Thursday, Oct. 31 — 7, 9:30, 11:59
Friday, Nov. 1 —11:59
For those who want an old-school scare on Halloween, The Conjuring is the perfect film, adept in style and suspense. The film works off the “true story” of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively). One of the best horror movies in recent years, The Conjuring uses the playbook for traditional scares from classic horror films, but creates moments of fear that are entirely original. Fun fact: These investigators’ famous hauntings were so horrific that they reportedly inspired The Amityville Horror. Now that’s a scary Halloween story.
Friday, Nov. 1 — 8, 10
While it’s no Paranormal Activity, Scary Movie is the first of a hilarious horror comedy franchise that provides goofs and laughs during a spooky season. Starting out jokingly like most horror films, Scary Movie follows a group of dumb teenagers who clumsily try to escape a serial killer called Ghostface after receiving a threatening phone call. Scary Movie parodies the heck out of classic slasher films such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Meanwhile, it is inventively funny and enjoyable for those who would rather just laugh and skip out on the scares this Halloween.
World War Z
Saturday, Nov. 2 — 7, 9:30, 11:59
You know what’s a great combination? Brad Pitt playing a guy named Gerry — if you can believe it — and zombies. In this heart-stopping action film, Gerry is a retired UN officer recruited to save the world in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Gerry must travel around the world to investigate the apocalypse’s origins, and single-handedly find a cure. World War Z provides a fresh and thrilling rush of action and has enough brains to keep the momentum going throughout the globetrotting plot. Brad Pitt also looks especially good when saving a world of less-than-lovely-looking zombies.