In addition to a full slate of food and drinks, Nitehawk Cinema is serving up a fresh helping of demons, crazies, and little terrors this month. As you are all aware of by now, Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema is Diabolique’s cinema of choice. Following February’s Twisted Romance series — which granted me the opportunity to finally catch Possession on 35mm —, Nitehawk will launch Little Terrors this weekend with a Saturday and Sunday brunch screening of Critters and continue the following week with two midnight screenings of Ghoulies on Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14. It will come as little shock to those who don’t already know, that Ghoulies was originally to be directed by one of the kings of Little Terror horror, Charles Band. Band, however, ended up passing the directing role to Luca Bercovici, staying on as a producer and theatrical/home distributor with his Empire Pictures. Since the inception of the original theatrical poster — Band famous for selling films based off their promotional materials, sold the film prior to even being shot — , the Ghoulie popping out of a toilet has become a piece of cult imagery in the genre world.
Spawning six subsequent films in its wake, Leprechaun will be appearing for one-night only on — you guessed it — St. Patrick’s Day. Fight your way through a sea of drunk frat boys painted green and parading the streets and take solace with Mark Jones 1993 cult film that helped to launch Jennifer Aniston’s career. While I can’t guarantee there will be any dyed-green beer, I can safely say that Nitehawk has more than enough beverages to satisfy your St. Patty’s day cravings.
The series continues in its normal time the following weekend with the 1990 follow up to Joe Dante’s Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The New Batch basically picks up where the original left off, only ramping up the silliness. The New Batch plays closer to its comedy roots than horror, but never dives into complete farce. In fact, the film plays out as a self-reflexive parody of not only Gremlins but also of the very idea of a Gremlins sequel. Concluding the series will be one of my personal favorite 80s classics, Night of the Creeps. Chock-full of senseless gore, brilliant one-liners, and with one of Tom Atkins’s best performances, Night of the Creeps is a one-size-fits-all film, with a little something for everyone to appreciate.
In addition to Little Terrors, Nitehawk have lined up a special string of screenings for March. There is this weekend’s screenings of Lamberto Bava’s Demons, “Committed” brunch screenings of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Suddenly, Last Summer, and Girl Interrupted, which concludes with a very special projection of The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari with live musical accompaniment by experimental band Parlor Walls. In keeping with the theme, two of the prize screenings this month both occur this week: a one-night only 35mm screening of Sam Fueller’s 1963 hit Shock Corridor and Larry Cohen’s demented cult classic, God Told Me To. God Told Me To is, famously, the film that Ebert has referred to as a “a sort of 52-card pick-up of cinema,” one that he feared may have even been projected in the incorrect order. Yet, it is in this madness that the film is revealed, for only a film that is mad in itself could depict such a story. To accompany the special screening Nitehawk Cinema have arranged a Q+A with ShocktoYouDrop.com editor (formerly of Fangoria) Sam Zimmerman with Tony Lo Bianco & Randy Jurgensen. Having moderated a great deal of Nitehawk’s events in the past, Sam always makes for an exceptional host.
SHOCK CORRIDOR (101 mins, Samuel Fuller , 1963)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
With special guests TBA.
GOLD TOLD ME TO (91 mins, Larry Cohen , 1976)
Thursday, March 5, 2015
With special guests Tony Lo Bianco (French Connection, Serpico) & Randy Jurgensen (The French Connection, The Godfather) and a Q&A moderated by Sam Zimmerman.
Special Nitehawk Cinema screening.
CRITTERS (82 mins, Stephen Herek, 1986)
11:30am Brunch Screenings on Saturday March 7, and Sunday March 8
LEPRECHAUN (92 mins, Mark Jones, 1993)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
GHOULIES (1984, Luca Bercovici, 81 mins.)
Friday, March 13, at Midnite;
Saturday, March 14, at Midnite
GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990, Joe Dante, 106 mins.)
Friday, March 20, at Midnite ; Saturday, March 21, at Midnite
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986, Fred Dekker, 88 mins.)
Friday, March 27, at Midnite Saturday, March 28, at Midnite
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit Nitehawk Cinema’s website: www.nitehawkcinema.com