Reel Cleveland: Haunted House Doc Rocks

And more local film news

A makeup special-effects guy who has worked on films like The Usual Suspects, The Dead Matter and Buried Alive, David Henson Greathouse (a.k.a. House) spent 13 years making Legion of Terror, his documentary about the Bloodview Haunted House acting troupe. "It hasn't been 13 years of nonstop work, but every October I'd film a little," says Greathouse, who also creates masks for local shock-rockers Mushroomhead. An original member of the Legion of Terror, Greathouse joined the group when he was only 15 and stuck with it until he moved to California in 1991. "I always fantasized about coming back and making my first movie about the Legion of Terror, and that's what I did," says Greathouse, who currently lives in Mansfield, where he works with effects man Robert Kurtzman at a company called Precinct 13. The film premieres at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 7 and 14, at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., 216.321.5411, Go to for more information.

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11141 East Blvd., 216.421.7450, kicks off a month-long Woody Allen series with 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, October 10. The series continues with screenings of Zelig (October 17 and 18), Broadway Danny Rose (October 23 and 25) and The Purple Rose of Cairo (October 30 and November 1), all in 35mm prints.

Rick Steves' documentary Iran: Yesterday and Today shows at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 10, at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (20401 Hilliard Rd.). The film series is free and open to the public but donations are accepted. Find information at

La Epoca — The Palladium Era, a documentary about old-school salsa dancers and musicians, screens at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 11, at the All About Dancin' Studio (2115 Freeman Ave.). Go to for more information.

While it's still a few months away, the seventh annual Standing Rock International Short Film & Video Festival is currently accepting submissions for independent short films and/or videos (in VHS, Hi-8, mini-DV or DVD format). Send submissions to the Kent Stage (175 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44240) with a $10 application fee.

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