Ohio’s Shock Around the Clock 24-Hour Horror Marathon Finalizes Films

From 12 noon on Saturday, October 15 through 12 noon on Sunday, October 16, horror fans will descend on the Grandview Theater in Grandview, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The line-up includes 35 mm prints of rare, historic, and foreign films along with trailers, cartoons, and various short subjects. Other activities during the movie marathon will include the annual costume contest and scream contest.

Just this weekend, marathon organizers announced the final line-up of films, which includes a rare 35 mm screening of the controversial A Serbian Film, presented unrated and uncut. This will likely be one of the few times horror fans in Ohio will be able to see Srdan Spasojevic‘s international shocker on the big screen. The other anchor film will be the Midwest premiere of Midnight Son.

Although Shock Around the Clock is only the third annual horror marathon at the Grandview Theater, these events go back to 1988 with the Night of the Living Drexel 24-hour horror movie marathons. All-night horror marathons struggled to find a home in Columbus during the 90s after the historic Drexel North theater was turned into a drug store and later a health club. Various incarnations of the event took place at different theaters in the central Ohio area, sometimes only in the form of 14-hour marathons from 10 pm until 12 noon the next day.

With the opening of the Grandview Theater in 2009, the 24-hour line-up returned.

The selection of films being shown this weekend include:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), with live music by Sue Harshe
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Goke: Bodysnatcher from Hell (1968)
Andy Warhol’s Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond (1981)
Ti West’s The House of the Devil (2009)
The Hitcher (1986)
Slither (2006)
Hellraiser (1987)
A Serbian Film (2010)
Midnight Son (2011)

All screening are planned to be on 35 mm, though due to unforeseen circumstances, the schedule, line-up, and presentation format is subject to change.

Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased at the Grandview Theater (1247 Grandview Ave.) or Laughing Orgre Comics (4258 N. High Street) in Columbus, or via PayPal to scifimarathon@hotmail.com (PayPal price includes a $2 service fee). Tickets will also be available on the day of the event for $40. Way cheaper than seeing Tower Heist early for $60.

To learn more about the 3rd Annual Shock Around the Clock horror marathon, including trailers, updates, movie info, and announcements, visit HorrorMarathon.com.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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