Ah, October, the best month of the year. When, for two or three weeks, the weather actually gets nice, the leaves start to turn, and it’s socially acceptable to watch as many horror movies as humanly possible. At Nitehawk we’re dedicating the month to all things spooky with a series of elaborate fantasy films, sleazy midnight movies and classic popcorn horror from the 80’s and 90’s.

October

October 1; 8pm | Cafe | Free

VHS Vault Presents: Devil Times Five (1974)

Finally! It’s horror movie month at VHS Vault, where we will be cracking out the seediest analog gems from the vault. Up first, Devil Times Five, where five demented delinquents terrorize their wealthy caretakers through a series of grizzly murders. Originally released with the, frankly, much better title Peopletoys. The film also stars a young Leif Garrett, which… sure, why not?

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October 5 & October 6; Midnight

Phantom of the Paradise (1974) | Tickets

After his breakout film, Sisters, Brian De Palma cooked up his own glammed out version of The Phantom of the Opera, setting a disfigured musician loose in a massive rock and roll palace.

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October 5 & October 6; Midnight

Dosa Hunt (2012)

A gaggle of musicians (including Neon Indian and members of Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend, Das Racist, and Vijay Iyer Trio) go on the prowl to find New York City’s best Dosa, a south Indian dish.

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October 6 & October 7; Noon

The Craft (1996) | Tickets

Light as a feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board.

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October 6 & October 7; Noon

Country Brunchin’ Presents: Night of the Hunter (1955) presented in 35mm | Tickets

Charles Laughton’s ultimate country fried noir about a psychotic reverend (Robert Mitchum) who woos his way into the family of an executed bank robber in order to sniff out the location of a missing $10,000 score. Mitchum gives one of the best performances of his career as the terrifying killer whose uses a twisted understanding of scripture to rationalize his psychosis.

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October 8; 8pm | Cafe | Free

VHS Vault Presents: The Boogeyman (1980)

After stumbling on their mother in bed with her lover, a young girl witnesses her brother put their mother’s lover to the knife through the reflection of a mirror. Two decades later, that mirror shatters releasing a vengeful spirit after the troubled siblings. While the film shamelessly “borrows” from The Amityville Horror and Halloween, it has one hell of a trailer, promising floating ice picks, psychic stripping and a rad synth score:

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October 10; 7:30pm | Cafe | Free

Screen Shots Drinking Game Night: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Here’s the plan. Take train. Go to friends’. Kill Phil. Grab friends. Go to Nitehawk. Have a nice cold pint and play drinking games to Shaun of the Dead. How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

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October 11; 8pm – 10pm | Cafe | Free

Network Awesome – The Women of Punk

The best TV network on the web, Network Awesome, and Nitehawk are finally teaming up! On September 27th, Network Awesome re-vamps their July Women in Punk program featuring only the best clips including such gems as the intro to GLOW and a killer short interview with Poly Styrene.

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October 12 & October 13; Midnight

Fright Night (1985) presented in 35mm | Tickets

When an honest to goodness vampire moves in next door, what’s a nerdy horror movie buff like Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) to do? With his girlfriend and his mother under threat by this charming new menace, Charley recruits local access charlatan Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) to help smite the menace from the neighborhood. One of the few horror/comedies out there that actually delivers on both scares and laughs.

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October 12 & October 13; Midnight

Hausu (1977) | Tickets

HAAAWWWWSSSSUUEEEEE. The ultimate batshit bonkers J-Horror film, Hausu, sees a group of school girls at odds with their haunted holiday house. The place is super haunted too, we’re talking killer pianos, floating heads, a vengeful grandfather clock–the works. In the realm of delightfully weird cinema, this might be the delightfully weirdest.

If you’ve ever wondered what movie has the greatest trailer ever, it’s Hausu.

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October 13 & October 14; Noon

King Kong (1933) | Tickets

The Eighth Wonder of the World makes his Nitehawk debut in October with our special brunch screening of the 1933 classic King Kong.

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October 13 & October 14; Noon

Spoons, Toons & Booze Halloween Edition | Tickets

The Secret Formula guys are mining through your favorite Saturday Morning cartoons for the best Halloween episodes. Come out for the cereal bar and the hooch, stay for the Scooby Doo, the Beetlejuice, and by God I hope, that episode of Ren & Stimpy where the ghost wears a brain on his head.

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October 15; 8pm | Cafe | Free

VHS Vault Presents: Cannibal Man (1973)

After accidentally killing a cab driver, a butcher goes on a killing spree, taking out anyone that suspects him of the murder. The original Spanish title for the film (La Semana del Asesino) roughly translates to The Week of the Murderer, which makes way more sense, considering nobody eats anyone in this movie.

