Nitehawk Trailers: X-Mas Chopping

Child’s Play (Buy Tickets) | Black Christmas (Buy Tickets) | Silent Night, Bloody Night (Buy Tickets) | Chopping Mall (Buy Tickets)

Tis the season to go CHOPPING. This month at midnite Nitehawk celebrates the dark side of the holiday season with four horror classics that splatter blood all over the Christmas tree. We’ve got killer toys, escaped crazies, and robot sentries on the loose, all of them out to wish you a Deadly Christmas and a Mournful New Year!

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Photos: Nitehawk Shorts Fest 2014

Another year, another fantastic Shorts Fest under our belt. In five days we screened over 30 shorts made by local and international filmmakers with many of them coming in for Q&A’s and drink themselves silly. Below there’s a gallery of the goings on for two of the nights: Our Opening Night, and the Friday night Filmmakers’ Party. See y’all next year!

Opening Night Party
Opening Night Party
Opening Night Filmmaker Q&A
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Nitehawk Cinema Cinema Department: Max Cavanaugh, Caryn Coleman, John Woods & Florencia Valera
Nitehawk Cinema Cinema Department: Max Cavanaugh, Caryn Coleman, John Woods
Head Programmer Caryn Coleman introducing Opening Nite of Shorts Fest
Nitehawk Cinema Cinema Department: John Woods, Caryn Coleman, and Max Cavanaugh
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Shorts Fest Opening Night (This dude is so stoked about that ice cream)
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Opening Night Filmmakers
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Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
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Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
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Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
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Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
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Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
Friday Night Filmmakers' Party
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Caryn Coleman & Fangoria's Sam Zimmerman introduce the Midnite Shorts Program
Midnite Shorts Filmmaker Q&A
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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “McDreamy” Director Andrea McGinty

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: “McDreamy”
Filmmakers: Andrea McGinty

1. How did your film come about?
“McDreamy” is part of a larger series of text-based videos that I’ve been developing over the past two years. The text in McDreamy was written as a stream of consciousness poem that was then adapted to video using the motion of the text to visually mirror the tone of the language.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
“McDreamy” explores obsession in relation to romantic love and the damaging filmic cliche of the “crazy woman.”

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
My video didn’t have a shoot, but I always enjoy seeing what parts of the text viewers engage with and what point they discover the “crazy woman” cliche dissolve into more genuine human emotions.

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
I’ve written a short erotica novella that will be published in the spring by Badlands Unlimited and I am always working on new video, drawing, and writing projects that can be found on my website at andreamcgintyart.com.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
I can’t think midnight movie without thinking of one of my biggest influences, John Waters. I think it is so important to make the work you need to make and have the conversations you want to have.

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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “The Grey Matter” Director Peter McCoubrey

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: “The Grey Matter”
Filmmakers: Peter McCoubrey and Luke McCoubrey

1. How did your film come about?
My brother, co-director, and DP, Luke and I have worked on films together since our teens. As our professional career was just beginning some years ago we wanted to make a short film for our reel, which was mostly comprised of music videos at that point. So I went off and wrote a script very similar to what would eventually become “The Grey Matter.” It was a dark comedy about a guy waking up with a massive head wound who’s antagonized by a talking worm-like creature…. (more…)

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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “Study for Interior with Figures and Sounds” director Rick Niebe

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: Study for Interior with Figures and Sounds
Filmmaker: Rick Niebe

1. How did your film come about?
I just did it! I started to play with this XXX vintage video, working with a subtraction and isolation of elements. Then I mixed the soundtrack. It’s based on silence and background sounds of other movies, and a TV announcement too. At last, I found a bootleg recording of an improvisation by Arto Lindsay in Paris, a musician I really like very much.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
I’ve always found [myself] very [attracted to] the backgrounds of 70’s erotic movies (furnitures, paintings, wallpapers). Maybe it’s some kind of peculiar perversion…

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
Well, I work with the cutting, so there’s not much to say about ‘shooting.’ But the TV announcement with those images sounds quite amusing in [Italian].

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
Now I’m working on some projects of ‘vandalistic video collage’ based on various teleplays.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
I still remember the old ‘End of Transmission’ jingle from Italian TV. One of the most terrifying things I had ever seen when I was a child. It still scares me! I realize that… that kind of experience is gone [because of] the possibility to record things on TV… All of my recent midnite movie experiences are based on internet.

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Shorts Fest Midnite Q&A: “Brute” filmmakers Bonnie Black & Julia Grinberg

We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

Brute

Short: “Brute”
Filmmaker: Bonnie Black & Julia Grinberg

1. How did your film come about?
Bonnie Black: Brute was made during our senior year of college and served as my senior thesis. Julia and I knew we wanted to work together on writing something that I could direct, and we always went into it with the intention of developing a film that was a bit darker and unsuspected for a couple of female filmmakers.

