Halloween Fest at Film Society’s Scary Movies Series
By: Ellis Nassour
It’s Fall in NYC and that means Halloween is just around the corner! There’s something for everyone, from haunted pumpkin gardens at NYBotanical Gardens, Fright Fest at Six Flags, haunted experiences and performances on The Ride, haunted houses for families and those a bit more intense for teens, and a special sleepover at Ripley’s for little kids to more adult festivities at Highline Ballroom and Webster Hall.
There’re two perennial events that really put a scare into you: The gigantic and colorful Village/Chelsea Halloween Parade up Sixth Avenue [recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and celebrating its 40th Anniversary on Halloween; and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies 7 series at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center . . .
One of the best treats of the Trick or Treat season is the Scary Movies series at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. Scary Movies 7 is a veritable bobbing for apples and bloodlust feast. It’s the fest for the real horror aficionado! This shockfest runs from October 31-November 7.
Films include Ben Wheatley’s genre-crossing Kill List; Ti West’s supernatural caper The Innkeepers; Scott Leberecht’s fresh take on vampirism, Midnight Son; Mariano Baino’s 1993 atmospheric chiller Dark Water; the deliciously grotesque multiple-director omnibus The Theatre Bizarre; the gore classic Re-Animator; and two masterpieces of the occult and the supernatural, The Seventh Victim and Poltergeist.
A major event will be the world premiere of Mac Carter’s Haunt, about a family moving into their dream home only to find it, yes, haunted! And cursed! It stars two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom; and soon to be seen in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight opposite Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, and Eileen Atkins).
There’re a couple of really special treats: a trio of feline frights, including the American premiere of Byun Seung-wook’s The Cat, a rare showing of 1969’s Eye of the Cat, and The Black Cat. Don’t miss the Edgar Allan Poe tribute: Schlockmaster Roger Corman’s horror gem House of Usher, starring the incomparable Vincent Price as Roderick Usher, will be followed by the New York premiere of Nevermore, Jeffrey Combs’ live one-man Poe show.
Throughout the series, signed copies of John Landis’s book Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares will be raffled. For the full schedule, showtimes, and film notes, visit www.filmlinc.com.