Friday, September 18, 2015

Film Series "late@nightlight" Returns For Halloween Season

[Press release from the Nightlight Cinema.]

The Nightlight Cinema’s ‘late@nightlight’ program invites select audience members, film lovers, and other community cinephiles to curate a series of late night films. Over the past summer, the program included such diverse series as films focused on female-centric horror, films starring Val Kilmer, and coming-of-age films set in 1995, now undergoing their 20th anniversary. These screenings are always some of the most energetic and convivial, even when the films are dark!

Here’s the lineup for this next round:


Jess Hicks (Akron, OH) is a film critic and horror-hound, who is a contributing writer at Geek Legacy ( and Bloody Disgusting ( Jess was recently hired at The Nightlight as a Show Leader.
September 12-13
Blue Velvet (1986)
11:30 p.m. on September 12th, 9:30pm on September 13th
Tickets are $9.00

Cult film maestro David Lynch burrows into the twisted psyches of America’s sleepy mid-century suburbs in this unforgettable murder mystery, starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLaughlin, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern. According to Jess, Blue Velvet reminds us that, “we should all be wary about what goes on behind closed doors in seemingly normal parts of the world.”

September 19-20
Eraserhead (1977)
11:30 p.m. on September 19th, 9:30pm on September 20th
Tickets are $9.00

Lynch’s first motion picture is perhaps his most surreal and idiosyncratic. Its black and white photography is at once formally beautiful and treacherous. To this day, Lynch refuses to discuss the seminal picture, asking viewers to draw their own conclusions. Jess say, it’s a film whose signals, “will worm themselves into your brain and feast on your senses.”


Zach Nelson (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) is perhaps best known to Nightlight audiences as the guy who did the amazing fan posters for Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, House, and What We Do in the Shadows. Having already shared his passion for films already slated to play at The Nightlight, Z is now being asked to select a few of his own.

September 26-27
Suspiria (1977)
11:30 p.m. on September 26th, 9:30pm on September 27th
Tickets are $9.00

"Roses are red, violets are blue, the iris is the flower, that will be the end of YOU!" Suspiria is classic giallo horror, as grandiose and glossy as it is gory. Largely considered Argento’s masterpiece, Suspiria is the first in a trilogy about "The Three Mothers", three ancient witches residing in three different modern cities.

October 3-4
The Wicker Man (1973)
11:30 p.m. on October 3rd, 9:30pm on October 4th
Tickets are $9.00

The late Christopher Lee stars in The Wicker Man, a tale of a devout Christian cop who travels to a Scottish island inhabited by some very strange folks...pagans, we think. As May Day approaches, so does the shock of a lifetime.


Eugene Weaver (North Canton, OH) is one half of the local podcast, “Movie Freaks,” which can be subscribed to on iTunes. Along with co-host, Erik Marner, the Movie Freaks are lovers and collectors of all films cult and Italian. Eugene wanted to pack his schedule out with four films by Italian horror director Lucio Fulci, “the Godfather of Gore.”

October 9
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00

Can anyone survive the demented marauding zombies in… The House by the Cemetery?! The Shining-like story of Fulci’s final entry in the “The Gates of Hell” trilogy fades away in favor of atmosphere and imagery.

October 10
Zombie (1979)
11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00

Zombie poses itself as an unofficial sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Tisa Farrow (Mia’s sister), stars in this well-made shocker featuring a zombie fighting a Great White shark underwater, and much, much more.

October 16
City of the Living Dead (1980)
11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00

Don’t you hate it when you unwittingly open a portal to Hell? That’s what happens when a priest commits suicide. A psychic and journalist team up to quell the resulting maelstrom of awakened undead.

October 17
The Beyond (1981)
11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00

This hair-raising horror film features a very hungry hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to Hell. Bodies? It’ll devour those. Souls? Yes, please.


The Nightlight’s programmer, Kurtiss Hare (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) is throwing his hat in the ring this round. Here’s his All Hallow’s Eve get-down.

October 23-24
The Monster Squad (1987)
11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00

“You know who to call when you have ghosts, but who do you call when you have monsters?” The Monster Squad, of course! Kurtiss: “I’ll never forget the first time I watched this on VHS at an overnight birthday party. Especially the scene where we find out, ‘Wolfman’s got nards!’”

October 30-31
The Shining (1980)
11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00

Is this the best horror film ever made or the best film ever made? Stanley Kubrick’s fastidious framing and seemingly bizarre, deliberate inconsistencies make The Shining a hotbed for chilling conspiracies. House gushing blood? Check. Creepy twins? Check. See One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-era Jack Nicholson go increasingly insane over his inability to finish a novel.

About The Nightlight, Tickets and Parking

The Nightlight Cinema is located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Tickets are $9.00 for general admission and $8.00 for children under 12 and seniors over 65, unless otherwise noted above. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at

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