Oct. 4, Lucas Theatre. Tim Burton's freaky 1988 horror show with Tim Burton as a "bio-exorcist" who comes to the aid of a newly-dead couple ... or something like that. And yes, it's a comedy.
All the President's Men
Oct. 5, Trustees Theater. In which Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) doggedly pursue the Watergate story, and trigger the eventual downfall of President Nixon. And yes, it's a true story (1976).
Oct. 11 is the national opening day for director Randall Miller's cinematic treatise on the legendary New York punk club, filmed RIGHT HERE IN SAVANNAH during the summer of 2012. With Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Stana Katic, Taylor Hawkins and a whole bunch of locals as extras.
Oct. 11, Lucas Theatre. Yet another gothic Tim Burton creep-fest (1990) for the Halloween season, it's the poignant tale of young Edward (Johnny Depp, natch) who has trouble fitting in with the rest of society. Could it be his hedge-clipper appendages?
The Silence of the Lambs
Oct. 12, Lucas Theatre. Hello, Clarisse. Dr. Lecter has been anxiously awaiting your arrival. Jonathan Demme's twisted 1991 tale of serial murder and cannibalism won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Oct. 18, Lucas Theatre. If you've just arrived in Savannah, you owe it to yourself to watch director Clint Eastwood's film (of the questionably accurate book by John Berendt) just to see what the outside world thinks our city is like. That doesn't mean the movie – based on a real event - isn't immensely entertaining. It is. With Kevin Spacey, John Cusak, Jude Law and yes, The Lady Chablis.
Oct. 19, Muse Arts Warehouse. Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm's tense 2012 drama is about the crew of a Danish cargo ship, hijacked by Somali pirates (Cinema Savannah).
Savannah Film Festival
Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Screenings at the Trustees Theater and Lucas Theatre. As of this writing, here's what we know: Alexander Payne's Nebraska is the opening night screening. Payne will be presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award by the film's star, Bruce Dern. Watch this space for updates as we get them.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Nov. 9, Trustees Theater. An underrated comedy from the John Hughes canon, this 1987 road trip stars Steve Martin and John Candy as an uptight businessman and a hapless schlub, respectively, forced to travel cross-country together.
Dec. 6, Lucas Theatre. David Lean's beloved 1965 adaptation of the epic Boris Pasternak novel, with Julie Christie and Omar Sharif. Russian revolution and romance.
Psychotronic Film Series
Shows are at the Sentient Bean and/or Muse Arts Warehouse.
Sept. 25: Bunny O'Hare (1971, USA). Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine star in this spectacular flop about elderly bank robbers
Oct. 2: Picture Mommy Dead (1966, USA). A young girl is released from an insane asylum after witnessing the death of her mother (Zsa Zsa Gabor), only to learn her father (Don Ameche) has remarried a conniving woman who's determined to drive the young girl mad once more...
Oct. 6: The Uninvited (1944, USA). This fantasy/mystery stars Ray Milland as a composer who buys a beautiful gothic mansion in England - only to learn the former tenants' evil spirits have no intention of leaving.
Oct. 9: Daughters of Darkness (1971, France). A beautiful Hungarian Countess and her young female vampire lover search for blood donors in an old hotel on the French seaside. Oct. 13: Dead and Buried (1981, USA). A small New England town is plagued by a series of unexplained murders (tourists passing through never make it out alive).
Oct. 16: Trilogy of Terror (1975, USA). Karen Black in three lead roles - one for each of the twisted horror tales. Made for TV.
Oct. 23: Popcorn (1991, USA). One of the first-ever post-modern, tongue-in-cheek parodies of the genre (a la Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer).
Oct. 27. Vincent Price Memorial Mystery Film.
Oct. 30: I Bury the Living (1958, USA). Cult favorite about a cemetery director who believes he can cause the deaths of burial plot owners merely by changing the color of the thumbtacks he uses to mark their plots on his office wall map.
Nov. 6. The Incident (1967, USA). Shot in gritty B&W, the disturbing tale of two young thugs who terrorize a group of New Yorkers on a late-night subway ride, and was based on a play that was itself based on a true incident
Nov. 13: The Sorcerers (1967, U.K.). An elderly hypnotist (Boris Karloff) and his wife develop a machine that allows their consciousness to enter the minds of others and control them - so they take over the bodies of swinging London youth and vicariously enjoy the sex and drugs generation.
Nov. 27: The Stabilizer (1986, Indonesia). In honor of Turkey Day, what many aficionados of "bad movies" consider to be one of the all-time greatest and most enjoyably awful film ever made.
Dec. 11: The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970, USA). Edward G. Robinson plays an elderly man who witnesses an attack on a friend which leaves the friend dead - but no one will believe foul play was involved, so he decides to investigate the crime himself.
Dec. 18: They Came From Beyond Space (1967, USA). Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.