Reel World: 48 Hour Horror, Early Interstellar And An Anime Con

Short Scares

Devin D. O'Leary
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The 48 Hour Horror Project is ready to unleash what this year’s participants have wrought. Armed with only a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a random film genre (plus whatever equipment they could beg, borrow or steal), filmmaking teams had just two short days to write, shoot and edit a 7-minute horror short. This Thursday, Oct. 30, at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW), you’ll get a chance to check out the fruits of their labor. All the films shot here in Albuquerque will be grouped into two blocks. Block A runs from 6pm to 8pm. Block B runs from 8:15pm to 10pm. Blocks are $10 apiece or $15 for both. See what our local filmmakers have scared up, and get your fill of vampires, supernatural horror, found footage, witchcraft, sci-fi and more.

Reel World: Scary Cinema Scary Cinema

The KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque is celebrating Halloween with a screening of Wes Craven’s classic supernatural slasher from 1984, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the film starts at 8pm on Friday, Oct. 31. Organizers are screening the film in conjunction with a special backstage “Haunted KiMo” tour, in which visitors are invited to commune with the ghosts that haunt the venerable venue. Unfortunately, the limited tours (one at 6pm and one at 7pm) sold out right away. You’ll have to comfort yourself by simply spending the night in the company of Mr. Krueger and friends. With luck, maybe one of the ghosts will come and sit next to you. Tickets are $5 students/seniors or $7 general admission. You can get them at

Reel World: Anime And More Anime And More

The UNM-based anime convention Con-Jikan is returning for a second year this coming weekend. Japanese animation screenings, cosplay events and video game tournaments are among the convention’s chief attractions. Special guests this year include voice actors Christine Marie Cabanos (“Puella Magi Madoka Magica”) and Kaiji Tang (“Kill la Kill”), local cosplay queen K’Dawn Butler and UNM alumni comic book artist Stephen McCranie (“Mal and Chad”). Con-Jikan Year Two will take place Nov. 1 and 2 at the University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building from 7:30am to 11:45pm on Saturday and 8am to 6pm on Sunday. A full weekend pass will run you $40. Saturday-only passes cost $30; Sunday-only passes cost $25.

Reel World: Star Wars Star Wars

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated sci-fi spectacle Interstellar opens in theaters next Friday, Nov. 7. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as an astronaut searching for humanity’s new home after Earth suffers an ecological disaster. In case you didn’t know, Nolan (director of the Dark Knight trilogy) is a nut for the traditional film medium. He prefers good old 35mm film to shiny digital projection. As a result, he’s actually offering the film early to theaters that can show a physical print. And there aren’t many of those left. Right now, it looks like the only theater in New Mexico to get one of these “pre-release” 35mm prints is the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe (418 Montezuma Ave.). Starting Tuesday, Nov. 4—three full days before anyplace else—you can catch Interstellar at the Jean Cocteau. Tell ’em Christopher Nolan sent you. For up-to-the-minute screening times, go to

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