Cinematically, Halloween means one thing: horror! But there is nothing that says the buckets of blood can't be sprayed with gales of laughter, and the five films in the Heights' HA! HA! HALLOWEEN prove that the funniest comedies often come with genuine scares. Don't miss these classics, some of which haven't been seen on the big screen in decades!
Eager to capitalize on the huge success of TV's The Andy Griffith Show, Universal cast Don Knotts in this Mayberry-esque ghost story/murder mystery that charmed audiences even as it provided genuine thrills. Poor typesetter Luther Heggs (Knotts) wants to be a reporter, and agrees to spend the night in an abandoned mansion where, 20 years earlier, a series of brutal murders occurred. But when he reports about the mysterious goings-on, will the town believe him? Penned by some of the best Andy Griffith screenwriters, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken proved to be an enormous success that has inexplicably been somewhat forgotten in the ensuing years. Don't miss this rare 35mm screening!
35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.
DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION
This early Tim Burton classic unleashed a more-manic-than-usual Michael Keaton as the eponymous demon, and gave Winona Ryder her first major role. The story of a cute married couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who are killed in a car accident and then try to haunt the awful couple who try and wreck their beloved home, Beetlejuice was a surprise hit, supremely silly and genuinely scary as only Burton films can be.
DCP courtesy Warner Brothers.