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Classic Film Fridays back at Rufus King

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:30 am

The 11th annual Classic Film Fridays festival run by A Better Jamaica is looking to bring a chill to summer, bringing a series of classic devil-themed horror pictures to Rufus King Park in Jamaica.

“We’re excited to be back in Rufus King Park with an eleventh season of Classic Film Fridays. We’re also excited to be presenting some of the most disturbing movies of all time,” said Greg Mays, founder of A Better Jamaica.

All show times are between 8 and 8:30 p.m., depending on sundown. All in this years series are rated R.

“Devil” (2010) will be shown on July 12. It takes place in an office high-rise office tower in Philadelphia, where a group of strangers gets caught in a stuck elevator. But each character in the movie, co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, has a dark past.

July 19 features the classic “The Omen” (1976), starring Gregory Peck in a tale of a couple that desperately wants a baby and gets one under unfortunate circumstances, with increasingly disturbing results.

“The Exorcist” (1973), coming July 26, tells the frightening tale of a young girl possessed by the devil, and a confrontation between good and evil.

“Rosemary’s Baby” (1968) on Aug. 9, features Mia Farrow, who moves with her struggling actor husband into a New York City apartment building. She soon is expecting their first child, and the neighbors become increasingly odd — and troubling.

The final film, “The Devil’s Advocate” (1997), scheduled for Aug. 16, features Keanu Reeves as a cutthroat defense attorney who joins a large New York firm headed by Al Pacino. Reeves’ character and his wife, portrayed by Charlize Theron, start to notice things about his new boss that disturb even him.

No movie will be shown on Aug. 2, when the annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival will have activities in Rufus King Park.

Sponsors include the office of Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), the New York City of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Rufus King Park is on Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets.

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