It’s that time of year again in the Northeast, the thick humidity and hazy days of summer have retreated in favor of cooler weather, shorter days, and The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 9th annual Scary Movies film series. This year’s line-up brings exactly what you’ve come to expect from the Scary Movies series, and maybe a bit more.
From Oct. 30th to Nov. 5th Scary Movies series packs 12 of the best new horror titles, including Sean Byrne’s follow-up to The Loved Ones, The Devil’s Candy, and Australian feral-dog thriller The Pack (trailer below), plus horror movies of all varieties from all over the world.
They’re not only offering new horror, but diggin’ in the crates to serve up some classic titles to the Big Apple, including Juan Piquer Simón’s 80s cult classics Slugs (a personal favorite of mine) and Pieces. Bring the kids out to a free screening of James Whale’s Frankenstein as part of Lincoln Center’s campus-wide Halloween celebration. Pay tribute to the horror icon Christopher Lee with the 35mm screening of the Hammer title, The Gorgon.
And what looks like it could be the crown jewel of the whole series, Hitchcock/Truffaut.
On the occasion of Cohen Media Group’s release of Kent Jones’s Hitchcock/Truffaut, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents a two-day event (October 27 & 28) featuring a sneak preview of Jones’s documentary, in which leading filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, James Gray, and Olivier Assayas unpack the legacy of François Truffaut’s canonical interview with Alfred Hitchcock, to be followed by a discussion with Jones about the book that helped to establish the Master of Suspense as the legendary figure he is today. This event will also feature a selection of films directed by Hitchcock—the director’s penultimate silent film The Manxman; the undervalued I Confess, starring Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter; and wrong-man thrillers Frenzy and Saboteur—adding up to what should be a can’t-miss celebration of one of cinema’s most towering artists.
Last but not least, The Film Society will present evenings with Larry Fessenden, celebrating Glass Eye Pix 30th anniversary(!). The Fessenden directed The Last Winter, and Glass Eye Pix produced Darling, from director Mickey Keating, will screen on the night of November 3rd. Both films will feature Q&A sessions, The Last Winter with Larry Fessenden and special guests. Perhaps an appearance by Ron Perlman? You’ll have to go to find out.
Go to filmlinc.org for a complete rundown of all the screenings, events, and ticket info. Remember to enjoy that brisk weather, and stay scared!