Somebody explain this to me: This Friday is the weekend before Halloween, and there’s not a single scary movie opening in theaters. (Unless you want to count “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” in that category, and sight unseen, I wouldn’t discourage you.) For some reason, January has become the go-to month for scary movies, with “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” and “The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes” both opening then. For now, those looking for a scare will have to check out “The Conjuring” at home, or see one of these re-releases on the big screen . . .
- Speaking of big screens, the biggest one in town (Cinerama, natch) kicks off Horror Week on Friday with Bruce Campbell in attendance for “Army Of Darkness”; other scary classics offered during the week include the 1973 “Wicker Man,” “The Shining,” “Dracula,” “Psycho,” “The Exorcist,” the 1931 “Frankenstein” and lots more. Info: www.cinerama.com.
- SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, tonight only, presents an evening of “Grody Gross-Out Gore,” i.e. a double bill of “Evil Dead II” and “Halloween III: The Season of the Witch.” And, just in time for Halloween comes the National Theater Live presentation of “Frankenstein,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (trading roles). “Frankenstein” plays Oct. 31 through Nov. 3; for more information, see www.siff.net.
- The Grand Illusion, which always does Halloween up right, presents Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” on Friday and Saturday, followed by the Dario Argento thriller “Deep Red (Profoundo Rosso)” on Monday and Tuesday, a selection of rare video from Scarecrow entitled “The VCR That Dripped Blood 2: Undead Media” on Wednesday, and a Halloween-night screening of the 1968 silent film “Witchcraft Through the Ages.” More info: www.grandillusioncinema.org.
- Central Cinema presents the vampire flick “The Lost Boys” and Drew Goddard’s 2012 “The Cabin in the Woods” Friday through Wednesday, plus a Halloween-night “Creepy Clowns Fest: Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” including a clown costume contest. More info: www.central-cinema.com
Don’t go into the shower, Marion! “Psycho” screens at Cinerama on Sunday. (AP photo)