After an extremely successful inaugural summer at CIFF’s Shotwell Drive-in, followed by this month’s record-breaking 16th Camden International Film Festival, the Points North Institute will end its 2020 drive-in series with a special two night Halloween double feature on Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. Film titles include the remastered edition of iconic masterpiece "The Shining," Tim Burton’s family classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas," the revolutionary "The Blair Witch Project," and the newly legendary "Midsommar."

Told through found footage, "The Blair Witch Project" (1999, USA) upended the entire horror genre, telling the tale of three film students who travel to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale's veracity — but the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods. Rated R, the film runs 1 hr., 21 min.

A remarkable masterwork from horror’s newest genius, director Ari Aster, "Midsommar" (2019, USA/Sweden) is a visually stunning fable ideal for the big screen and a night under the stars. A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Rated R, the film runs 2 hrs., 28 min.

Shown at The Shotwell in gorgeous DCP (Digital Cinema Package), "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993, USA) follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by taking over the role of Santa Claus. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. A festive, magical take on the myths of Halloween — featuring stunning handmade claymation and the music of Danny Elfman — this film is a perfect spooky treat for the whole family. Rated PG, the film runs 1 hr., 16 min.

Screening at the drive-in with a spectacular remastered edition, the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Stephen King’s "The Shining" (1980, UK/USA) is a cinematic legend, with brilliant visual storytelling meant for the big screen. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, a father becomes a winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife and son, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel. Rated R, the film runs 2 hrs., 26 min.

Presented as two double features, "The Blair Witch Project" will play at 6 p.m. and "Midsommar" at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" will play at 6 p.m. and "The Shining" at 8 p.m., on Saturday Oct. 24. Tickets can be purchased for individual films, or for the whole double feature each night.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring these films to the big screen here in Midcoast, and to create a way for our community to be together and celebrate, even during these unprecedented times,” said Ben Fowlie, founder of CIFF.

The Shotwell Drive-In was developed, designed, and constructed during the months of May and June, and screened documentary films and classics throughout July, August, and September to sold-out crowds, followed by nightly screenings during the 2020 Camden International Film Festival in October. The new theater is named in honor of longtime friend and supporter of CIFF, Bob Shotwell, who passed away just before the festival in 2018.

Tickets are $20 per vehicle and only available online at The Shotwell Drive-In is located at 40 West St. (just off Route 1). Attendance will be limited due to space availability and COVID-19 safety precautions. All screenings are pre-registration only, with no tickets sold at the door. Concessions are provided by Big T, and restrooms are available on site.