire himself, who comes after our hero and his girlfriend. Part spoof of the genre, part loving homage to classic vampire movies and all '80s-horror good times, Fright Night is a must see. More info/tickets: DenverFilm.org
Buried Where: Esquire Theatre, 600 Downing Street When: Opens Friday, October 8 Why?: Ninety minutes of Ryan Reynolds trapped in a coffin might sound like a limited premise, but Buried has been garnering some positive reviews and attention. And unlike monsters and ghouls, the idea of being buried underground by a madman is a brand of horror that's uncomfortably possible... could be a future classic. Or at least a way to trigger an attack of sympathetic claustrophobia. More info/Tickets: LandmarkTheatres.com
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The Room Where: Esquire Theatre, 600 Downing Street When: Midnight Saturday, October 9 only Why?: The Room was released just a few short years ago, in 2003, but it has already attracted a rabid cult of fans (and inspired a video game), including yours truly. From an outsider's perspective, it may be hard to understand why -- the film is meandering, confusing, largely pointless and full of technical mishaps and terrible acting. Some have gone so far as to call it the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Those minor quibbles aside, it's a deeply idiosyncratic movie that never fails to be entertaining even as it bewilders. And isn't being entertained what it's all about? Enter The Room and you'll never be the same afterward. (Read more about The Room in our previous coverage of the film.) More info/Tickets: LandmarkTheatres.com
Peeping Tom Where: Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli building on the Auraria Campus When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, and Wednesday, October 13 Why?: Noir isn't one of the genres we typically cover, but these days it's easy enough to just fold the whole genre into "cult," so go with it. Plus, Peeping Tom's tale of a man obsessed with luring women to their death so he can watch their final moments easily crosses into horror, and it's considered a classic of the genre. More info/tickets: DenverFilm.org
Ichi the Killer Where: Ubisububi room at the Thin Man, 2015 East 17th Avenue When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 13 Why?: If you like your horror convoluted, full of psychotic supervillain gangsters and torture, man are you going to love Ichi the Killer. Directed by Takashi Miike and based on the manga of the same name, it's a twisted tale of rival yakuza, homicidal lunacy and bad cops. Oh yeah, it's not for the squeamish. It is free, though! More info/Tickets: ThinManTavern.com
Halloween/Halloween 2 Where: Bindery | space, 2180 Stout Street When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 13 (doors at 7 p.m.) Why?: Join local horror fanatic Josh Hartwell for his monthly horror showcase "See You Next Wednesday: Slasher, Splatter & Horror Flicks." This month, he's showing a double feature of John Carpenter's incredible Halloween and Halloween 2, the timeless tales of Michael Myers, the killer with the devil's eyes. More info/Tickets: ThinManTavern.com