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Astor Spooktacular: 40 Years of Halloween

Michael Myers slashes his way through the Astor during the Chapel Street cinema's annual halloween marathon.
By Sarah Ward
June 28, 2018
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Astor Spooktacular: 40 Years of Halloween

Michael Myers slashes his way through the Astor during the Chapel Street cinema's annual halloween marathon.
By Sarah Ward
June 28, 2018
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Every year, when October rolls around, the Astor Theatre hosts an all-night movie-watching extravaganza. 'Tis the season for bumps, jumps, screams, creepy celluloid dreams and getting scared while sitting in a cinema, after all. But there are halloween marathons, and then there are Halloween halloween marathons. No, we didn't accidentally repeat a word in the last sentence.

For the Chapel Street venue's 2018 spooktacular, it's dedicating an entire night to the frightening film series that John Carpenter started 40 years ago. Expect the writer/director/composer's famous piano-filled score to echo throughout the building as Michael Myers dons his mask, grabs a knife, bursts through wardrobes, stalks babysitters and terrifies his hometown of Haddonfield, all on the titular occasion. And, expect Jamie Lee Curtis to cement her credentials as the ultimate big-screen scream queen.

From the iconic first film — one of the best horror flicks ever made — to the not-so-iconic late 90s and early 00s sequels, all eight original Halloween movies will screen from 7pm on Saturday, October 27. The Halloween onslaught couldn't be better timed, and not only due to the date, with the all-new ninth film in the franchise hitting cinemas everywhere just a week earlier.

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