Five things to get out of France on Friday the 13th: shake off the curse of this mini-Halloween

The F13th fan movie mixtape at the Violet Crown cinema

Is it because of the 13 guests at the Last Supper? Or Loki the trickster as the 13th uninvited god in Norse mythology? The origin of 13 as an unlucky number is unclear, and how Friday the 13th ended up being the day of the threat is even more unclear. But with just one such ominous confluence of day and date this year, perhaps this 5/13 should be a time to celebrate the darkness lurking in this hot summer.

Dating Jason Voorhees

Can’t say Friday the 13th without thinking of everyone’s favorite hockey mask-wearing slasher. If you want to see this machete coming straight, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In will be screened Part III in proper 3D (red/blue glasses and all), while the Alamo releases the sequel, which was supposed to put the nail in the franchise’s coffin.

Friday the 13th Part III
May 13-14
3D: Fri, 8:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m.; Sat., 8:20 p.m.
2D: Fri, 10:55 p.m.; Sat, 10:45 p.m.
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, 2015 EM Franklin
bluestarlitedrivein.com

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
Fri, May 13
Village: 9:30 p.m.
Slaughter: 9:50 p.m.
Alamo Village, 2700 W. Anderson #701
Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter
drafthouse.com

Dating the Fake Jason Voorhees

“Mom, can we have Jason Voorhees?” “We have Jason Voorhees at home.” Or maybe you made your own, as American Genre Film Archive and Bleeding Skull show! present The F13th fan movie mixtape. After all, when all you need to make your own horror short is a rubber knife, a hockey mask, and lots of Karo syrup, who wouldn’t want to unleash their own explosion of VHS madness?
Fri. May 13, 9 p.m.
Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second
austin.violetcrown.com

House of Torment (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Get a Halloween first shot

What is this day but a taste of the actual thinning of the veil between our realm and the worlds beyond? So prepare for your Samhain as the House of Torment, Austin’s oldest and most award-winning Halloween attraction, brings a bit of fall terror with its halfway Halloween celebration. Now if only they could organize some of this October weather…
Fri-Sat, May 13-14, 7:30pm-11pm
House of Torment, 2632 Ridgepoint
houseoftorment.com/halfway

adopt a black cat

The black cat bias is real. According to several studies, black cats are more likely to be abandoned in shelters, spent more time there, and ultimately euthanized than any other shade of feline. So why not give the unofficial furry mascot of the day a home? Remember, adopting a pet is a serious, lifelong commitment, so make sure you’re ready to give him the love he wants to give you.
Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop
austintexas.gov/austin-animal-center

To tattoo

What better way to fend off the evils of the day than to have the evil eye ingrained in your skin? Or any of the other 600 Friday the 13th designs designed by the All Saints Crew for their cash-only flash sale.
Fri. May 13, noon-noon
All Saints Tattoo Downtown, 514 E. Sixth
All Saints Tattoo North, 8303 Burnet #2
allsainttattoo.com

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