Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Januscary Film Festival at Harris Theater


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the Januscary Film Festival at the Harris Theater, six classic and new horror films will arrive in the historic theater throughout the first week of January. Januscary kicks off with a FREE screening of John Carpenter, The Thing on Saturday January 1 at 8:00 p.m., a free ticket is required for entry. The remaining five films include Hellbender, Night Drive, Eyes of Fire, Let the Wrong One In, and We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, which will take place on select days and times from January 1-6. Buy tickets for any screening of the five films at the Januscary Film Festival and save $ 3.00 per ticket. For in-person tickets, please visit the Harris Theater box office, call 412-456-6666 or visit TrustArts.org/Film.

“Most theaters show classic horror movies around Halloween, but once the holiday craze wears off, horror fans still want to see their favorite movies and brand new releases outside of it. scary season, “said Joseph Morrison, programming and venue director, Harris Theater. “This is where the inspiration for Januscary came from, and it gave me the opportunity to bring in some underrated cult classics and overlooked new movies that true horror fans will love.”

The concept for Januscary was born while Joseph was working at the Hollywood Theater in 2017, and this is the first year the film festival has come to Harris. With a focus on new things and restorations, this is the only festival of its kind in the Pittsburgh area. “While in Hollywood, I worked with amazing board members like Rich Dalzatto and Sandy Stuhlfire (from Horror Realm), and great staff including Sticks Downey and Gerrell Marsh, as well as an operator. dealer named John Marek. John was studying Graphic Communication at the time and created our very first Januscary logo. I’m delighted he’s back and created the Januscary Film Festival 2022 logo. “

January programming:

The thing

January 1 | 20:00
A free ticket is required for entry.
Director John Carpenter took the 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing From Another World, produced by Howard Hawks, and turned it into something darker, fiercer and more disturbing, pitting the pilot against one another. helicopter Kurt Russell and a team of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a voracious, shapeshifter alien being. From the haunting opening shots of a sled dog fleeing through snow to the apocalyptic end of fire and ice, this ranks with Ridley Scott’s Alien as one of the finest (and most beautiful) sci-fi movies. beautifully designed) of the past 40 years. The imagery, often close to Dalí-esque, is still powerful. The film was woefully underappreciated by critics when it was first released, but its stock steadily increased over the following decades as one of the most intelligent, spooky, and uncompromising horror films of the world. 1980s. Also starring Keith David and David Clennon.

Master of Hell

January 1 | 5:30 p.m. January 6 | 20:00
16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) suffers from a rare condition that has isolated her on top of a mountain with her mother (Toby Poser) her entire life. As Izzy begins to question her illness, she pushes her confinement back and secretly befriends Amber (Lulu Adams), another girl living in the mountain, but her newfound happiness is derailed after eating a live worm. as part of a youthful game and found an insatiable and violent hunger awakened in her. To understand hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of his family’s past and the ancient power of his lineage.

eyes of fire

January 2 | 20:00
The flagship American folk horror film, unavailable on home video for decades, is now making its debut in a new 4K restoration from Severin Films. Set in 1750 during the colonial days of what would become America, an adulterous preacher is expelled from a small British colony with his motley crew of followers, who descend the river to establish a new colony beyond the western border. Protected by the mysterious powers of the mad witch Leah, and feeling guided by providence, they traverse Shawnee territory to a forest enchanted by strange spirits – animated by incredible hand-made optical effects – without seeing each other. give an account of the heart of darkness in which they wandered. . Come join us in the valley where lost blood collects, and the trees speak of forgotten horrors. Restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive.


January 2 | 5:30 p.m. January 3 | 20:00
Russell (AJ Bowen) is a driver from Los Angeles who suffers from a series of bad decisions. As her life seems to be caught on a downward spiral, a business proposition from an attractive but enigmatic passenger named Charlotte (Sophie Dalah) turns out too good to be turned down. A single ride turns deadly, catapulting Russell into an even darker place, but Charlotte may be the key to a second chance he thought he never had… if he could make it through the night. Surprising at every turn and with a wickedly dark sense of humor, Night Drive from directors Meghan Leon and Bradford Baruh is an unforgettable and shocking ride with a seemingly normal man and the most abnormal of passengers.

Let in the bad

January 4 | 20:00
Let the Wrong One In follows young supermarket worker Matt, who is a little too nice for his own good. When he finds out that his older brother, Deco, has become a vampire, he is faced with a dilemma: Does he risk his own life to help his brother, blood being thicker than water? Or will it kill it before it spreads the infection further? The film stars future Irish talents Karl Rice and Eoin Duffy, as well as Buffy the vampire slayer icon Anthony Head, as Henry; a taxi driver with a secondary activity in vampire hunting.

We all go to the World’s Fair

January 5 | 20:00
A JANUARY SNEAK PEAK BEFORE ITS NATIONAL RELEASE. Remarkable and rare combination of frightening and tender, Jane Schoenbrun’s first accomplished tale is a mesmerizing and unsettling tale of the fragility of existence online and the human capacity for change. Anna Cobb embodies the heartbreaking fragility of adolescence as Casey, a lonely high school student who sets out to take on the “World’s Fair Challenge,” a horror role-playing game with the presumed power to adopt body modifications and effects real emotional. Initially using a static webcam aesthetic familiar to recent first-person internet horror fans, Schoenbrun ultimately creates something unique, a film about deprivation and connection, dysphoria and desire, which allows his characters to become aware of self and grace even as they descend deeper into the dark inner spaces.


Darcy J. Skinner