A NITE TO DISMEMBER: THE HAUNTED LIBRARY
Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!
Run Time: 540 min. Rating: R
The next chapter of Nitehawk’s A NITE TO DISMEMBER is a real page turner…for our fifth year we welcome you to THE HAUNTED LIBRARY!
Starting at midnight and continuing until after dawn, we’ll screen five films based on the classic books you love (or have never actually read): The Masque of the Red Death (35mm), The Old Dark House, Ringu, The Babadook, and The Manitou (35mm).
As is our tradition for A NITE TO DISMEMBER, there will be a new horror short film, a costume contest (hosted by Jameson Caskmates this year which means shots for all!), David Lynch Coffee to keep your brain buzzed, an accursed library care of The Strand, a sugar rush of ‘Freaks’ from Eugene J, and trivia featuring prizes from our friends Shudder and Out of Print. Those who survive the nite with receive a complimentary Nitehawk breakfast (eggs and tots!), themed gift bags, and a discounted fare from Lyft. But wait, there’s more…we’ve got you covered on the drink front with complimentary coffee and sweet treats coming your way!
Your official librarians for the evening are Shudder’s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s Kris King and Caryn Coleman.
Forget trick-or-treating and bookmark the date to spend the nite with us!
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Director: Roger Corman Run Time: 90 min. Format: 35mm Rating: UR
Out of the eight film adaptations he did, The Masque of the Red Death is one of Roger Corman’s more faithful renderings of an Edgar Allen Poe story.
Based on the 1842 short story of the same name with a slight incorporation of a sub-plot on Poe’s other tale, “Hop Frog,” the film is a vivid visual odyssey into madness, sadism, and death. Starring Vincent Price, The Masque of the Red Death takes place during the 12th century when a plague known as “The Red Death” was spreading across Europe, decimating the population. In the midst of this, Prince Prospero (Price) has cloistered himself with a select group of aristocrats in his castle fortress where he worships Satan. To pass the time, they play decadent parlor games which usually involve the victimization and torture of some unfortunate peasants. Prospero’s most recent act of cruelty involves forcing a local villager Francesca to choose between sparing the life of her father or her fiance. Meanwhile, a mysterious cloaked figure journeys toward Prospero’s castle for a fateful meeting.
The Old Dark House (1932)
Director: James Whale Run Time: 75 min. Format: DCP
Starring: Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Eva Moore, Gloria Stuart, Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Massey
Frankenstein director James Whale turned J.B. Priestley’s novel “Benighted” into a nerve-jangling tale that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come.
Stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan. Also starring in early-career roles are Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Gloria Stuart of Titanic.
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Director: Hideo Nakata Run Time: 95 min. Format: Digital Rating: UR
Adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws on the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki, Ringu taps into that horrifying thought that the consequences of other people’s actions are just a tv portal away.
When her niece is found dead along with three friends after viewing a supposedly cursed videotape, reporter Reiko Asakawa sets out to investigate. Along with her ex-husband, Ryuji, Reiko finds the tape, watches it — and promptly receives a phone call informing her that she’ll die in a week. Determined to get to the bottom of the curse, Reiko and Ryuji discover the video’s origin and attempt to solve an old murder that could break the spell.
The Babadook (2014)
Director: Jennifer Kent Run Time: 92 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR
Starring: Daniel Henshall, Essie Davis, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, Ben Winspear
While technically not based on a book, the horror of The Babadook emerges from the pages of a children’s book. One of the best horror films in recent years and now a symbol of the LGBTQ community, this film will have you chanting “Baba-dook-dook-DOOK!”
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia is at a loss. Her son’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both and when a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
The Manitou (1978)
Director: William Girdler Run Time: 104 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R
Starring: Michael Ansara, Susan Strasberg, Tony Curtis
This overlooked film is based on the strange best seller The Manitou, a 1976 novel by British writer Graham Masterton, the former editor of the U.K. edition of Penthouse and occasional sex manual scribe.
Part of the “strange things happening to normal people” genre of 1970s horror, The Mantiou is a truly bizarre stunner starring, of all people, Tony Curtis as a psychic who has to help his girlfriend with the “tumor” on her neck. As it turns out, the tumor contains the living body of a 400-year-old Native American shaman attempting to reincarnate himself through her in order to take revenge for the extermination of his people. Cronenbergian in its body horror but totally camped out, The Manitou is definitely the best horror movie based on a book you haven’t seen.
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