The FireStarter movie opens May 12; Friday the 13th, the series returns


This weekend, “FireStarter” could burn the box office.

Thursday, a new version of Stephen KingThe 1980 horror novel – centered on a psychic girl who can start fires just by thinking about it – will hit theaters across Greater Columbus, including Movies 12 Carriage Place, Columbus 10 at Westpointe, Crosswoods, Easton 30, Grove City 14, Films 16 Gahanna, Polaris 18 and South Drive-In.

The film will also be available on the Peacock streaming service.

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King’s novel was previously the basis of a 1984 film starring Drew Barrymore, best known at the time for his appearance in Steven Spielberg’s “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”. This new adaptation of “FireStarter” stars Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Charlie McGee, the girl with fire-igniting abilities; Zac Efron like his father, Andy McGee; and, in the supporting cast, Sydney Lemmon, Gloria Reuben and Kurtwood Smith.

The film’s release happens to coincide with Friday the 13th – probably not an accidental choice on the part of studio bosses at Universal Pictures.

If you’re still in the mood for a horror movie after watching “FireStarter,” several other theaters in Greater Columbus are offering special spooky programming this weekend.

PASSERELLE CINEMA CENTER

1550 N. High St.

Contact: www.gatewayfilmcenter.org

Details: “Friday the 13th”, 9:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: The signature 1980 slasher movie will be screened in 35mm at the center of the film over the weekend. Don’t make the same mistake as Drew Barrymore’s character in the movie “Scream” and assume that Jason is the cutting character.

Tickets: $15

Details: “The F13th Fan Film Mixtape,” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday: This 72-minute compilation features homemade homages to the “Friday the 13th” franchise.

Tickets: $9.50 to $12.50

Summer sessions:CAPA Summer Movie Series will spotlight 25 films, including “The Bodyguard,” “Airplane!”

STUDIO 35 CINEMA & WRITING WORKSHOP

3055 Indianola Ave.

Contact: www.studio35.com

Details: “Friday the 13th Part VII: New Blood,” 11:30 p.m. Friday: Some might argue the film franchise was dragging on the seventh entry was produced, but a personal appearance by actress Lar Park-Lincoln – who appears as Tina in the film – is sure to trigger the screening.

Tickets: $20

GRANDVIEW CINEMA AND DRAFTHOUSE

1247 Grandview Avenue

Contact: www.grandviewtheatre.com

Details: “Friday the 13th Part VII: New Blood,” 11:30 p.m. Saturday: The film will screen again with actress Park-Lincoln in attendance.

Tickets: $20

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