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Fletcher’s Fright Nights are a Total Scream
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Join The Lost Boys gang this Halloween

Brisbane's cult movie king Kristian Fletcher is back again with another frightfully good line up of horror films. This year, his Halloween program runs from 26-27 October at Metro Arts' Lumen Room Cinema in Edward Street, Brisbane City. If you love a good ghost story (or something more gory) and you leap at the chance for a jump scare, get your tickets now for a weekend of horror classics as they should be seen – on the big screen!

Evening one sees the return of Roaring 20s Cinema with a double feature of spooky silent movies. Two thrilling 20s horror classics will be hosted by Joel Archer. Plus, there'll be live piano accompaniment by local musician Fin Taylor, to give you the full cinema-going experience of the era.

"The impact of 20s silent cinema can still be felt today," says Fletcher, "For example, you can see the influence The Cabinet of Dr Caligari has had on the contemporary films of Tim Burton".

Evening two is an 80s triple feature horror spooktacular packed with great special effects, superb music and fashion and quotable one-liners.

Fletcher says, "My 1980s movie screenings always attract an avid crowd, so it seems fitting to pay tribute to this era with three classics this Halloween".

"The 1980s saw cutting-edge technology take the horror and thriller genres to new heights," he adds, "A genre once reserved for more independent productions, major motion picture studios were now trying their hands at horror and bringing larger budgets."

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Be hypnotised by Doctor Caligari

The Program

Friday 26 October

Double Feature
7:30pm The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)
9pm A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929)

Saturday 27 October

4:30pm Poltergeist (1980)
6:30pm The Hunger (1983)
8:15pm The Lost Boys (1987)

Spoiler-ific Reviews – skip past this section if you hate spoilers; especially regarding whether or not films have spooky trees!

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

1920s Derren Brown goes bad in this six-act tale of an evil hypnotist who brainwashes a sleepwalker into committing murders. The body count climbs until a young lady identifies the sleepwalker as the man who tried (and failed) to murder her. Acts five and six are all about the chase and the doctor literally getting away with murder.

Cinematic cool points go to: the artistic set design that's a mix of abstract expressionism and cubism.

Spooky trees? Yes, this film has fake spooky trees.

A Cottage on Dartmoor

Cautionary tale of unrequited love gone wrong and the dangers of dudes who feel entitled to a lady's affections after one awkward date. This stalkery saga sees a lovesick loony barber attack the man who has caught the heart of a lady he admires.

Cinematic cool points go to: the lighting that's totally film noir about 15 years before the first films of that genre hit cinemas in 1944.

Spooky trees? Yes, this film has real spooky trees.

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Carol Anne gets too much screen time in Poltergeist


The movie that warns Americans to check if the house they're considering is on an ex-cemetery before they buy. Angry ghosties punish a family by moving their furniture, stealing their children and scariest of all, ruining their TV reception! Aaaarrrggghhh! Terrifying!!!

Cinematic cool points go to: quote-ability "They're heeeereee" and "Go to the light Carol-Anne" plus good special effects.

Spooky trees? Yes, this film has one very spooky poltergeist tree.

The Hunger

Sexy David Bowie and sexy Catherine Deneuve are bloodsucking vampires living the undead life, 80s style. Sexy Susan Sarandon is a scientist in the field of ageing. A love triangle develops between the sexy three but Catherine is totes over David and he can't survive without her because she's the head vampire or something. I don't know. It's broody and sexy and too cool for ghoul. It gets really sad when withered Bowie gets put in a box in the attic.

Cinematic cool points go to: opening with a Bauhaus track, gorgeous colour grading, more doves than a 90s boy-band music video and Bowie.

Spooky trees? Not really but plenty of rabid monkey footage to give you a spook.

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Two supercool vampires hunt at the club in The Hunger

The Lost Boys

A couple of teenage boys and their newly divorced mum move to the murder capital of the US. What could possibly go wrong? A gang of cool as vampire teens peer pressure the boys into joining their blood sucking Brady bunch. Meanwhile the mum is being wooed by the head vampire. Gross! Lucky their chill as, badass grandad is around to save the day.

Cinematic cool points go to: great sfx in the denouement fight scene, genuine moments of terror mixed with lots of humour, Kiefer Sutherland and the Coreys (also spot Alex Winter aka Bill from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in the vampire gang. Nice midriff bro).

Spooky trees? Yes! The vampire gang perch in a spooky tree and peer pressure Michael right before they feast on some bikers having a beach party.

Do You Like Scary Movies?

"See these cult classics with an audience, the way they were meant to be experienced," Fletcher says, "Last year's Lost Boys screenings sold out, so bookings are definitely recommended."

Roaring 20s Cinema – Friday 26 October
One movie $15
Two movies $18 per person
All ages event

1980s Cult Classics - Saturday 27 October
One movie $12
Two movies $16 per person
Day Pass $20
15 plus event

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Why? Get your pulse racing this Halloween
When: 26-27 October
Where: Lumen Room, Metro Arts
Cost: $12 - $20 plus booking fee
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