Trick-or-Treat! Three Fangtastic Halloween Movies

Counter Programming: your guide to the best indie films of the weekend—popcorn not included

Opening this week: Jake Gyllenhaal is a shifty L.A. journalist in Nightcrawler and Daniel Radcliffe plays a guy who starts growing horns in the appropriately titled Horns. If you want something to sate your Halloween urge, check out these picks.

Evil Dead II
Terrifying yet profoundly silly, this sequel-that’s-really-just-a-remake-of-the-first-EvilDead combines the grim brutality of its predecessor with hyperactive gallows humor that often veers into some Three Stooges-inspired slapstick. The result is a model horror-comedy from director Sam Raimi with a signature performance from Bruce Campbell. Ideal for late-night Halloween viewing (and don’t read any copies of the Necronomicon that may be lying around…)
When: Friday, October 31, 11:30 p.m.
Where: ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Perhaps the ultimate cult film? Although it’s almost 40, fans still come to midnight screenings of Rocky Horror to shout jokes, throw props at key moments, and reenact the movie in full dress (aka “shadowcasting”). It’s an interactive happening that harkens back to Rocky Horror’s stage origins and makes up for the movie’s shortcomings. You should experience it at least once, and what better time than Halloween?
When: Friday and Saturday, October 31 and November 1, both at midnight (Local Rocky Horror shadowcast Sins O’ The Flesh will be on hand)
Where: NuArt Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

The Lego Movie
If you have kids and need something tamer, there’s a 3D screening of one of the year’s best animated movies. A big, trippy adventure movie that spoofs its own kind, The Lego Movie pokes fun at things like consumerism and cultural hegemony while remaining kid-friendly. Also, it has insightful things to say about creativity and it features Will Ferrell’s best performance in recent years.
When: Friday, October 31, 7:30 p.m. (before the film, you can trick-or-treat safely at the annual Montana Avenue Halloween Hop.)
Where: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica