Thursday’s showing will be preceded by an introduction from director John Carpenter, said Kymberli Frueh, Fathom’s vice president of programming. 

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As any fan of the classic Halloween horror series knows, Michael Myers just can’t stay away for long. For most of us, it’s no surprise that that one of Hollywood’s most twisted killers returns to his beginnings as the original 1978 film returns to theaters for a special screening Thursday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24.

The project is a partnership between SpectiCast and Fathom Events, a company that offers a variety of theater screening events, from classic comedies to live boxing matches and concerts.

Thursday’s showing will be preceded by an introduction from director John Carpenter, said Kymberli Frueh, Fathom’s vice president of programming.

Recently, Fathom also joined with Turner Classic Movies for a screening of the original Dracula. (See our OKG Picks on P. 18 for more information.) Last year, the company organized a viewing of the 1931 film Frankenstein.

“There has been a lot of hype and fan interest about the screening of John Carpenter’s Halloween so far, so we are expecting to see a lot of people come out to the theaters,” she said.

One of the main draws of this event will be Carpenter’s introduction, filmed specifically for cinema audiences. In the intro, he will offer insight into the making of the classic. In addition to directing Myers’ debut, Carpenter also scored Halloween and is responsible for creating its highly recognizable and jilting piano theme.

John Carpenter’s Halloween will be shown in many U.S. cities at 7:30 p.m. local time Thursday.

“We expect to reach a wide variety of audiences with this event,” Frueh said. “Halloween appeals not only to older fans who [saw] it in theaters originally but also to newer audiences who are seeing it for the first time on the big screen. Iconic fright-night titles are a part of our Halloween culture, and this one is a true classic.”

Frueh said she is excited about this event and added that guests can expect high-definition picture and sound.

She also said the screening is the perfect fright-filled event for the season.

“There is a sense of camaraderie in watching a classic feature on the big screen together,” she said. “The theater is packed with fellow fans who are just as excited as you are. You walk into a theater completely anonymous to the strangers around you, but once you share a couple of scary scenes together and the emotion that goes with them, you become a community.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the AMC box office and online at fathomevents.com.

(Design: Christopher Street)

(Design: Christopher Street)

Print headline: Cutting horror, John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween — and killer Michael Myers — returns to theaters for a one-night screening event.

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