Posted in: by Sean Axmaker, Contributors, Seattle Screens

Seattle Screens Halloween weekend: ‘The Hunger,’ ‘The Pit,’ ‘Rocky Horror,’ and Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’

Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden, a con artist scheme by way of a steamy erotic thriller, opens at multiple theaters this week, including SIFF Cinema Uptown and Guild 45.

The Canadian coming of age comedy Closet Monster plays for a week at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Miss Hokusai, an animated Japanese feature from director Keiichi Hara and the creators of Ghost in the Shell, opens for a week at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Archival and revival screenings:

Grand Illusion presents two contemporary twists of the vampire film on 35mm this weekend and on Halloween night: The Hunger (1983), the feature debut of director Tony Scott featuring Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie, and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.

Also a Grand Illusions this weekend is a screening of the 1981 South Korean horror film Suddenly in the Dark, on Saturday, October 29.

The 1981 Canadian horror film The Pit is the midnight movie at SIFF Egyptian on Friday, October 28, screened from a new 2K digital restoration.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is back for a midnight screening at SIFF Egyptian on Saturday, October 29.

Central Cinema presents John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and the family Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus (1993) through Tuesday, November 1.

The Red House (1947), directed by Delmer Daves and starring Edward G. Robinson and Judith Anderson, plays at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 3 at Plestcheef Auditorium at the downtown Seattle Art Museum as part of the “Shadowland,” the 39th edition of the longest-running film noir series in the world. Screens from a 35mm print from the Library of Congress.


Filmmaker Diane Mettler leads the Cinema Dissection of the original Ghostbusters (1984) on Saturday, October 29 at SIFF Cinema Center. The all-day event begins at 11am.

More openings:

Luck-Key is a Korean remake of the Japanese comedy Key of Life, about a hitman who loses his memory at a sauna and a struggling actor who swaps keys and identities with him. It’s at the Alderwood Mall 16.

The documentary Dancer opens at Sundance Cinemas for a week.

Moonlight opens on Thursday, November 3 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

Visit the film review pages at The Seattle TimesSeattle Weekly, and The Stranger for more releases.

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