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Pike Drive-In to host fourth Spook-er-Roo Spectacular

MONTGOMERY – The Pike Drive-In, 5798 Route 15, will thrill audiences with its Spook-er-Roo Spectacular IV, set for Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. both days and films begin at dusk.

The fourth installment of the Pike’s Spook-er-Roo events will feature three of the most popular original horror movies ever made: “The Exorcist” (1973), “The Omen” (1976) and “Night of the Living Dead” (1968). “The Exorcist” will be the director’s cut version, including footage not seen in theaters.

All films are rated R.

One of the most profitable and terrifying horror movies ever made, “The Exorcist” is a tale of an exorcism loosely based on actual events.

When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd – levitating, speaking in tongues – her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end.

A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

In “The Omen,” American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien’s first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine’s unborn child.

Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien’s background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist.

A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour, in George Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead.”

The pragmatic Ben (Duane Jones) does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic.

As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside – and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.

These are the original versions of “The Omen” and “Night of the Living Dead,” and the director’s cut of “The Exorcist.” Entire presentation in digital for the clearest, brightest picture and optimal sound.

The evening also will feature, prior to the movies and at intermissions, retro horror movie trailers and vintage concession stand commercials.

This is the first of the Pike’s Spook-er-Roo series with the movies to be presented in digital, rather than 35mm film, symbolizing the historic digital conversion of the Pike Drive-in Theater this season.

The Pike Drive-in Theater has been in continuous operation serving families in the greater Montgomery region since opening in 1953.

For more information, including ticket prices, visit www.pikedi.com.

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