Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Januscary Film Festival at Harris Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the Januscary Film Festival at the Harris Theater, six classic and new horror films are coming to the historic theater throughout the first week of January. Januscary kicks off with a FREE screening of John Charpentier‘s, The Thing on Saturday, January 1 at 8:00 p.m., a free ticket is required for entry. The remaining five films include Hellbender, Night Drive, Eyes of Fire, Let the Wrong One In and We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which will run on select days and times from January 1-6. Buy tickets to any screening of all five Januscary Film Festival films and save $3.00 per ticket. For in-person tickets, please visit the Harris Theater box office, call 412-456-6666 or visit TrustArts.org/Film.

“Most theaters schedule classic horror movies around Halloween, but once the holiday craze dies down, horror fans still want to see their favorite movies and brand new releases outside of it. of the spooky season,” says Joseph Morrison, director of programming and location, Harris Theatre. “That’s where the inspiration for Januscary came from, and it gave me the opportunity to bring underrated cult classics and overlooked new films that true horror fans will love.”

The concept for Januscary originated while Joseph was working at the Hollywood Theater in 2017, and this is the first year the film festival has been held at the Harris. With a focus on new releases and restorations, it’s the only festival of its kind in the Pittsburgh area. “While I was in Hollywood, I worked with amazing board members like Rich Dalzatto and Sandy Stuhlfire (of Horror Realm), and great staff, including Sticks Downey and Gerrell Marsh, and a concession operator named John Marek. John was studying graphic communication at the time and created our very first Januscary logo. I’m so glad he came back and created the Januscary Film Festival 2022 logo.”

Januscary programming:

The thing

January 1 | 20:00
A free ticket is required for entry.
Director John Charpentier took on the 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing from Another World, produced by howard hawksand turned it into something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing, pitting a helicopter pilot wearing a sombrero against Kurt Russell and a team of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a voracious, shape-shifting alien. From the haunting opening shots of a sled dog fleeing through the snow to the apocalyptic ending of fire and ice, this ranks with Ridley Scott‘s Alien as one of the finest (and most beautifully crafted) sci-fi films of the past 40 years. The imagery, often bordering on Dalí, is always powerful. The film was woefully underrated by critics upon its initial release, but its stock has steadily risen in the decades since as one of the smartest, scariest, and most unrelenting horror films. compromise of the 1980s. Also featuring keith david and David Clennon.

master of hell

January 1 | 5:30 p.m.; January 6 | 20:00
Sixteen-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) suffers from a rare condition that has kept her isolated on a mountaintop with her mother (Toby Pose) all his life. As Izzy begins to question her illness, she pushes back her confinement and secretly befriends Amber (Lulu Adams), another girl living in the mountains, but her newfound happiness is derailed after eating a living worm. as part of a juvenile game and finds an insatiable and violent hunger awakening in her. To understand hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family’s past and the ancient power of her bloodline.

eyes of fire

January 2 | 20:00
The seminal American folk horror film, unavailable on home video for decades, now debuts in a new 4K restoration from Severin Films. Set in 1750 during the colonial era of what would become America, an adulterous preacher is expelled from a small British colony along with his motley crew of followers, who head downstream to establish their own colony above. across the western border. Protected by the mysterious powers of the mad witch Leah, and feeling guided by providence, they journey through Shawnee territory to a forest enchanted by strange spirits – brought to life by incredible handmade optical effects – unaware of the heart of darkness in which they have wandered. . Come join us in the valley where the lost blood accumulates and where the trees speak of forgotten horrors. Restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

night drive

January 2 | 5:30 p.m.; January 3 | 20:00
Russell (AJ Bowen) is a Los Angeles driver who is reeling from a series of bad decisions. As her life seems to be caught in a downward spiral, a business proposition from a seductive but enigmatic passenger named Charlotte (Sophie Dalah) proves too good to turn down. A simple jaunt turns deadly, catapulting Russell to an even darker place, but Charlotte may be the key to a second chance he thought he’d never get…if he can make it through the night. Surprising at every turn and with a wickedly dark sense of humour, Night Drive from directors Meghan Leon and Bradford Baruh is a shockingly unforgettable ride with a seemingly normal man and the most abnormal of passengers.

Let in the bad

January 4 | 20:00
Let the Wrong One In follows young supermarket worker Matt, who is a bit too nice for his own good. When he discovers that his older brother Deco has turned into a vampire, he is faced with a dilemma: will he risk his own life to help his brother, blood being thicker than water? Or will he kill him before he spreads the infection further? Film stars upcoming Irish talent Karl Rice and Eoin Duffy, plus Buffy the Vampire Slayer icon Antoine Head, as Henry; a taxi driver with a side business in vampire hunting.

We’re all going to the world’s fair

January 5 | 20:00
A JANUARY PREVIEW BEFORE ITS NATIONAL RELEASE. A remarkable and rare combination of scary and tender, Jane Schoenbrun’s accomplished first tale is a mesmerizing and unsettling tale of the fragility of online existence and the human capacity for change. Anna Cobb embodies the harrowing fragility of adolescence as Casey, an isolated high school student who decides to take on the “World’s Fair Challenge”, a horror role-playing game with the alleged power to enact body modifications and emotional effects. real. Initially using a static webcam aesthetic familiar to fans of recent first-person internet horror, Schoenbrun eventually crafts something unique, a film about deprivation and connection, dysphoria and desire, which allows its characters self-awareness and grace even as they descend deeper into darkness. interior spaces.