Drive-in film festival features horror shorts, horror classic and the grim reality of time

Bummed about no Halloween? Well, the Catalina Film Festival’s Carpool Cinema and Drive-Thru Red Carpet might just be able to help you with that, this weekend. Sure, it’s happening a full month before Pumpkin Day and you’ll be in your car most of the time, but if the whole point of the exercise is getting the bejeezus scared out of you, this just might work.

Friday’s drive-in event, starting at 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center (855 Elm Ave.) is Wes Craven Fright Night Friday and features multiple short, horror films with gory titles such as “Overkill” and “In the Deathroom” though, for some reason, we’re a lot more freaked out by whatever it is “Milk Teeth” is selling.

If you drive back in on Saturday, you’ll see an entirely different program dubbed Saturday Night Social Club, which may not sound very scary (shoutout, Count Floyd) at first, that is, until you learn all the films, with titles such as “Thank You Kindly,” “Balloon” and “Ride In Progress,” all deal with people and relationships, coming of age and talking, and we all know how horrific that can be.

Saturday ends on an absolutely gruesome note with a 35th anniversary screening of “The Breakfast Club.” What’s so scary about that? Well, if we read between the lines, it seems to suggest that it’s been 35 years since “The Breakfast Club” came out.





Anyway, this isn’t one of those free events. It’ll cost you $40, which isn’t cheap but, since the thing is called Carpool Cinema, if you have three or four people in your auto, the whole thing will actually cost less than going to a movie theater, which used to be a thing.

Catalina Film Festival’s Carpool Cinema and Drive-Thru Red Carpet takes place Friday and Saturday, each night beginning at 6 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Event Center located at 855 E. Elm Ave. Organizers believe these puppies are going to sell out so they strongly suggest getting your tickets soon. You can do that by clicking here.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.