Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining transcends the typical horror movie. Though it contains many standard elements of the genre (ax-wielding maniac, check; creepy ghosts and walking copses, check; a swimming pool’s worth of blood, check), The Shining manages to stand apart. I’ve seen it maybe 10 times, and my feelings on it have evolved from an initial vague dislike (it’s too methodical; Jack Nicholson is so over the top; the scariest moments involve title cards displaying the days of the week) to finding that I am now compelled to keep watching whenever I catch it on cable. Funny thing, though: I’ve never seen it on the big screen.
Thankfully, the Tampa Theatre is here to help me rectify this lifelong oversight. The venerable Tampa landmark isn’t just showing Kubrick’s creepshow. Instead, The Shining (paired with the fantastic doc Room 237) is but one of more than a dozen flicks showing as part of A Nightmare on Franklin Street, a 10-day mini-film fest devoted to all things horror. The screenings kick off with a Thurs., Oct. 17 double feature of Ringu (from Japan) and The Ring (the American remake), both of which qualify as recent classics, and continue with daily screenings or double features that hit on all the horror touchstones.
As such, vampire fans will want to hit the Interview with the Vampire/The Lost Boys double feature on Fri., Oct. 18, or the pairing of Dracula (the Bela Legosi version) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the Francis Ford Coppola vintage) on Thurs., Oct. 24. Ghost groupies need to materialize on Sat., Oct. 20 for afternoon screenings of Casper (2 p.m.) and Ghostbusters (4:45 p.m.), followed by the incredible (and, be warned, incredibly expensive at $150) Lights Off Paranormal Investigation, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a special meet-and-greet with Tampa native Angela Alderman, one of the stars of Ghost Hunters International. Alfred Hitchcock gets a triple feature of sorts on Sun. Oct. 20, with the recent biopic Hitchcock (starring Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense) playing before a double bill of Psycho and The Birds. The series concludes on Oct. 31 with my favorite horror movie of all time, John Carpenter’s Halloween, followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I’ve only scratched the surface of all that A Nightmare on Franklin Street has to offer. Check out the list of scheduled events at the bottom of this story.