We’ve got a busy month ahead of us here at Nitehawk, with a slew of special one night screenings and 35mm presentations. There’s The Works: Angelo Badalamenti, where we look back on the best films scored by the legendary Twin Peaks composer; a midnite boogie-down with a series of disco musicals; and our Simpsons Club celebrates its first birthday with a Best-Of countdown and a Simpsons Movie screening.

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MARCH 2014


Nitehawk Nasties: Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato)
February 28 & March 1; Midnite | Buy Tickets

One of the gnarliest movies ever put on film. Not only was Cannibal Holocaust banned in a bunch of countries, the movie was so realistic that the director had to parade the cast onto Italian television just to prove that he didn’t actually kill them. Just remember, though, all of that violence on screen is fake, it’s only a movie. Well… that’s not true. Not all of the violence is fake — they rip open a giant turtle and eat it at one point.


Country Brunchin’: Rhinestone (1984, Bob Clark)
March 1 & March 2; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Nitehawk heartthrob director Bob Clark’s weirdo country-fried musical about a country starlet (Dolly Parton!) who has to turn a New York cabbie (Sly Stallone!) into a country music sensation. The result: Stallone in a cowboy hat singin’ him some terrible country tunes. Brooklyn-based Dolly Parton tribute band The Doll Parts will perform a live pre-show before the movie. We’re showing it in 35mm, because we’re credible like that.

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Muppets/Post-Muppets: The Great Muppet Caper (1981, Jim Henson)
March 1 & March 2; Brunch | Buy Tickets

We’re kicking off our month-long Muppet series with Henson and friends’ second film: The Great Muppet Caper. Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie star as a group of reporters who travel to England to interview the victim of notorious jewel thief. When the crimes get pegged on the victim’s secretary, Miss Piggy, it’s up to the muppet gang to put Charles Grodin in his place.


Fugazi: Instrument (1999, Jem Cohen)
March 4; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

A beautiful mix of visuals from 16mm, 8mm, and video shot by Jem Cohen melds with sync-sound by the legendary Washington D.C. band Fugazi in the stunning documentary, Instrument. Wholly original, you wouldn’t expect Fugazi to do anything traditional and their documentary is no exception.

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The Works – Angelo Badalamenti: Lost Highway (1997, David Lynch)
Special Screening: March 5; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
March 7 & March 8; Midnite | Buy Tickets

An under-sung Lynch film, it’s hard to sum up Lost Highway just because it’s so damn strange. Bill Pullman morphs into a younger man, Patricia Arquette dances around at gun-point and then there’s creepy, creepy… creepy Robert Blake. We have a few screenings for this one, the first we’re presenting alongside caffeinated gif machine Brighest Young Things with a live performance from Lynch-inspired DJ duo a place both wonderful and strange; and then we have a couple of midnite screenings as well. Did I mention it’s on 35mm? Because it is.


Disco Musical: Xanadu (1980, Robert Greenwald)
March 7 & March 8; Midnite | Buy Tickets

“I came to America, saw Xanadu… and that’s all I wanted to do, roller skate.”

The Neon-drenched musical Xanadu is a disco classic that features (super dreamy)Olivia Newton John roller skating around to ELO. It’s like the ultimate middle school date shoved into a movie. At least, I guess it is, I’m not sure what middle schoolers are up to these days. Kids dig disco, right?


Splash (1984, Ron Howard)
March 8 & March 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets

The best mermaid romance this side of The Little Mermaid, Splash turns 30 this month and we’re celebrating with a special 35mm presentation. It has as much topless Darryl Hannah that you can put in a PG-rated comedy, and is solely responsible for people naming their daughters Madison (Look it up! First recorded instance of it as a first name).


The Works – Angelo Badalamenti: The City of Lost Children (1995, Marc Caro; Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
March 8 & March 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets

In a not-so-distant surrealist future, a demented scientist unable to dream steals the dreams of young children so that he may stave off aging and subsequent death. Made by the same creators of Delicatessen and Amelie, The City of Lost Children invokes an entirely different world; one with a talking brain housed in a tank, clones, conjoined twins, and a circus performer with trained fleas.


Titmouse 5-Second Animation Night
March 11; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

5-Second Day is an annual tradition that gives animation studio Titmouse the chance to bring to life whatever strange/beautiful/disturbing/funny ideas they’ve had all year as a short-format cartoon. For this one night screening, the studio opens up their miniature masterpieces to friends, neighbors and fans, along with a selection of rarities from the studio’s vaults.


Film Feasts: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004, Wes Anderson)
March 12; 7:15pm | Buy Tickets

Let me tell you about our Film Feast. We’ve teamed up with NY brewer Captain Lawrence for this month’s fancy multi-course blowout, which will be paired to The Life Aquatic. Along with Captain Lawrence beer pairings, we’ll be presenting a special all-seafood menu that includes things like fluorescent snapper and shrimp with squid-ink sausage.


Killer Legends (2014, Joshua Zeman)
March 13; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

From Cropsey director Joshua Zeman, Killer Legends is a hair-raising film that focuses on four timeless urban legends that continue to haunt the psyche of the American public. Nitehawk presents a special One Nite Only screening in celebration of the film’s upcoming March 16 premiere on the Chiller Network and will include a Q&A with filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills.

