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Tampa’s horror flick festival

Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors, one of the movies being shown at the Tampa Theatre.

Ivy Bennett-Ford, News Editor

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Every year, horror movie buffs have the option to pile into a car, drive down to the Tampa Theatre and indulge in some serious chills from a movie palace supposedly haunted by late ticket-taker, Robert Lanier.

For the past two years, the staff at Tampa Theatre has turned the odd Halloween-themed film into a festival, playfully dubbing it Nightmare on Franklin Street.

So named for the cult classics of horror fandom and the actual location of the theater on Franklin Street downtown, Night mare on Franklin Street is sure to draw in a wide variety of clientele, from thriller junkies for Eraserhead and nostalgia-seekers with Gremlins and The Witches. The movie wizards are even willing to put on shows to poke fun at horror, like Scream and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

For you Rocky Horror fans, the festival kicks off with the picture show shadow cast by Interchangeable Parts of Seminole 8 and Cheap Little Punks from Tampa Pitcher Show.

Each year, the lineup of movies changes; but the variation is pretty much impeccable. This year, the festival of screams and gore begins on October 17 and will continue until Halloween night. For a full schedule of events, go to tampatheatre.org/fest/nightmare-on-franklin-street-series/

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