Originally Published: October 29, 2014 6:04 a.m.
Monster movies are as plentiful as Halloween candy on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Prescott this holiday season.
Three events are screening early classics on Thursday and Friday, each with its own spooky twist: It's Alive! Horror Movie Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Fright Night IV at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Prescott Film Festival's silent film at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The Natural History Institute at Prescott College figured a double feature of 1960s-era "B" horror movies featuring mutant insects would be a perfect way to raise money for the purchase of specimen coffins for its dead plants, insects and birds. Admission for It's Alive! Horror Movie Night is $5 and the institute is located on the northwest corner of Sheldon and Grove.
The Prescott Film Festival has made it an annual tradition to pair a scary silent film with live keyboard music from Jonathan Best. It's showing the 1923 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with Lon Chaney at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. The film is noted for its majestic set design that recalls 15th century Paris, as well as for Chaney's performance and make-up as the tortured bell ringer Quasimodo. Tickets are $12, or $8 for YC students and staff. Costumes are encouraged.
Fright Night IV offers a triple feature of creepy films, live comedy, crowds of costumed dancers and a costume contest at the historic Elks Theater.
"Fright Night's becoming a tradition for the Halloween season here in Prescott," said Angie Johnson-Schmit, co-producer of this PG-13 movie night. "It's for people who love to scream, love to laugh and sometimes scream with laughter."
Fans of classic creep shows and zombie movies alike will get a chance to see the very first zombie movie ever made, 1932's "White Zombie," starring Bela Lugosi fresh off his star-making role in "Dracula." This lost classic was recently remastered in all its ghoulish glory and will be making its North Arizona big screen debut.
Mile High Comedy Theater follows up its recent sell-out of the Elks Theatre by providing live wisecracking commentary to the 1960's oh-so-cheesy Italian horror film, "Bloody Pit of Horror." Mystery Science Theatre 3000 pioneered this form of comedy in the 1990s and it was a huge hit at last year's Fright Night.
The Prescott-made web series "Diary of a Mad Scientist's Assistant" launched on YouTube during the 2014 Phoenix Comicon. This comedy recently celebrated its 2,000th online viewer. The Director's Cut features all five episodes as a short film, starring Natasha Kong.
And what show at the Elks Theatre would be complete without 40 local performers singing and dancing their hearts out to "The Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"? The audience is encouraged to join in this cult classic dance number, directed and choreographed by Prescott's own Alexes Niekamp.
Audience members are encouraged to show up in costume and compete for prizes, too.
Tickets are $10 online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office at 117 E. Gurley St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.