RiverRun is looking forward to hosting the first of two special Halloween retro screenings on Saturday, October 22 at Marketplace Cinemas. Beetlejuice will screen at 7:30 p.m. with a special pre-screening Master of Cinema Award presentation and on-stage Q&A with the film’s director of photography, Tom Ackerman.

Michael Keaton, Academy Award winner Geena Davis, Alex Baldwin and Winona Ryder star in Beetlejuice, director Tim Burton’s comic twist on supernatural horror tales. When a couple of nice, young homebody ghosts try to haunt the pretentious humans who have moved into their house, they ask for help from a demonic wraith they cannot control in this comic fantasy that mixes the quick and the dead with a laugh and a fright.

In addition to being the film’s director of photography, Ackerman is a professor of cinematography at UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking. Ackerman will receive RiverRun’s Master of Cinema Award, the highest honor bestowed by the film festival. Ackerman has worked on a number of iconic films, helping create nearly $3 billion in worldwide box office gross. Some of his 38 credits as director of photography in addition to Beetlejuice include Jumanji, Christmas Vacation and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He has been involved in the motion picture industry for 50 years, 47 as a director and director of photography. 

Tickets to Beetlejuice are $12 each for adults. Student tickets are $6 each or free with ID or when accompanied by a ticketed parent or guardian. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

This RiverRun Retro screening is sponsored by ABC45, Nelson Mullins, and Marketplace Cinemas.

Tom Ackerman
Tom Ackerman


A second Halloween-themed screening will visit Marketplace Cinemas just before the 31st, with Nosferatu screening on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m.

A classic of silent cinema and the horror genre, Nosferatu is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s DraculaNosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau (SunriseFaustThe Last Laugh), a master of German Expressionism in early cinema. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau’s Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws—perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned.

Nosferatu was an atypical expressionist film in that much of it was shot on location. While directors such as Lang and Lubitsch built vast forests and entire towns within the studio, Nosferatu’s landscapes, villages and castle were actual locations in the Carpathian Mountains. Murnau was thus able to infuse the story with the subtle tones of nature: both pure and fresh as well as twisted and sinister.

The distributor of Nosferatu, Kino Lorber, describes the new digital presentation as, “mastered from the acclaimed 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann’s 1922 score, this edition offers unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.”

Renata Jackson, professor of cinema studies and assistant dean of academics at UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking, will introduce this classic film. RiverRun also anticipates a visit from Count Orlok himself for fan photos for those who are brave enough!

RiverRun is presenting Nosferatu as a free screening to all ages, however, tickets are required. Tickets can be requested HERE, subject to availability.

This RiverRun Retro screening is sponsored by ABC45, Nelson Mullins, Marketplace Cinemas, and Austin Temple & Katelyn Henderson, DDS.