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Frighten yourself into a monthlong film frenzy when the Student Programming and Activities Films Council brings October Scarefest, its annual offering of horror movies, back to the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

Monday and Tuesday nights in October will make your blood run cold with classic public-domain thrillers like “Bucket of Blood,” “Night of the Living Dead” and “Freaks.”

On Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, marks the third-year showing of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” complete with a toast-tossing live shadowcast by Little Morals, a Nashville-based group of “Rocky Horror” performers.

“Rocky Horror,” first released in 1975, is the longest-running release in film history and has been playing in theaters’ midnight showings for decades. The science-fiction musical parody is renowned for its audience participation, which often includes dressing like the film’s characters and acting out scenes.

The weeknight movies will be screened free at 6 p.m. inside the new theater of the Student Union Building, located in Room 208 of the newly opened building on the east side of campus.

Admission is $5 per person for “Rocky Horror,” which will be shown at midnight the third weekend of October on the second-floor of the Keathley University Center.

All films are open to the public, as well as the on-campus community.

The weeknight lineup includes "Deep Red," a 1975 mystery by the groundbreaking Dario Argento, on Monday, Oct. 8, and “Kill Baby Kill,” by Mario Bava, on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

On Monday, Oct. 22, "Night of the Living Dead" will air, and "Bloody Pit of Horror" will be featured the following day.

“The Tingler,” the 1959 offering from William Castle that tied on-screen scares with in-theater gimmicks, will be aired Monday, Oct. 29, and on Tuesday, Oct. 30, “Freaks,” Tod Browning’s 1932 terrifying glimpse into circus sideshow life, will be featured.

No Scarefest films will be screened during fall break, which lasts from Saturday, Oct. 13 through Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Squirt guns or candles will not be allowed in the theater during the “Rocky Horror” screenings for safety reasons. The film is rated R, and identification will be checked. Anyone younger than 17 must have a parent or guardian accompanying them.

Pre-sale tickets for “Rocky Horror” will be available in Room 340 of the Student Union Building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Thursday, Oct. 4. Tickets also will be available immediately at the door before both screenings, which begin at 11 p.m.

For more information on October Scarefest 2012, call 615-898-2551 or visit www.mtsu.edu/events.

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