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'Rocky Horror Picture Show' returns to the Historic Palace Theater

Almost everyone likes to be scared on Halloween and the Hamburg Palace Theatre is ready to oblige.

This year there will be three Halloween features, Halloween (PG-13), Mad Monster Party (PG) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R).

At 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, there will be a showing of “Halloween,” the 1978, low budget, independent slasher horror film which was directed, produced and scored by John Carpenter and co-written with Debra Hill.

The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, in her film debut, and Donald Pleasence and took place in a fictional mid western town in Illinois.

This was the first installment in what later became the Halloween franchise.

For the younger audience, a free showing of the 1967 Rankin/Bass stop motion animated movie “Mad Monster Party” (PG) will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The movie, written by Harvey Kurtzman (Mad Magazine creator) and Alan Rankin was a spoof of horror themes, complete with musical numbers and many inside jokes.

The cast includes the voices of Boris Karloff as Baron Boris von Frankenstein, Phyllis Diller as the wife of the Frankenstein monster, Gale Garnett as Francesca and Allen Swift as Yetch.

Making appearances at the party are: Dracula, the Werewolf, the Creature, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and a whole lot more.

As it does every year, the Palace will be showing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (R) cult movie favorite which first hit the big screen in 1975.

The film is an adaptation of the British rock musical stage play, “The Rocky Horror Show” by Richard O’Brien, who wrote the book and lyrics for the stage. It is a parody of B-movies, science fiction and horror films of the late 1940s though the early 1970s.

Jim Sharman, who directed the film, collaborated on the screenplay with O’Brien and introduced Tim Curry to audiences. The film also features Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and cast members of the original Kings Road production which was presented in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre, in London.

The movie will be held at midnight on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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