Christmas Holiday Whatever: December at Nitehawk

November 30 & December 1; Midnight | Tickets

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

When a young boy witnesses his mother getting raped and murdered by a crazy-pants Santa Claus, the tyke grows up in the mental with some twisted ideas as to what’s naughty and nice. When he finally gets too old for the orphanage, the boy starts work at a local hardware store that’s decked out in Christmas cheer… too bad that sort of stuff tends to short out his brain and sends him into homicidal rages. NAUGHTY!

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November 30 & December 1; Midnight | Tickets

LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA: Tron (1982) with Live Score by Black Lodge

Tron, Disney’s hyper-cool hi-tek epic that doesn’t make much sense, but man look how cool it looks, is getting the Live Sound Cinema treatment at Nitehawk, with Geoff Gersh’s new group Black Lodge making their debut with a new score for the classic film.

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December 1 & December 2; Brunch | Tickets

Country Brunchin’ Presents: Convoy (1978)

EVERYBODY! CAUUUSE WE GOT A LITTLE OL’ CONVOY ROCKIN THROUGH THE NIGHT YEAH WE GOT A LITTLE OL’ CONVOY AIN’T SHE A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT CONVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY. Country Brunchin presents Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy with a live pre-show from The Gentlemen Callers! Get there early!

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December 4; 7pm | Tickets

The A.V. Club’s New Cult Canon Presents: Bad Santa (2003)

If you haven’t checked out the New Cult Canon series over at badass pop-culture and entertainment site The A.V. Club, then you are straight missing out. Ushering in a new generation of little-known or overlooked modern classics, the series lionizes films like UHF, Ichi The Killer, Black Dynamite and on and on. One of these films is Bad Santa, a film so surprisingly crass that it had trouble finding an audience with anyone way back in 2003. We’re happy to invite A.V. Clubeditor Keith Phipps to come and talk about the film before our special one-night-only screening of this new cult classic.

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December 5; 7:30pm | Café | Free

Christmas Movie Trivia

Our monthly trivia night is getting into the holiday spirit and concentrating on all things Yule-Tide. So bone up on all of those nights some character saved Christmas for some reason because you’re going to need it. There will almost certainly be a stocking full of prizes to the victor (although, don’t quote me on that, I haven’t been to the store yet)! Starts at 7:30 in the cafe, but get there early (!) because it fills up quickly.

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December 7 & December 8; Midnight | Tickets

Trailer War (2012) presented in 35mm

Exploitation movie trailers, they’re the best right? All hammy and awesome looking, loaded with men getting their heads shot off and girls with just the best cans. It’s the entire genre boiled down into a couple of seconds, and they never quite seem long enough. Drafthouse Films feels your pain, so they’ve put together Trailer War, a feature length collection of some of the most wild exploitation film trailers put to screen. Come watch Jim Kelly shoot things.

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December 7 & December 8; Midnight | Tickets

LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA: Prince Achmed (1926) with Live Score by Morricone Youth

A second chance to see Morricone Youth score the wild piece of early animation, Prince Achmed.

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December 8 & December 9; Brunch | Tickets

Die Hard (1988)

We are more than excited to screen the ultimate in Christmas classics: John McTiernan’s Die Hard. See John McClane reclaim Nakatomi Tower from Hans Gruber and his band of greedy grinches on the big screen. I’ll be there. Hell, I already have tickets.

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December 8 & December 9; Brunch | Tickets

Spoons, Toons and Booze Christmas Spectacular

Like that family member that kind of creeps you out, the Spoons, Toons and Booze guys are going way crazy overboard with Christmas this year, dressing like Santa Claus and asking you to sit in their laps. They’re also offering up a bunch of animated holiday cheer, with Christmas specials from some of your favorite cartoons including Batman: The Animated Series, Garfield, The Flinstones and more. There will be holiday cereal, a few games and a screening of the rare He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special.

