THE DEAD OF NIGHT Film Festival continues Friday at the Inner Circle Theater with a double bill of Ridley Scott's most recent films, Alien and Blade Runner. Rita Kempley of The Washington Post will introduce the bill beginning with the 7:35 show of the latter.

On Saturday, John McCarty, author of "Splatter Movies" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," will introduce the 8:35 double bill of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead and David Croneberg's Scanners.

On Sunday, City Paper critic Joel E. Siegel will speak on Peeping Tom and The Tenant, beginning with the 1:30 show of the former. Call 728-6550.

Saturday at 2:30, film historian William K. Everson will present an illustrated lecture, The English House on Film, to kick off a film festival on the subject set to run weekly through February 22. The series, curated by Everson, is being mounted in conjunction with the National Gallery exhibition "The Treasure Houses of Britain."

The first film in the series -- Jack Clayton's The Innocents (based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw") -- will screen Sunday at 6. All films are free, and will be shown in the auditorium of the gallery's East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Supplementary program notes by Everson will be available. For information, call 842-6272.

The Reston Community Center Theater will present a free showing of John Huston's Prizzi's Honor Sunday at 7:30 at 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston. Tickets may be picked up at the box office. Call 476-1111.

Reefer Madness, Bambi Meets Godzilla, and Star Trek Bloopers is the free triple bill being offered Sunday at 7:30 by the Bethesda Co-op, 7945 MacArthur Boulevard, at Seven Locks Road. No smoking of any kind is allowed. Call 320-2530 for details.

The Bethune Museum and Archives Lecture Series continues Tuesday at 4 with a program by Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas on "Afro- American Beauty Culture: Reflections on Self Esteem." To illustrate, she'll show Ayoka Chenzira's 1984 short Hair Piece: A Film For Nappy-Headed People (you may remember it from the Women's Film Festival at the AFI Theater in mid-March). This event is free and open to the public, but a donation is requested. Call 332-1233.

The 1934 John Stahl version of Fannie Hurst's Imitation of Life (the one with Claudette Colbert, not the one with Lana Turner) continues the Black Film Institute series "Black Hollywood Post World War II" Tuesday at 6:30 in Building 41, Room A03 of the University of the District of Columbia's Van Ness Campus (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW). Film historian Pearl Bowser will be on hand to introduce and discuss the show. The show is free. Call 727-2396.

The D.C. Public Library Dance film series concludes Tuesday at 7 with a free double bill of the hour-long 1975 PBS documentary Alvin Ailey: Memories and Visions and Kontakion: A Song of Praise, an interpretation of the story of Christ danced by William Louther and the London Contemporary Dance Theater. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. Call 727-1271.

Gunga Din, the rousing George Stevens adventure yarn, will be the next attraction in the free "America on Film" series at the National Museum of American History. It screens Wednesday at noon in Carmichael Auditorium (14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW). Call 357-2700 for a schedule of the series, which runs through April 23.

UDC's Learning Resources Division is showing John Schlesinger's The Falcon and the Snowman, with Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn, Wednesday at noon in Room A-03, Building 41, UDC Van Ness campus. Free. 282-7121.

Russian animators EdwardNazaroth and Andre Kerzanosski will introduce and discuss a program of their works Thursday at 8 in the Hirshhorn Museum auditorium. The program, without the filmmakers, will repeat Friday at the same time. The programs are free; call 684-1050 for more details.

According to the Washington-based Motion Picture Information Service, the area's 10 top- grossing pictures for the week ending October 31 were, in descending order, Krush Groove (debuting on 21 screens); Jagged Edge (continuing at 18 houses in its fourth week); Commando (losing a screen to 24 in a full month of release); Re-Animator (opening at 12 houses); Back to the Future (at 17 screens in its 17th week); After Hours (holding at nine houses in week three); Agnes of God (adding two screens to eight in its fifth week); Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins . . . (moving from 17 to 14 houses in week three); Plenty (breaking wide to nine screens in its sixth week); and Better Off Dead (falling five houses to 14 in its third week).

In international production news (gleaned from the pages of various trade papers): Sam Waterston, Marisa Berenson, Lauren Hutton and Arielle Dombasle (star of Eric Rohmer's "Pauline at the Beach") head the cast of Flagrant Desire, a Franco-American co-production currently filming under Claude Faraldo in the Bordeaux region of France . . . Tom Laughlin has written and will produce, direct, and star in The Return of Billy Jack, set to roll in Toronto early next month . . . Former TV director Corey Allen will direct Burt Lancaster, Anthony Quinn and Chita Rivera in Palm Beach, set to begin production early next year . . . Swoosie Kurtz, Annie McEnroe, Spalding Gray and singer Pops Staples are starring in True Stories under the direction of head Talking Head David Byrne . . . James Cameron, who directed The Terminator, is making that "Alien" sequel, Aliens, in London with Sigourney Weaver (whose character was the only survivor of the original) . . . David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago has been made into a screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue; Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Jim Belushi star . . . Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg are teamed for Short Circuit, being directed by John Badham (who directed Sheedy in "WarGames") . . . the release of Richard Pryor's semi-autobiographical Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling has been postponed to spring; it was set for Christmas.

PAGES OF FILM HISTORY -- Friday's birthdays include Katharine Hepburn, director Gene Saks, Alain Delon and Leif Garrett.

Happy birthday Saturday to Spiro Agnew, Sargent Shriver, Whitey Herzog and Lou Ferrigno.

And it was on November 10, 1938 that Kate Smith sang "God Bless America" in public for the first time -- on a radio program celebrating Armistice Day.

Eddie Cockrell is a freelance film consultant and teacher. His "Insights on Film" is heard Mondays at 5:30 p.m. on WGMS AM & FM.