I prefer the term “Halloween Month,” because one day just isn’t enough to cover all the cool things you can and should be doing this time of year. So why not get started this weekend with the Halloween Spookshow and Monster Rally? Burning Paradise Video is sponsoring this event as a fundraiser for the upcoming 2010 TromaDance New Mexico Film Festival. For two nights only, Oct. 22 and 23, Guild Cinema in Nob Hill will screen Skeleton Farm’s Halloween Horrorshow. This virtual spook-house ride comes to us from the mad slice-and-splicers at Skeleton Farm, Albuquerque’s premiere found footage alchemists. This feature-length film is a madcap tour through hundreds of classic (and not-so-classic) horror film clips. Brain-melting shock, terror and outright confusion are sure to ensue. The film is only playing Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m., so get your seats early. And to make this an even cooler event, Burning Paradise is sponsoring a full-on monster rally on Friday night. What’s a monster rally? Well, it’s just like a zombie crawl, except it doesn’t discriminate against other forms of monstrosity. Throw on your best creature outfit and meet up on the southeast corner of UNM’s Johnson Field starting at 10 p.m.
This Thursday, Oct. 21, the New Mexico Post Production Professional Association will have its quarterly meeting for fall. If you’re involved, or at least interested, in the post-production side of filmmaking, these are the people to hook up with. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Santa Fe Complex (632 Agua Fria in Santa Fe). Following coffee, snacks and registration, there will be a committee report on “Coming Together: The Legislative Battle Ahead.” At 10:45, there will be a post-production study on the local feature Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer moderated by UNM ARTS Lab’s Eric Renz-Whitmore. Following lunch will be more case studies involving “Invisible VFX” and the new short “The Incredible Voyage of Captain Hook.” A post-meeting party and professional mixer will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Rio Chama Steakhouse (414 Old Santa Fe Trail). Admittance to the day’s events is free to NMPA members, $40 to the general public and $25 for Santa Fe Film Festival pass holders. For event details and directions, log on to nmpa-fall2010.eventbrite.com.
Michael J. Nelson and the rest of the “MST3K” gang are tackling one of my seasonal faves, the classic Vincent Price chiller House on Haunted Hill, with their latest RiffTrax screening. The event will take place live on Thursday, Oct. 28. Downtown 14, Rio 24 and Cottonwood 16 will all screen it beginning at 6 p.m. Log on to fathomevents.com for details and ticket info.