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Horror 101 Comes to Gateway Film Center

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you know what that means: horror movies.

No, you say? Well, Gateway Film Center aims to change your tune. Thursday, February 14 kicks off their new program Horror 101 with a big Valentine’s party and the tortured romance of Candyman (1992).

According to Gateway’s president and programmer Chris Hamel, “The film center is mission driven and part of our mission is giving people an opportunity to fall in love with the movies. Sometimes that means we get to focus on films from the past or films that are from a specific genre. Horror 101 allows us to do both of those things.”

Following up on their successful Cult 101, a yearlong dive into the best cult films, Gateway’s Horror 101 will screen 101 different horror films, from classics like Carnival of Souls (1962) to camp standards including Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), from boundary-pushing foreign titles like I Saw the Devil (2010), Inside (2007) and Martyrs (2008) to goofy favorites such as Beetlejuice (1988).

“When we did Cult 101, audiences connected with those in a way we hadn’t necessarily seen before,” Hamel says. “We had lots of people asking us what the next big program like that would be. Horror 101 became the second opportunity to recognize a genre in this way.”

The slate of films began to take shape more than a year ago, Hamel says, when he first decided to attempt the series. Months of research across subgenres and into licensing rights led to a “cheat sheet” of sorts containing hundreds of titles, which he sent to a panel, whose votes determined the final 101 films. Panelists were encouraged to select titles not found on the list as well.

“National and local news outlets, filmmakers, studios, distributors, critics and programmers were selected to help the film center with its final picks,” Hamel explains. “Contributors include representatives from Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, IFC Films, Paramount, MPI Media and Dark Sky Films, Magnolia Pictures, Nightmares Film Festival, Days of the Dead, Fangoria, MaddWolf and more.”

Hamel was pleased by the diversity in the choices and pleasantly surprised by a few of the titles that made the final cut, pointing out the punishing film Antichrist (2009), the polarizing The Witch (2015) and some contemporary foreign films that he hadn’t originally expected to see in the lineup, among others.

“I was pleasantly surprised that The Masque of the Red Death (1964) made the list,” he says. “I’ve always loved that film. I was pleased People Under the Stairs (1991) made the list, but surprised, too. I think there’s a desire to revisit horror masters. Wes Craven had a lot of films that were thought of as cast offs when they released, but people are rediscovering them.”

Gateway will launch the program on Valentine’s Day with a bash.

“The first night is going to be a huge party,” Hamel says. “We have great partners like Fright Club and MaddWolf, Nightmares Film Festival and Killumbus, and we’re excited to get all those groups in one room to see Candyman.”

“Throughout the series we’ll be announcing lots of surprise details,” Hamel says. Chief among these surprises will be opportunities to see some of the films on VHS.

“That includes the second night of the program, February 15,” Hamel says. “We’ll be screening Candyman again, this time from VHS on a VCR through our digital projector. That’ll be a pizza party night. Mikey’s Late Night Slice will be here. Everybody who comes will receive a slice.”

Anything else to expect from the surprise VHS nights?

“You can count on the fact that I will definitely mess with the tracking,” he says. “And probably rewind some scenes just ‘cause I can.”

The Candyman pizza party doesn’t end with the final credits roll.

“Afterwards we’re going to go to the speakeasy under Late Night Slice right up High Street and there’ll be an after party,” Hamel says. “People can expect a lot of interventions like that.”

The series kicks off Thursday, February 14. Candyman screens at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the launch party with guests and prizes.

Gateway will release each month’s lineup around the 15th of the previous month. Regular ticket prices apply. Normal ticket pricing applies to all screenings.

Visit www.gatewayfilmcenter.org for more information.

Full Horror 101 lineup, listed alphabetically:


28 Days Later (2002)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Alien (1979)
Altered States (1980)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Antichrist (2009)
Audition (1999)
The Babadook (2016)
Battle Royale (2000)
Beetlejuice (1988)
The Birds (1963)
Black Christmas (1974)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Candyman (1992)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Carrie (1976)
Cat People (1942)
The Changeling (1980)
Child’s Play (1988)
The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)
Creepshow (1982)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dead Alive (1992)
The Descent (2005)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Dracula (1931)
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Eraserhead (1977)
Evil Dead II (1987)
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Exorcist (1971)
The Fly (1986)
Frankenstein (1931)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Fright Night (1985)
Get Out (2017)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1954)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Hellraiser (1987)
Hereditary (2018)
High Tension (2003)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The House of the Devil (2009)
House On Haunted Hill (1959)
I Saw The Devil (2010)
Inside (2007)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Jaws (1975)
King Kong (1933)
The Last House On The Left (1972)
Let The Right One In (2008)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Martin (1977)
Martyrs (2008)
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Misery (1990)
The Mummy (1932)
Near Dark (1987)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Night of the Hunter (1955)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Nosferatu (1922)
The Omen (1976)
The Orphanage (2007)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Paranormal Activity (2007)
The People Under The Stairs (1991)
Pet Semetary (1989)
Phantasm (1979)
Poltergeist (1982)
Psycho (1960)
Re-Animator (1985)
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
The Ring (2002)
Ringu (1998)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Saw (2004)
Scanners (1981)
Scream (1995)
Se7en (1995)
The Shining (1980)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Suspiria (1977)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Thing (1982)
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Videodrome (1983)
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Witch (2015)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Zombie (1979)

Read more from Hope at MADDWOLF and listen to her horror movie podcast, FRIGHT CLUB.

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