By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Oct 30, 2021 at 11:26 AM

It's the time of year for fear, meaning there's plenty of eerie entertainment and chill-inducing cinema stabbing and slashing its way on to the silver screen. And like a flashlight in a dark, creepy cabin basement, we're here to guide your way (minus the inconvenient flickering on and off). From fresh frights to throwback terror, here's what's going boo on Brew City big screens this Halloween weekend.

Marcus Theatres

The local theater chain has several tricks and treats to offer on the big screen this holiday weekend. When it comes to new releases, most Marcus Theatres locations are showing fresh frights like the blockbuster slasher sequel "Halloween Kills," Edgar Wright's colorful creepout "Last Night in Soho" and the moody monster horror "Antlers" as well as the re-release of "A Quiet Place Part II" in case you missed it the first time. Younger horrorheads can have a spooky and scary Halloween as well with the kid-friendly creepy cartoon "Addams Family 2" – and best of all, the animated adventure comes at a terror-free price for parents as tickets are buy one, get one free if you come to the theater dressed in costume this weekend.

None of those new options scary enough for you? Marcus Theatres offers flashback fear this weekend as well, with the classic 1978 slasher "Halloween" as well as the original "Ghostbusters," which still will have you laughing and leaping simultaneously out of your seat. Tickets for those two throwbacks come with throwback pricing as well at only $5. To see what times these selections are showing this weekend and at what locations, check Marcus Theatres' website

AMC Mayfair

Like the creepy twins in the hall of "The Shining," the AMC Mayfair's horror movie options match up almost perfectly with Marcus Theatres' lineup of leap-inducers – not only with new hits like "Halloween Kills," "Last Night in Soho," "Antlers" and "The Addams Family 2" but also with its flashback frights including "A Quiet Place Part II" and "Ghostbusters" – both playing for a very not-frightful $5. For a list of times, click here

Oriental Theatre

What better place to see the blast-from-the-past, time-hopping psychological thriller "Last Night in Soho" than in a building that's a blast-from-the-past itself: the newly renovated Oriental Theatre on the East Side. It's a gorgeous and stylish venue ideal for a gorgeous and stylish horror flick. Check times for Edgar Wright's latest here.

We're betting, however, you won't need to check the times for the Oriental's other big Halloween weekend treat: the ultimate cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," back on the legendary theater's big screen at midnight with all sorts of sing-along fun, kooky costumes and laughs both intentional and less so. Plus, it delivers the truest scare of all: the fear of having to wake up the next morning after staying up until an ungodly hour the night before. 

Avalon Atmospheric Theater

The Avalon always gets wholly into the Halloween spirit with its Shocktoberfest lineup of scares and spookiness, rarely picking the obvious choices and always selecting some deep-cut creepouts and underappreciated gems. This year's lineup was no different, ending not only with a spooky season icon in "Halloween" but also its frightening follow-up "Halloween II" from 1981. The late night double feature will slash its way onto the big screen on Saturday night starting at 9:30 p.m.

If that somehow wasn't enough thrills, the Avalon is not only showing "Last Night in Soho" but also a special Twisted Dreams Film Festival premiere presentation of "I Dream of a Psychopomp," an indie thrill ride through an anthology tale about supernatural scares and otherworldly objects of terror. The screening will take place on Halloween night at 9:30 p.m., so be sure to catch this "Dream" – and be wary of nightmares afterward. For a full list of showtimes, click here

Silverspot Cinema

The Silverspot Cinema in The Corners of Brookfield might actually earn the gold medal when it comes to Halloween haunts. Not only does the slick dinner-and-a-show movie theater offer the latest jumps and jolts out of Hollywood – including "Halloween Kills," "Antlers" and "Last Night in Soho" – but on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., the Silverspot will show the best horror movie ever made (in this humble writer's opinion): "The Shining." See the terrifying glory of The Overlook Hotel and all of its evil inhabitants, alive and ghostly, on the big screen where it's best – a real Halloween treat, no trick. For a full list of showings, visit Silverspot's website

The Milky Way

The weather outside may not be frightful quite yet, but you can find frights outdoors thanks to The Milky Way Drive-In in Franklin. Right behind the left field fence at the Milwaukee Milkmen's ballpark, The Milky Way offers old-school entertainment with its drive-in theater – and this month, they're all fright nights beyond the fence. Kid-friendly haunts like "Monsters University" and "Goosebumps" will show earlier in the evening, followed by true terrors for brave big-screen fans later at night such as "Zombieland," the recent "Wrong Turn" remake and the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs." No matter your age or your tolerance for terror, The Milky Way has a home run of an outdoor horror show for you – all from the comfort of your car. For movie times, visit The Milky Way's website

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.