Friday, October 19, 2018

Charleston-filmed 'Halloween' may slash October debut box office record, which could mean windfall for Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis reportedly taking modest sum plus percent of box office sales

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Jamie Lee Curtis pictured at the L.A. opening of 'Halloween' on Oct. 18, 2018 - HALLOWEEN FACEBOOK
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  • Jamie Lee Curtis pictured at the L.A. opening of 'Halloween' on Oct. 18, 2018
Happy Halloween, Charleston!

If the horror world buzz around the newest Halloween flick is any indication, it could be on its way to breaking box office records this weekend as it opens in theaters nationwide.

Box Office Pro says it is "bullishly" confident that the Charleston-filmed sequel could surpass the recent October opening weekend record, $80.3 million, set by Venom on its release earlier this month.

The Thursday night figures came in around $7.7 million, the strongest opening night for a horror movie this year and the biggest for any R-rated movie since Deadpool 2 in May.
Either way, a successful box office run for Halloween could mean a big payday for its star, Jamie Lee Curtis. For reprising her role as the franchise protagonist Laurie Strode, Curtis reportedly took a modest salary in exchange for a share of the box office take, according to an iHorror report last year. iHorror cites a similar arrangement for Ethan Hawke for his efforts in The Purge and Sinister, which reportedly earned him $10 million for the $112 million combined box office revenue.

It's worth noting that Blumhouse, the horror specialists behind those films, which is known for parlaying huge success with low-budgets, is also involved in Halloween. The film is written, directed, and produced by Charleston-based Rough House Pictures, which includes director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride.

With Curtis' previous work earning her $2-3 million per film, iHorror says, Halloween could mean the biggest take-home in her career.

Halloween officially opens nationwide today.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

You can (and should) rent Halloween VHS movies from Graveface Records

From Cannibal Campout to Chopping Mall

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:42 PM

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If you've still got a VHS player lying around (or better yet, are actively using one), then you'll want to head to King Street's Graveface Records. We know the spot, owned by Ryan Graveface, is a killer record store, but did you know that Graveface also rents out VHS tapes? He estimates the store's backroom has between 400-500 tapes for customers to peruse. What are you waiting for?

In case you're wondering where all these movies came from, well, the VHS stash kinda goes hand in hand with Graveface's horror-specific record label, Terror Vision. Graveface has two recording labels, the aptly titled Graveface Records, which has been around for two decades, and Terror Vision, which he started four years ago. "Terror Vision is specifically film based, and it's not entirely '80s [films], but it's mostly '80s soundtracks that have never seen the light of day," says Graveface. "Or even terrible movies with great soundtracks — because I actually kinda feel bad for composers that spent time making something incredible that's tied to such a shitty movie."

Graveface says that he's found a very different audience for his Terror Vision records, as opposed to those he promotes with Graveface Records. "I think people are exhausted by how much new music there is; Graveface has always been a struggle whereas with Terror Vision, those people are seeking out this stuff. It's a smaller market."

If you're one of those folks actively seeking out not just weird '80s movie soundtracks, but the actual movies, have we got some Halloween specific treats for you. Graveface says that most of his VHS tapes are of the horror and sci-fi persuasion. Once you get a membership card at Graveface Records, you can rent movies for $3 a piece, with a limit of three a day.

"It's perfect for a super dork like myself," says Graveface of the collection, which lives in the back of the store, in a room that he says "doesn't look like you should enter it." (Which means you totally should).

As for Graveface's '80s horror selections? The question almost leaves the man speechless; there are just too many choices. "If people haven't seen Spookies, you gotta rent Spookies," says Graveface. "Cannibal Campout. Killing Spree. Chopping Mall, so fun. Night of the Creeps, incredible. I could list 400 movies." Or you, fine reader, could go and check out 400 movies at Graveface. Thank us later.
Location Details Graveface Records & Curiosities
724-B King St.
Charleston, SC

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It's that time of year — Charleston Music Hall screens four holiday films this December

Ho, ho, holy moly it's almost December

Posted by Jack Kramer on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 12:17 PM

The Charleston Music Hall is putting the lights on the tree early; yesterday they announced this year's Holiday Film Series. Come celebrate the holidays with a lineup of "classic" Christmas movies that will bring holiday cheer. Begin each night with caroling and then watch your favorite movies on a full-sized movie screen. You can purchase tickets online.

The series kicks off Mon. Dec. 10 with a screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Chevy Chase and his family live on.

On Tues. Dec. 11 check out the all-time great It’s a Wonderful Life. Every person in attendance will be given a jingle bell and instructions on how to interact with the film.

Make it a three-fer: On Wed. Dec. 12 CMH screens Die Hard. Whether or not this is actually a Christmas movie (*cough*it is *cough*) is up for debate — but what isn’t is how great it is.

Finally, on Mon. Dec. 17, ELF hits the big screen — and those dressed up as an elf have the opportunity to win a prize.
Location Details Charleston Music Hall
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 853-2252
Music Venue

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Terrace screens 'The Birds' Tues. Oct. 9

Halloween draws near, y'all

Posted by Kevin Young on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 2:53 PM

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This Tues. Oct. 9 the Terrace Theater will present a screening of a film that made such an impact that a scene from it is part of a mural outside the James Island theater. That scene? A young socialite, Melanie Daniels (portrayed by a newcomer named Tippi Hedren),watches an aviary apocalypse while trapped inside a phone booth (remember those?). The film? None other than Alfred Hitchcock’s nutty 1963 classic, The Birds.

Along with Sierra Nevada, Wild Birds Unlimited — a retail store that specializes in bird seed and bird feeding supplies — will be hosting the event. One of the store’s staff members, Emily Davis, a crow enthusiast, will be on hand to share lots of information on her favorite feathered friend.

Whether a lover of the boids or just fan of an animals-gone-amuck classic, fly on down to the Terrace Theater to see a film that was considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.

Tickets for the one-night only event are $12.50. 
Location Details Terrace Theater
Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Highway
James Island
Charleston, SC
Movie Theater

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Limited tickets now available for 'Halloween' sneak peek at Palmetto Grande on Thurs. Oct. 11

Get an early look at Haddonfield, S.C.

Posted by Kevin Young on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 9:51 AM

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On Jan. 13 of this year, principal photography started on a film about a somewhat maladjusted guy named Michael Myers revisiting his old stomping grounds, Haddonfield, Ill., after going on a stabbing and strangling spree forty years earlier.

Now, nine months later, the citizens of Haddonfield (a.k.a. Charleston) can see the results of all that hard work when Rough House Pictures will be hosting a special screening of Halloween at the Regal Palmetto Grande Stadium 16 at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs. Oct. 11. The $12 ticket price will benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital.

Buy your tickets right now (like, right now) on Eventbrite.

The film debuts nationwide on Fri. Oct. 19 with initial showings on Thurs. Oct. 18. (Terrace, Fandango)

Location Details Regal Palmetto Grande Stadium 16
319 Theater Dr.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 216-8696
Movie Theater

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