Back again for its fifth year, the Tampa Theatre’s popular “Nightmare on Franklin Street” film series showcases the very best the horror genre has to offer. The Halloween festivities also include special balcony to backstage ghost tours with paranormal experts as well as a Halloween Happy Hour. The films being shown range from silly fun, to glorious ‘b’ movie camp, and from quick thrills to the truly terrifying.
A Nightmare on Franklin Street beings on October 20 and runs through October 31. However, Tampa Theatre is giving us an early peak at what’s to come starting October 5. Here’s the full schedule:
Thursday, October 5
Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour
This historic show will explore the myth of the Lady in White roaming the mezzanine, the spirit of Fink Finley and the Theatre’s reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in town. he 90-minute tour will kick off in the lobby and will feature a special “demon”stration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Begins at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12.
Friday, October 13
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. Film begins at 10:30pm. Tickets are $7.
Friday, October 20
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Film begins at 10:30pm. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, October 21
Filmed over the past year, Ghosts Behind the Screen features Tampa Theatre staff, local paranormal investigators, Theatre patrons, Tampa historians and dramatic recreations telling the stories that give the historic movie palace its ghostly reputation. This premiere screening is free and open to the public. Following the film, Producer Gina Watson and director Brett Gerking will lead a discussion and audience Q&A. Screening begins at 2pm.
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. Film begins at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10.
A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons. Film begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Late-Night, Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation
Join Tampa Theatre as they partner with experts from Genesis Paranormal Services and GhostStop to bring you an evening of lights-off investigation into the building’s most common supernatural claims alongside celebrity guides like Scott Tepperman from SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters International and the crew from Dead X Radio. Tour starts at 10pm. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $50 for Tampa Theatre members.
Sunday, October 22
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. Film begins at 1:30pm. Tickets are $10.
An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host. Film begins at 4pm. Tickets are $10.
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who’s human and who’s not before it’s too late. Film begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10.
A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. Film begins at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Monday, October 23
It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare. Film begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10.
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. Film begins at 9:45pm. Tickets are $10.
Tuesday, October 24
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Film begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10.
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. Film begins at 9:45pm. Tickets are $10.
Wednesday, October 25
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. Film begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10.
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. Film begins at 9:45pm. Tickets are $10.
Thursday, October 26
10 year old Amelia’s parents think it’s time for her to go to sleep permanently, leaving her broken body in a silent shallow grave. 50 years later, Mommy and Daddy are back from hell, intent on wreaking the same deadly discipline on anyone not in bed by nightfall. Film begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10.
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. Film begins at 10pm. Tickets are $10.
Friday, October 27
A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Film begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Film begins at 10:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Saturday, October 28
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.Film begins at 2pm. Tickets are $10.
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. Film begins at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10.
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. Film begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes. Film begins at 10:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Sunday, October 29
After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. Film begins at 2pm. Tickets are $10.
When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind. Film begins at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Tampa’s grande dame of ghosts, local author and storyteller Deborah Frethem, takes to the Theatre’s historic stage for an intimate evening of ghost stories and supernatural tales from around the Bay area. Event starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and FREE for Tampa Theatre Members.
Monday, October 30
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together. Film begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10.
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. Film begins at 9:45pm. Tickets are $10.
Tuesday, October 31
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. Film begins at 12pm. Tickets are $10.
Skip the pillow-case conga of candy-grabbing kids and spend a Halloween Happy Hour at Tampa’s majestic movie palace from 5:00-7:00pm.There will be drink specials, free shots, and drawings for prizes, including annual Theatre Memberships, restaurant gift certificates, gourmet goodie baskets, and tickets to local comedy shows. Event starts at 5pm.
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. Film begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!
An evil genius lures an all-girl rock group into his hell house, which features three rooms they must advance through in order to escape. The catch: the trigger that enables them to move from one room is death. Film begins at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10.