Frankenstein's monster and the Mummy are moaning on South Florida's silver screens again.
Through Oct. 31, classic horror and cult movies are being resurrected at multiple theaters, which are luring nostalgic moviegoers with screenings of "Ghostbusters," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Thing."
"You go to a horror movie nowadays, and it's usually something with found footage, like 'Paranormal Activity' or some remake," says Michael Favata, who programs the Lake Worth film series Palm Beach County Grindhouse. "This opens people up to experiences of classic horror that they might never have."
Favata's outfit, which pays tribute to cult and horror films with monthly screenings, will host a showing of the 1985 film "Re-Animator" on Friday, Oct. 23, at Movies of Lake Worth (7380 Lake Worth Road). Favata, 32, founded the group in April to present the kind of films he grew up watching as a teenager (the original "Night of the Living Dead"), but in a big-screen setting. So far, screenings of "Evil Dead 2," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the 1954 Japanese Godzilla film "Gojira" have averaged more than 100 visitors apiece.
"At first, I just wanted to watch my favorite movies on the big screen, and if other people came, that's a plus, too," says Favata, who also operates the horror-movie website Morbid Movies. "But this is the edgier stuff. You're laughing and cringing at all the scenes as a crowd, and there's camaraderie. You can't get that from Netflix."
Favata is hoping his Grindhouse series adds to an abundance of retro-horror screenings in South Florida. His showings join those hosted by the Secret Celluloid Society, a cult-film group presenting weekend offerings at Coral Gables Art Cinema, and Popcorn Nights at Miami independent theater chain O Cinema.
"It's definitely a horror renaissance," Favata says. "People are seeking these films out. Picking the movies is all about finding the balance between obscure and not obscure so you don't alienate their audience."
Following is a guide to cult and horror screenings happening through Halloween:
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," midnight Friday, Oct. 23 at O Cinema Miami Beach (500 71st St.), $15. 786-207-1919 or O-Cinema.org
"Dracula" (1931), 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 28 at multiple Cinemark locations, $7.65-$10.65; Cinemark.com/tcm-presents-dracula-1931
Universal Classic Horror Film Series, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at Silverspot Cinema at the Promenade, 4441 Lyons Road, in Coconut Creek, $13.50-$16; 954-977-9877 or Silverspot.net. Films include "The Mummy" (1932), "Frankenstein" (1931) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), and Silverspot's Trilogy restaurant will serve Halloween-themed cocktails, such as "Scary Mary" Bloody Mary ($10), Candy Corn Margarita ($12) and Pumpkin Martini ($12).
"A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Shining" and "Ghostbusters," Thursday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 23 and Wednesday, Oct. 28, respectively, at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, 2476 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, $6-$55; 512-850-6127 and MiamiUrbanDriveIn.com
Secret Celluloid Society Up All Nite marathon, 11:30 p.m.-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 1 at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 250 Aragon Ave., $7 per screening; 786-385-9689 or GablesCinema.com. Films include "The Thing," "Night of the Demons," "Eraserhead" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."