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Classic Horror Films Return to The Ridgefield Playhouse in October

It’s a Fright Fest at The Ridgefield Playhouse when five creepy, electrifying, and monstrously fun feature films return to the big screen to celebrate the Halloween season!  

Prepare to be scared with classic horror films including Stephen King’s iconic Carrie on September 29a double feature of the original Dracula and Frankenstein on October 2Silence of the Lambs on October 17Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes on October 26 and the entire family can enjoy ParaNorman on November 16.

All of the screenings, part of the Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Movie Series, are safe and socially distanced in our 500 seat, single screen theater.

Stephen King’s best-selling novel, Carrie celebrates its 45th Anniversary screening on Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm.  Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a high school loner with no confidence, no friends... and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who causes all hell to break loose in a frenzy of blood, fire, and brimstone! Piper LaurieJohn Travoltaand Amy Irving are terrific in this horror classic.

Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Universal Monsters with a special double feature of the original Dracula and Frankenstein on Saturday, October 2 at 1pm.  Plus, fans will get an exclusive tour of the Universal Studios lot! The original Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, launched the Hollywood horror genre and defined the iconic look and frightening character of the famed vampire. Towering ominously among the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Castle Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of the Transylvanian villagers below. After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula, the two head to London where the vampire hopes to stroll among respectable society by day and search for potential victims by night. The inspiration for hundreds of subsequent remakes and adaptations, this classic film directed by Tod Browning, is the signature adaptation of Bram Stoker's story with its eerie passion, shadowy atmosphere and thrilling cinematography.

An unforgettable masterpiece, the original Frankenstein stars Boris Karloff as the screen's most tragic and iconic monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Tampering with life and death, Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) pieces together salvaged body parts to bring a human monster to life. The mad scientist's dreams are shattered by his creation's violent rage as the monster awakens to a world in which he is unwelcome. Featuring groundbreaking makeup by Jack Pierce, director James Whale's adaptation of Mary Shelley's masterpiece novel blends themes of horror, isolation and compassion, and remains one of the most shocking movies of all time.

Invite an old friend for dinner and see the 30th Anniversary screening of The Silence of the Lambs on Sunday, October 17 at 3pm and 7pm.   The film includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.  When a psychopath named Buffalo Bill is murdering women and believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to interview a demented prisoner: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a cannibalistic psychiatrist whose fascination with the young agent is as great as his hunger for murder. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own demons, but also an evil so powerful she may not have the courage to stop!

RiffTrax Live:  Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes on Tuesday, October 26 at 8pm.  There’s still evil up there at the old Amityville house. A group of priests gathers to quell the demon that has long plagued this lovely five-bed, four-bath Dutch Colonial full of old-world charm and lots of curb appeal. BUT - the evil escapes! Which should have been made obvious by the movie’s title. And how does it escape? Like all evil does: by possessing a tacky floor lamp, getting sold at a garage sale and shipped to Los Angeles, where most evil household décor eventually finds a home. Soon the demonic floor lamp begins its reign of terror in the home of an innocent family, killing pets and home repairmen, forcing children to use power tools in unsafe ways, and possessing the soul of the youngest sister Jessica, who immediately begins to act like a total jerk. It’s up to the young priest Father Kibbler to save the family and confront the evil lamp, face-to-bulb, before more people die. Okay, more people DO die, but can Father Kibbler finally put an end to it? Don’t miss the perfect Halloween treat—a night with Rifftrax Live and Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes on Tuesday, October 26 at 8pm.

Don’t miss a film the entire family can enjoy when ParaNorman returns on Tuesday, November 16 at 3pm and 7pm.  In this comedy thriller from LAIKA, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can the town call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul-whisperer bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. The cast includes Anna KendrickCasey AffleckLeslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine StritchTempestt BledsoeAlex Borstein, and John Goodman among others. This exclusive one-day event also features a special behind-the-scenes tour of LAIKA Studios!

