Just like last week’s offerings, and like next weekend’s are sure to be, it’s all blood, guts, and horror this weekend at the movies. To prep you for Halloween, screenings include visceral violence, found footage, and classic creepshows.
Sunshine Cinema is screening Cannibal Holocaust this weekend, and if you haven’t heard of it, I’m sure you can still guess that this movie was quite the controversial one. Filmed in 1979, Cannibal Holocaust follows four documentary filmmakers and their guide who travel to South America to shoot a film about cannibalism. When it was released, people thought this film was real and thus it was thoroughly banned in several countries. So get on over to Sunshine Cinema and see the gory masterpiece in all its uncut and uncensored glory, okay? Okay.
Nitehawk has the last of their Final Girl film series this weekend, and they’re playing Dario Argento’s Suspiria at midnight. Watching this movie in high school taught me that horror movies could be both terrible and beautiful, so it’s pretty awesome to see Nitehawk presenting this one in 35mm. Their brunch movie is Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, starring Catherine Deneuve and also being shown in 35mm. When a troubled young woman is left alone in an apartment by her sister, her mind slowly unravels and what comes next is full of dream sequences, hallucinations, and horror.
Museum of the Moving Image is playing horror movies all throughout the weekend, and is kicking it off tonight with The Excorcist. Saturday, they’re playing a personal favorite, FW Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu. Silent films can be tough to go back and watch sometimes, but Nosferatu is timeless and Max Schreck’s make up as Orlok is still terrifying today. Sunday, they’ve got three classics: the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Night of the Living Dead.
Sick of all the horror movies? Head over to IFC Center for their midnight movie then, because they’re playing RoboCop. No no, not that one. The good one. Yeah, that one! Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall) is at his best here, utilizing a dystopic and crime-ridden future to deliver a poignant, smart, and action-packed film. An excellent choice for a midnight movie, you should make it your Prime Directive to get all your friends together and head to this one. Can you believe it was only nominated for two Oscars? I still can’t.
Lastly, if this weekend’s horror offerings are still not enough to satiate you, be sure to check out FXX on Sunday. Starting at noon, they’re playing every single episode of The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episodes. Just be sure that you’ve stocked up on beer.