Stabby Scary Spooky Time: October at Nitehawk

dismember-splash2It’s October! Our favorite time of the year. The weather is just right, you get to wear all kinds of fancy new clothes, and you can binge on horror movies without any guilt whatsoever.

We have a whole slew of horror and more in store for you this month, including our massive series on horror’s most fearsome foe: the Final Girl. Also a special presentation of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Casey Affleck in house; a special screening of NY graffiti-doc Style Wars and a special 20th anniversary screening of Pulp Ficiton! Plus, out all-nite Halloween horror movie marathon: A Nite to Dismember! It’s all below. Bewaaarreeeee

scream01Final Girl: Scream (1996, Wes Craven)
Friday, October 3 & Saturday, October 4; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Like a magician explaining how he sawed a girl in half, Wes Craven lays all of his tricks out on the table in his meta-slasher classic Scream. After Scream, everyone became a video-store expert on the Slasher genre. Funny enough, Craven’s film wasn’t so much a death-knell for the genre (as some say) as it was a challenge for filmmakers to up their game.

reanimateNitehawk Nasties: Re-Animator (1985, Stuart Gordon)
Friday, October 3 & Saturday, October 4; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
In Re-Animator, a mad scientist perfects a serum that can bring the dead back to life; but, there’s a problem: once the dead return from their trip into the abyss, they come back… different. A gross-out classic, director Stuart Gordon plays Lovecraft’s brand of uncanny horror with just the right mix of necrotic humor and dreadful violence.

girlwhoFinal Girl: The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963, Mario Bava)
Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5; Brunch | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Shrouded in angled shadows and bound in a tight, twisty mystery, Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much is a genre defining classic. A murder mystery involving a beautiful American girl who spends her Italian vacation solving a murder with nothing but an armful of detective novels and a handsome Italian detective to help her. The first of the Italian giallos, a genre that would dominate Italian horror for decades.

addamsThe Addams Family (1991, Barry Sonnenfeld)
Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5; Brunch | Buy Tickets
A New Yorker cartoon turned TV show turned star-studded Hollywood blockbuster, director Barry Sonnenfeld’s cheerfully mordant comedy boasts a perfect cast and just the right amount of early-90’s cheese. MC Hammer anthem, anyone?

stylewarsMusic Driven: Style Wars (1983, Tony Silver)
Tuesday, October 7; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Style Wars is an essential look at the battle for New York City’s rail system, a bitter fight between out-of-touch public authority and maverick young artists whose motives blur between an earnest desire for expression and a method to chisel away some control over the city. Equally vibrant, funny and melancholy, Style Wars helped define Hip Hop for generations. For this special screening, we’ll have producer Henry Chalfant in house along with some more special guests.

zombieholo40pq1.143The Deuce: Dr. Butcher, MD (1980, Mario Girolami)
Thursday, October 9; 9:30pm | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Also known as Zombie Holocaust, Dr. Butcher, MD is an Italian grossout mashup of Cannibal exploitation and low-rent zombie flick. About a South American doctor whose cruel experiments make human sacrifice look like Sunday School. 

halloweenFinal Girl: Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
Friday, October 10, Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12; Midnite | Buy Tickets
With Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode, Halloween boasts perhaps the best example of horror’s Final Girls. Laurie is smart and self-reliant (does she even have parents?), and though she’s terrorized by the film’s killer, she ultimately overcomes him while her only male savior (a doddering doctor) spends most of the movie two-steps behind the killer. Screening three times over the weekend at midnite.

hauteFinal Girl: High Tension (2003, Alexandre Aja)
Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Brimming with gruesome violence and twisted characters, High Tension kicked off a wave of intense French horror films known as the New French Extremity. The film follows a young couple, Marie and Alex (both women), who are visiting family on vacation, the mood turns sour when a mysterious delivery man arrives and violently kills the entire clan. Unable to find Alex, the killer takes off with Marie in his trunk, leaving Alex to chase after them in a brutal game of cat-and-mouse. But as the Killer and Alex trade blows, Marie is left in the middle of a conflict she couldn’t begin to understand.

spiderFinal Girl: Spider Baby (1968, Jack Hill)
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7; Brunch | 35mm | Buy Tickets
There’s a rich family that lives in a big house down the way. They’ve been keeping mostly to themselves lately, save for the family butler who drives to town from time to time in a dusty old car. Some say that the family’s cursed. Inbreeding. Whenever one of them hits puberty something clicks, their minds go and they eat… well I don’t know what they eat. Right now there’s only three of them; two girls and a hunchback. They like to play a game called Spider. I don’t recommend going over there.

monsterhouseMonster House (2006, Gil Kenan)
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7; Brunch  | Buy Tickets
Whenever a toy flies into his old neighbor’s yard, young DJ Walters may as well kiss it goodbye, cause he ain’t getting it back. Now, this neighbor is mean. Real mean. But one day the old man gets carted off in an ambulance, and DJ starts getting phone calls from next door… when nobody is there. They hear stories about the house and the man who lives there — missing kids — and when they go to investigate… Well, it turns out the place has an appetite.

the-assassination-of-jesse-james-by-the-coward-robert-ford-01One Nite Only: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007, Andrew Dominik)
Sunday, October 12; Brunch | 35mm | Buy Tickets
As the charismatic and unpredictable Jesse James plans his next great robbery, he wages war on his enemies, who are trying to collect the reward money – and the glory – riding on his capture. But the greatest threat to his life may ultimately come from those he trusts the most. In his Academy Award nominated role, Casey Affleck plays the 19 year old Robert Ford who goes from idolizing James to harboring the ultimate resentment.

