HalloWeekend: “SPIDER BABY,” Horrorthons and More Picks in NYCNews Samuel Zimmerman
It’s almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Halloween approaches, and as per usual there’s no shortage of cinematic scares to take in throughout the weekend. What follows then, is a brief rundown of the best horrific happenings in theaters across New York on Halloween and beyond…
• A NITE TO DISMEMBER (Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn) Five films. All nite. The NITE TO DISMEMBER returns to Brooklyn’s beloved food-and-beverage-and-rep cinema. It’s all co-hosted by Nitehawk’s Kris King and yours truly, and there’ll be prizes, surprises and more between showings of EVIL DEAD II, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. For tickets and more, visit Nitehawk. Midnight
• SPIDER BABY, with Jack Hill (The Academy Theater, 111 E. 59th St) Jack Hill’s singular tale of rural terror screens in a restored 35MM print, followed by a conversation with the legendary filmmaker, hosted by another: William Lustig (MANIAC, VIGILANTE). It’s the true meaning of a Halloween treat and the price of admission for the film, a surely enthralling talk by the two genre titans and a Jack Hill-centric trailer reel is a mere $5. 7:30 p.m.
• HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, 2548 Central Park Ave) The underrated, undervalued, Michael Myers-less, but best HALLOWEEN sequel is coming to the big, beautiful screen of the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers. Tom Atkins, Conal Cochran, the Magic Pumpkin and an eerie, mad tale of science and black magick will flash before your very eyes, while John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s incredible score lulls you into finally realizing how wonderful this movie really is. 10:00 p.m.
• Classic and Korean Horror (Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria) Making Halloween into a long weekend of sorts is the invaluable Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. A series of classic creepers—including NOSFERATU, POLTERGEIST and THE EXORCIST—unspool alongside a selection of contemporary South Korean frights like A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, LADY VENGEANCE and EPITAPH. Oct 30-Nov 2. Free with Museum Admission
• The Day of the Dead, 12-Hour, Day-After-Halloween, Horror Movie Marathon (32 2 Ave., New York City) From noon til midnight, as you’re nursing your Halloween hangover, catch seven, secret rarely screened horror features spanning the 50s to the 80s, all on 35MM. Clues include ““…a little-seen Canadian slasher film! A nature-run-amok masterpiece! A Mexican horror matinee! British anthology terror! Satanic death cults! Lesbian vampires! And a Hollywood-star-studded mindblower that must be seen to be believed.” $30 Tickets.
• CRIME WAVE (Anthology Film Archives, 32 2 Ave) A genuine cult oddity from Canada hits Anthology Film Archives on 16MM with filmmaker John Paizs in person! CRIME WAVE hasn’t been available other than a small VHS run years ago, but was recently restored by TIFF, who writes: “Winnipeg director John Paizs’ 1985 classic brilliantly apes the look of ’50s educational films and trashy crime movies in its story of a teenage girl who develops an odd obsession with a frustrated would-be screenwriter.” 7:30 p.m. More info here.
• Scary Movies 8 (Film Society of Lincoln Center) Getting underway on Halloween with the tremendously funny WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and closing November 6th with a print of Gerald Kargl’s crucial, rare Austrian home invasion film ANGST, Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies 8 boasts yet another stellar lineup of the year’s best horror films currently playing festivals (STARRY EYES, WHEN ANIMALS DREAM), as well as thrilling repertory picks (A REFLECTION OF FEAR, AMSTERDAMNED). Oct 31-Nov 6. All info here.