Quick Hits: Weekend picks for Montgomery, Prince George’s and Fairfax -- Gazette.Net


The Eighth Annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival continues this weekend at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Showcasing the latest in horror cinema from around the globe, the program kicked off Thursday with a screening of Bobcat Goldthwait’s found-footage bigfoot thriller “Willow Creek.” Twenty-two features and 29 shorts are spattered throughout the festival’s ten nights, including films like “Pinup Dolls on Ice,” which screens at midnight and the horror-comedy “100 Bloody Acres,” which screens at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday yields a trio of terrifying tributes to the genre beginning at 5 p.m. with “Backwater,” “Mortal Remains” and the documentary “Bald Headed Blues.” Each film will feature a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers. For a complete schedule, visit www.afi.com/silver.

Spook-tacular entertainment continues in Prince George’s County with the bewitching romantic comedy “Bell, Book and Candle,” to Oct. 27 at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. Produced by Maureen Rogers and directed by Larry Simmons, the tale finds a contemporary sorceress sidelined by her own love spell, when one tiny complication — witches cannot fall in love without losing their powers — comes into play. For more information, visit www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.

Finally, in Fairfax County, the Next Stop Theatre Company continues its run of “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon. It’s film noir fused with slapstick, featuring four actors embodying more than 140 characters. The spy-thriller send-up continues to Oct. 20. For more information, visit www.nextstoptheatre.org.