Get your scare on at the Rio Theatre this weekend

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      If you're looking for some primo horror flicks to get you psyched up for next weekend's arrival of Halloween, the Rio Theatre's got just the blood-stained ticket.

      The fun kicks off tonight (Friday) with Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas, followed by his bizarre 1988 comedy Beetlejuice. Then it's time for Sam Raimi to go for the goofy slapstick chuckles with his 1992 Evil Dead-spawned Army of Darkness.

      Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.

      On Saturday there are no less than five movies lined up, starting with another shot of Beetlejuice, followed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's 2015 vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, Kenny Ortega's 1993 witch comedy Hocus Pocus, and Neil Jordan's 1994 adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire. What better way to top the night off than with the vintage cannibal kicks of Tobe Hooper's 1974 exploitation classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ("gore-geously" remastered).

      Jessica Harper in Suspiria.

      Sunday, the blessed day of rest and decapitation, brings yet another screening of Beetlejuice (they're really milkin' that one), followed by a 2020 remaster of Parasite director Bong Joon Ho's 2003 crime drama Memories of Murder and Roman Polanski's 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin's 1967 devil's-offspring novel Rosemary's Baby. As if saving the best for last, the weekend fades away with the phantasmagoric horrors of Dario Argentino's 1977 giallo classic, Suspiria. It's been remastered in 4K, in case the blood wasn't red enough for ya before.

      For ticket info and showtimes visit the Rio website.

      And for a roundup at what's happening horror-wise at Vancouver theatres on Halloween, see my feature story in next week's issue of the Georgia Straight. Read it on paper for that old-school Argento vibe.