Halloween Flick or Treat
FilmScene’s Scene 1 – October 31 at 7 p.m. ($5 per film, $13 for all three)
FilmScene is hosting a fright-filled triple feature at its Scene 1 theater in Downtown Iowa City this Halloween. The local non-profit has spent the last few days revealing the night’s schedule one film at a time in the order that they’ll be screened, starting with Eyes Without a Face (1960), followed by We Are What We Are (2013) and The Visitor (1979).
Guests can watch the films a la carte at $5 each, though horror film aficionados will probably want to plunk down $13 for open-access to all three shows.
Director Georges Franju’s influential horror film, Eyes Without a Face, looks both beautiful and terrifying. It’s largely based on one of my favorite horror movie tropes — the deranged doctor — and then there’s that whole face removal thing (He has his reasons!). We Are What We Are, meanwhile, looks as intriguing as it does unsettling. Based on a reclusive family headed by a pretty nasty looking patriarch with old-fashioned (read: creepy) customs, the film looks to be a disconcerting, slow reveal that’ll have you dying to know what lies in store for the mysterious Parker family. Last but not least we have The Visitor, for which Drafthouse Films’ synopsis is just too good not to share:
Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA.
Additional details about these films are available on FilmScene’s event page, which offers a bit more insight — from the film experts themselves — into why these films were chosen.