Monday, October 3, 2011

We interupt coverage of the NYFF to talk about SCARY MOVIES

As of right now there is no second post of a New York Film Festival film tonight. We have more posts coming, but we're taking the night off to chill and decompress...

...or we were until the press release for this years Scary Movies at Lincoln Center arrived in our mailbox...

What you're not impressed? You should be since last years festival not only gave us a bunch of great old films, but also the new classics or near classic films Stake Land, Village of Shadows and Black Death.

This year has lots of potential with a chance to revisit Reanimator with the director and star in attendance, Dark Waters one of the best horror films you never heard of (trust me this is a great film), plus a rare chance to see one of the Roger Corman Poe films on a big screen.

I can't wait.

For those who are interested I give you the good parts of the press release

October 27-31

FSLC’s popular Scary Movies film series returns with a collection of hair-raising premieres and fright classics. The schedule of films includes highlights such as the first New York showings of Ben Wheatley’s genre-crossing KILL LIST, Ti West’s supernatural caper THE INNKEEPERS, Scott Leberecht’s fresh take on vampirism MIDNIGHT SON, and the deliciously grotesque multiple-director omnibus THE THEATRE BIZARRE, as well as Mariano Baino’s 1993 nunsploitation film, DARK WATERS.

Scary Movies will also offer a very rare live-stage performance in concert with the films screened, as FSLC presents a special live performance of “Nevermore,” Jeffrey Combs’s one-man portrayal of the Father of Gothic Horror, Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli. The performance will mark the first-ever staging in New York City. The presentation of “Nevermore” will help kick off a Halloween dedicated Poe, including screenings of Stuart Gordon’s “The Black Cat” from the Masters of Horror season 2, as well as the Roger Corman/Vincent Price gem HOUSE OF USHER.

Finally, “The Black Cat” will be part of a trio of feline terror within the Scary Movies series, including the North American premiere of the brand-new K-Horror film THE CAT and a rare showing of the 1969 film EYE OF THE CAT, starring Michael Sarrazin and Eleanor Powell.

Combs and Gordon will also be on hand to introduce a screening of their gore classic RE-ANIMATOR. And last but certainly not least will be the screenings of two masterpieces of the occult and the supernatural: THE SEVENTH VICTIM and POLTERGEIST.
Scary Movies 5 was programmed by Laura Kern & Gavin Smith.

Films, Descriptions and Schedule

THE CAT (2011) 106min
Director: Byun Seung-wook
Country: South Korea
Following the mysterious death one of her clients, young pet groomer So-hee (an very engaging Park Min-yeong) temporarily inherits the deceased woman’s cat, whose presence proceeds to open the door to a ghostly past. Koreans have been known to categorize cats as wicked creatures, but this quietly creepy tale cannot be accused of animal cruelty. In fact, it manages to serve as something of revenge for those that have been abandoned and mistreated.
THE CAT screens at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00PM and Friday, October 28 at 4:15PM.

DARK WATERS (1993) 94min
Director: Mariano Baino
Country: Russia/Italy/U.K.
A woman returns to the island of her birth to investigate a convent her father had been financially supporting and discovers it houses a group of deadly nuns at the service of a demon cult. The film stars Louise Salter.
DARK WATERS will screen Friday, October 28 at 6:30PM.
Director Mariano Baino will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

EYE OF THE CAT (1969) 102min
Director: David Lowell Rich
Country: U.S.
A mod rarity with Michael Sarrazin as an estranged nephew who resurfaces just in time to try to make it into his sick aunt’s will. Following a scheme concocted by an alluring stranger (Gayle Hunnicutt), the feline phobic moves into the house, unaware that his aunt redefines the term “cat lady.” A twisty, stylish thriller with a fun score by Lalo Schifrin, costumes by Edith Head, and stunning San Francisco locations.It also features human catfights and co-stars Eleanor Parker.
EYE OF THE CAT screens Sunday, October 30 at 4:45PM.

HOUSE OF USHER (1960) 79min
Director: Roger Corman
Country: U.S.
Corman’s classic treatment of the Poe story focuses on Phillip who has arrived at the Usher mansion to discover that his loved one, Madeline and her brother have been afflicted with a family curse. The film stars Vincent Price.
HOUSE OF USHER will screen Sunday, October 30 at 1:15PM and Monday, October 31 at 4:30PM.

