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Talking pictures: Scary movies are popping up

They include 'Blade Runner: The Final Cut,' 'Nightmare'

"Blade Runner." "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." Two films that have huge cult followings. And coincidentally, both of them have been re-released theatrically around the same time.

Something that's being titled "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" is playing for two weeks at the Megaplex 12 at the Gateway. And a Disney Digital 3-D version of "Nightmare" is playing in larger release.

Changes made for these re-releases are mostly cosmetic. "Blade Runner" is minus the original, awful voice-over narration and is a little more violent. "Nightmare" features a handful of 3-D sequences.

(Theaters showing "Nightmare" are charging a $1 "convenience fee" for 3-D glasses that allow you to see those sequences in three dimensions.)

Speaking of "Nightmare," it's one of a number of Halloween movie attractions playing this week.

They include two Halloween traditions. The Organ Loft ( is showing the 1925 version of "The Phantom of the Opera," starring Lon Chaney, Monday and Tuesday night. And the Tower Theatre ( will screen the cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Wednesday at 8 p.m. and again at midnight.

Also, the Megaplex 20 at the District ( is showing the locally produced documentary "Ghostly Guardians" through Thursday.

And Brewvies Cinema Pub ( is hosting something called "The Halloween Monster Movie Mash" on Wednesday. (Titles had not been announced by press time; Brewvies is open to patrons 21 and older.)

SPEAKING OF SCARY ... After Dark's Horrorfest (, featuring eight independently produced horror movies, returns for its second year Nov. 9-18.

Theater locations haven't been determined, though the titles for this year's Horrorfest include "The Deaths of Ian Stone," "Nightmare Man" and "Tooth and Nail."

NOT SCARY, FUNNY. Despite some earlier news reports, showings of Wes Anderson's new comedy, "The Darjeeling Limited," will be accompanied by the short film "Hotel Chevalier."

The 13-minute short, also directed by Anderson, was originally available online. Its inclusion is a good thing, since it helps explain one of the character's motivations as well as a musical gag.

Appreciation of that gag, of course, depends on your appreciation of Anderson and his quirks.

TREK'S NOT DEAD, JIM! Due to popular demand, additional showings of the original "Star Trek" episode, "The Menagerie," have been scheduled for Nov. 15.

Selected theaters around the country are also holding screenings of a "remastered" version of "The Menagerie" Nov. 13. The Cinemark 24 at Jordan Landing will host the event locally (,