Halloween's just around the corner. Sure, you'll be going to a party in this year's topically relevant costume. But don't let the big day pass without checking out one - or all - of these classic films, playing at a theater near you.
When: Oct. 30 at 10:30 pm
Where: IndieScreen, 285 Kent Ave. at S. Second Street
Why: This 1931 horror film is a classic. Watch the original, where Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster (which isn't named Frankenstein) from various posthumous "donors" and plays god. Nearly 80 years after the fact, it's still one of the best of the form. And it's not often you can see it on the big screen.
What: "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
When: Oct. 29, 30 and 31 at midnight
Where: Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, 23rd Street and Eight Avenue
Why: This is a different Frankenstein story - a sexy sing-along where Dr. Frank-N-Furter gives live to an Adonis, and one couple stumbles upon his rock and roll lab. If you haven't seen a screening of this camp classic with actors performing live in front of it, there's never a better time than now. If you're a virgin, bone up on the rules of audience participation beforehand here. And if you've got the legs to pull off Dr. Frank-N-Furter, do it.
When: Oct. 29 and 30 at midnight
Where: Landmark Sunshine Theater, 143 E. Houston St. between Forsyth and Elridge streets
Why: They're here! This Spielberg-produced classic still sends chills down the spine. When 6-year-old Carol Anne Freeling is abducted by a group of vengeful poltergeists, her parents enlist the help of the pint-sized Tangina to cast out the spirits from their suburban home. You'll never stare at a blurry TV set the same way again.
When: Oct. 29-Nov. 4 at 1 pm, 3:15 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:45 pm, and 10 pm
Where: Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues
Why: Sure, you know the plot, and those strings aren't as shrill as they were upon first listen. But Hitchcock's classic - about a lonely hotel clerk, the unfortunate blonde beauty who rents a room, and a certain mother - pretty much invented the modern horror film, and is as thrilling as ever. Even in this 50th anniversary screening.