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Halloween weekend horror shows

October 29, 2009|Susan King

Get your ghoul on this weekend with a horror lineup that includes an academy event and a graveside screening.

The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences ushers in the Halloween weekend tonight at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater with its "The Sound Behind the Image III: Real Horrorshow!" event hosted by Oscar-winning sound editor David E. Stone.

The evening will trace the evolution of sound in horror films from the silent era (1925's "The Phantom of the Opera") to today's digital age (2008's "Cloverfield"). Also on hand will be Oscar-nominated sound effects editor Mark Mangini and Oscar winner Richard L. Anderson, who will offer a look at the sound effects for the 1982 classic "Poltergeist," as well as Oscar-winning production sound mixer Gene Cantamessa and supervising sound editor Don Hall, who will discuss their work on Mel Brooks' seminal 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein." www.oscars.org.

All slashed up

The silence of the Silent Movie Theatre may be shattered with screams tonight with "Slasherpalooza! A Night of Gonzo Slasher Films," including such "cutting edge" flicks as 2006's "Hatchet." www.silentmovietheatre.com

Universal fears

The New Beverly Cinema returns to the thrilling days of Universal horror films tonight with 1931's "Dracula," starring Bela Lugosi, and 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein," directed by James Whale. The revival theater goes '80s Friday night with a triple bill of 1980's "Fade to Black"; 1985's "Once Bitten," with Jim Carrey; and 1985's "Teen Wolf."

It all goes to hell on Halloween with a triple feature of 1988's "Night of the Demons," 1985's "Demons" and 1986's "Demons 2." www.newbevcinema.com

Houses of horror

The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theater serves up two deliciously fun Universal horror classics Friday: 1944's "House of Frankenstein" with Boris Karloff, not as the monster but as the mad scientist, and 1945's "House of Dracula" with Lon Chaney Jr. reprising his role as the Wolf Man. This time around, John Carradine dons the cape as Dracula. The Aero's six-film Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon begins Saturday night at 7:30 with 1991's "The People Under the Stairs" and concluding with 1979's "Terror." www.aerotheatre.com

Outdoor chills

For those who don't mind braving the cold, Friday Night Flicks in Pershing Square does the time warp with a screening of the cult 1975 favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," www.laparks.org/pershingsquare, and Hollywood Forever Cemetery will open its gates Saturday night for the Cinespia presentation of John Carpenter's 1978 killer favorite, "Halloween." www.cinespia.org.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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