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With its frequent showings of classic and cult movies of
every genre in 35mm, New York City’s 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street) has become
one of Fango’s favorite places to hang out. Next month, yours truly turns guest
curator to host a largely lost but can’t-miss horror gem.
On Saturday, October 13 at 9 p.m., I’ll be presenting a 92YTribeca showing of a 35mm print of
1982’s NIGHT WARNING (a.k.a. BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER), a film that
rises far above the slasher conventions of its era. Its centerpiece is an
amazing performance by Susan Tyrrell as Aunt Cheryl, who’s been looking after
her orphaned nephew Billy (Jimmy McNichol) and harbors incestuous feelings for
the boy. After he announces he’s leaving for college to be with his girlfriend (future
NEWHART star Julia Duffy, who doffs her top), Cheryl tries vainly to seduce a
TV repairman and then hacks up the poor guy with a butcher knife when he
rebuffs her. That’s just the beginning of a twisty and twisted scenario that
encompasses revelations of a secret gay relationship, a homophobic police
detective played by erstwhile Buford Pusser Bo Svenson, a high-school bully
played by a young Bill Paxton (billed as “William”) and, most importantly, more
NIGHT WARNING received scant theatrical release back in ’82,
came out on a now hard-to-find VHS with a thoroughly misleading cover and has
never been on DVD. This screening is not only a rare chance to catch one of the
horror genre’s buried treasures on the big screen, but a belated memorial for
both Tyrrell and director William Asher, both of whom died earlier this year. For more
info about the screening, click here.
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