Athens Ciné will present an annual series of drive-in horror films

After a Successful summer race that brought the crowds of Athens together under the stars every Tuesday in the General Time Athens parking lot on Newton Bridge Road, the Cine Drive-In will switch to Saturday night for its annual horror series Schlocktoberfest.

To keep the season ringing right, drive-in patrons will be treated to a double bill of Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 “Chainsaw Massacre,” followed by Sam Raimi’s splat-stick comedy horror. in 1987’s “Evil Dead II” starting at 8 p.m. on October 2.

The full lineup includes “Return of the Living Dead” on October 9, “Drag Me to Hell” on October 16, and “The Lost Boys” on October 23, and will conclude on October 30 with back-to-back screenings. from the original 1978 “Halloween” followed by its 1981 sequel.

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“Scheduling films is the most important thing we do,” said Nick Gould, director of technical operations at Ciné. “It’s always about finding that balance between what will appeal to the community and maintaining our quality standards for good movies.”

Unlike the Ciné cinema space on Hancock Avenue, who started requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter last monththis policy will not be in place for the drive-in, which includes oversized and remote parking spaces and outdoor concessions.

Although an official announcement has yet to be made, Gould said he expects Schlocktoberfest audiences to come dressed in costumes later this month, and contests with prizes are in the works. . Gould also said he expected “frivolity” as the films shown tend to elicit vocal reactions from the crowd.

“We want to hear people screaming,” Gould said.

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Andrea G. Henderson