Those interested in watching a scary movie on the big screen this Halloween may have to look a little harder than usual. With a surprising lack of wide release horror movies out this year, familiar stories such as Carrie and The Shining aim to find new audiences.
San Francisco's AMC theaters have particularly abysmal genre offerings this year, with the Carrie remake being the only horror flick on their schedules this week. Century Theaters are screening Stanley Kubrick's original 1980 psychological horror classic The Shining in Bay Area theaters this week, perhaps the best bet for a good scare. Insidious: Chapter 2 is still playing at Century 20 Daly City and AMC Metreon 16.
The Castro Theatre is closed on Halloween, but has spooky films playing Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday is werewolf night, with a double feature of An American Werewolf In London at 7:30pm, and The Howling at 5:40 and 9:20pm. Friday offers a David Cronenberg double feature with The Fly at 7:30 and Dead Ringers at 9:20pm.
On Wednesday, Balboa Theater is screening two Halloween appropriate programs. There will be a screening of director Marcelo Pocavida's Golem at 7pm, followed by Bob Wilkins Creature Features at 8pm.
The Clay Theater has one screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:55pm on Halloween night.
That, unfortunately, is about all there is in terms of horror movies playing in San Francisco during the week of Halloween 2013. That Halloween marathon on TV is starting to look like a good idea.