Possessor at Waterworks Cinemas and Manor TheatreThe Atlantic magazine called it the “gnarliest film you'll see this year,” and now it's coming to Pittsburgh. Directed and written by Brandon Cronenberg (son of David), Possessor is an “arresting sci-fi thriller” about an assassin able to take over other people's bodies, according to a synopsis by Neon. Reviews have called it a “stomach-churning” work that “depicts horrific murders in appalling detail,” making it the perfect selection for gorehounds.
Possessor is now playing at the Waterworks Cinemas and the Manor Theatre. See each theater's website for details on tickets and COVID-19 policies.
Showtimes vary. Waterworks Cinemas. 930 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. moviescoop.com/waterworks
Showtimes vary. Manor Theatre. 1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. manorpgh.com
Classic Horror Film Festival at The Oaks Theater
“Our classic movie screenings have limited seating and groups must socially distance, which is not hard with our spacious 275 seat house,” says DiGiorgi. “Our guests are also required to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking and encouraged to utilize hand sanitizer stations.”
The festival, which kicks off on Tue., Oct. 6, offers a fun lineup of films spanning from the silent era up through the 1960s. These include the 1920 German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; sci-fi-B-movies Plan 9 From Outer Space, Robot Monster, and Monstrosity; and cult horror gems Carnival of Souls and House on Haunted Hill. On Oct. 27, there will also be a screening of local favorite Night of the Living Dead.
Oaks Theater technical director J.R. Shaw says they went with the classic theme because the historic space “is a perfect venue for it.”
“We’ve been around since 1938 and still have much of the original feel,” says Shaw. “It creates an authentic experience for watching the movies.”
He adds that they curated a list that “gives a great sampling of different eras, styles and experiences,” which ended up being so long that they decided to do two showings every Tuesday.
"We can’t let Halloween go by without celebrating at The Oaks,” says Shaw. “Not only is one of our favorite holidays, it’s especially important this year to confront our fears.”
6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Every Tuesday in October. 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. $8. theoakstheater.com
Row House Drive-In Cinema at The TerminalAfter months of hosting screenings on its online platform, Row House Theater is moving outside for a month-long, pop-up drive-in event at The Terminal in the Strip District. The event kicks off with a few all-ages fantasy films, but beginning Sat., Oct. 10, it shifts gears into more horror-friendly fare, beginning with Edward Scissorhands. Also being shown is The Nightmare Before Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Hocus Pocus, and Beetlejuice, concluding on Halloween with Night of the Living Dead.
8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 21st and Smallman St., Strip District. $30 per car. rowhousecinema.com
Classic Horror at Carrie Furnaces
7 p.m. both nights. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Carrie Furnace Blvd., Rankin. $7-10. riversofsteel.com/experiences/carrie-carpool-cinema
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