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Spooks and Slices: Double Feature

October 31, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at the Library on Halloween for a double feature scary movie event, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920) and “The Shining” (1980).  This event is sponsored by Arni’s Restaurant.  Patrons can look forward to free Arni’s pizza, giveaway prizes, and plenty of scares!

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (from IMDB.com).  Released in 1920, this masterclass in German Expressionist cinema will leave you feeling haunted in the way only a silent horror film can do.  Film fans might notice that the director, Robert Weine, would later go on to direct horror classic “The Hands of Orlac” (1924).

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. (from IMDB.com).  Depending on who you ask, this is one of the best horror films ever made.  Certainly, Kubrick is one of the best film directors to have ever lived, but that doesn’t make him a good person.  The Shining (1980) keeps you on edge, manipulates your emotions, and leaves you feeling freaked.  Film buffs will know that Stanley Kubrick went to absurd lengths to deliver a certain stilted fear from the actors, such as making Jack Nicholson only eat cheese sandwiches on set (which he hated) in order to keep him agitated or making Shelly Duvall conduct over 100 takes of a pivotal scene that caused her to have a nervous breakdown.  The Shining was fully designed to make you feel disoriented and uncomfortable.

Doors will open at 3:00 PM for patrons to grab some pizza and a good seat.  This program is for adult patrons, and requires no registration.  One film is rated “R”, so viewer discretion is advised before attending.


October 31, 2023
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Maple Room