RETURN TO OZ
Dir. Walter Murch (1985); 113 min
FRIDAY, October 31st at 7 & 9:30pm
SATURDAY, November 1st at 7 & 9:30pm
SUNDAY, November 2nd at 3pm
Just in time for Halloween, Return to Oz is Disney's creepy, unofficial adaptation of L. Frank Baum's Oz book series. Scarring 80s children everywhere who expected something a little more along the lines of the original, Return to Oz has gained a cult following over the years for its visual effects and increased faithfulness to the books. It stars a pre-The Craft Fairuza Balk as Dorothy Gale, and a smorgasbord of terrifying supporting characters, including Jack Pumpkinhead and a headless witch princess named Mombi. The film takes place six months after the end of The Wizard of Oz, and recounts Dorothy's brief stay in an insane asylum (where she narrowly escapes electroshock therapy) and her return to the destroyed Emerald City. Emerald City has perished at the hands of the Nome King, a weird, fiery rock villain who conquered the city using Dorothy's ruby slippers. Expect some memorable special effects, as big-budget Return to Oz was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 1985 Academy Awards. This strangely sinister children's movie is a treat to see on the big screen.