Theater will stir up a macabre mixture

Terrorthon hits the screen today through Halloween.

By NICK JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Published October 21, 2007

A late-night trip down Corey Avenue can be scary on most nights of the year, but thanks to the Beach Theatre's first Terrorthon, it's about to be flat-out terrifying.

Owner Mike France has lined up 10 nights of horror movies new and old, from bizarre classics like Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space to the yet-to-be-released independent horror flick, The Signal.

"I wanted to get a mix of classic stuff that you aren't able to see in a theater and independent horror movies that haven't shown in the bay area," France said.

The frights and fun will run from tonight through Halloween and will include a variety of interactive events for kids and adults.

Costumes are encouraged throughout the week, and a number of showings will have a live cast or creepy gimmicks.

A true horror fan, France has even devoted one night of films to one of his favorite writers of the genre, Richard Matheson.

"When I was looking at the list of movies I wanted to run, I just kept noticing he wrote them," France said.

And, of course, no Beach Theatre event would be complete without a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

There will be three during the Terrorthon, two in a row on Saturday and one on Halloween night.

All Rocky Horror showings will have a live cast performing along with the movie.

Ed Schneider, who directs the live performances, said there will be a choreographed pre show, and the second of Saturday's showings will have a live band.

The audience will be expected to participate, so be warned, you may end up as part of the performance.

Nick Johnson can be reached at nickjohnson@sptimes.com or 893-8361.


Terrorthon lineup

The Beach Theatre is at 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Phone: 360-6697. Web site: www.beachtheatre.com. Please call; times and shows are subject to change. Advance tickets on sale at the theater's Web site.

Oct. 21: Ed Wood night, with Plan 9 from Outer Space 79 minutes at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.; and Glen or Glenda (66 minutes) at 7:30 p.m. Come in a costume, like an angora sweater or a bad Dracula cape.

Oct. 22: Take a break from terror for Monday Night Football. Free admission. Game is Indianapolis Colts vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Oct. 23: Two horror films written by a king of the genre, Richard Matheson. The Incredible Shrinking Man (81 minutes) at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Duel (90 minutes) at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24: A local premiere of a new silent film, The Call of Chthulu (48 minutes) at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Paired with Nosferatu, a vampire shocker from the 1920s, at 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: William Castle's House on Haunted Hill (75 minutes) at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Complete with Castle's one-of-a-kind gimmicks: a nurse will check you on the way in to see whether your heart can stand the terror. Those who are admitted, but can't stand the terror, will be granted a refund, but only after spending time in "Coward's Corner."

Oct. 26: One showing only of the new horror film, The Signal (99 minutes) at 8 p.m. Followed by Night of the Living Dead (96 minutes) at 10 p.m. And Army of Darkness at midnight.

Oct. 27: At 10 a.m., Corey Avenue Business Association presents Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Free. Kids come in costume for a parade in the theater, followed by trick-or-treating down Corey Avenue. Later in the day, offerings include classic horror matinees with giveaways for kids. Bride of Frankenstein (65 minutes) at 12:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., and Son of Frankenstein (99 minutes) at 1:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Families are encouraged to come in costume. At night, two showings of Rocky Horror, run by the interactive cast, Interchangeable Parts. It's earlier than usual because the Halloween show has lots extras. Show times at 7:45 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Oct. 28: Ghostbusters matinee at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. At night, two more films from Richard Matheson -Burn Witch Burn (90 minutes) at 5:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.; and The Last Man on Earth (90 minutes) at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: Monday Night Football. Free. Green Bay vs. Denver.

Oct. 30: A local premiere: The brand new shocker The Entrance (81 minutes), in which a detective finds a crime case is in fact connected with the occult. Show times at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Oct. 31: Rocky Horror Halloween! A special Halloween edition of the cult classic, with Interchangeable Parts, at 8:30 p.m. instead of midnight for a change.