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Fitness in the Heights with Becca Lee
Growing in Jersey City is excited to announce we are bringing different outdoor workouts to JC Heights with some of our favorite instructors.

Join Becca Lee from Jane Do Jersey City as she takes us through a class combining BARRE NAKED, SPORTS BARRE, and DANCE YOU’RE A$$ OFF, classic Jane Do Classes.

Becca Lee is a dancer with a passion for fitness her whole life which is why JANEDO suits her perfectly. She leads with high energy, motivation, and FUN and strives to have every client complete class with a truly satisfying feeling of accomplishment. The motto she lives by, and tries to pass on to her clients, is if you set your mind to something you CAN and WILL achieve it if you work hard and believe in yourself. Anything is possible!

Meet at the Gazebo in Riverview Fisk Park
Please bring water and a towel and wear sunscreen!

Suggested Donation $10.

 PM 4:00--PM 6:45
"Island of Lost Souls" - Many Faces of Horror Weekend
Starring Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams. 1932, 71mins., B&W. (Screened in 35mm).

Rare 35mm Screening!

“The Island of Lost Souls” may not be among the first titles that come to mind when you think “horror film”, but it should be. Now observing its 85th anniversary, the film has retained its raw power to unnerve. That’s largely due to the vivid, sweaty amorality that Charles Laughton brings to his incarnation of H.G. Welles’ Dr.Moreau, who performs unspeakable experiments transforming animals into human form on his island-laboratory; when a survivor of a ship-wreck lands on the island, Moreau decides to expand his experiments. A lot of mad scientist characters in movies have played God, but few made it seem more morally repugnant, genuinely disturbing – and frightening believable than Laughton.

Bela Lugosi, just a year after playing the lead in "Dracula", gives a remarkable, and not a little poignant performance as one of Moreau's "manimals".

If not as celebrated as the same era’s make-up work at Universal, Paramount’s Wally Westmore's creations here genuinely resemble a grotesque middle ground between humans and animals; he gave Moreau's creations a rough, unpolished quality that suits the story perfectly. And while the film is extremely modest in its on-screen violence, the terrors and mutilations implied off-screen by the hideously pained overheard screams of the "manimals" are as frightening as the most gore-soaked scenes in modern horror movies. In its day, “The Island of Lost Souls” was considered a film that went too far (it was banned in England until the late 1960s), and its rough audacity gives it a power that hasn't dulled all these years later. It will be seen at the Loew’s in a rare 35mm screening.

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids

 PM 5:00--PM 6:30
"House On Haunted Hill" - part of Horror For All Tastes Weekend
With EMERGO! Starring Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Elisha Cook, Jr. Directed by William Castle. 1958, 75mins., B&W. (Screened In 35mm)

“House On Haunted Hill” is a great Halloween movie because it is equal parts spooky, creepy, campy – and fun, replete with floating skeletons and flickering candles, and punctuated with just enough ghastly images to ensure shivers and shrieks. Vincent Price, a screen epitome of fiendish malevolence, plays the sinister owner of a frightening mansion on a desolate hill, who offers $10,000 to anyone who can last one entire night in his haunted house. To set the tone, he festively gives each of his guests a tiny coffin containing a loaded handgun, explaining they’ll need it for protection. Price is in top form, alternating between pure ham and quiet subtlety, able to express a macabre notion simply by arching an eyebrow. The venerable Elisha Cook Jr. has only one task here, to look shell-shocked and mutter predictions of doom, and he performs it with twitchy, sweaty aplomb. The picture twists and turns to a surprise ending. Castle’s trademark style, together with Price’s perfect performance, imbue the film with an infectious and irresistible sense of mischief.

But besides being a movie maker, William Castle was also a movie showman, who always managed to come up with a campy gimmick to help market his films. For “House On Haunted Hill”, Castel’s ads promised the unique experience of “Emergo” - a prop skeleton that "emerged" from the side of the screen at a crucial moment to frighten the audience. Like most of Castle's best films, “House” didn't really need the gimmick, but its presence added to the fun. Campy and creepy in equal measures, “House On Haunted Hill” deserves its status as a horror classic.

Enjoy “House On Haunted Hill” on the Loew’s BIG Screen – with genuine “Emergo”!

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids

 PM 8:15--PM 9:50
"Halloween" The Original Movie - part of Many Faces of Horror
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles. Directed by Jon Carpenter. 1978, 93mins, Color. Rated R. (Screened Digitally)

“Halloween” was the foundation of John Carpenter’s career, made Jamie Lee Curtis a star, and the helped re-invigorate the horror film for the 1970s and ‘80s. But though it is widely acclaimed as an avatar of the “slasher” style of the horror genre, “Halloween” is in fact remarkably blood-free on screen. Instead, Carpenter followed in the footsteps of Val Lewton in “Cat People”, Howard Hawks in “The Thing” and Alfred Hitchcock in “Psycho” by building tension and dread through the constant suggestion that something terrible is lurking just out of the audience's view. Oceans of blood, no matter how shocking at first, will get monotonous; but by definition, what’s not seen but only imagined never ceases to command attention. Carpenter also took the somewhat unorthodox tact of shifting to the killer's point-of-view, leaving the audience with only the sound of his breathing and the sight of the unaware victim.

The storyline -- which Carpenter co-wrote – mixed elements of the venerable haunted house horror gimmick with psycho-sexual undertows and copious amounts of teenage angst to put a distinctive spin on Hitchcock’s old dictum of how to sell tickets: “torment the heroine”. It was this formula that made Halloween truly an avatar of horror for its generation, and was imitated in countless movies that followed, though seldom done as well. In 2006, “Halloween” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to his small hometown. Despite years of trying, his psychiatrist (played by the always reliable Donald Pleasence) had not been able to penetrate Myers’ frightening psyche, but the doctor is certain of one thing: the escaped Myers will kill again. And sure enough, when Myers does arrive back in town, he almost immediately starts to stalk bookish teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her hipper, more party-oriented friends Lynda and Annie as the three girls make plans for Halloween. That night, the responsible Laurie is working her babysitting job, while Annie and Lynda hang out with boyfriends in a parent-free house across the street. When Laurine tries to call the two girls but gets no answer, she becomes suspicion and heads across the street to the darkened house to see what is going on . . . Mayhem ensues.

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids


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