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There are so many fright films being given special
screenings in the New York area in the coming months, it’s hard to keep track
of them all. We’ve already reported on a couple today; read on for details of a
Dario Argento festival, a big-screen booking for Zack Parker’s SCALENE and
• SCALENE, a “perceptual thriller” from INEXCHANGE and
QUENCH director Parker, stars JUSTIFIED Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale,
HALLOWEEN’s Hanna Hall and Adam Scarimbolo, and tells the story of an assault
accusation and a mother’s revenge from the different points of view of the
three people involved. It opens this Friday, January 20 for a one-week run at
Brooklyn’s reRun Gastropub Theater (147 Front
Street); Parker and Scarimbolo will appear in person at this Friday and
Saturday’s shows, with Martindale appearing on Friday as well. Tickets can be
purchased for $7 here; you can track back through
our previous SCALENE coverage starting here.
• The Museum of Art and Design (a.k.a. MAD, located at 2 Columbus Circle) presents a series called Argento: Il
Cinema Nel Sangue in April, showing the Italian maestro’s “Animal Trilogy,”
“Three Mothers Trilogy” and more, beginning in April. The complete schedule is:
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE: Wednesday, April 11 at 7
THE CAT O’NINE TAILS: Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m.
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET: Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m.
SUSPIRIA (pictured at top): Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
INFERNO: Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
MOTHER OF TEARS: Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m.
DEEP RED: Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
OPERA: Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
TENEBRAE: Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m.
TRAUMA: Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
PHENOMENA: Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Fans of Argento’s daughter Asia can also catch four of her
features at MAD:
SCARLET DIVA: Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
NEW ROSE HOTEL: Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
THE LAST MISTRESS: Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m.
ON WAR: Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.
And then there’s a showing of KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM
DIE, a 1966 James Bond takeoff produced by Argento’s father Salvatore, on
Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. All of these will be shown from 35mm prints, with
the exception of the digitally projected TRAUMA, PHENOMENA, NEW ROSE HOTEL, ON
WAR and KISS THE GIRLS. See more on this program here.
• Across the river in Jersey City, NJ, fans of Brian De
Palma’s CARRIE will have the chance to see the 1976 classic with one of its
stars at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre (54
Journal Square) on Saturday, Jan. 28. It’s part of an event that also includes
a screening of the 1961 Paul Newman/Laurie film THE HUSTLER; the schedule is as
5:15 p.m.: Meet Laurie with admission to THE HUSTLER
6 p.m.: THE HUSTLER
7:45 p.m.: Meet Laurie with admission to CARRIE
8:30 p.m.: On-stage interview with Laurie
9:15 p.m.: CARRIE
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and kids for
individual films (including the on-stage interview and meet), and $16 for
adults/$12 seniors and kids for the whole show. Go here for further info.
• The latest VHS show at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema (136
Metropolitan Avenue) is called VHS of the Dead, and takes place Sunday, Jan. 29
at 8 p.m. Presented by VHS Vault, Wild Eye Releasing and Horror Boobs, it
includes the usual game show, tape trading, giveaways, etc., and the centerpiece
is a showing of Joel M. Reed’s 1981 flick NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES, with a special
appearance and Q&A by Reed (director of the notorious BLOODSUCKING FREAKS)
himself! Admission is free, and you can find out more about it here.
• We previously told you here about John Sayles-scripted genre fare screening at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue) in February, and that venue
has some more vintage fright faves showing as part of a Sara Driver Selects
lineup the following month. The celebrated indie director has chosen as part of
her series Jack Hill’s cult classic SPIDER BABY, screening Saturday, March 24
at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.; the original Jacques Tourneur/Val
Lewton CAT PEOPLE on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29 at
7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m.; and Kaneto Shindo’s chilling ghost
story KURONEKO on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m., all
on 35mm. Keep an eye on the Anthology site above for more details. (Thanks to
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