Gateway Film Center is proud to present the only weekly horror film festival in the United States. Each week Nightmares on High Street delivers a mix of central Ohio premieres, cult classics, and tributes to stars and genre master filmmakers who create edge-of-your-seat entertainment.
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THE EXORCIST (1973) - Oct. 03
Based on the best selling novel by William Peter Blatty. When a 12-year old girl is possessed by demons, a young priest takes it upon himself to selflessly save her at the behest of her famous movie-star mother.
POLTERGEIST (1982) - Oct. 10
With POLTERGEIST (1982), directed by Tobe Hopper (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same time as Spielberg's E.T., the film presents the dark side of Spielberg's California suburban track homes. The film centers on the Freeling family, a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. The father, Steve (Craig T. Nelson), has fallen asleep in front of the television, and the dog saunters around the house revealing the other family members -- Steve's wife Diane (JoBeth Williams), sixteen-year-old daughter Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old son Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke). Soon strange things begin to happen around the house; the pet canary dies, mysterious storms occur, and Carol Ann is summoned to the TV set, where a strange shaft of green light hits her and causes the room to shake ("They're he-e-ere!"). As curious events continue, Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television, where she begins to talk to "the TV people." Soon Carol Ann is sucked into a closet, disappearing from this reality plane. Unable to find his daughter, Steve consults Dr. Lesh (Beatrice Straight), a para-psychologist from a nearby college. Lesh finds that paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household she is unable to deal with it and sends for clairvoyant and professional exorcist Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) to examine the house in hopes of finding Carol Ann. Tangina makes a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.
HALLOWEEN (1978) - Oct. 17
Halloween night, 1963. A six year old child (Michael Myers) murdered his 17-year-old sister. He was locked away at Smith’s Grove-Warren Sanitarium for 15 years, but on October 30, 1978, things were about to change. While being transferred, a now 21 year old Michael Myers escapes Smith’s Grove and returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield.
Seventeen-year-old Laurie Strode is a quiet bookworm, preferring babysitting over parties. Her friends, Annie and Lynda, are busy thinking about the fun of Halloween night. That evening, Laurie and Annie are babysitting across the street from each other. Laurie has to keep an eye on Tommy Doyle, while Annie watches Lindsey Wallace. Little do they know that Michael Myers has come home.
Their only hope is Dr. Loomis, Michael’s childhood psychiatrist who has followed Michael’s trail back to Haddonfield. Loomis enlists the help of town sheriff and together the duo search the streets, but the bogeyman is close to his prize for the night: Laurie.
THE SHINING (1980) - Oct. 24
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in this eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel and plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior and Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack.