Halloween week at The Tull Family Theater

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 11:34 AM


Halloween Week brings something scary (and enjoyable) for every age and interest at The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley.

Opening on Friday, Oct. 25 and playing daily through Halloween, Oct. 31:

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a Spielberg spectacular for kids of all ages, “is an outstanding family movie, one of the all-time best. Its themes of loyalty, trust, and caring are both affecting and easy to understand, and Elliott and E.T.’s extraordinary friendship is one of cinema’s most enduring,” says Common Sense Media. Don’t forget your Reese Pieces before you select the best seat in the house!

Vertigo teams champion thriller director Alfred Hitchcock with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. The 1958 film, says Ebert.com, “is one of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made, is the most confessional, dealing directly with the themes that controlled his art. … He is represented by Scottie (Stewart), a man with physical and mental weaknesses (back problems, fear of heights), who falls obsessively in love with the image of a woman …When he cannot have her, he finds another woman and tries to mold her, dress her, train her, change her makeup and her hair, until she looks like the woman he desires.” And then… well, you just have to see it.

On Halloween night, Oct. 31, Hitchcock fans can double-down with a screening of Vertigo followed by the 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. special screenings of Psycho, the 1960 film that gave Anthony Perkins a chilling role in sequels and became Janet Leigh’s most memorable role in her 50 cinematic appearances. “After half a century of terror, Psycho is still ensuring that no one feels safe in the shower,” declares the UK’s Guardian. “The terror (for novel author Robert Bloch), lay in the fact that the killer ‘could be the person sitting next to you.’” So, when you watch this thriller, choose your seatmate wisely!

The Theater’s last screening on Halloween night, at 10:15 p.m., gives patrons a peek at the campy world of Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

“Dr. Furter is played by a British actor named Tim Curry, who had the stage role in London and Los Angeles and bears a certain resemblance to Loretta Young in drag,” Ebert continues. “He’s the best thing in the movie, maybe because he seems to be having the most fun.”

“Will it appeal to everyone?” asks the BBC.com. “Certainly not. But for those willing to experiment with something a little bit different, a little bit outré, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a lot to offer.”

For tickets and more showtimes, visit www.thetullfamilytheater.org.