Exclusive Details, Q&A: Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers’ Frightening Full October Calendar!Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
As FANGORIA friendlies know, one of our favorite cinema hotspots is Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers (2548 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY, 10710), the Northeast’s current Alamo hub and an amazing venue for myriad repertory screenings. Whether they’re showcasing new independent titles, like the wonderfully crude ANTIBIRTH, or their monthly screening series such as Prints of Darkness and Mondo x Chiller showcasing cult classics like PSYCHO II or BLACK SWAN, Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers offers regular scare fare with a true passion that this writer can get behind. So FANGORIA is incredibly excited to reveal the staggering full calendar and details for Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers’ superb October programming, packed to the brim with terror titles you won’t want to miss! Check it out below, and read our exclusive Q&A with Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers’ programmer Justin LaLiberty after the jump!
10/1 – Erle C. Kenton’s HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945)
10/2 – Herschell Gordon Lewis Double Feature: WIZARD OF GORE & COLOR ME BLOOD RED (in 35mm)
10/3 – William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST (1973)
10/4 – David E. Durston’s I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1970)
10/5 – Drawesome: Toyoo Ashida’s VAMPIRE HUNTER D (1985)
10/8 – Hudson Horror Show: Dan Attias’ SILVER BULLET & Tommy Lee Wallace’s FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2 (both in 35mm)
10/9 – Lew Lehman’s THE PIT (35th Anniversary, New Restoration)
10/10 – Brian DePalma’s CARRIE (40th Anniversary)
10/11 – F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (with live score by Invincible Czars)
10/12 – Robert Zemeckis’ DEATH BECOMES HER (25th Anniversary, in 35mm)
10/14 – THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Movie Party
10/15 – Fred Dekker’s NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (30th Anniversary, Director’s Cut)
10/16 – Joe Bob Briggs Presents: Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (30th Anniversary, in 35mm)
10/17 – Monday Night Thread Up: William Friedkin’s CRUISING (in 35mm)
10/18 – HIT LIST (Director Bill Lustig in person for Q&A, in 35mm)
10/19 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s DELICATESSEN (25th Anniversary, New Restoration)
10/20 – Tom Holland’s CHILD’S PLAY (with NECA displays and giveaways, in 35mm)
10/21 – Prints of Darkness: David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD (in 35mm)
10/22 – Retrokidded: Joe Dante’s MATINEE (in 35mm)
10/23 – Barry Sonnenfeld’s THE ADDAMS FAMILY (25th Anniversary, in 35mm)
10/23 – Temple of Schlock: Matt Cimber’s THE WITCH WHO CAME IN FROM THE SEA (40th Anniversary, in 35mm)
10/24 – Martin Scorsese’s CAPE FEAR (25th Anniversary, in 35mm)
10/25 – Girlie Night: Andrew Fleming’s THE CRAFT (20th Anniversary, in 35mm)
10/26 – Tough Guy Cinema: Alex Proyas’ THE CROW (in 35mm)
10/27 – Video Vortex: HOMEMADE HORROR HALLOWRAMA
10/29 – Dismember the Alamo (4 mystery movie marathon, in 35mm)
10/30 – Jules Bass’ MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967)
10/31 – Michael Dougherty’s TRICK ‘R TREAT (in 35mm)
FANGORIA: This line-up is an eclectic mix of classics, cult classics, and newer fright favorites. What inspired your particular genre-centric programming for October?
JUSTIN LALIBERTY: As with anything else that I do, it is mostly derived from personal taste. This is my first year on the job and- coming from a life of loving horror- I wanted to get on screen a lot of the films that really shaped me growing up as well as titles that impressed me in recent years. I think that it is a strong mix of under-appreciated repertory genre titles in need of reappraisal, revered genre staples and titles that audience members would hope to see in an October lineup at the Alamo Drafthouse.
FANG: Not only do you have an incredible line-up, but there’s so much in 35mm. What makes horror such a more worthwhile watch in 35mm? What was the hardest print to track down?
LALIBERTY: I’d push this a bit more and say that cinema in general benefits from 35mm, granted if it was originally shot and presented that way. If I can find a print that is playable, complete and accessible, I will show it. But I’m not in the business of showing film just to show film either – there’s a good mix of digital screenings in October as well, either due to no print existing or the existing prints being either too beat up or missing footage. I want to show films to an audience in the best way currently possible, a lot of times, that means film and other times, it unfortunately doesn’t. But I will never put something on screen that I don’t think faithfully represents the original material. As for what was the hardest to track down, it’s all hard now! But 100% worth it.
FANG: You have live scores, movie parties, VHS screenings, Joe Bob Briggs, etc. You’ve gone above and beyond to program more involved events this October. Is this something you strived for as a programmer? Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to making a repeat Halloween season event?