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December 10; 8pm | Café | Free

VHS Vault Anti-Jesus Christmas Double Feature: Devil’s Female (1974) and The Devil’s Widow (1970)

VHS Vault is getting a little format make-over this month, going from weekly screenings to a monthly double feature of tapes plucked from our wall. This December, with all of the hub-ub going on for Jesus and his birthday, we’ve put together an Anti-Jesus Christmas Double Feature, with movies all about everyone’s favorite Anti-Jesus… The Devil. Come check out Devil’s Female and The Devil’s Widow, they’re free and they’re about the devil. Can’t go wrong there.

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December 11; 8pm| Café | Free

Screen Shots: Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) Drinking Game

The stresses of the holiday season drive a lot of people to the bottle, so why not make a game of it? Our free monthly drinking game night Screen Shots returns in December with a drinking game specially tailored to Ernest Saves Christmas

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December 13; 7:30pm | Café | Free

Artist Film Club: MELEE MOVIE CHRONOLOGY: a night of videos by artist Robert Melee

Curated by Diana Shpungin, Artist Film Club this month will be looking at the video work by Robert Melee, whose work is at once shocking, campy, hilarious, disconcerting, compelling and sympathetic. Often shot in Super 8, and featuring his eccentric, grotesque mother, Melee’s work dwells on family and his unusual childhood.

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December 14 & December 15; Midnight | Tickets

Christmas Evil (1980)

“The greatest Christmas movie ever made” according to scum-cinema auteur John Waters, Christmas Evil really does need to be seen. About a toy factory manager who snaps one day, glues a Santa beard to his chin and starts doling out punishment to all of the adults who made his naughty list. Nowhere near as silly as Silent Night, Deadly Night, Christmas Evil is a nutso look at psychosis that’s so well acted and well directed that it nips at the heels of Black Christmas and Halloween for the title of Best Holiday Horror Film.

ALSO, get there early for a new episode from Nitehawk’s own horror host Desmond Ghoulie in a “Prepare to Be Scared” Christmas Special.

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December 14 & December 15; Midnight | Tickets

Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)

Before seeing Django Unchained at Nitehawk, prepare yourself with the first half of Quentin Tarentino’s kung-fu splatter-epic Kill Bill. 

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December 15 & December 16; Brunch | Tickets

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A Christmas Movie for the Spencer’s Gift crowd, Edward Scissorhandsis a gift from the twisted black hand of God himself (that’s Tim Burton, in this case) to a generation of outsiders who just want to be loved. I guess. I actually haven’t seen this movie.

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December 15 & December 16; Brunch | Tickets

Marnie (1964) presented in 35mm

A too-often overlooked entry to Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography, Marniefollows a thief with some severe psychological scars as she becomes trapped in a marriage-by-blackmail to a hard-handed, rapacious publisher.

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December 19; 8pm | Café | Free

Bootlegger’s Night: The Cars

For this month’s Bootlegger’s Night, we’ve dug up a rare VHS bootleg from The Cars. Come watch Ric Ocasek do his thing in the cafe with our standard Bootlegger Night special: $5 beer and shot.

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December 21 & December 22; Midnight | Tickets

The Garbage Pail Kids’ Movie (1987) presented in 35mm

BLECH. How The Garbage Pail Kids, a series of trading cards that were like gross-out, punk rock versions of Cabbage Patch Kids, made it from post-card to big screen may always be a bit of a mystery, but the result is unshakable. Gross, disturbing and weird weird weird, you’d be hard pressed to find a kids’ movie more suited for midnight movie watching.

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December 22 & December 23; Brunch | Tickets

A Christmas Story (1983)

Director Bob Clark’s other Christmas classic, A Christmas Story is making a return to Nitehawk the weekend before Christmas. If you know someone who, somehow, has not seen this movie, drag them out for it and they can thank you later. I met someone the other day who hadn’t even heard of this movie. How is that possible?

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December 28 & December 29; Midnight | Tickets

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

The second and (frankly) better half of Tarentino’s Epic of Beatrix Kiddo, shows The Bride as she dispatches what remains of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, works under the cruel tutelage of Pai Mei and, finally, kills Bill.

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December 29 & December 30; Brunch | Tickets

Flash Gordon (1980)

We close out 2012 with a look into THE FUTURE with Flash (ah-ahhh) Gordon and his struggle with Ming the Merciless.

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