Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this Halloween


Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

For movie fans, October is the month to catch up on new horror films and re-watch the classics. Vancouver theatres are stepping up with screenings of some of the most frightening fright flicks ever made, along with a couple that are played (mostly) for laughs.

Here’s a list of where and what you can see in Vancouver for Halloween. The only thing missing? A screening of last year’s hilarious New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Come on, you guys!

The Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) – The East Vancouver movie house presents a slew of edge-of-your-seat horror flicks, as well as a camp classic. On Oct. 29, you can catch Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and, for a laugh, Troll 2, the latter in Hecklevision (“hecklevision” allows audience members to share their snarky thoughts on-screen as the film, in this case a low-budget 1990 B-movie that has become a cult classic, unspools). On Oct. 30, the theatre ups the ante with a midnight screening of The Exorcist, recently selected by paste.com as the best horror movie streaming on (American) Netflix. And, on Halloween night, you can catch The Shining, Halloween and/or From Dusk Till Dawn.


Watch out for the trolls! A scene from Troll 2.

Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) – On Oct. 30 and 31, Vancouver’s downtown arthouse presents a 1968-themed evening. The two movies from that year include Barbarella, the campy sci-fi flick starring Jane Fonda, and Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski’s classic starring Mia Farrow.


Jane Fonda in Barbarella.

Vancity (1181 Seymour St.) – The theatre’s imaginatively curated selection of Oct. 31 films includes a matinee (4 p.m.) screening of Little Shop of Horrors followed by a documentary, The Creeping Garden before returning to the theatre’s regular programming with The Assassin, a new Chinese film running through ’til Nov. 9. But things get back to scary with a 10 p.m. showing of They Live, John Carpenter’s 1988 action-horror film starring former wrestler Roddy Piper, who passed away earlier this year. (The Creeping Garden and Little Shop of Horrors are also showing at the theatre Oct. 30.)


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