By Morgan Cairns
CALGARY – For those who would rather forgo the classic Halloween pub-crawl for a night at the movies, Calgary’s proprietor of underground and alternative cinema, the Calgary Underground Film Festival, has something special up their sleeve. Screening seven horror franchise films, shown in order from 1-7, this 7pm-7am movie marathon will kick off the Halloween weekend at The Globe Cinema. “We tried to highlight how these were the good steps of all of these series, that these were all high points,” says Brennan Tilley, programmer and Operations Manager at CUFF. “We think it will really harken back to the heyday of these franchise films, and show where the best ones were from each of these series.”
Starting off the evening with the original Fright Night (1985), this vampire flick saw a sequel in 1988, a Bollywood remake in 1989, and then a Hollywood remake in 2009, followed by another direct-to-video sequel in 2013.
Following Fright Night will be none other than Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) where everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding cannibal, Leatherface, makes his triumphant return a mere 12 years after his initial debut, in the second film of this 8 film franchise.
Of course, this wouldn’t really be a Halloween movie marathon without including a film from the Halloween franchise, so the third film of the night is Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). The only film of the series to not include serial-killer Michael Meyers, the third of the ten films in the franchise acts as a standalone film, and is just as graphic and gory as if ol’ Mike was doing the slashing himself.
After the midnight costume contest, (because what is Halloween without costumes,) the fourth film in the roster will feature none other than dream-demon himself, Freddy Kruger, in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), returning to, yet again, kill unsuspecting teenagers in their sleep.
If by 2 am you’re still ready for more horror-film action, settle in for the fifth film of the night, and fifth film of the Final Destination franchise, oh-so creatively titled, Final Destination 5 (2011). A standout amongst other horror film franchises, the Final Destination franchise is the only franchise out the bunch not to feature an actual villain or any other creature, but rather the antagonist is death itself. Spooky.
Sliding into the sixth spot of the evening is Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), which marks the halfway-point of the lengthy twelve film franchise, which one may argue would seem more complete with a thirteenth film? Nevertheless, the sixth film of the franchise marks the return of the beloved masked-murderer, Jason Voorhees, after his much-missed absence in the previous two films.
And last, but certainly not least, after a 5am monster cereal buffet (Count Chocula! Frankenberry! Booberry!) will be the brand-new release, and seventh installment of the Childs Play franchise, Cult of Chucky (2017). One of horrors smallest, and most feared, icons returns along with his bride Tiffany, and his nemesis Andy, to terrorize the unsuspecting patients of the mental asylum he is employed as a therapeutic doll.
“We had 200 people come out two years ago,” says Tilley, “and close to 70 made it to the end.” CUFF, consider the challenge accepted.
The marathon begins Saturday, Oct. 28 7:00pm at Globe Cinema. The Globe’s concession will be open all night long, liquor served until 2am and breakfast will be FREE for those who make it until 7am. Tickets are $20 Regular / $18 for CUFF Members.Calgary Underground Film Festival, CUFF, Globe Cinema, Halloween