If you were at last night’s ultra-special and sold-out screening of Dead Alive at Avalon Theater, we hope your nightmares were hilarious! If you weren’t there, we’re pleased to inform you that The ‘Burbs will be our second of two movie screenings this November at the Bay View theater (the first being an Election Night screening of Idiocracy). The November 20 event will be a joint presentation with Lakefront Brewery, as part of their annual “Hanksgiving” celebration.

The ‘Burbs is a movie about a quiet suburban cul de sac. Mild-mannered Ray and Carol Peterson (Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher) enjoy a peaceful existence alongside all of their quirky-yet-harmless neighbors, until a mysterious new family moves in next door. The Klopeks keep to themselves and have some odd habits, but might they be evil? Ray and pals do some snooping, smoke some cigars, and hang out with Ricky (played masterfully by Milwaukee Record superfan, Corey Feldman). There are shenanigans and misunderstandings, but certainly no evil. Or is there?

Hanks, Fisher, and Feldman deliver spectacular performances in this movie, but so does literally everyone else. Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore, Nicky Katt, and many more come together to create a perfect lampoon of “people in the ‘burbs.”  Side note: Do yourself a favor and read up on Brother Theodore. He’s fascinating!

Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening are $5, and Avalon will have some special holiday-specific food offerings available as part of the evening’s festivities. Lakefront will have its Proper Porter on draft. Sorry, no satanic pate.

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