Lincoln Center may be home to some of NYC film scene’s more prestigious events – including NYFF – but it also knows how to have fun. With series devoted to John Waters, Radley Metzger and sci-fi cinema already this year, it’s time for horror. For seven years prior, Lincoln Center have been host to a series comprised of fringe repertory horror cinema as well as NYC genre premiers, and this year is no different. Last year, I managed to check out the NYC premier of Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno – which still has yet to see an actual release – as well as The Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. This year’s line-up sways a bit more contemporary than years past, which is actually welcome considering the amount of quality, indie genre work that doesn’t see much of a theatrical release these days.
The most notable titles in the line-up are festival favorites What We Do In the Shadows and Starry Eyes. The former a vampire comedy and the latter an exercise in gruesome body horror, couldn’t be much more different and that’s what makes Scary Movies so much fun. This year’s slate is comprised of 15 features, 11 of which are from this year with this festival marking many NYC premiers. The final four are reprisal screenings of 70s and 80s gems that don’t get the attention they deserve (at least to me), all of which are screening on 35mm.
The titles screening are: Angst (1983), Among the Living (2014), Amsterdamned (1988), Backcountry (2014), Cub (2014), Dark Was the Night (2014), The Harvest (2013), Late Phases (2014), Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014), The Pack (1977), A Reflection of Fear (1973), Spring (2014), Starry Eyes (2014), What We Do In the Shadows (2014), When Animals Dream (2014). For additional information and to purchase tickets, go here.
Press release follows:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual horror fest Scary Movies returns for its 8th edition featuring a recent Toronto Film Festival audience award winner, a first-time documentary selection, creature features, and choice rarities among its lineup of curated horror films and thrillers.
This year’s edition of Scary Movies kicks off with a bang—a Halloween evening blowout including a vampire-themed party and a screening of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s hilarious send-up What We Do in the Shadows, a Sundance hit about vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Werewolves also figure prominently in the lineup, with Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream, about a young woman grappling with the onset of her hereditary “condition,” and Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases, about an blind retirement-home resident (Nick Damici, who will be present for post-screening Q&A) contending with monster attacks that coincide with the full moon. Both are among the most satisfying takes on the werewolf film in years.
Additional highlights include Among the Living, from the dynamic French duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (responsible for the genre classic Inside), and The Harvest, John McNaughton’s first horror film since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and his first film in 15 years, as well as two first-rate creature features, Jack Heller’s Dark Was the Night and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead’s Spring. David Gregory’s Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, will be the first documentary ever screened in this series. Also on tap are two When Animals Attack offerings: Adam MacDonald’s brand-new Toronto hit Backcountry and Robert Clouse’s 1977 dogs-gone-wild treat The Pack, in a rare 35mm screening. Additional retrospective titles include William A. Fraker’s dreamy A Reflection of Fear, and, on our closing night, a pair of ’80s gems: Dick Maas’s highly entertaining police-procedural/slasher mashup Amsterdamned and Gerald Kargl’s deeply disturbing serial-killer opus Angst. Both are rarely screened; neither will be easily forgotten.