The fall horror-binge has begun, and as usual Nitehawk has you covered with some great options. This weekend’s midnight movie is You’re Next, beginning their wonderful “Final Girl” film series. You’re Next falls pretty squarely in the “fun horror” category, along with Scream and Cabin in the Woods, playing to horror tropes without sacrificing any of the actual creepiness. The all-white animal masks the killers wear became instantly iconic, and the “Final Girl” in this one is anything but helpless. This one makes for a perfect midnight movie. If going at midnight just isn’t your thing, Nitehawk’s brunch movie is 1963’s classic horror movie The Haunting (so not the one with Owen Wilson), and they’re presenting it in 35 mm.
If Nitehawk is screening a perfect midnight movie, then IFC Center is just screening a perfect movie: Escape from New York. Frequent collaborators John Carpenter and Kurt Russell team up for this dystopian film where the island of Manhattan has been converted into a maximum security prison cut off from the world. It’s an 80s sci-fi movie in all the best ways, with a distinct visual style, a badass lead, and a lot of interesting/hilarious views on what the future will look like in 1997. With memorable performances from Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, and a very 80s soundtrack from Ennio Morricone, this movie is a mishmash that totally works. IFC Center is also playing Friday at midnight, which is cool and awesome but whatever it’s not Escape from New York.
Lastly, Sunshine Cinema has what Entertainment Weekly described as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Don’t know what I’m talking about? Sunshine is screening The Room this weekend, and director Tommy Wiseau will be there in person to introduce the screenings. Playing Friday and Saturday at midnight, as well as Sunday at 10:00 pm, Wiseau will introduce each screening and an episode his new TV show “The Neighbors” will be shown.
Oh, and I guess a little thing called the New York Film Fest starts today. But if you actually managed to get tickets for any of the good stuff, then the gods of terrible ticketing websites must have been smiling on you that day, because I certainly did not.