Music Box Theater Transforms This Weekend for 24-Hour Horror Fest

The meeting place of unapologetic entertainment and a carefully curated blend of classic titles and obscure rarities, the Music Box Theatre continues its strong programming this fall. The annual, 24-hour Music Box of Horrors hits the legendary venue like a bolt of lightning, beginning Saturday, October 7 at noon and running until noon the following day. This year’s edition is particularly notable thanks to a pair of tributes to recently departed masters of horror, Tobe Hooper and George A. Romero, with nearly every film screening this year from a 35mm print.

Music Box of Horrors returns to the Music Box Theatre October 7-8

For his third consecutive year, the event is guest programmed by Will Morris, assistant programmer at Los Angeles’American Cinematheque, and he promises “the exploits of zombified police run-ins and adolescent lycanthropy; dizzying dives into the wicked seductions of the occult; uber-degradation of the otherwise-sane mindscape; nuns in a water-locked convent; and much more.”

The Music Box of Horrors also features a host of vendor tables and local food trucks stopping by throughout the night. For details on each film or to purchase a pass ($30 in advance; $35 on the day), go to the Music Box Theatre online. The full schedule includes:


Noon – The Manitou (dir: William Girdler, 1977)

2pm – Land of the Dead (dir: George A. Romero, 2005) Tribute to George Romero

4pm – The Cat and the Canary (dir: Paul Leni, 1927) Silent film w/ live score from Evan Hydzik

6:10pm – Dark Waters–Director’s Cut, (dir: Mariano Baino, 1993) Director Mariano Baino in person

8:30pm – The Funhouse (dir: Tobe Hooper, 1981) Tribute to Tobe Hooper

10:35pm – Great Choice (dir: Robin Comisar, 2017) TIFF award-winning short film

10:45pm – In The Mouth of Madness (dir: John Carpenter, 1994)


12:35am – Hellraiser (dir: Clive Barker, 1987)

2:35am – Ginger Snaps (dir: John Fawcett, 2000) Only remaining 35mm print in existence

4:45am – Tales From The Hood (dir: Rusty Cundieff, 1995)

6:45am – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (dir: Rachel Talalay, 1991)

8:30am – Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (dir: Jalmari Helander, 2010)

10:10am – The Craft (dir: Andrew Fleming, 1996)

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