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Halloween in three flavors: noir, bloodsucker, and carnie monster


vampire movie marathon

There’s a week still to go before Halloween, but the city is already overflowing with dead bodies and sexy celluloid vamps. And tomorrow, monsters will take over City Hall plaza to rock out and ride the mechanical bulls.

You can take your chances and try to scoop up one of the last remaining tickets for tonight’s launch party for Boston Noir, a new anthology of dark tales each set in a different Boston neighborhood, edited by Dennis Lehane. They are available at The Boston Book Festival information booth in Copley Square while supplies last. Or you can catch Lehane tomorrow in Cambridge when he reads at the Harvard Coop and introduces a screening of Gone Baby Gone, a locally shot thriller based on one of his novels, at The Brattle Theatre.

At the Somerville Theater tonight, it’s vampires from dusk to dawn at the Horror’thon, a 12-hour festival of vampire films, costume and blood drinking contests, and a little bump and grind from burlesque ensemble Babes in Boinkland. Films include the excellent recent releases Let the Right One In and Thirst and classics Near Dark, The Vampire Lovers, The Lost Boys, and The Hunger. The evening is brought to you by the twisted minds behind J. Cannibal’s Feast of Flesh and the annual Boston Science Fiction Marathon.

Tomorrow, the monsters will be on the march. The windswept plains of City Hall Plaza will be transformed into a carnival, with food, vendors, a giant slide, human bowling alley, inflatable obstacle courses, a velcro wall, and more. The event starts with a kids’ parade, and switches at sunset to an adult charity walk and live concert by Lifted, Jaggery, Casey Desmond, and Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys.

When and where:
The Boston Noir launch party is Saturday, October 24 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall. 21+. Lehane reads at The Harvard Coop on Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. and introduces Gone Baby Gone at The Brattle Theatre at 7:30. Tickets for the movie are $9.75.

The Horror’thon: Vampires is Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m., Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $25.

The Monster March is Sunday, October 25 from 12:00-10:00 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Government Center, The event benefits the Samaritans and is free to walkers, or $20 child/$20 student, $30 adult donation.