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Tuesday, October 16; 9:30pm

Beer Dinner and a Movie Presents: Apocalypse Now (1979) | Tickets

This special presentation of Apocalypse Now is a full-on culinary experience. To celebrate this enduringly unique film, Nitehawk Cinema and Sixpoint are presenting a special viewing experience featuring an Apocalypse Now inspired paired beer and dinner menu. In addition to matching the Sixpoint beer with the food menu created by Nitehawk chef Russell Dougherty, guests will be served during moments in the film carefully selected by our Cinema Department.

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October 16; 8pm | Cafe | Free

Bootlegger Night Presents: Black Sabbath

October Bootleggers Night presents BLACK SABBATH IN PARIS (EARLY 1970S). Music from the era will be spun before and after the screening!  Rock!

Drink Special is $5 for a shot and a beer all night long!

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October 19 & October 20; Midnight

The Evil Dead (1981) presented in 35mm | Tickets

The original cabin in the woods fright flick, Sam Raimi’s first installment in The Evil Dead Trilogy is dark and grimy, complete with deadites, buckets of blood and a whole bunch of angry, molesting trees. Often overshadowed by its sequels, The Evil Dead is frentic, kinetic and scary–and, frankly, the best of the three.

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October 20 & October 21; Noon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) | Tickets

Before he became a cult TV icon, an accomplished comic book scribe and the most successful director in the world, Joss Whedon wrote the script for an oddball horror film about a cheerleader who also happens to be the world’s fiercest hunter of the undead.

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October 20 & October 21; Noon

Beauty and the Beast (1946) | Tickets

Before Disney took a crack at the French fairy tail, there was Jean Cocteau’s peerless Romantic fantasy. With unbelievably lush sets and costumes, Cocteau’s uses wild dream imagery to bring the Beast’s castle to life.

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October 22; 8pm | Cafe | Free

VHS Vault Presents: Die Sister, Die! (1972)

When an inheritance hungry brother tries to expedite his sister’s death, the nurse he hires to kill his sister starts digging into the family’s grizzly history.

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October 23; 7:30pm | Cafe | Free

Movie Trivia Night – Halloween Edition

For our second Trivia night we’re devoting all of the categories to Halloween with an All Horror Trivia night. Expect prizes, free drinks and Halloween candy for competitors but bring your A-game, because this one is going to be tough…. At least, I hope so.

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October 26; Midnight

LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA Presents: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Live Score by Bradford Reed & Geoff Gersh | Tickets

One of the earliest horror films, Robert Wiene’s Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a tour de force of creepy German expressionism–all jagged edges and abstract achitecture–about a prophetic somnambulist under the control of the evil Dr. Caligari. The silent classic will be accompanied by a new original score performed by Bradford Reed & Geoff Gersh live in the theater.

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October 26 & October 27; Midnight

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) | Tickets

In this severely under-rated pseudo-sequel, producer John Carpenter wanted to change the franchise into an episodic Twilight Zone inspired series, stripping nearly any connection to the first two films with nary a mention of fan-favorite killer Michael Myers. The gamble failed, and the movie flopped–hard. For years, considered one of the biggest horror gaffs of all time, Halloween III is actually kind of awesome when you let your frothing fanboy spell pass. The film stars Tom Atkins (!!!) as a surgeon investigating a mysterious Silver Shamrock company, who is peddling mysterious masks to children all over the country in a plot to end the world. There are Men in Black, witches, and tons and tons of dead children in Halloween III–what’s not to like about that?

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October 27 & October 28; Noon

Island of Lost Souls (1932) | Tickets

The first adaptation of H.G. Wells’s Island of Doctor Moreau stars Charles Laughton as Doctor Moreau, who wiles his days away on secret island performing perverted experiments on animals. Aside from Laughton, the film also stars Bela Lugosi and the lovely Kathleen Burke as The Panther Woman.

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October 27 & October 28; Noon

The Lost Boys (1987) | Tickets

 One thing about working at Nitehawk I never could stomach, all the damn vampires. Come eat some maggots for brunch with Michael and the crew in the ultimate teenage vampire fantasy.

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October 27; Midnight & October 31; 10pm

LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA Presents: Nosferatu (1922)

Live Score by Morricone Youth | Tickets

Nosferatu returns to Nitehawk again this year with an all new live score from Morricone Youth. We’ll be showing film twice this year, once as a weekend midnight screening and then a special screening on Halloween.

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October 29; 8pm

VHS Vault Presents: Spider Baby (1964)

A comic horror film from Jack Hill, director of Switchblade Sisters, which features Lon Chaney as a caretaker assigned to tend after three orphaned girls who suffer from a rare degenerative disorder that causes them to act like… well… psychopaths. The film’s distributor went bust in the early 60’s, which left the movie to wallow in obscurity until it was released on home video.