By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater October 9, 2008 at 1:52AM
Halloween month means horror-themed treats in Enzian's special programming goodie bags, and this year we have some fun things planned for the Central Florida community. Kicking things off on Thursday night the 9th under the stars will be Mel Brooks' classic parody from 1974, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Shot in gorgeous b&w by Gerald Hirschfeld on sets filled with props from some of the actual 1930's Universal classics, this hilarious work stars Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Terri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, and watch for Gene Hackman in a little homage to BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Weather permitting, the October Popcorn Flick starts at 8:00 PM in Central Park, downtown Winter Park, and as always, admission (like the popcorn) is free. The raindate will be a week later, 10/16, if we get rained out.
Next up on 10/14 at 9:30 PM at Enzian is Tim Burton's 1988 BEETLEJUICE for the Cult Classics series ("all 35mm prints, all the time"). Burton's breakthrough, Oscar-winning comedy about a dead couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) learning how to haunt their house from a mad ghoul (Michael Keaton), upped the craziness ante on the similar in tone PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, and boasts another great score from Danny Elfman and fine supporting work from Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Sylvia Sidney, and Dick Cavett.
And hold on to your hats, because last but not least will be the October 28 Cult Classic presentation of John Carpenter's THE THING (1982). A remake of the 1951 film about an Antarctic outpost terrorized by an alien organsim, this version is much more faithful to the source material and stars Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Richard Masur. and Keith David. It's also jaw-droppingly gruesome, terrifying, and thrilling to watch, with incredible makeup and special effects. All in all, a perfect appetizer for your Halloween fun just three days later.