THE INNKEEPERS (2011) 102min
Director: Ti West
Country: U.S.
Two hotel employees scheduled to work during the hotel’s final weekend in business decide to explore the place and investigate whether or not the place is haunted. The film stars Sara Paxton and Kelly McGillis. THE INNKEEPERS is a Magnet Releasing film.
THE INNKEEPERS screens on Friday, October 28 at 9:00PM.
Director Ti West will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

KILL LIST (2011) 95min
Director: Ben Wheatley
Country: U.K.
Ben Wheatley’s follow up to DOWN TERRACE focuses on a war veteran suffering through a long and stressful period of unemployment coaxed into joining an old army buddy to perform a series of hits for pay in order to support his wife and little boy. However, the deeper they delve into their “kill list”, the deeper they descend into the clutches of a murderous cult. The film stars Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring. KILL LIST is an IFC Films release.
KILL LIST screens at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday, October 27 at 9:15PM.

MASTERS OF HORROR: “The Black Cat” (2007) 58min
Suffering from writer’s block and short on cash, Edgar Allan Poe (played by Jeffrey Combs) is tormented by a black cat that will either destroy him or inspire him to write one of his greatest works.
“Nevermore – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” 90min
Director: Stuart Gordon
Live stage performance of Jeffrey Combs’ critically acclaimed one-man show/portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe. The production is a dramatic re-creation of the readings that Poe performed during the final years of his short life. Set in 1848 a year after the death of his beloved young wife Virginia, and at the height of his fame as the author of “The Raven,” we watch as he is undone by his own self-destructive tendencies, or in his words: “the imp of the perverse.”
MASTERS OF HORROR: “The Black Cat” and the live stage performance of “Nevermore – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” will be presented on Monday, October 31 at 6:30PM.

MIDNIGHT SON (2011) 88min
Director: Scott Leberecht
Country: U.S.
A young man with a rare skin disorder that gives him an insatiable appetite for blood and sensitivity to light meets and falls in love with a beautiful bartender with secrets of her own. The film stars Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish and Tracey Walter.
MIDNIGHT SON will screen Sunday, October 30 at 7:00PM.
Director Scott Leberecht, producer Matt Compton and Jo D. Jonz (from the cast) will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

POLTERGEIST(1982) 114min
Director: Tobe Hooper
Country: U.S.
Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, the classic thrill-ride of a horror film focuses on a family that discovers they share their home with a host of malevolent ghosts.
POLTERGEIST will screen Saturday, October 29 at 5:15PM.

RE-ANIMATOR (1985) 86min
Director: Stuart Gordon
Country: U.S.
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.The film stars Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton.
RE-ANIMATOR screens Sunday, October 30 at 9:30PM.
Director Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs will attend and introduce the screening.

Director: Mark Robson
Country: U.S.
A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.The film stars Kim Hunter, Tom Conway and Jean Brooks.
THE SEVENTH VICTIM screens Sunday, October 30 at 3:00PM.

Directors: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini & Richard Stanley
Country: U.S./France
A young woman is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. Sneaking inside, she discovers a show unlike any other being performed for hosted by an eerie human puppet. The mechanical MC proceeds to introduce six tales of horror for her “entertainment”. The film starsUdo Kier, Tom Savini and Debbie Rochon. THE THEATRE BIZARRE is a Severin Films release.
THE THEATRE BIZARRE screens Saturday, October 29 at 7:30PM.
Udo Kier and directors Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory and Jeremy Kasten will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Screening Schedule for SCARY MOVIES 5

Screening Venue:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65 Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam (upper level)

Thursday, October 27:
7:00PM THE CAT(106min)
9:15PM KILL LIST (95min)

Friday, October 28:
4:15PM THE CAT (106min)
6:30PM DARK WATERS (94min)
**screening followed by Q&A with director Mariano Baino
9:00PM THE INNKEEPERS (102min)
**screening followed by Q&A with director Ti West

Saturday, October 29:
5:15PM POLTERGEIST (114min)
**screening followed by Q&A with Udo Kier and Buddy Giovinazzo, Douglas Buck, David Gregory and Jeremy Kasten as well as a post-screening reception

Sunday, October 30:
1:15PM HOUSE OF USHER (79min)
4:45PM EYE OF THE CAT (102min)
7:00PM MIDNIGHT SON (88min)
**screening followed by Q&A with director Scott Leberecht, producer Matt Compton and Jo D. Jonz from the cast
9:30PM RE-ANIMATOR(86min)
**screening will be introduced by Stuart Gordon & Jeffrey Combs

Monday, October 31:
4:30PM HOUSE OF USHER (79min)
6:30PM MASTERS OF HORROR: “The Black Cat” (58min) +
Live Performance of “Nevermore – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” (90min)
**screening and live stage performance will be followed by reception

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