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Trylon microcinema Offers Two Unusual Halloween Frights This Week

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Do you need to get your horror-movie fix before All Hallow's Eve? Want to get out of the house before the November cold shuts you in? Then be sure to check out the Trylon microcinema's festive programming this week.

Last month, Trylon co-hosted the Alien Invasion film series with All-Star Video at the Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. This month, Trylon's Halloween programming has been in full swing.

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For those unfamiliar with the venue, the Trylon is a 50-seat theater in the Longfellow neighborhood, next door to Peace Coffee and down the street from Harriet Brewing on Minnehaha Avenue. The space is run by local nonprofit Take-Up Productions, who focus mostly on revival-house programming, aiming to bring great films back to the big screen. For Trylon, this involves screenings from cinema's golden age, filmmaker retrospectives, cult classics from various eras, and B-movies.

The group works with other local historic theaters too, such as the Riverview Theater in Longfellow, and the Heights in Columbia Heights. The Trylon is one of few theaters left in the Twin Cities that shows 35mm film -- a precious rarity these days.

French horror series Quelle Horreur comes to an end tomorrow with Claire Denis's erotic horror piece, Trouble Every Day (2001). The film, which follows an American couple honeymooning in Paris as the newlywed husband secretly participates in scientific studies on human libido, is an exciting modern twist on vampire mythology. While there may be blood and monsters, the series draws attention to French horror films that explore the human psyche.

Meanwhile, the Bloody Hilarious: Meta Horror series offers screenings of Hausu this week. Hausu centers on a group of young schoolgirls as they visit their friend's ailing aunt in rural Japan. Things take a grim turn when their host's home begins to devour them one by one. Hausu was director Nobuhiko Obayashi's first feature, and the cast is made up mostly of non-actor models he met while directing television commercials. Despite the special effects being bizarrely childish, the film was a box office hit upon its release in 1977. Hausu screens on Halloween night through November 2.

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It's cash-only at the Trylon, and admission is almost always $8 per screening. If you really enjoy your first visit, you can opt for a $25 five-movie punch card. You can check out the rest of the Trylon's programming here.