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Writer-producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick's joyously macabre 1993 Christmas card is a feast of stop-motion animation relating the adventures of Jack Skellington and the gang at Halloween Town, as they try to figure just what this Christmas thing is all about. Watch the film and listen as Danny Elfman's score gets the full symphonic treatment, courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $15-$75. bsomusic.org (NELS ISRAELSON /)

'Multiple Maniacs'

Unfiltered, unrestrained John Waters — the best kind! The happily unregenerate director's 1970 opus, in which Divine serves as ringleader for a touring "Cavalcade of Perversion" and gets molested by a 15-foot lobster for her troubles, has been restored to its full glory. Ah, this is what underground film should be all about! The gloriously restored MM gets its hometown premiere Sept. 10 (11:30 a.m.), 12 (7 p.m.) and 15 (9 p.m.) at The Charles (which had to await the outcome of a court case before showing the film back in 1981), 1711 N. Charles St. $7.50-$9.50. thecharles.com

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Mondo Baltimore

This monthly tribute to the worst in movies — and believe us, we're not talking bad, but utterly awful — will mark (or should that be mar?) October with a screening of the Italian exploitation classic "Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror" (aka "Le notti del terrore"), starring a bunch of rotting, but reanimated, zombies who attack a posh dinner party (or something like that). Prepare to be merrily offended, and more than a little grossed out. 7 p.m. Oct. 6 (beginning with a program of shorts chosen by local horror-film maven Chris LaMartina) at The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. mondobaltimore.com

'The Shining'

Stanley Kubrick's fearfully intense adaptation of Stephen King's novel stars Jack Nicholson as a writer with the world's worst (and potentially fatal) case of writer's block, Shelley Duvall as his unhappy (wouldn't you be?) wife and Danny Lloyd as their psychic young son – all stuck in a snowbound Colorado resort, surrounded by ghosts you really don't want to mess with. If you weren't around when it opened in 1980, don't miss this opportunity to see it on the big screen (where it truly needs to be seen, to appreciate Kubrick's insidiously manipulative imagery). At area theaters Oct. 23 and 26, including the Cinemark Towson, 111 E. Joppa Road; AMC Owings Mills 17, 10100 Mill Run Circle; AMC Columbia 14, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway; and Cinemark Egyptian 24, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle. fathomevents.com

Chesapeake Film Festival

For one weekend a year, the movie festival circuit makes its way to Maryland's Eastern Shore. From Oct. 27-30 in Easton (primarily at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., but at other venues as well), the festival line-up will include a mix of features, documentaries and short films. New this year, the festival is presenting a lifetime achievement award for cinematic excellence; the inaugural honoree is "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid" director John Avildsen. Films on the 2016 schedule include "In the Name of the Moon: A Sailor Moon Documentary, Part 1," a story of intense "Sailor Moon" fandom; "Beautiful Swimmers Revisited," a tale of blue crabs and the crabbers who harvest them; and "Arreo," a documentary set among the goat herders of western Argentina. 5chesapeakefilmfestival.com

Movie and Music: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Writer-producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick's joyously macabre 1993 Christmas card is a feast of stop-motion animation relating the adventures of Jack Skellington and the gang at Halloween Town, as they try to figure just what this Christmas thing is all about. Watch the film and listen as Danny Elfman's score gets the full symphonic treatment, courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $15-$75. bsomusic.org

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