7 Horror Flicks You Need to See This wknd in NY, LA, & San Fran
Milk photographer Andrew Boyle splits his time between shooting and being obsessed with movies. Classic and cult movies to be precise. Before moving to New York, Boyle worked for the famous Astor Theatre film palace in Melbourne, Australia that played a nightly mix-up of classics on 35mm and 70mm. Neon Marquee is his site that highlights the classics, cult favorites, and B Grade misfires, and where they can be seen on the big screen around the world. And today, we’re bringing you his roundup of a few notables playing around New York, L.A., and San Francisco this weekend.
The Exorcist director’s cut (1973)
Sure, labeling The Exorcist “the scariest movie ever made” would perplex a young filmgoer seeing it for the first time today, but respect is due for the universal shock it delivered upon release in 1973, when audiences—having never been delivered anything like it on the screen before—were left gasping. Perfect to experience on the big screen if you surrender to the forbidding sense of dread, before an all-out shock fest of levitation, projectile vomiting, and profanity that should never escape a child’s mouth. Leave any cynicism at home; this is still terrifying thanks to William Friedkin’s ice cold world put up on screen.
The Exorcist will be showing at IFC Center New York on Friday, Oct 28th and Saturday, Oct 29th at midnight.
Zombie/Zombi 2 (1979 / 35mm Print)
Originally written to serve as an unofficial Italian sequel to the re-edit of George A. Romero’s Dawn of The Dead, Zombie (aka Zombi 2, directed by Lucio Fulci) is the story of an island in the Caribbean that’s cursed by voodoo, and as a result, becomes populated with the dead who’ve come to feed on the living. As a “video nasty,” the UK censorship board demanded specific edits so that they could give it an X rating, or else potentially face banning due to obscenity laws. It has become an infamous genre classic; after the British reaction, the movie garnered a feverish cult following. It has since become regarded as a well-made shocker, and is probably the only film to feature a zombie attacking a shark.
Zombi 2 will be playing at Anthology Film Archives in New York on Saturday, Oct 29th.
Nosferatu with live score (1922)
An expressionist masterpiece as mythical as its malevolent, blood-sucking antagonist, Nosferatu is now almost a century old yet still as influential as ever. Directed by F.W Murnau, it employs stunning use of light and shadow, with an impossibly creepy Max Schreck playing the lead roll. The silent film was a box office smash when released in the U.S. in 1929, and will be presented at Brooklyn’s Videology with a new live score. Side note: Videology, which used to be a video store, houses a large DVD archive in its basement so you can still rent all those horror movies unavailable to stream via the little desk outside the screening room.
Nosferatu will be playing at Videology in Brooklyn on Monday, Oct 31st at 7pm and 7:15pm.
The Addams Family Party (1991)
Finally! The Alamo Drafthouse has opened in Brooklyn and what better way to celebrate than with an Addams Family themed Halloween party! Barry Sonnenfeld’s (Men In Black) gothic romp is a take on the classic TV series, which in turn was based on a one panel comic strip that debuted in the pages of The New Yorker in 1938. The fabulous ensemble cast is on point including the late Raul Julia, as well as Anjelica Huston, an almost unrecognizable Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci as the deadpan Wednesday Addams. A film full of macabre sight gags, darkly lush set design, and plenty of eccentricity that has aged rather well.
The Addams Family party will take place at Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct 29th at 4pm.
Halloween 1 (2007) and Halloween 2 (2009)
Michael Myers is the most grounded of the slasher film legends (if that’s even possible), arriving the first time under the direction of John Carpenter in 1978, and being more of this earth than the dream world-residing Freddy Kruger and wherever Friday The 13th’s Jason kept coming back from. Quentin Tarantino’s own cult movie theater, The New Beverly, will present a double feature of the recent remakes in 35mm print format. It’s directed by Rob Zombie, which just makes so much sense having helmed the bat-shit insane House of 1000 Corpses (and it’s more horrific sequel The Devil’s Rejects), who shot the sequel on 16mm film for a more stylistic approach, a texture that’s also been used for every episode of The Walking Dead.
Halloween 1 and Halloween 2 will be playing at New Beverly in L.A. on Sunday, Oct 30th and Monday, Oct 31st.
The 11th Annual All Night Horrorthon
The sister film house to Hollywood’s grand Egyptian Theatre, The Aero in Santa Monica is cranking out an all night marathon of 1980s horror goodness! Kicking off with the 1988 remake of The Blob—written by The Shawshank Redemption’s screenwriter Frank Darabont—the Horrorthon then winds its way through the decade that spawned the golden age of modern horror with eight film classics including Phantasm 2, Hell Night, and Brain Damage—the last of which, written by the writer of the utterly nuts Basket Case, is about a parasite that needs a steady diet of human brains. No doubt you’ll feel as hallucinogenic when you leave the cinema at sunrise.
The Horrorthon will take place at Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Saturday, Oct 29th.
The Tingler (1959)
Starring horror maestro Vincent Price, this late ’50s chiller about a lobster-shaped creature that feeds on a humans’ terror used an elaborate gimmick called “Percepto” throughout larger theater chains, where electrical buzzers were installed under select seats to administer a harmless jolt. When the “The Tingler” appeared to escape into a generic theater during the climax, the shadow of the villain appeared to move across the projection beam. On cue, the actual projectionist would kill any auditorium aisle lights, plunging the cinema into darkness, before Price’s distinctive voice would shriek that the killer was on the loose in that very room, demanding the audience to “Scream! Scream for your lives!” The seat shockers were then activated, sending the audience into hysterics. Sounds far more enjoyable than half the 3D conversions cycling through IMAX recently!
The Tingler will be playing at The Cinefamily in L.A. on Sunday, Oct 30th.
Lead graphic by Ashley Britton.
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