After giving thanks this week, give books to kids! On December 2, in conjunction with our screening of Scrooged, Nitehawk and Out of Print are hosting a book drive for the screening to benefit The NY Foundling.
Tickets to the movie may be sold out but that doesn’t mean you’re out! We’re still encouraging people to come by and donate books or, heck, even some cold hard cash. And if you un-Scrooge status isn’t enough, you’ll also receive some pretty amazing benefits from Out of Print.
The details are…
1) Donate at least one new book (appropriate for ages ten and younger) and receive a $25 gift card to Out of Print’s website.
2) Donate $15 onsite and get a $25 gift card to Out of Print’s website — 100% of this donation will go to The NY Foundling.
Non bah, humbug!
For three years running, Halloween at Nitehawk has meant one thing: A Nite to Dismember, an all-night horror movie marathon starting at midnite and going way, way into the soft November sunshine. Anchored with the theme of “Decades of Horror,” this year’s slate of films was Poltergeist (80s), House on Haunted Hill (60s), A Bay of Blood (70s), Scream (90s) and a new mystery film off the festival circuit: The Mind’s Eye.
On top of all that was a costume contest, trivia, goodie bags, slap-happy drinking games all led by Shudder‘s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s own Kris King. Survivors (more this year than others) of the evening were treated to a cupcakes from our neighbor Sweethaus, and a breakfast spread and cereal bar provided by Post.
Check the pictures below, and who knows, maybe next year you too will have… A Nite to Dismember. *lightning crack, distant laughter*
For the past three years, Nice Shoes Creative Studio have been a sponsor of our annual Shorts Festival, providing a generous color grading package prize to Festival winners. This year, the team went a step further by animating a Nitehawk short to open up the festival about how we, as Nitehawks, hunt for good movies like a fearsome bird of prey. They explain it better on their blog, and talk with the short’s creator James Coulson about his idea and process. Suffice to say, we love it. Check it out:
As has become a Halloween tradition at Nitehawk, we’ve once again invited our staff into a game of costumed brinksmanship for cash prizes and alcohol all for the rest of our enjoyment. Winners of these prizes have yet to be decided, but we do have the contestants from this past weekend, and they’re all listed below.
Who will come out on top this year? Will it be Bartender Hunter for his scary Bob Dylan looking thing? Or will it be Manager Nicole who lived out her lifelong dream of walking around town covered in blood? Or will it be The Nitehawk, a mysterious masked crusader who works night and day to serve you drinks while you watch horror movies?
Bartender Craig as Gene from 'Wet Hot American Summer'
Bartender Vanessa as Cholo Bride of Frankenstein
Server Madeline as Lara Croft
Server Kate as David Foster Wallace
Bartender Ryan as The Nitehawk
Bartender Hunter as... Ghost Bob Dylan? Who knows.
Server Maria as Janelle Monae
Projectionist Joe as Eddie Valiant
Server Shae and Runner Will as Alabama and Clarence from True Romance
Server Ryan as Ballerina Ryan
Bartender Kayla as Caveman Kayla
Server Matt as Porn Star Santa
Server Phil as Manager Margaret, Manager Margaret as Herself
Runner Jeremy as Beetlejuice
Servers Rebecca and Greg as Amy Winehouse and Blake
Chefs Greg and Kurt as Juggalos WOOP WOOP
Runner Chris as Marty McFly
Server Nick as Frida
Manager Nicole as Patrick Bateman
On Thursday, October 15, Rooftop Films held a special advance screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room followed by a delightful Q&A with Emma Donoghue, who wrote the book upon which the film is based and the screenplay of the movie itself. Led by Rooftop’s Dan Nuxoll, Abrahamson talks about the real life inspiration for the story, researching isolation and captivity and how she massaged her novel into a filmable script.
