Movie Maniac

Wichita horror film festival expands into two new venues

Leif Jonker loves horror. So much so that the Wichitan has taken it upon himself to organize a horror film festival in Wichita, as he has done in previous years.

But this year, he’s expanding to two new venues, in addition to the Warren Old Town. And it’s all to benefit the Lifeline Animal Protection and Placement shelter, and co-sponsored by 104.5 the Fox, the Anchor, and Douglas Ave. Chop Shop. Here’s the lineup for the month:

The 3rd annual October at the Oldtown Horror Festival

Warren Old Town Theatre Grill, 353 N. Mead. All screenings are at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets $5.

“Re-Animator” (1985) — A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering on the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. Showing Monday and Tuesday.

“Killer Klowns from Outer Space” (1988) — Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town. Oct. 14 and 15.

“The Return of the Living Dead” (1985) — When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate and go on a rampage through Kentucky. Oct. 21 and 22.

“Halloween” (1978) — John Carpenter’s classic that introduced us to the psychotic murderer Michael Myers and an unknown actress by the name of Jamie Lee Curtis. Oct. 28 and 29.

The Starlite Drive-in’s Triple Feature Terrorfest

Landmark Starlite Drive-in, 3900 S. Hydraulic. Admission $12 per car. Program starts at dusk on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26.

“Alien” (1979) — Sigourney Waever stars as Ripley, who along with her crew on a spaceship encounters a deadly alien life form.

“Friday the 13th” (1980) — The one that started it all and introduced us to ultimate momma’s boy Jason Voorhees.

“Halloween III: Season of the Witch” (1982) — A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks.

The Palace Theatre’s October Cult Film Series

Palace West, 535 South Ridge Road Circle. Tickets $3.50. Screenings are at 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

“The Shining” (1980) — Stanley Kubrick’s classic about a family that heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific visions of the past. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Oct. 18 and 19 at midnight only.

“The Dead Can’t Dance” (2010) — I’m happy to have my zombie film included in the lineup here and am happy to contribute to the cause. Three Native American men discover they are somehow immune to a virus that is killing everyone else and turning them into zombies. This comedy/drama was made in Wichita. Oct. 25 and 26.

“John Carpenter’s The Thing” (1982) Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. Nov. 1 and 2.