LA Opera Off Grand continues its Halloween tradition of pairing classic horror films with live orchestral accompaniment in the Theatre at Ace Hotel this October with a screening of “Psycho.” One of Hitchcock’s true masterpieces, “Psycho” remains among the most suspenseful and downright creepiest films ever made, aided in no small part by Bernard Herrmann’s justly famous and highly influential score. There will be six showings between October 25 and 31, 2019, with after-parties following the 8 p.m. performances on October 26th & 31, 2019.
Released in 1960, Psycho can be said without exaggeration to have changed the face of horror cinema forever. Long before Michael Myers’ chef’s knife gleamed in the eyes of John Carpenter, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) was stabbing under the directorial eye of Alfred Hitchcock. Based on a novel by Robert Bloch (itself inspired by Ed Gein, the serial killer whose depravity shocked America in the 1950s), Psycho set the stage for the slasher flicks of the ’70s and ’80s from psychological concept through cinematography and use of music.
The LA Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Louis Lohraseb. The film will be shown at 8 p.m. on October 25, 26, 30 & 31, 2019, with 2 p.m. matinees on the 26th & 27th. The 8 p.m. show on the 26th will be followed by a 21 and over party featuring Restless Nites DJs, and the one on Halloween includes an all-ages after-party and costume contest. Presented by LA Opera Off Grand at Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, 90015. Tickets available from $20 at LA Opera.