On Wednesday, October 14 2015, Nitehawk and Gothamist hosted an advanced screening of Nasty Baby, a “fucked up urban fable” from writer/director/star Sebastian Silva (Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, Magic Magic). Moderated by Gothamist’s Jen Chung, Silva goes into detail about how the film reflects his own life, the complicated way Kristin Wiig and American women in general wear their hair, and why he thinks sex scenes in movies are boring. Oh, and how he kind of wants to kill somebody. More below.
On Thursday, October 8, 2015 Nitehawk hosted the New York City premiere of Sebastian Schipper’s single shot thriller Victoria. After the film, star Laia Costa joined Schipper for a Q&A moderated by Erik Luers of ‘Filmmaker Magazine’ and discussed preparing for the long shoot, the host of challenges they faced on their shoot in Berlin, and the strength of story over script.
Fall appeals to all kinds of vices: artificial pumpkin flavoring, chainsaw murder movies, hiding weight gain under layers and layers and layers of trendy clothing; but one of the best vices for the blissful blip before Winter freezes our collective souls is drinking. Sweet drinks, warm drinks, funky drinks, strong drinks. The glory days of watery beer and limey, bubbly cocktails have had their day in the sun; it’s time to get to some real, honest heavy drinking.
Below, Nitehawk’s beverage team of Matt Walker and Nick Dodge take us through some of the highlights of the new cocktails on offer at Nitehawk’s bar, Lo-Res. Some are fruity, some are beety, all of them are named for dollar bin VHS tapes.
Ballast Point Barrel Aged Rum, pistachio orgeat, Beet Syrup, fresh lime, black walnut bitters
It’s hard for me to imagine The Siberian Bull drinking a cocktail, but when I think of beets I think of Russia, and when I think of Russia, obviously I think of Ivan Drago. In this application the beet syrup tastes more fruity than earthy, so this cocktail ends up being much more accessible than it sounds. We’re making Pistachio milk in house, then making the orgeat from that, but to be honest, the pistachio milk is so good on its own I end up drinking most of it before we even make the orgeat. -MW (more…)
On Wednesday, August 12, Nitehawk and Mass Appeal got together for a screening of notorious Bronx gang documentary 80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY’S and held a discussion with one of the police officers from the film, Robert R. Werner moderated by ‘Rubble Kings’ director Shan Nicholson.
In July, Nitehawk teamed up with Tribeca Film Institute for the second year to present a curated series of documentaries from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. We hosted reprise screenings of three documentary highlights of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival: Live From New York, (T)Error, and Very Semi-Serious. Each screening hosted a Q&A afterwards with the films’ directors, producers, and subjects which, lucky for you, we recorded and have posted here!
Megan and Don love dirty movies! Missing Mad Men? Loving our Scandinavian sex film series? Well then, this clip is for you! Watch Don Draper name-drop I Am Curious (Yellow) (get tickets for this weekend’s midnite screenings) to Peggy in this Season 7 episode called “The Strategy”…scandalous!
Nitehawk’s Senior Film Programmer Caryn Coleman writes on the devil, women, and New York in The Sentinel for Shock Til You Drop. Get Tickets to our 35mm screening of The Sentinel this weekend at midnite, part of our The Works: Jeff Goldblum.
Are you one of the Legion?…
The devil certainly has a thing for New York women; at least in film. Like its striking satanic predecessor Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Michael Winner’s The Sentinel (1974) is rooted within an everyday reality. This makes it intimately relatable and, therefore, appropriately terrifying. These films exploit the familiarity of our shared experiences: who hasn’t been sad, wanted a family, or had trouble with a significant other? They place the idea horror within the context of the “home” which, as a literary Gothic staple has been going since the 1800s, but cinematically it represents that postmodern shift into the urban space where your neighbors, friends and lovers are whom you should now fear the most. This is especially true if you’re a young woman and only exacerbated if you’re a young woman living in a chaotic city like New York…READ THE REST
Posted in Essays, Midnight Movies
Tagged ava gardner, chris sarandon, Christina Raines, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, John Carradine, michael winner, new york, rosemary's baby, Satan, Shock Til You Drop, the sentinel