Halloween, master of suspense go hand in hand
CHAMPAIGN — As Halloween approaches, the Virginia Theatre is hosting "Five Nights of Hitch," a film series featuring the suspense movies of Alfred Hitchcock.
The first film is "Rebecca," shown at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia, 203 W. Park Ave., C.
Part of The News-Gazette Film Series, "Rebecca" stars Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and George Sanders in the haunting story of a new bride tortured by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.
The other four films all start at 7 p.m., Oct. 28-31.
Oct. 28 is the Reader's Choice film, "Strangers on a Train." It stars Farley Granger, Robert Walker and Ruth Roman in the story of a psychotic socialite with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder.
Oct. 29 is "Vertigo," with James Stewart and Kim Novak. Stewart plays a retired detective suffering from acrophobia who investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Oct. 30 is "Notorious," with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in the story of a troubled woman asked to infiltrate a group of Nazis in South America.
Halloween Night is "Psycho." The 1960 thriller features Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. It's about a young secretary who steals a large sum of money from her employer and checks into a remote hotel run by Norman Bates.
Advance tickets are available at thevirginia.org or by calling 356-9063.
A look at the rest of The News-Gazette Film Series:
Nov. 9: "All About Eve" (1950)
Dec. 7: "It Happened One Night" (1934)
Jan. 18: "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957)
Feb. 8: "The Philadelphia Story" (1940)
March 15: "Steamboat Bill Jr." (1928)
April 5: "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
May 24: "A Night at the Opera" (1935)
June 21: "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
July 12: "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)