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 Halloween 2013 
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 Halloween 2013
So Halloween is once again almost upon us! Anyone have any interesting plans for All Hallows Eve? Or has anyone already done anything cool this month to celebrate the season?

My daughters are now four, and almost eight years old. The little one is just really getting into the whole Halloween thing, and I'm fearing that my older daughter is getting toward the end of that magical childhood period when they most enjoy the whole Halloween experience. Hopefully she still has a few years left before she decides she's "too old" to be dressing up in costumes and all that nonsense.

Last week I took the older one (The Little Monster) to The Brattle Theatre to see "The War of the Worlds" (the 1953 version of course). It was her first time seeing it and I was so happy to have the opportunity to show it to her on the big screen. It was also my first time seeing it on the big screen myself!

Last night I took her to the Coolidge Corner Theatre to see "Young Frankenstein" on the big screen. We went last year to see "Ghostbusters" and I was a bit surprised by how many kids were at that show. Conversely, I was a bit shocked that my Little Monster seemed to be the ONLY kid at "Young Frankenstein". She has seen it many times on DVD so I knew she wouldn't be too scared or anything.

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Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:03 am
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 Re: Halloween 2013
I haven't seen Young Frankenstein on the big screen since it was originally released...you're lucky.

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Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:46 pm
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 Re: Halloween 2013
The Colonial Theater ran YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN one year after the Keene Pumpkin Festival, and it was great to see after such a Halloweeny type of day.

As much of a horror film fan as I am, I usually just sit at home with most of the "front of house" lights off to discourage trick-or-treaters and watch a flick.

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Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:31 pm
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 Re: Halloween 2013
That's not because you're a horror film fan, that's because you're a grumpy old crumudgeon!

Just kidding!

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Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:45 pm
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 Re: Halloween 2013
didn't get to do as much halloween stuff as i usually like this year

we did make it to fright kingdom and it was incredible. what a fun time.

we also saw a friend put on a haunted pirate show last night and that was pretty cool.

tonight we'll watch some horror flicks and pass out candy.

first time halloween in this neighborhood so not sure how the turn out will be.

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Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:22 am
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 Re: Halloween 2013
I hope it will be fun! Living in an apartment building we're missing out on the passing-out-the-candy thing, but we get to concentrate on taking the Little Monsters out trick-or-treating, which is great! Another thing I "missed out on" was the Rock and Shock show in Worcester a couple weekends ago. All things considered, it's been so busy that I don't feel too bad about that though.

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 Re: Halloween 2013
thanks!

our neighbor said in prior years they've had 20-30 kids so we'll see.

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Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:32 am
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The two Top Honchos of SFS will be hanging out tonight, watching the Scream Factory Blu-ray of HALLOWEEN III !

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It was a real nice Halloween yesterday. The scariest part for me was when I volunteered at my preschool daughter's school Halloween party! That was an exhausting one-and-a-half hours. But both daughters had good parties at school and then we had a very nice time Trick-or-Treating. I had to cut out a bit early to get to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for their 7:00 screening of "Dawn of the Dead". Got there late, but luckily they started late anyway. They had a small costume contest which I partially missed because I was getting my popcorn and soda (to go along with the candy I pilfered from my daughters' bags--shhhh). The movie was awesome to see on the big screen (first time I'd seen it that way), except for the people who felt they were obligated to laugh at every possible moment to show how smart and clever they were. The movie has plenty of deliberate humor, but a section of the audience seemed to feel that it was a terrible B-movie and that they were finding all kinds of unintentional humor that wasn't meant to be funny. And then, of course, they had to keep up their laughing during parts that simply were not funny (at least not to people who actually like the movie and went out that night for the experience of seeing it and enjoying it on the big screen. But I digress... The movie itself was awesome to see on Halloween. And to top it all off...after DOTD they had a preview screening of the new documentary about the making of "Night of the Living Dead", "Birth of the Dead"! I knew they were having a preview after the movie, but thought it was going to be an extended trailer or some sort of sneak peek like that, but no, it was the whole documentary! I liked it a lot! What a great way to wrap up a great month of Halloween build-up!

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Ahh, the joys of seeing anything that's not a new release in Boston...

Sorry to hear that the usual hipster doofuses allowed their good time to ruin yours last night. It's really a shame that the Coolidge and Brattle don't do something to curb these dorks. I know they'd be getting
a lot of my money if they did, as opposed to none of it for the last several years, as I just can't spend the time and money for that kind of annoyance anymore.

Pretty cool that you wound up getting a double feature out of it, though.

Did they run a print, DCP or home video format of DAWN?

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it rained around here so we only got 9 kids.

bummer.



col. sorry about those idiots. sigh.

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It was a 35mm print of "Dawn". I know the Coolidge @fter Midnight people have said that they will continue to try to show as many of the films in 35mm as possible. I need to ask them if they plan to let it be known ahead of time what format will be used. It probably seems like a useless point to many and wouldn't make a difference for the majority of viewers, but I'm sure film fans who might consider driving a long distance to see a classic flick on the big screen would appreciate it. They're probably be pretty disappointed to take the time and effort to get to the show, only to find out it's a digital presentation.

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Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:23 am
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For me, DCP as good (if not better) than 35mm, as it's just as sharp, and preferable over a beaten up or faded print sometimes. The think that disappoints me is when theaters think it's OK to run a DVD or Blu-ray on the big screen, which are resolutions that aren't supposed to be shown that big.

I'm finding that most good theaters will state what format they're running, and tend to ask if they don't just to save my self a headache. I'll never forget planning a trip to the Coolidge to see BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA as a midnight show, only to see a DVD menu pop up when the film was about to start.
It filled the screen and was bright enough, but had a flat and lifeless look to it that was in no way the same value for my dollar as a film print would have been. The upside to DCP is that it seems like studios are really cranking them out for older classics and lesser known films, allowing more theaters to play
the oldies and having them look/sound great, like the two retro doubles I caught locally at the Milford Drive-In at the end of their season (JAWS/BACK TO THE FUTURE and ALIEN/FRIDAY THE 13TH).

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