Englewood is about to get a whole lot spookier when the newly reopened Englewood Cinema hosts Horrorama Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The theater’s grand re-opening is set for Oct. 25th, but horror movie fans can get a sneak peek this weekend for the movie marathon.
The annual horror-movie blowout features a family-friendly matinee starting at noon with screenings of “The Invisible Man,” “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” and “King Kong.” Admission to the matinee is $5.
The more mature portion of the program is an all-night watch party starting at 7 p.m. and featuring “Army of Darkness,” Dawn of the Dead,” “King Kong vs. Godzilla,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Humanoids from the Deep” and film selected live by the audience. Admission to the main event is $10.
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Two of the event’s organizers, Matt Brassfield and Juliet Fromholt, sat down recently at Reza’s on Wayne Avenue to discuss Horrorama, which was founded by Rick Martin and the now-deceased Andy Copp and Barry “Dr. Creep” Hobart.
Brassfield: "There's no theme with the movies. This year, we went for crowd-pleasers that would be good for the homecoming at Englewood Cinema. One thing we have that sets us apart is our live fan vote. We'll have posters of several movies go up on the screen and the audience votes for one of the movies we play. And it's not just movies, we have contests, prizes, giveaways and special guests like local filmmakers, actors and horror hosts."
Fromholt: "We went and checked out the renovations at Englewood Cinema. It was so nice to walk back in there and see it had been given some care and attention, and to know it was getting ready to open again. It was a little emotional. It didn't hit me until we walked through the theater and I'm like, 'Oh, yeah, this is a homecoming. This is awesome.'"
Brassfield: "It's really important to be back at Englewood. That's where the largest part of Horrorama history was. We had some other homes, but I always felt Englewood was our main spot. Being able to return there is exciting because that's the last location where the original core was all together. Andy Copp and Dr. Creep were still with us."
Fromholt: "Over the years I've been going to Horrorama with Matt, we've seen all these people that brought their kids to the first movie when they were 10 or 11. As they've gotten older, they worked their way up to staying the whole night. Now, they're excited to come back every year and its extra fun because they recognize the value of the communal experience."
Brassfield: "Nothing beats the movie theater experience. You can Netflix all you want, but it's not the same. Going out to the actual cinema is more magical. It's more special than any streaming experience you're ever going to have — especially at Horrorama, because it's almost like a family reunion."
WANT TO GO?
What: Horrorama, with matinee showings of "The Invisible Man," "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" and "King Kong" and an all-night party with screenings of "King Kong Vs. Godzilla," "Army of Darkness," Dawn of the Dead" and others.
Where: Englewood Cinema, 320 National Road No. 2, Englewood
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Cost: $5 matinee, $10 evening show
More info: www.facebook.com/horroramadayton
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