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Flick or treat: Music box hosts annual horror moviethon

October 09, 2012|By Zara Husaini @zarhus | RedEye

In honor of Halloween, The Music Box Theatre is bringing us a 24-hour movie festival, the "Music Box of Horrors." Can you hang?

For the eighth time, the marathon will screen horror film after horror film--and it all kicks off at noon Saturday.

If a 24-hour horror moviethon sounds like too much too handle, you'd be mistaken.

Dave Jennings, general manager of the theater, said by his “unscientific poll,” about 75 percent of attendees last the full 24 hours.

Of course, some people fall asleep in their seats, but the theater offers “lots of coffee” to help keep this to a minimum, he said. Outside food and drinks won't be allowed in the theatre, but there will be food trucks on hand, Jennings said.

And it's not just twentysomethings looking for a seasonal scare.

Jennings said the event draws a variety of viewers, from people in their 20s all the way up to people in their 60s.

“Age doesn’t define the audience,” he said.  

Besides showing classics and B-level horror movies, this year there’s an original film in the lineup: "Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal."

Also, people who flock to the festival will have the chance to rub elbows with horror movie royalty. Jeff Lieberman, director of two of the fest’s films ("Satan's Little Helper" and "Squirm") will be there, as will Sybil Danning, star of "Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf."

The Music Box picks the movies for the movie-thon from a pool of submissions and via film collectors.

Oh, and even if you're not too amped about the flicks, look at it as an opportunity to give your Halloween costume a little dress rehearsal. The theatre's staff won't frown upon it if you show up in something totally zany. 

"Music Box of Horrors" lineup

The Golem

Mark of the Vampire

The Invisible Man

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Squirm

Satan’s Little Helper

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf

The Beyond

Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal

Phantasm

The Deadly Spawn

Blood Diner

The Burning

Evil Dead 2

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