Horror movies are a great barometer of cultural angst—it's no coincidence that torture-centric fare like the Saw and Hostel series dominated the G.W. Bush years—so it's fitting that the cultural upheaval of 1968 begat some of the all-time-great fright flicks. In conjunction with its ongoing exhibit examining that turbulent year, the Minnesota History Center presents this night of clips from incisive social critiques couched in pulpy escapism. Civil rights, women's lib, and anti-authoritarianism all haunt these classics, which include Roman Polanski's feminist horror story Rosemary's Baby, George Romero's massively influential (and decidedly paranoid, anti-government) Night of the Living Dead, and the outlandishly metaphorical Planet of the Apes. Twin Cities writer and artist Andy Sturdevant will host and dispense analysis. In addition to a cash bar also featuring Halloween candy, the event includes prizes for the winners of games like the 1968 Movie Trivia Smackdown, the Charlton Heston Memorial Line Reading Contest, and the Best Mia Farrow haircut. Call to RSVP.
Mon., Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m., 2011