The Alamo Drafthouse has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the greatest movie theaters in the history of mankind…or at least the history of movie theaters. With their signature events, ample food and drink selection, and strict no-talking policy, they make obsolete all tawdry multiplexes and completely redefine the movie-going experience. Here’s what they’re up to this week!
Alamo Ritz Austin, 10/12-10/14 Check Local Times
Fantastic Fest Presents: A Town Called Panic
Animated films often play almost solely to the sensibilities of children, but the good ones offer plenty for the more mature crowd to appreciate as well. And then there are animated films that play exclusively to the crazy seats. French stop-motion gem A Town Called Panic is wonderfully, adorably demented. Featuring characters named Cowboy, Indian, and Horse, all of whom are literally named and made of molded plastic, A Town Called Panic has the frantic, imaginative feel of a small child creating elaborate, if nonsensical stories while playing with his/her toys. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and brimming with heart, A Town Called Panic is an experience that cannot be missed.
All Austin Alamo Locations, 10/13 11:00am
Longhorn Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma
University of Texas football fans are not what you’d call passive about their fandom. Longhorn supporters are loud and proud in ways unrivaled in collegiate athletics. Well, perhaps rivaled by one group: the fans of their rival Oklahoma Sooners. The UT/OU games are always a major event and the Alamo Drafthouse provides the best spot, outside of perhaps Longhorn Stadium to watch this pivotal matchup. Tired of the tailgate? Come on down to the Alamo to share a few brews and cheer your Longhorns on to victory over their Red River foes.
Alamo Ritz Austin, 10/14 7:00pm; 9:45pm
Zzang!!!: The Monster Squad
The Universal Monsters are a staple of horrordom, the preeminent creatures from our cinematic nightmares. Director Fred Dekker understands the importance of their legacies and his 1987 film Monster Squad acknowledges the idea that monsters are a vital part of our childhood. This underseen gem pits a group of rambunctious; foul-mouthed kids against the entire rouges gallery of Universal Monsters. It is a glorious clash of eras; the scrappy charm and genre excellence of the 80s with the gothic elegance of the 30s. The effects work, the performances from it actors of all ages, and the sharp-as-a-wooden-stake script co-written by the great Shane Black make Monster Squad the perfect family comedy for the Halloween season. It may be a touch crude, but it’s still a movie tame enough that kids won’t have to trick their parents to get them to attend this 35mm treat.
Alamo Slaughter Lane, South Lamar, Village & Lake Creek, Austin, 10/14 10:00pm
TV at the Alamo: The Walking Dead
Though the Alamo Drafthouse has always been a haven for all manner of film ever to grace the big screen, sometimes it proves to be just as superb an exhibition for the best that the small screen has to offer. In years past, the Drafthouse has featured first runs of the latest episodes of standout series like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and the zombie drama The Walking Dead. As we shamble closer and closer to October 31st, the return of AMC’s Walking Dead has never been more eagerly anticipated. Get into the spirit of the season by joining your fellow horrorphiles in a big, dark theater to enjoy some good food, a few pints, and the twisting, turning story of the unfortunate survivors of the undead uprising.