By Janee Law
A night filled with excitement and terror awaits at the Cinema Arts Centre (CAC) in Huntington. The CAC will host its second annual Halloween Horrorthon on Saturday, Oct. 21.
“We're thrilled,” said Raj Tawney, CAC director of publicity and promotions. “Our horror movie fans are among the most dedicated audiences at Cinema Arts Centre.”
Partnering with Retro Picture Show (RPS), a Plainview-based revival screening series, CAC will host an all-night, all-35mm creature feature marathon with six horror films that will run from 10 p.m., Oct. 21 through 8 a.m. on Oct. 22.
Michael Ciani, RPS founder, is the curator of the CAC Halloween Horrorthon and other horror-related events at the cinema throughout the years. He chose this year’s slate of films, which includes: “House Of 1000 Corpses” (2003); “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” (1982); “Scream, Blacula, Scream” (1973); “Psycho III” (1986); “Tourist Trap” (1979); and “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974).
Ciani, of Plainview, called last year’s inaugural Halloween Horrorthon a “great success” and said the more than 100 audience members ranged in age from 21-45.
The pre-party on Oct. 21 will kick off in the Sky Room Café at 9 p.m., Ciani said. It will include music, videos on the big screen, a free giveaway table and event merchandise for sale. The cafe also serves hand-selected craft beer, wine, organic popcorn, food and refreshments.
“Retro Picture Show curates a dynamic collection of films that span all corners of the genre and that's a big reason it's been successful,” Tawney said. “Since it's an all-nighter, we allow them to bring pillows, blankets, and some even come dressed in their pajamas.”
Audience members are also encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes, Ciani added.
Ciani said Halloween is his favorite time of year and enjoys everything about the Horrorthon.
He added, “I love the complicated process of programming an all-night marathon, and I love seeing and reading everyone's reaction when the lineup is announced.”
Online pre-sale tickets, which can be purchased at Cinemaartscentre.org, are $40 for both members and the public. Box office tickets will be $40 for members and $45 for the public.