The Trylon microcinema offers up a rare treat this Halloween — the classic grandfather of the modern zombie genre, Night of the Living Dead, with a brand new soundtrack, played live by frequent Trylon collaborators The Poor Nobodys.

The film won’t be completely silent, so you’ll still be able to hear the dialog, but since every subsequent zombie movie has copied NotLD‘s plot, the story should be familiar. But the chilling live music will haunt your soul and invade your dreams!

These shows are going to be popular, so get your tickets early!

Night of the Living Dead with The Poor Nobodys
Friday, October 25: 7pm, 9pm
Saturday, October 26: 7pm, 9pm
Sunday, October 27: 5pm, 7pm
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Our Universal Horror series at the Heights wraps up with this spare, black and white haunted house picture — one of the first films in that now-venerable spooky genre. Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland play siblings who buy a suspiciously-cheap house in Cornwall, only to find that you get what you pay for.

Thursday, October 24: 7:30pm
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Tonight at the Heights Theater, we continue our celebration of Universal Horror classics, with yet another fantastic double-feature. James Whale’s classic Bride of Frankenstein paired with Lew Landers’ underseen The Raven–and you get two-for-the-price-of-one!

Trylon volunteer Michael Popham weighs in on the lesser known of the two horror flicks:

It’s stressful being the world’s greatest spinal surgeon.  With a job like that, you need a hobby to help you unwind.  In The Raven, Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) has three hobbies: he collects gloomy Edgar Allen Poe memorabilia, plays the pipe organ in his living room, and is building his own Poe-inspired torture chamber in the basement.

As you’ve probably already guessed, Dr. Vollin has a few screws loose.  Thwarted in his romantic intention toward young Jean Thatcher (Irene Ware), Vollin decides to put the torture chamber into use, luring Jean and her family to his house and trapping them inside.  Like all revenge-obsessed surgeons, Vollin needs an assistant, and he finds one in a fugitive named Bateman (Boris Karloff) who is reluctantly pressed into his service.

The Raven was a follow-up (though not a sequel) to the previous year’s Karloff and Lugosi team-up The Black Cat, which also took its title from the works of Edgar Allen Poe.  This one is less stylized than The Black Cat but they are similar films in that plot takes a back seat to a gloomy atmosphere.  It’s the kind of movie that Edgar Allen Poe would have loved.

Karloff was an intensely physical actor, and he is splendid as the tormented convict who has been trapped into doing Vollin’s bidding.  As an added bonus we get Lugosi at his scenery-chewing best, cackling with glee and rubbing his hands together as his unwitting guests arrive.  I love it when a plan comes together, don’t you?

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) plays tonight at 7:30, and The Raven (1935) shows immediately afterward at 9:00, and one ticket gets you in for both. They are available at the box office or online.

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Halloween Italian style continues at the Trylon this week with Mario Bava’s Lisa and the Devil. Edited, recut, and reshot as The House of Exorcism when it was released in the US in 1976, we present the film in its original form with Bava’s lush cinematography and disturbing story intact. Telly Savalas (aka Kojak) takes a devilish turn as Leandro, a mad puppetmaster who sends Lisa, an innocent young tourist, on a road to hell and back…literally. Not for the faint of heart, Lisa and the Devil is a classic in the Italian horror genre.

Lisa and the Devil screens Monday and Tuesday at 7:00 and 9:00pm. Advanced tickets available at trylon.org. Big collared shirts encouraged.