Q&A with Casey Affleck following the film, moderated by IndieWire’s Eric Kohn.

kingofcomedyOne Nite Only: The King of Comedy (1982, Martin Scorsese)
Thursday, October 16; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
The bottom is the perfect place to start. Aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin lives in a fantasy world where he dreams of fame as the world’s top comedian and talk show host. Unfortunately for the man who actually is a top comedian and talk show host, Rupert’s delusions come crashing into his very real world. Scorsese really nails black comedy in this often strangely overlooked film featuring stunning performances by Robert De Niro as Pupkin, Jerry Lewis as the straight-man, and Sandra Bernhard as the obsessive stalker fan.

pulpfictionPulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
A boxer on the run. A mob muscle-man with a crisis of faith. A hitman with a crush. Pulp Fiction may be 20 years old, but it’s still as cool, vibrant and entertaining as it was the hundreds of other times you’ve watched it over the last two decades. See it on 35mm in a theater, the way QT wants you to see it.

texasFinal Girl: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)
Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18; Midnite | Buy Tickets
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afterdarkSpoons Toons and Booze Halloween Special
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Everyone knows that Halloween and candy go together like sugar cereal and cartoons, but what about Halloween, candy, sugar cereal and cartoons all at the same time? Too much? We don’t really think so.

eyeswithoutafaceFinal Girl: Eyes Without A Face (1960, Georges Franju)
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19; Brunch | 35mm | Buy Tickets
So you see a like Eyes Without A Face, and you think “Okay, it’s from 1960, and it’s French and it looks kind of spooky and elegant, right?” Only partly true. Eyes Without A Face is surprisingly uncompromising for its time, a dark and violent tale of a mad doctor who steals the faces of beautiful women for his disfigured daughter. It can be shocking even by today’s standards, especially when it gets down to the surgical nitty gritty. 

scream01 copyKevin and Matt Geek Out On Zombies
Thursday, October 23; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Comedian Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matt Glasson present an obsessive look at zombies, from White Zombie to World War Z. The hosts explore pre-Romero voodoo zombies, Night of the Living Dead rip-offs, the recurring theme of Nazi Zombies in film, and the recent run of zombies overtaking pop culture. The two-hour show features dozens of clips including zombie film highlights from Italian, Asian, British and Mexican filmmakers. 

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Final Girl: Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Dario Argento’s signature phantasmagoria spectacle is a total frenzy of violence, color and badass music. Scored by Italian prog group Goblin, Suspiria is a twisted tale about a young dancer who gets caught up in a ballet school that’s run by a coven of ancient witches. 

repulsionFinal Girl: Repulsion (1965, Roman Polanski)
Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26; Brunch | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Roman Polanski’s take on the classic horror parlor game of “Dreaming or Crazy?” Repulsion follows a fragile young woman who’s left alone in an apartment and then totally consumed with horrid hallucinations

bucketArt Seen: A Bucket of Blood (1959, Roger Corman)
Saturday, October 25 & Sunday, October 26; Brunch35mm | Buy Tickets
Getting ahead in the art world can be murder. At least it is for hapless cafe busboy Walter Paisley (Dick Miller). Surrounded by pretentious blowhards and no-talent beatniks, Walter’s able to make his big break when he starts covering up murders by making sculptures out of his victim’s bodies. His work is morbid, and his peers eat the stuff up — but will they still like it if they find out Walter’s sinister secret?

presidentsJournalists in Film: All The President’s Men (1976, Alan J. Pakula)
Tuesday, October 28; 9:30pm | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that lead to President Nixon’s resignation in All the President’s Men. A 35mm presentation!

Introduction by Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes.

lodgerLive + Sound + Cinema: The Lodger (1927, Alfred Hitchcock)
Thursday, October 30; Brunch | Buy Tickets
A Jack-the-Ripper type murderer called “The Avenger” is terrorizing London by targeting young blond women. How Hitchcockian! At the same time of these attacks, a mysterious man takes a room at the a family-owned boarding house and strikes up a relationship with the proprietor’s pretty blonde daughter. To thicken the plot, she’s engaged to a policeman hot on the trail of “The Avenger” who thinks her Lodger lover is the serial killer!

Presented with a live score by Morricone Youth!

dismember-splash2A Nite To Dismember 2014
Friday, October 31; Midnite | Buy Tickets
Our second annual all nite horror movie marathon is all about sequels this year. We’ve got a program of five gruesome sequels to get you through Halloween, starting at Midnite and getting you all the way through the wee hours of the morning. Evil Dead 2! Bride of Frankenstein! Friday the 13th Part 2! Blood of Dracula! Return of the Living Dead!

Plus we’ll have a costume contest, some trivia, and the winning banter of handsome charmers Kris King (That’d be me) and Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman. Join us! It’s the only place to be.