The Pike Drive-In Theater in Montgomery, PA, has an upcoming double feature that will leave horror fans squirming with antici... pation, as they will host back-to-back screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead this September. In addition to more details on that event, we also have The Devil's Candy Blu-ray, the Realive trailer, and key art and stills from The Lodgers in today's Horror Highlights.

Spookerroo Spectacular Returns to the Pike Drive-in Theater: Press Release: "The Pike Drive-in Theater in Montgomery, PA is bringing a unique screening of two of among the most popular, retro horror classics of all time Friday and Saturday Night Sept. 15 and 16, 2017.

The double feature playing each night will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the cult horror comedy musical and long-time midnight screening perennial at indoor theaters, and the original (1978) Dawn of the Dead, the zombies-invade-a-shopping-mall hit from recently deceased horror movie icon George A. Romero.

The event: Spookerroo Spectacular: The Return! will mark the fifth Spookerroo to play the Pike Drive-in Theater since the fall of 2014. The upcoming Spookerroo will include an extra special pre-show and intermission of vintage horror-themed cartoons, retro horror movie trailers, and concession stand ads.

"We are again presenting a full, old-school style, drive-in horror movie marathon show that used to be commonplace at the once omnipresent drive-in theaters during the 1960's and 1970's," according to show promoter and organizer Don Dzikowski, of Nostalgic Drive-in Theater Newspaper Ads.

The Pike Drive-in is also encouraging the full "audience participation" aspect of Rocky Horror taking place usually at the regular, indoor theater screenings of the film in big cities such as Manhattan. Audience members dress up as the movie's characters and toss rice up in the air, throw toilet paper rolls at the screen, and blow party horns at key moments of the film, among other shenanigans. The open-air, Pike Drive-in allows much more space and freedom for such fun than the usual hardtops showing the film, Dzikowski noted.

In commemoration of the second movie, to be shown second, Dawn of the Dead, some patrons may want to come decked up in bloody and gory zombie outfits and makeup. A "zombie walk" around the drive-in lot prior to showtime is also a possibility.

However, no one is required to wear a costume or take part in the frolicking if they instead just want to sit back and enjoy the two films and added short features, Dzikowski said. The movies will be projected in crystal clear digital on the Pike Drive-in's big, main screen.

In Rocky Horror, straight-laced couple Brad and Janet happen upon one stormy night the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his strange and bizarre entourage, and find he is throwing a wild party. The madness that ensues turns into "an exceedingly grand visual musical rock opera. A satire of the golden days of the B-movie horror and science fiction genres," according to Internet Movie Database.

Rocky Horror is considered both the consummate cult film and, with its celebration of kinky sexual and individual freedom, a cultural phenomenon.

Dawn of the Dead was filmed almost entirely at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA. Cast members and fans converged upon the mall in June of this year for a big reunion and tribute party. A "Living Dead" Museum," open year-round in nearby Evans City, PA, commemorates the movie and its iconic, groundbreaking zombie predecessor, Night of the Living Dead (1968), also filmed in the greater Pittsburgh region.

Dawn of the Dead stands as writer and director Romero's most famous film after Night of the Living Dead (shown at the Pike Drive-in's fall 2016 Spookerroo). Dawn of the Dead further achieves a 92 percent approval rating on, which summarizes critical and audience consensus of the movie as "one of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever made."
"We hope our digital presentation of Dawn of the Dead at a drive-in, where the film often played during its initial release, will pay proper tribute to the movie and its' writer and legendary horror director Mr. George A. Romero, Dzikowski said.

Romero passed away of natural causes in Toronto, Canada on July 16, 2017 at the age of 77.

Admission cost for Spookerroo 2017 will be adults (13 years and up) only $10.00. Children (ages 6 years to 12 years) $6.00. As always the case at the Pike Drive-in, Children 5 and under will be admitted free. Food and beverages will be available at reasonable prices in the Pike's concession stand.

The two films are each Rated R for Restricted, meaning under the age of 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Dawn of the Dead warns of "violent scenes which may be considered shocking."

Gates open at 6:30 pm with the show beginning at dusk.

Pike Drive-in located at 5798 S. Route 15 in Montgomery is operated by Joe McDade. Digital projection work for Spookerroo is being performed by local technician Eric Ryder and Pike Drive-in projectionist Mike Quinn."

To learn more about the Spooker-Roo Spectacular, visit the event's official Facebook page.


The Devil's Candy Blu-ray: Press Release: "Metal rules…but Hell is eternal. A family faces off with evil itself in a house from hell in this hard-rocking shocker from Sean Byrne, the director of The Loved Ones. Filled with punishing violence, The Devil’s Candy makes its Blu-ray debut on September 26th, 2017 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Featuring the music of Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and Sunn O, this thriller also contains a number of bonus features, including commentary with director Sean Byrne, behind-the-scenes visual effects, the “Advantage Satan” short film, a music video, an art gallery, and a theatrical trailer. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

Diehard metal-head and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry, Cheap Thrills, Can’t Hardly Wait) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby, UnReal) and daughter (Kiara Glasco, Maps to the Stars) to a rural Texas town, unaware that the house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Their dream home turns into a nightmare as disturbing demonic occurrences culminate with the appearance of Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince, Identity), the home’s former resident – who’s destined to do the devil’s bidding.

The Devil’s Candy Bonus Features

Commentary with director Sean Byrne

Behind-the-Scenes Visual Effects

“Advantage Satan” Short Film

Music Video

Art Gallery

Theatrical Trailer"


Realive Trailer: Press Release: "NEW YORK, NY – July 12, 2017 – Syfy Films today announces the release of the upcoming sci-fi film REALIVE, in theaters on September 29 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 3. The film is written and directed by Mateo Gil (“Vanilla Sky,” “The Sea Inside”). The cast includes Tom Hughes (“About Time,” “London Town”), Charlotte Le Bon (“The Walk,” “The Hundred-Foot Journey”), Oona Chaplin (“Taboo,” “Game of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (“The Fall,” “The Journey,”). REALIVE premiered at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal followed by official selections of the FrightFest Film Festival in the U.K. and Sitges International Film Festival in Spain.

In REALIVE, Marc Jarvis (Tom Hughes) is diagnosed with a disease and given a short time to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. 60 years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first cryogenically frozen man to be revived in history. Marc discovers a startling future, but the biggest surprise is that his past has accompanied him in unexpected ways.

REALIVE is produced by Ibon Cormenzana and Ignasi Estapé of Arcadia Motion Pictures, in coproduction with Jérôme Vidal of Noodles. Marina Fuentes of Dreamcatchers acted as associate producer.

For more information on the film, please visit"

Trailer via EW:


The Lodgers Key Art & Stills: "The first screenplay by David Turpin, the film was directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) and stars Charlotte Vega ([REC] 3: Genesis), Bill Milner (X:Men: First Class), David Bradley (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”).

Synopsis: "A gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920’s rural Ireland. But they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, the twins must face the terrible truth about their family’s ghostly tormentors."

The Lodgers will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017 at Scotiabank 3 at 7:15 PM.

Images courtesy of Martin Maguire and Conor Dowling:

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