NYC Happenings: Lincoln Center Spreads Its Wings For International Symposium Of Dark Cinematic Chills!
[Shade Rupe wants to fill y'all in on a little Uptown Halloween happening... Shade, take it away!]
The mighty Film Society of Lincoln Center, fresh off a magnificent 49th year of the New York Film Festival now sets its sites on grabbing not only your mind, but the beating of your heart as they unlock an attic-homed treasure chest of dark delights this weekend at the Walter Reade theater at 65th and Broadway. Knocking the bats right out of the belfry on Opening Night is gifted UK filmmaker Ben Wheatley's sophomore slam Kill List, hailed throughout the UK as a grand head-raised-high trophy of British gangster cinema. The extremely dark, extremely human tale is furiously paced and magnificently delivered. It's rare to see a new filmmaker in such fine form. Preceding the 9:15 show of Kill List is the North American premiere of Korean filmmaker Byun Seung-Wook's The Cat, about a young pet groomer who takes in a dead woman's cat, along with the the ghostly spirits that accompany the forbidding feline.
The next evening boasts a diabolical duo with Mario Baiano's classic Dark Waters, with a rare appearance by the Italian maestro himself, and the New York premiere of House of the Devil helmer's SXSW hit The Innkeepers. For those familiar with Ti West's style, we're in for tricks AND treats this Friday night. Saturday brings classic chills with a screening of Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg's classic Poltergeist, reworked for part of the plot of James Wan's megahit Insidious this year, followed by the U.S. premiere of Severin Films' highly touted anthology feature The Theatre Bizarre. While anticipation runs high for this instant sell-out at this year's Fantasia film festival, this special screening will be joined by five of the film's seven directors, including former New Yorkers Douglas Buck (Sisters), and Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock, No Way Home), The Wizard of Gore artiste Jeremy Kasten, Severin Films' own David Gregory, and the grandmaster of gory mayhem Tom Savini himself, soon to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. And along with producer Daryl Tucker and stars Lindsay Goranson and Debbie Rochon, the king of cult actors, Mr. Udo Kier will also be gracing the stage for this incredible event. And to cap it all off a screening of French film The Incident closes out the evening.
Sunday is a smorgasbord of classics with Corman's House Of Usher, the Val Lewton masterpiece The Seventh Victim, and the Lalo Schifrin-scored Eye Of The Cat opening up the day, segueing into the New York premiere of Scott Leberecht's vampire feature Midnight Son with director and stars in attendance. And to really lay on the whipped cream and cherries on this day in-person appearances by director Stuart Gordon and actor Jeffrey Combs with their ultraclassic Re-Animator, with the following day being the New York premiere of the triple-slam team of Gordon, Combs, and screenwriter Dennis Paoli's enormously well-received theatrical hit Nevermore -- An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe, a very rare live performance event on the Walter Reade stage, with a special bonus of Stuart Gordon's Masters of Horror The Black Cat episode preceding Jeffrey's performance.
If you are any anywhere near Manhattan October 27-31, if you love horror, we will see you this weekend at the SCARY MOVIES celebration at the Walter Reade theater at Lincoln Center! Full details and schedule... is... Boo!!!
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