LALIBERTY: We have a bunch of special guests in October including Joe Bob Briggs and Bill Lustig and these are all guests that bring a lot to the table too. They have built up fan bases over decades (and I’m as much a fan as anyone) and are personalities that fit well with the Alamo brand. As much as I want to present films, I also want to present those who made them/otherwise gave them life as much as possible too. Alamo is known for providing experiences that you don’t usually see anywhere else, and that includes interactive programming like Movie Parties and even screenings on VHS.
I think that we tend to run into a lot of elitism in the horror world (intentional or not) and I wanted to make sure that this program appeals to everyone, from the hardest of the hardcore horror fans chomping at the bit to see I DRINK YOUR BLOOD to the hundreds of people who want to sing at THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and to the families that can come out for a matinee of MAD MONSTER PARTY. Horror should be for everyone, and that’s what this program intends to be.
FANG: You programmed a lot of ’90s horror this season, from DEATH BECOMES HER, DELICATESSEN, MATINEE, ADDAMS FAMILY, CAPE FEAR, THE CRAFT, THE CROW, and more. The ’90s has always been known as a tumultuous time for the genre; was there any conscious effort to screen some of its best offerings this year?
LALIBERTY: As noted before, a lot of this was derived from personal taste. I came of age in the ’90s, so a lot of these are films that I grew up with, many of which I feel don’t get the attention that they deserve. Particularly Scorsese’s CAPE FEAR, which is incredibly strong and shows his knack for creating horror. Some titles are in there to target younger families- THE ADDAMS FAMILY, MATINEE- and others have strong fan bases that are usually underserved when it comes to the genre and season, such as THE CROW and THE CRAFT. There’s also this tendency to take horror very seriously, which I usually find bothersome, and I wanted to throw in some fun titles, like DEATH BECOMES HER (which is hugely underrated in horror circles) and DELICATESSEN, which was recently given a new 4K restoration which I can’t wait to see. For better or worse, a lot of horror fans grew up in the ’90s and grew up with ’90s films, and it’s time to start embracing that.
FANG: Obviously, as with many repertory theaters, there’s going to be an urge for patrons to cosplay and dress-up for horror screenings. Does Alamo Yonkers want attendees in costume? Is there a policy? Is there a particular horror character from your programming this year that you’d like to see people attend as?
LALIBERTY: For our Dismember the Alamo marathon on October 29th, patrons are encouraged to come in costume! We will have a costume contest, and it’s always a fun time. On Halloween night, we will be screening Michael Dougherty’s TRICK R’ TREAT- which is the most recent of the repertory slate- and I’m also encouraging costumes for that show as well. Outside of that, if fans want to come dressed in costume, that’s great! We want this to be a fun month and as long as people are being safe (no weapons, obviously!) and aren’t otherwise disrupting (or even harassing) others, there’s no reason for us to not all have fun with it.
FANG: Dismember the Alamo has become somewhat of a landmark night for horror fans. Without spoiling anything, can you tell us what to expect on this year’s Dismember marathon?
LALIBERTY: It’s a great lineup this year, but I’m obviously biased. The films run from the ’70s through ’90s; there’s four of them and they’re all on 35mm, as always. It’s a pretty eclectic mix of genres/sub-genres from kid friendly schlock to as gross as you can get. One of the prints is the only one currently available (as far as I know) so that alone is worth the cost of admission!
FANG: Is there anything from the programming this year that’s perhaps underrated in the genre that you’d want audiences to see?
LALIBERTY: That’s a hard question to answer! We have Bill Lustig back on 10/18 to show his film HIT LIST, which has never made it to DVD. It is a really awesome thriller with Lance Henriksen as a hitman who drives a big car with a license plate that says KILLR on it. It rarely screens and Bill will be here for Q&A after the show so it’s a really great chance to see it on a big screen, and he always has great stories to share.
There’s also a double feature of Herschell Gordon Lewis films – COLOR ME BLOOD RED and WIZARD OF GORE – on 10/2 that will be a great show. Lewis tends to not get mentioned enough outside of BLOOD FEAST, and these are two of his more offbeat and aggressive films, which should be a real treat for viewers. I timed this to happen around the same time that Arrow’s big blu-ray set of Lewis films comes out, so this is his year and I want to get him and Arrow’s set the attention that they deserve. Plus they’re both on archival 35mm prints!
FANG: What new or contemporary screenings might fright fans expect as well?
LALIBERTY: We are opening THE GREASY STRANGLER on 10/7 for a full run, and it’s completely insane. I keep telling people that it’s as if Harmony Korine directed a Troma movie, and if that doesn’t have you purchasing a ticket now, then it’s likely not for you. We also have UNDER THE SHADOW starting a run on 10/14 which is a great slow-burn supernatural horror film that played on the festival circuit this year and deserves as much of an audience as it can get – it’s getting comparisons to THE BABADOOK already and it’s easy to see why. We are also doing one night of DEMON on 10/6, which is a Polish film concerning the Jewish tale of the dybbuk; its filmmaker, Marcin Wrona, suddenly passed away shortly after it premiered, which is made all the more sad by how unique of a voice he has in the genre. It’s not one to miss.
To get tickets to Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers’ October Calendar, you can visit their website HERE.