/Film LA: Above's Celebrity Arrows, Halloween Horror Nights, House Of The Devil, Dom DeLuise And Jamie Lee Curtis Tributes

In today's edition of /Film LA, I take a look at the most interesting upcoming film events in the Los Angeles area: the unexplained phenomena of celebrity arrows hanging from telephone wires, Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights, a two-day tribute to Jamie Lee Curtis (featuring screening discussions with the actress), The House of The Devil with director Ti West in person, a double feature tribute to the late comic actor Dom DeLuise featuring appearances by Mel Brooks and the DeLuise family, and more. Hit the jump to learn more!

It's hard to drive around Los Angeles without noticing these strange arrows featuring the face of celebrities dangling from the telephone wires. They started popping up over the Summer, and I've had numerous conversations about what their purpose might be. You can watch a video about the arrows below:

We now have an answer thanks to LAist, who informs us that it is the work of the underground street artist known as Above.

Above flew to Los Angeles for 12 days and hung his new revised "Movie star arrow mobiles" in the heart of Hollywood giving Los Angeles a large dose of exactly what it obsesses about; movies and the actors that make the city of Los Angeles so uniquely scandalous. Taking 50 of each the top Male and Female Actors from Hollywood's past and present, Above was able to kick off the start of his 4-month long summer tour in the city of Los Angeles. 100 brand new wooden "Movie Star Arrow Mobiles" were hung in Hollywood and Los Angeles areas.

Universal Studios Hollywood launched "Halloween Horror Nights" earlier this month. The event takes place on consecutive weekends and select weekday nights through Halloween, Sunday, October 31. Remaining event dates are: October 15, 16,17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event. Tickets are on sale with special deals on "Killer Deal Nights" offering up to $20 off regular prices. Here is more information from the official site:

"Halloween Horror Nights" mazes include "A Nightmare On Elm Street™: Never Sleep Again," "Friday the 13TH™: Kill, Jason, Kill!," Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVison" plus "Saw: Game On" and "Vampyre: Castle of the Undead." Among the six "Scare Zones" is a new "La Llorona" experience, based upon the timeless Mexican legend.

"Chucky's Revenge" – an all-new "Terror Tram" experience — plus an express visit to the new blockbuster attraction, "King Kong 360 3-D" Created by Peter Jackson and an all-new "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" show are also featured within the event.

Guests at this year's "Halloween Horror Nights" event at Universal Studios Hollywood will have the exclusive opportunity to board trams bound directly for the blockbuster new ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" created by Peter Jackson. For the first time, round-trip "Skull Island Express" tram rides are being offered only during "Halloween Horror Nights" as an added feature to the nighttime event and will be separate from the park's famous "Terror Tram" backlot attraction. Universal Studios Hollywood's favorite thrill-ride attractions will also remain open for "Halloween Horror Nights" nocturnal affair, many with menacing twists. Favorites include "The Simpsons Ride™," "Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride" and "Jurassic Park® In the Dark."

Here are some behind the scenes videos behind the making of the event:

Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVisionFriday the 13th: Kill Jason Kill and Nightmare on Elm Street: Never Sleep AgainLa Llorona

Friday, October 15th 2010 at 8:00pm: CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre presents a screening of the 2009 independent horror film The House of The Devil with director Ti West in person. The movie will be shown as part of a double feature with Dead Alive. Here are plot synopsis and trailers from Cinefamily:

The House Of The Devil – 8:00pm

Director Ti West's birthday falls in October — fitting, as his first three films fit snug inside the horror genre. West feels no inclination to fit within the tropes of horror, though, opting instead to film the least expected. With master strokes and a modern eye, West focuses instead on killing main characters out of turn, turning red herrings into regular herrings, and throwing pacing off with non-events, which can really fuck with the viewers' expectations. Existing in the same thoughtful oddball horror-zone as Drag Me To Hell and Let the Right One In, The House of the Devil (2009) made waves with horror fans for its build-up driven plot and nods to horror classics. Co-starring horror cult faves Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov, this slow-burn mood piece tracks the fate of Samantha, a college student who unwittingly accepts the terror-wrought nightmare of her life after signing up for a babysitting gig with the creepiest couple this side of "Mom and Dad" from The People Under The Stairs! Ti West will be here for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Ti West, 2009, 35mm, 95 min.

Dead Alive – 10:15pm

Years before Peter Jackson was winning Oscars for family-friendly fare about cuddly Hobbits, he made this wildly enjoyable blood-drenched zombie comedy, one of the best pieces of splatstick ever made. After sharpening his blades with the lo-fi wonders Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles, the New Zealander co-wrote and shot this mad, over-the-top opus warning us all about the dangers of being bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. Once that happens to the lead guy's mother...well, let's just say Bactine and bedrest ain't gonna save her. Thus begins a cavalcade of squirting pus jokes, zombie babies, preening spleens, and possibly the bloodiest climax ever filmed. Who knew lawnmowers had a "zombie" setting?

Dir. Peter Jackson, 1992, 35mm, 97 min.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Friday, October 15th 2010 – Saturday October 16th: The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is holding a two day tribute to actress Jamie Lee Curtis. On Friday they have a double feature of Halloween and The Fog. Curtis will be appearing in person (a discussion with Jamie Lee Curtis) on Saturday for both an early afternoon screening of Freaky Friday and a nighttime double feature of A Fish Called Wanda and True Lies. You can purchase tickets to any or all of the events on Fandango.

Sunday, October 17th 2010 at 7:30pm: The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is presenting a double feature tribute to comic actor Dom DeLuise who died in May. They will screen Mel Brooks' second feature film as director The Twelve Chairs (1970) and Anne Bancroft's 1980 film Fatso. The screening will feature an introduction by Mel Brooks (schedule permitting) and the DeLuise family.Other Upcoming Events (previously featured in /Film LA:

  • Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this Fall: ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure
  • October 18th 2010:  The Ambassadors of Hollywood
  • October 21st – 31st 2010: The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D (composer Danny Elfman in appearance on the 2st)
  • November 1st 2010: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Q&A hosted by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), featuring filmmaker Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O'Malley (the creator of the graphic novel, which the film is based upon).
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