Music Box of Horrors 2021

Sat, Oct 23rd, 2021 to Sun, Oct 24th, 2021
24 Hours of Movie Madness! | Please Read Our COVID Notice Below Before Purchasing Tickets | Sponsored by Creepy Co
(July 23rd - October 22nd) $30 General Admission / $25 Music Box Members
(Day of, October 23rd)  $35 General Admission / $30 Music Box Members
That chill creeping up your spine can only mean one thing: The return of THE MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS! Join us for 24 hours of movie madness, featuring the spookiest scares, creepiest creature features, and rare cult oddities. Plus, special guests, giveaways, vendors, and much more! Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements on this page. Music Box of Horrors 2021 will start at Noon on October 23rd. Passes gain entry for you to come-and-go throughout the entire 24 hours. Please read our COVID notice below before purchasing your ticket***
Titles Announced

- ARACHNOPHOBIA (Dir. Frank Marshall, 109 mins, 1990, 35mm) 

A movie that's a proven favorite with those deathly afraid of our eight-legged friends the arachnids, Arachnophobia is a creepy, crawly comedy best watched with a can of bug spray at the ready. When a giant Venezuelan spider discovered by entomologist Dr. James Atherton (Julian Sands) finds its way to a rural California town, it draws the residents into a web of hair-raising horror. The new town doctor, Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels), deathly afraid of spiders, is the lucky host to the foreign arachnid, who takes up residence in his barn and mates with a local female spider. And when their offspring hatch it'll be up to the idiosyncratic bug slayer Delbert McClintock (John Goodman) to save the day...

CALVAIRE (Dir. Fabrice du Welz, 88 mins, 2004, 35mm)

After finishing his gig at a retirement home, traveling singer Marc Stevens heads back on the road. It's just before Christmas, the weather is terrible and his van breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Luckily there's a remote village nearby and the local innkeeper offers him shelter. His wife has supposedly gone missing and now the village is populated entirely by men.

Sharing the gritty aesthetics and true grit of its '70s predecessors, from Deliverance to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, du Welz's feature debut is a brutal, but astute, unique and distinctly Belgique take on survivalist urbanoia. A "final boy" stranded in the Belgian backwoods. A dark and twisted parable of need and desire. This is the sort of film that will slowly creep beneath your skin without you realizing it, until you find yourself trapped in its truly terrifying and soul-shaking conclusion....and by then it's too late.

- DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE (Dir. William Crain, 87 mins, 1976, 35mm) ***Director William Crain in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A***

Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) is a noteworthy scientist who is working on an experimental remedy for liver damage. Along with his colleague, Dr. Billie Worth (Rosalind Cash), he perfects a serum that has the potential to reverse damaged liver tissue. Pryde also donates his services as a medical practitioner to a free clinic in the Watts projects. Pryde begins a series of unorthodox experiments to test his serum on himself, and the results are disastrous... he transforms into a hulking white-skinned prostitute-murdering lunatic.

Coming off the success of Crain's debut feature Blacula, American International Pictures was eager to keep pumping out Blaxploitation horror fare. Director William Crain gives us one of the most wildly inventive adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Novella -- laced with elements from the real life horror that was the Tuskegee syphilis experiments -- throws it in a blender with a handful of Blaxploitation sleaze requirements, prescient themes of Black Power, class, & race, some stellar performances and special effects (by the one and only Stan Winston!), & births one of the most audacious, absurd, & thought provoking films of the era that perhaps hits even harder now than when it was originally released.

- THE FACULTY (Dir. Robert Rodrigues, 104 mins, 1998, 35mm) 

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers are from another planet. As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students' bodies, it's ultimately up to the few who are left-an unlikely collection of loners, leaders, nerds, and jocks-to save the world from alien domination. Directed by Robert Rodriguez & written by Kevin Williamson (SCREAM), & featuring an unbelievable cast including Jordana Brewster (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS), Clea DuVall (BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER), Josh Hartnett (HALLOWEEN H2O), Salma Hayek (DESPERADO), Elijah Wood (MANIAC), Jon Stewart, Usher, Piper Laurie (CARRIE), and so many more!! 

THE HANDS OF ORLAC (Dir. Robert Wiene, 93 mins, 1924, Format TBD) ***Live Score by Maxx McGathey*** 

Reuniting the star and director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Hands of Orlac is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism.

Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist played by MBOH favorite Conrad Veidt (The Man Who Laughs) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac’s father is murdered by the dead man’s hands, Orlac begins a steady descent towards madness.

- STRAIT-JACKET (Dir. William Castle, 93 mins, 1964, 35mm) 

When a convicted axe-murderer is released from her twenty year stay at a mental institution, she reconnects with family for a shaky homecoming. But when the chop-chop-chopping recommences, is history repeating itself or is something more sinister at play? You’ll find out when Strait-Jacket mounts to its crescendo of electrifying terror! Screen icon Joan Crawford gives a shattering portrayal of a frantic woman in this classic William Castle shocker from the pen of Psycho-scribe Robert Bloch - Text Courtesy of the New Beverly Cinema

- TENEBRE (Dir. Dario Argento, 110 mins, 1982, 35mm

Argento’s return to his giallo roots after veering off into gonzo horror/fantasy, Tenebre features Anthony Franciosa as an American author of potboiler thrillers who, promoting a new book in Rome, finds that a murderer is re-enacting his most ghoulish flights of literary fancy. Argento uses the occasion to scale new, dizzying heights of his own, employing bravura crane shots, brazenly baroque lighting, and the iconic moment of a razor slashing through white cotton. Print courtesy of the Phil Blankenship collection at the Academy Film Archive.

- More Titles and Information to Be Announced!

***Important Note before Purchasing your Music Box of Horrors 2021 Pass​​*** 

All 2021 Music Box of Horrors attendees entering the Music Box Theatre will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have proof of a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours. Proof will need to be shown at the door before entering.  The COVID situation is ever-evolving and the above is our current plan to ensure the wellness of all who attend the Music Box of Horrors marathon. If any of this changes, we will alert all ticket buyers and update this webpage accordingly. 

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