June marks the one year anniversary of Nitehawk, and we are pleased as punch (yes, we said it) with the brunch and midnight movies we have lined up for this summer. June is going to be especially awesome, but stay tuned for the rest of the week when we will be breaking down July and August as well!
Hatched’s Summer Movie Guide
June 2 and June 3; Noon: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
dir. Tim Burton, 90m
While the fate of Pee-Wee’s return to the big screen is still up in the air, Nitehawk will be kicking off the summer with Tim Burton’s brilliant original film. From California to (*clap clap clap*) deep in the heart of Texas, the film follows Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) on his quest to recover his prized stolen bicycle. Written by Reubens, Michael Varhol and the late, great Phil Hartman Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is breezy, wild and endlessly educational. For example, there are thousands and thousands of uses for corn, all of which I’m going to tell you about right now…
June 8 and June 9; Midnight: Poltergeist (1982)
Dir. Tobe Hooper (and Steven Speilberg too, kind of)
Tobe Hooper and Steven Speilberg’s “family friendly” horror film has probably done more to permanently damage children than any other movie ever made. Even if you’re one of those kids who grew up with a chronic phobia of trees or mirrors or clowns or your bed or the television or your toys or the swimming pool and you haven’t seen Poltergeist since that first sleepless night, the film still packs a pretty jarring punch. Also jarring is Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams sharing a joint in bed together. Poltergeist. Rated PG.
June 16 and June 17; Noon: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Dir. John Hughes0
Boy-genius and serial truant Ferris Bueller has everything that you never will: a dream girl he doesn’t fully appreciate, a friend that will do anything for him, a town that’s wrapped around his little finger. He lives in a huge house, gets away with everything and takes the kind of day off we can only dream about–yet, somehow, we still love him. If you happen to have a prior engagement during our screenings of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, please shirk your responsibilities for the day and come see this instead. It’s how it’s supposed to be seen.
Nitehawk One Year Anniversary Celebration with Troma!
June 23; Time TBD: Basket Case (1982) and Mother’s Day (1990) Double Feature w/ Special Guest Lloyd Kaufman
To celebrate Nitehawk’s one year anniversary, we’ve invited Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman over for a double feature: 1982’s Basket Case and 1990’s Mother’s Day. Come for the blood and guts, stay for the tater tots; we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our first year in business. Further details will be announced as the event draws closer!
June 23 and June 24; Noon: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 35mm!
Dir. Steven Speilberg
Now this is exciting! As part of Nitehawk’s birthday weekend we are screening the unimpeachable Raiders of the Lost Ark from a glorious 35mm print. See Indy stick it to the Nazis and that French jerk Belloq the way it was meant to be seen on the big screen!
June 22 and June 23; Midnight: The Thing (1982)
Dir. John Carpenter
It’s hard not to groan when you hear the word “remake” these days, but, back in 82, John Carpenter made his masterwork with his spine-freezing remake of Howard Hawkes’s The Thing From Another World. Working with a small cast and a slew of combustible special effects, Carpenter wrenches both visceral and gut-level fears from this simple story of a shape-shifter that not only kills, but takes the form of its victims.
June 29 and June 30; Noon: The Dark Crystal (1982)
Dir. Jim Henson and Frank Oz
Personal confession: I don’t have much to say about Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s feature The Dark Crystal because I’ve never been able to watch the whole thing. This isn’t because it’s poorly made–far from it, in fact. It’s just that the animatronics and puppetry from The Jim Henson Company are so lifelike and move with such bizarre fluidity that it freaks out my system–I can’t take it. But that’s me. For everyone else, The Dark Crystal is a dark fantasy for the ages, the king of the mountain for movies that look like kids’ movies but are secretly terrifying.
June 28 and June 29; Midnight: All Ages: Boston Hardcore (2012)
Dir. Drew Stone
This new documentary from filmmaker Drew Stone focuses in on the nascent years of the Boston Hardcore scene–between 1981 and 1984. Rather than concentrate on the bands themselves, Stone looks to the crowd, exploring straight-edge and DIY cultures along with the politics and community behind the frenzy.
June 28 and June 29; Midnight: Predator (1987)
Dir. John McTiernan
Closing out our month of monsters coming to bump you from this mortal plane is Predator, an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle where the monster actually outshines the star. Boasting a murderer’s row of action stars that include Carl Weathers, Bill Duke and conspiracy nut/sexual Tyrannosaurus Jesse Ventura, Predator is a lean picture brimming with testosterone.