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July 2017

Winter Island Pop Up Drive In -Jaws (SOLD OUT, WALK INS ONLY)

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Winter Island, 50 Winter Island Rd
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT HOWEVER YOU CAN BIKE OR WALK IN FOR FREE! Salem Park, Recreation & Community Services and Creative Salem present the July edition of the Summer Winter Island Pop Up Drive-In series. There will once again be two sets of tickets on sale... Screen Parking Passes for parking vehicles in view of the screen Island Parking passes to have your car parked on Winter Island (Super convenient if you just plan on bringing your…

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September 2017

Salem Horror Fest – Opening Night Party

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Salem Horror Fest partners with the Peabody Essex Museum to bring you the ultimate kickoff to the Halloween season! Featuring PEM special exhibition, It's Alive!: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, come haunt our inaugural Horror Fest with this night of live music, and interactive programming as part of the PEM/PM evening party series. After-hours screening of Night of the Living Dead honoring Duane Jones with the inaugural Salem Horror Award begins at 9pm. NIGHT OF…

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Night of the Living Dead

September 22 @ 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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America: The year is 1968. The Cold War is approaching détente, the Civil Rights Movement is winding down, Vietnam continues to escalate… And then come the zombies, creeping in through the cracks in American life. Taking shelter in an abandoned farm house, seven strangers must navigate their differences before the walls give way to a ravenous zombie horde. This screening will honor Duane Jones as the Salem Horror Award for his cultural contribution to the cinema as one of the…

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M Lamar – Live in Salem

September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ames Memorial Hall, 290 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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This "otherworldly, goth-tinged projection into the distant future of our violent, racially and sexually charged present offers a space of melancholic, alluring, ultimately stirring reflection." - New York Times Join us for this very special performance, featuring Queer Soprano M Lamar, who will perform an assemblage of old spirituals, in the "gothic-devil-worshipping-free-black-man-blues-tradition" in recognition of the 156th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Matinee

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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The escalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis collides with the premiere of a new atomic-age monster picture, MANT. This comedic homage to legendary producer William Castle celebrates the joy of horror cinema and theatrical gimmicks in one of Joe Dante's (Gremlins, The Burbs) most underrated films. Panel discussion to follow.

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Gods and Monsters

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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The last days and career of renown gay horror director James Whale (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man) are explored in this biographical drama set in the time following the Korean War. Panel discussion to follow.

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October 2017

The Haunting

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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A scientist, skeptic, psychic and lesbian begin to question reality as they explore a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of death and insanity in this 1963 horror classic. This screening is in partnership with The Shirley Jackson Awards and Women in Film and Video: New England. Music performance by New York's Victorian goth-punk band The Long Losts. Panel discussion to follow.

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Wicked Shorts 2017

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Wicked Shorts celebrates independent filmmakers with a timely showcase of terrifying horror shorts. Submitted films will be curated and considered for the first annual Orlok Award, named in honor of Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery 10th anniversary. Submit your film here: https://www.salemhorror.com/submit ... Attention screenwriters! This is your chance to shoot a horror short under the mentorship of horror experts in Los Angeles! SCRYPT TO SCREEN CONTEST Presented by our partners: The Film Empire The screenplay will be co-directed by Adam…

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Get Out

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Slavery is a zombie in Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, which falls somewhere between Alfred Hitchcock and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Chris is preparing to meet his girlfriend Rose’s Caucasian family for the first time. What could go wrong? This screening is part of a double feature with People Under the Stairs. Musical performances by Bulla Fey and Monsters On The Horizon.

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People Under the Stairs

October 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Gentrification and racism are among the topics of socioeconomics tackled by this 1991 Wes Craven offering. On his 13th birthday, young Fool attempts to burglarize the house of his family’s evil landlords, before making a horrifying discovery in a tongue-in-cheek tale set in a post-Reaganomic, urban apocalypse. This screening is part of a double feature with Get Out. Musical performances by Monsters On The Horizon and Bulla Fey.

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Tragedy Girls – New England Premiere!

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Salem Horror Fest presents the New England premiere of Tyler MacIntyre's Tragedy Girls, following the unanimously positive response at the 2017 SXSW Festival! Named “one of the freshest, funniest horror-comedies to emerge in ‘Scream’s’ long wake,” by Variety, the film stars Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as two social media-obsessed high school serial killers who use their online show to turn their small town into a frenzy. This screening is a double feature with Friday the 13th…

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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

October 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Jason Voorhees has been imprisoned at the bottom of Crystal Lake for years, until a troubled, and telekinetic teenager unwittingly sets him loose upon the camp, once more. This installment of the franchise steps away from the classic elements of gore, and takes a more supernatural turn. This screening is part of a double feature with Tragedy Girls - New England Premiere!.

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American Psycho

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Do you like Huey Lewis and the News? You never know if it’ll be the last thing you hear. Grab your Walkman and unsettle yourself for this cult-classic interpretation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. Patrick Bateman is an Alpha Male, CEO/psycho, whose murderous, misogynistic fantasies begin bleeding into his reality, in this dark-comedy directed by Mary Harron. This screening is part of a double feature with Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre

October 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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What you are about to see is true. Who’s to say, really? First released while America was struggling with the realities of an oil embargo, the impeachment of a president, and what seemed like endless war, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a direct response to the horrors of its time. This screening is part of a double feature with American Psycho.

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Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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This 1985 camp classic explores the homoerotic horrors of high school when the man of Jesse's dreams Freddy Krueger, claims his body as a portal into the world of flesh. This screening is part of a double feature with Cruising.

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Cruising

October 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Al Pacino stars in this controversial crime thriller from 1980. When human remains begin washing up in the Hudson River, the NYPD sends an undercover officer to investigate a string of murders in the Meatpacking District, in which gay men are targeted specifically. This screening is part of a double feature with Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.

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Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Somewhat of a departure from the slasher genre and Halloween franchise canon, though nonetheless produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Season of the Witch delves into the supernatural as terror takes root in the themes of commercialism, media manipulation, and the superstitions and traditions of All Hallows Eve. This is screening is part of a double feature with Videodrome.

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Videodrome

October 14 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
CinemaSalem, 1 E India Square Mall
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Director David Cronenberg serves up this chilling and surreal gauge at media consumption. James Woods stars as Max Renn, President of a Canadian UHF television station known for its outrageous programming. After coming across a disturbing broadcast from far away, Renn is inspired to deliver high levels of violence to his viewers in ways previously unimagined. This screening is part of a double feature with Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.

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