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 Lake Creek, Austin, 10/19-10/20 7:00pm & 10:00pm
Master Pancake: Night of the Living Dead
There are several films within the horror canon that fans consider hallowed ground. The comedians of Master Pancake are only too happy to shamble over that revered graveyard and mock the ever-living crap out of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. The film may be, scratch that, is certainly great, but the genius of Master Pancake is not so much in their skewering of the worst cinema has to offer, hilarious as that may be. In fact, they are at their creative best when lampooning far more well regarded movies. As this is the movie that ignited the zombie craze in American horror, one can only imagine the flesh-eating, slow-walking, jabs they’ll take at this seminal film. We imagine they’ll aim for the head every time.
Mueller Lake Park Amphitheatre, Austin, 10/20 6:00pm
Movie Music in the Park, Halloween Edition
As movie geeks, it can be very easy for us to forget that Austin is also one of the best cities in the world for live music; we are in fact considered the live music capital. What’s so wonderful about this town is that it will often present us with fantastic crossovers of these two passions. Case in point, Movie Music in the Park. An ongoing series of concerts centering on the music of the movies courtesy of The McCallum Fine Arts Academy’s orchestra. Listen to an arrangement of spooky cinema sounds paired with images on a giant screen. As if that didn’t provide the perfect underscore to your Halloween season, an outdoor screening of Ghostbusters will follow the concert. Too perfect.
Alamo Ritz, Austin, 10/22 10:00pm
Music Monday: Phantom of the Paradise
The Universal Monsters are sacrosanct to not only horror fans, but also to those who appreciate their crucial legacy. And by that we mean any one who has seen these movies and do not suffer from anterograde amnesia. That being said, sometimes it’s nice to shake things up and do something new with the old creeps. Like a perfect cover of one of your favorite songs, Brian De Palma took the legend of the Phantom of the Opera and infused it with the loud, glamorous chords of 70s rock. Much of the core story is in tact, but the design of the new Phantom, the elaborate and garish set pieces, and the stellar original music by Paul Williams make Phantom of the Paradise a wild, thunderous theatrical experience that cannot be missed.
Alamo Ritz, Austin, 10/23 10:15pm
Terror Tuesday: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
There are great horror films, there are cheesy horror films, and then there’s still thirty feet of crazy before you get to Killer Klowns from Outer Space. The brainchild of demented filmmaking siblings The Chiodo Brothers, Killer Klowns from Outer Space feels like it was conceived during a cocaine-induced fever dream after a long night at the circus. The comedy in this film walks a tightrope between detrimentally silly and mean-spirited; like fluffy, pitch-black cotton candy. The practical effects, the music by punk band The Dickies, and the overall glorious abandonment of reason far outweigh Killer Klowns’ b-movie shortcomings. It remains one of the most inexplicable and hysterically unhinged horror comedies of the 80s.