Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this Halloween!

Max Shreck as Nosferatu (1922).

Max Shreck as Nosferatu (1922).

There’s no dearth of scary movie options this month in Vancouver, and horror movie fans are definitely going to have their hands full trying to choose what to see. From British and American classics to Canuck ’70s slasher films to a screening with live musical accompaniment by the VSO, there’s something to satisfy every movie fan’s dark cravings. Here are several options.

Canadian Horror Show at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) – What could be scarier than Canadian cinema, you ask? Why, Canadian horror cinema, of course. Vince d’Amato of the Shivers Film Society curates this nine-film series that also includes a talk with UBC Film Studies Professor Ernest Mathijs. Tickets are available for single screenings but you can also buy a pass ($50). It’s quite a cool-looking series, featuring such Canuck screen gems as Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine as well as the Director’s Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (shot in Alberta and starring Canadian film director David Cronenberg). Visit Viff.org for more info. (Oct 29-Nov 1)

My Bloody Valentine (1981).

My Bloody Valentine (1981).

Nosferatu! A Special Halloween Presentation at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.) – The VSO presents live accompaniment to the 1922 silent film vampire classic directed by F.W. Murnau. Sure to send chills up and down even the sturdiest of spines. Visit vancouversymphony.ca for more tickets and info. (Oct. 30)

Giallo Movie Night at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) – One of Vancouver’s newest live music venues is also one of the city’s oldest (still-standing) movie theatres. Tonight (Oct. 28) the Fox presents two classics of Italian horror, Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper. By donation. (Oct. 28).

Beetlejuice at the Rio Theatre (1661 E. Broadway) – With the release of the new movie Birdman, Michael Keaton is having something of a late-career renaissance these days. Catch him in his prime in this 1988 horror-comedy favourite directed by Tim Burton and also starring Geena Davis. Movie starts at 11:30, doors open at 11 and costumes are encouraged. This is a licensed event with the balcony open to minors. More info at riotheatre.ca. (Oct. 31)

Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) – Retro-arthouse Cinematheque is presenting some classics as well, but from the ’70s. The theatre is screening Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) starring Klaus Kinski (Oct. 30-Nov. 2), the 1973 British cult film The Wicker Man (Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – not to be confused with the 2006 Nicolas Cage remake) and David Lynch’s superbly creepy 1977 masterpiece Eraserhead (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). Visit thecinematheque.ca for tickets and info.

The Wicker Man (1973).

The Wicker Man (1973).

Classics at Cineplex Theaters (including Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver, at 900 Burrard) – Cineplex is doing it up old-school style at its theatres with a classic monster double-feature: The Wolf Man (1941) and The Mummy (1932), both dusted off from the Universal vaults. The Mummy stars Boris Karloff and The Wolf Man stars Claude Rains and Lon Chaney Jr. The movies screen Oct. 29 and 30. Check Cineplex.com for more details.

Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolfman (1941).

Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolfman (1941).

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