After a break for New York Comic Con last week, midnight movie coverage is back and it’s filled to the brim with chainsaws, stabbings, and a whole lot of fake blood. This weekend features some of the most important and influential horror films of all time, so break out those night lights folks.
Nitehawk continues their Final Girl film series this weekend with a midnight screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Texas Chainsaw is the type of movie that makes you feel like you need a shower and a stiff drink after you watch it. Sally, played by Marilyn Burns, is one of the most iconic final girls of horror, and Leatherface himself cemented himself as a horror icon immediately despite having no (legible) dialogue. The movie doesn’t fall into the “fun horror” category and falls squarely in the “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?” category, but is a must-see for its unique horror and lasting legacy. Pro tip: do not bring a date to this movie.
Nitehawk’s brunch movie this weekend is the 1960 French horror film Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage) from director Georges Franju. This film is a slower meditation on horror, but has some graphic imagery on par with Texas Chainsaw. When a surgeon’s daughter’s face is disfigured in a car crash, he goes to great lengths to regain her beauty. Nitehawk is screening it on 35 mm.
Nitehawk isn’t the only theater with classic horror this weekend, as Sunshine Cinema’s midnight movie is THE classic horror film: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Widely considered not only the greatest horror film of all time but also as one the best films of all time, you all know what Psycho is about and why it’s important. This is a rare opportunity to see it on the big screen though, so instead of watching Bates Motel on Netflix, get your butts to the theater.
Lastly, IFC Center’s midnight movie is a screening of Jodorowsky’s El Topo for another weekend, in case the other options weren’t bizarre enough for you. Looking for something that isn’t going to leave you with nightmares? IFC has you covered with their other midnight movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. If the name Spicoli means nothing to you and you’ve never been in love with Phoebe Cates, then this is your mandatory movie stop for the weekend.
Also of note, AMC’s Fearfest starts this weekend so you can stay in the Halloween mood in between midnight screenings. AMC’s line up this weekend has Stephen King movies, Tremors 1-4, and all of the Chucky movies that aren’t actually Child’s Play because we can’t have nice things.