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The chances to see the festival favorites LOVELY MOLLY,
V/H/S and COMPLIANCE ahead of their general releases, and a special in-person
appearance by Rick Baker, are among a number of screenings and events of
Fangorian interest in New York City in the next couple of months. Read on for
the assorted details.
• LOVELY MOLLY, directed by THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT’s
Eduardo Sanchez and starring Gretchen Lodge (pictured) as a young woman who
returns to her childhood home and is plagued by inner and outer demons, has a
Film Comment Selects sneak preview this Friday, May 11 at 11 p.m. at Lincoln
Center’s Walter Reade Theatre (165 West 65th Street). See more details and
purchase tickets here. In
addition, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has a Midnight Movies series
running all summer at the Francesca Beale Theater in the Elinor Bunim Munroe
Film Center (144 West 65th Street), with titles including THE TEXAS CHAINSAW
MASSACRE on Friday, June 8; Tobe Hooper’s LIFEFORCE on Friday, June 29; David
Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY on Friday, July 6; Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD on Friday,
July 13 and EVIL DEAD II on Friday, July 20; Lucio Fulci’s HOUSE BY THE
CEMETERY (a rare uncut 35mm print) on Friday, August 3; James Gunn’s SLITHER on
Friday, August 10; Robert Bierman’s Nicolas Cage-starrer VAMPIRE’S KISS on
Friday, August 24; Sidney J. Furie’s THE ENTITY on Friday, August 31; and (not
horror, but a personal fave of this writer) Menahem Golan’s THE APPLE on
Friday, August 17. Find out more and buy tickets here.
The Film Society is also hosting a series called Past and
Prologue: The Films of Ridley Scott May 25-June 3 at the Walter Reade, which
includes showings of ALIEN on Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. and Monday, May 28 at
3:45 p.m., HANNIBAL on Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, May 29 at 1 p.m. and
LEGEND on Friday, May 25 at 4:15 p.m. and Saturday, May 26 at 9:15 p.m. Go here for more info.
• Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek is hosting the NYC premieres of
two more notable new indie films, V/H/S and COMPLIANCE, as part of its fourth
annual BAMcinemaFest showcasing American independents, running June 20-July 1
at BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue). V/H/S is an omnibus horror with
segments helmed by David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg,
Ti West and Adam Wingard; COMPLIANCE, from writer/director Craig Zobel, is a
chilling psychological study of manipulation, based on real-life incidents.
Dates and times are to be announced; keep an eye on BAMcinématek’s official
website for updates. The venue is also offering the chance
to see a number of cult favorites on the big screen as part of Tangerine
Dreams, a 10-film series dedicated to the popular German band, running June
1-7. Among the movies playing (all on 35mm prints) are Michael Mann’s THE KEEP
on Sunday, June 3 at 4:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK on
Wednesday, June 6 at 4:30 and 9:15 p.m.; Michael Laughlin’s STRANGE BEHAVIOR on
Saturday, June 2 at 4:30 and 9:15 p.m.; Steve DeJarnatt’s MIRACLE MILE on
Friday, June 1 at 2, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 p.m.; and LEGEND again on Saturday,
June 2 at 6:50 p.m.
• Legendary monster maker Rick Baker (pictured right) will
appear at a special screening and live event for MEN IN BLACK 3 at Astoria,
Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue) on Thursday, May 24 at 8
p.m. Following a showing of the Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh
Brolin-starring sequel in Dolby Digital 3D, multi-Oscar-winning FX artist Baker
will take part in a discussion; get info and tickets here. In
addition, an exhibit called Aliens, Gadgets, and Guns: Designing the World of
MEN IN BLACK 3 is currently running at the Museum through September 23,
featuring Baker’s alien creatures and other objects from the film; find out
• Manhattan's 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street) is continuing to showcase
all kinds of weird and wonderful horror, cult and exploitation fare. This
Friday, May 11 at 9:30 p.m., they’re presenting a 35mm print of Johnn
Wintergate’s BOARDINGHOUSE, the notorious shot-on-video-but-shown-in-theaters
1983 flick that will seriously mess with your head. If you dare, catch the
Grindhouse Double Feature of Andy Milligan’s BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS and Ted V.
Mikels’ THE CORPSE GRINDERS Saturday, May 19 starting at 8 p.m. (shown on
prints literally salvaged from a dumpster outside 42nd Street’s then-closing
Lyric Theater!). Jumping from the ridiculous to the sublime, Stuart Gordon’s
FROM BEYOND will be shown Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. And venturing outside
the horror genre, but still of interest to Fangorians, there’ll be a double
feature of ENTER THE NINJA and NINJA III: THE DOMINATION (the latter of which
does have supernatural elements) Saturday, June 9 starting at 8 p.m., and
veteran B-meister Mark L. Lester will be on hand Saturday, June 16 for a double
feature of his Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle COMMANDO and the Linda
Blair-starrer ROLLER BOOGIE, beginning at 7 p.m. Find out more about all of
these screenings here.
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