             For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($12.50) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram: @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

t’s a Fright Fest at The Ridgefield Playhouse when five creepy, electrifying, and monstrously fun feature films return to the big screen to celebrate the Halloween season!  Prepare to be scared with classic horror films including Stephen King’s iconic Carrie on September 29a double feature of the original Dracula and Frankenstein on October 2Silence of the Lambs on October 17Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes on October 26 and the entire family can enjoy ParaNorman on November 16. All of the screenings, part of the Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Movie Series, are safe and socially distanced in our 500 seat, single screen theater.

Stephen King’s best-selling novel, Carrie celebrates its 45th Anniversary screening on Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm.  Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a high school loner with no confidence, no friends... and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who causes all hell to break loose in a frenzy of blood, fire, and brimstone! Piper LaurieJohn Travoltaand Amy Irving are terrific in this horror classic.

Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Universal Monsters with a special double feature of the original Dracula and Frankenstein on Saturday, October 2 at 1pm.  Plus, fans will get an exclusive tour of the Universal Studios lot! The original Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, launched the Hollywood horror genre and defined the iconic look and frightening character of the famed vampire. Towering ominously among the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Castle Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of the Transylvanian villagers below. After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula, the two head to London where the vampire hopes to stroll among respectable society by day and search for potential victims by night. The inspiration for hundreds of subsequent remakes and adaptations, this classic film directed by Tod Browning, is the signature adaptation of Bram Stoker's story with its eerie passion, shadowy atmosphere and thrilling cinematography.

An unforgettable masterpiece, the original Frankenstein stars Boris Karloff as the screen's most tragic and iconic monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Tampering with life and death, Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) pieces together salvaged body parts to bring a human monster to life. The mad scientist's dreams are shattered by his creation's violent rage as the monster awakens to a world in which he is unwelcome. Featuring groundbreaking makeup by Jack Pierce, director James Whale's adaptation of Mary Shelley's masterpiece novel blends themes of horror, isolation and compassion, and remains one of the most shocking movies of all time.

Invite an old friend for dinner and see the 30th Anniversary screening of The Silence of the Lambs on Sunday, October 17 at 3pm and 7pm.   The film includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.  When a psychopath named Buffalo Bill is murdering women and believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to interview a demented prisoner: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a cannibalistic psychiatrist whose fascination with the young agent is as great as his hunger for murder. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own demons, but also an evil so powerful she may not have the courage to stop!

RiffTrax Live:  Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes on Tuesday, October 26 at 8pm.  There’s still evil up there at the old Amityville house. A group of priests gathers to quell the demon that has long plagued this lovely five-bed, four-bath Dutch Colonial full of old-world charm and lots of curb appeal. BUT - the evil escapes! Which should have been made obvious by the movie’s title. And how does it escape? Like all evil does: by possessing a tacky floor lamp, getting sold at a garage sale and shipped to Los Angeles, where most evil household décor eventually finds a home. Soon the demonic floor lamp begins its reign of terror in the home of an innocent family, killing pets and home repairmen, forcing children to use power tools in unsafe ways, and possessing the soul of the youngest sister Jessica, who immediately begins to act like a total jerk. It’s up to the young priest Father Kibbler to save the family and confront the evil lamp, face-to-bulb, before more people die. Okay, more people DO die, but can Father Kibbler finally put an end to it? Don’t miss the perfect Halloween treat—a night with Rifftrax Live and Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes on Tuesday, October 26 at 8pm.

Don’t miss a film the entire family can enjoy when ParaNorman returns on Tuesday, November 16 at 3pm and 7pm.  In this comedy thriller from LAIKA, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can the town call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul-whisperer bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. The cast includes Anna KendrickCasey AffleckLeslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine StritchTempestt BledsoeAlex Borstein, and John Goodman among others. This exclusive one-day event also features a special behind-the-scenes tour of LAIKA Studios!

             For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($12.50) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse/

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