Wanna hear something really scary? For the latest in the new series of Cinema Society screening events, the Count Basie Theatre gives a nod to the impending Eve of All Hallows, with a Creature Double Feature drawn from that most mortifying of decades — the 1980s.
It all begins in a lighter vein at 6 pm this Wednesday, October 29, with Ghostbusters, the 1984 horrorcom hit with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis as ectoplasmic exterminators up against some big-league demonic forces. A multi-generational favorite and a true relic of the MTV era, the flagship of the franchise (soon to reportedly spawn a threequel) still holds its own with a bevy of eye-popping practical FX that include Slimer and Mr. Stay-Puft.
Taking the phrase “if you can’t bust ’em, join ’em” to heart, caretaker Jack Nicholson falls in league with the evil spirits that roam the halls of a snowbound off-season hotel in The Shining, superdirector Stanley Kubrick’s take on the novel by Stephen King — whose own attempt to redo the story to his own liking resulted in a justly forgotten TV adaptation starring the guy from Wings. It’s the Kubrick/ Nicholson team’s nightmare vision that’s become the true classic, however — a collection of strangely paced scenes, over-the-top acting and Things You Can’t Unsee that holds up on the really big screen.