Just as New York City has its darkish doppelganger, Gotham City of the comicbooks, so, too Rutland City morphs into its noir twin-let's call it "Halloween City"-every year. This fact is due mostly to the growing popularity of Rutland's downtown Halloween parade and spooky area events leading up to the big event.
But Rutland's annual costume parade wouldn't have the high profile it has today if it weren't for several popular comicbook superhero capers in the 1970s and '80s that featured this local fright-night happening. Thus, Rutland's Halloween Parade has gained an international reputation, at least among comicbook fans, as a kind of autumnal Mardi Gras where even Superman and Batman feel at home.
Despite this Halloween aura, families are the focus here and everyone has fun; the event, while spooky enough, is a safe and wholesome affair.
To help bring out the ghouls and goblins in downtown this Halloween, Paramount Theatre officials just announced three big-screen films that willbe screened over three days-a nice touch to celebrate Rutland's Halloween Week.
•Mel Brooks classic 1970s era "Young Frankenstein" stars Gene Wilder as the mad scientist Dr. Frankenstein and Peter Boyle as the doctor's monster. One screening only, Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
•The original 1920 classic silent "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", stars John Barrymore with live original score accompaniment by a three-piece Boston-based band will show one screening only, Friday Oct 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 and $4.
•Comedy favorite "Ghostbusters" from the 1980s stars Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd and will show Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. and immediately following downtown Rutland's Halloween Parade at 8:30 p.m.
According to the Paramount, the silent version "Dr Jekyll..." movie, especially with its live music accompaniment from Devil Music Ensemble, is something new for the Big Flicks at the Paramount series. It's the first classic silent shown in the new film initiative with live music accompaniment is a first time endeavor for the Paramount. It is also likely the first time this silent film has been accompanied by live music in a Rutland cinema since its debut here in 1920.
Boston-based DME is a trio with an expansive sound that works well in the silent-film medium. Its members include Brendon Wood on guitar and synthesizer; Jonah Rapino on electric violin, vibraphone, and synthesizer, and Tim Nylander on percussion and synthesizer.
The DME has done two tours in Europe with performances of Barrymore's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".