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Live + Sound + Cinema: Mad Max (1979, George Miller)
March 14 & March 15; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Nitehawk’s de-facto house band Morricone Youth returns to score George Miller Ozsploitation classic Mad Max. In the first film, the world still has some semblance of order and infrastructure, but a devastating oil shortage is taking its toll. Max hasn’t quite morphed into a legendary wandering, post-apocalyptic ass-kicker quite yet, but when a motorcycle gang murders his family, Max goes on a quest for revenge.

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The Works – Angelo Badalamenti: Cabin Fever (2002, Eli Roth)
March 14 & March 15; Midnite | Buy Tickets

You know the horror story: a group of friends leave the city, head towards the remote cabin of one of their relatives to partake in a weekend of drug-taking, fooling around, and relaxation. But while Cabin Fever is self-aware of its cinematic genre origins, writer/director Eli Roth (in his directorial debut) puts an interesting twist in the horror trope by making the killer an unrelenting bacteria strain. Of course, the outcome is the same: friends start to distrust each other, morality is questioned, and their deaths are so gruesome it borders on comedy. Care for a shave?

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Muppets/Post-Muppets: The Dark Crystal (1982, Jim Henson & Frank Oz)
March 15 & March 16; Brunch | Buy Tickets

I’ve never seen The Dark Crystal all of the way through — never. I’ve tried! I’ve tried a few times, actually. Henson’s puppet work in the movie is incredible, and his ambition in making this dark, all-puppet fantasy epic is… remarkable, really. I just can’t do it. Too creepy. Nope. Nopenopenope.


The Works – Angelo Badalamenti: A Late Quartet (2012, Yaron Zilberman)
March 15 & March 16; Brunch | Buy Tickets

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy.


Disco Musical: The Wiz (1978, Sidney Lumet)
March 21 & March 22; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Adapted from a 1975 musical of the same name, The Wiz is an urban retelling of Dorothy’s journey to the wonderful world of Oz. In this re-imagining, Dorothy Gale (Diana Ross) is a young schoolteacher in Harlem who find herself in Oz after getting swept away in a magical snowstorm. Cue all the familiar characters but on a different bent: graffiti taggers, the Scarecrow played by Michael Jackson, the flying monkey motorcycle gang. There’s also a lot of New York references here (New York Public Library, The World Trade Centers, Harlem) and the songs, well, you’ll be clicking your heels…


The Works – Angelo Badalamenti: Secretary (2002, Steven Shainberg)
March 21 & March 22; Midnite | Buy Tickets

Talk about steamy, good grief. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader star as a legal assistant and lawyer who find themselves in a steamy and rewarding relationship based on degrading, abusive sexy sex play. It’s like 50 Shades of Grey, except it came out a decade before and your mom probably won’t like it (which is good!)


Spoons, Toons and Booze
March 22 & March 23; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Let’s see, it’s March, right? That means that the Spoons, Toons and Booze crew is stocking up on Lucky Charms for their St. Patrick’s Day-themed blowout. Expect some green drinks and cartoons featuring little men with funny accents.


Muppets/Post-Muppets: Muppets from Space (1999, Tim Hill)
March 22 & March 23; Brunch | Buy Tickets

Gonzo takes center stage in this under-seen Muppet movie. It turns out, Gonzo isn’t just a weirdo, he’s part of a whole species of weirdos. Sillier than its ilk, Muppets in Space catches a bad rap. It upset a few Muppet fans by making Gonzo into an alien — but hey, how else do you explain a nose like that?


VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series: Macbeth (1948, Orson Welles)
March 25; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

I took remedial English in high school. For those unfamiliar with how the lazy (*waves*) and the slow get their study on, it involves watching a lot of movie adaptations. Of all of the (kind of great!) movies my 10th Grade English teacher screened for us, it was Orson Welles’ fantastic version of Macbeth that had the greatest effect on the class. A moody film anchored by a powerhouse of a performance from Welles.


Art Seen: The Beyond (1981, Lucio Fulci)
March 26; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Kind of a different spin on Art Seen this month as we follow legendary Italian horror director Lucio Fulci into The Beyond. The film takes place at a Louisiana Hotel that doubles as a gateway to Hell, which was opened by an artist who dabbled in the dark arts. When the hotel’s new owner accidentally reopens the gate, the dead begin to rise, and one of the artist’s paintings — a muddy, dark image of what lies beyond — serves as one of the only clues to figuring out how to stop it.


Disco Musical: The Apple (1980, Menahem Golan)
March 28 & March 29; Midnite | Buy Tickets

This incredible disco-rock musical will take you back to a futuristic 1994! Hosted by ‘NYC’s APPLE Super Fan’ (of course) with prizes and pre-screening disco courtesy of DJ BOOGALOW.


Muppets/Post-Muppets: Labyrinth (1986, Jim Henson)
March 29 & March 30; Brunch | Buy Tickets

It may be less terrifying than The Dark Crystal, but Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is still plenty weird. When the Goblin King (Bowie!) snatches a human boy from his crib, it’s up to the child’s sister to solve the riddle of his massive labyrinth with the help of all of the bizzaro creatures that live inside.


Simpsons Club Presents: The Simpsons Movie (2007, David Silverman)
March 31; 10:00pm | Buy Tickets

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Nitehawk’s weekly Simpsons Club, we will be counting down the 17 best episodes of the series all March long and conclude in the theater with a screening of our pick of the #1 episode followed by The Simpsons Movie. Plus a Simpsons-inspired cocktail menu like the classic ‘skittlebrau’ and a raffle of Simpsons swag!