Julia Grinberg: Bonnie and I had been classmates and close friends throughout college, but this was our first intensive collaboration on a project. A strong female character was important to us, as well as a story that rose above the cliche. I think we were both at a point, both creatively and emotionally, where we were ready to put out something edgier that might make people feel uncomfortable.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
BB: I went to see Seven Psychopaths [Martin McDonagh's 2012 black comedy - Ed] and absolutely loved the character of Zachariah… He tells a story about breaking into a house, finding a girl held captive inside, falling in love with her and saving her… Building a short influenced by that concept seemed really feasible both story and production-wise. We decided to build a story where we put our characters in a situation that even some criminals would be uncomfortable with and make them come face to face with a bigger evil. It sparked an interesting moral dilemma and putting young hooligan-esque kids into that kind of a situation also brought up this sense of invincibility which I think is really universal for young adults…

JG: I loved that idea of creating heroic opportunities in unlikely characters, and interrupting a normal routine with a twist of fate that changes everything.

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
BB: I think when Julia got offered drugs at the gas station is pretty peak.

JG: It’s true. It was our longest shoot day, and the midnight pizzas I ordered had already come and went so I headed out with our editor, Alex, to the only place that was still open. Exhausted, but wired, I grazed the aisles till I was approach by a twitching convenience store employee who thought I might not be finding exactly what I needed. I gave him a smile and said no thank you. We were a bunch of college kids from Philly, believe me, we were already well-stocked. It was also here that I bought a last minute, but very important prop, a choco-taco.

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
BB: I’m out in Los Angeles now where I work as a creative directors assistant and production supervisor for a small studio. I’ve been helping write and adapt a short story we got from Dennis Lehane into a short film we hope to shoot in January. The story is super dark and cerebral and Kafkaesque so it’s been a really exciting collaboration for me.

JG: I’m at Washington Square Films, an independent production company on the Bowery. I’m working as an assistant in their management department helping to get a lot of talented writer and director’s projects into production.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
BB: For my 13th birthday, a bunch of my friends and I dressed up and went to the midnight showing of Rocky Horror at Clearview Cinemas in Chelsea.

JG: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. I was in LA for the summer, and a group of my closest and nerdiest drew lighting bolts on our foreheads and filed in line. We were, at the time, transitioning into adulthood, and we were all sort of closing a chapter of our childhood together. Bonnie was abundantly cooler at 13, then I was at 20.

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Music and Movies: Kill Your Idols

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No Wave can be a tough nut to crack. The genre’s doodly and distant (and saxophoney), but it’s also rhythmic and propulsive. Coming out of New York in the late 1970’s with bands like Lydia Lunch, DNA and Suicide, the genre has evolved over the last 30-plus years with acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Swans and Liars re-packaging it for the Pitchfork set (Swans’ newest record, To Be Kind, even managed to crack the Top 40 in both the US and UK).

Below, we’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite No Wave tracks, running the gamut from the early days all the way up to today, and features artists like Sonic Youth, Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and more.

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Oh, the Drama!: November at Nitehawk

suspiriaSuspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Last month, our two midnite screenings of Suspiria on 35mm sold out so quickly that we practically had people banging on the door for the chance to see the (awesome looking) print. So… we’re obliging them! Two more Suspiria midnites coming right up!

basketNitehawk Nasties: Basket Case (1982, Frank Henenlotter)
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8; Midnite | Buy Tickets
When a new kids saunters into Times Square with nothing but a bit of cash and a hefty wicker basket to his name, the local skuzzballs he encounters in 80’s New York have one question on their minds: What’s in the basket? The answer is a little gross and it’s hungry.

fistfulCountry Brunchin': A Fistful of Dollars (1964, Sergio Leone)
Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western version of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars introduced the world to the legendary Man With No Name, who wanders into a town that’s been torn apart by an ongoing family feud. Never one to turn down a money making opportunity, the man plays the two sides against one-another, aiming to solve the town’s problems and make off with a solid pay day as well. This Country Brunchin’ presentation of A Fistful of Dollars will be preceded with a live pre-show performance by The TarantinosNYC. (more…)

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Nitehawk Staff Halloween Costume Contest 2014

Every Halloween here at Nitehawk, we hold a costume contest for the whole staff. With cash and free booze on the line, the whole team goes all out scrounging up the best movie costumes they can muster. This year’s crop was pretty awesome, covering everything from Kid Rock and Joe Dirt, to John Waters and that woman in red from Fire Walk With Me.

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A Nite to Dismember, Part 2: Dracula – Prince of Darkness (1966)

A Nite to Dismember is Nitehawk’s annual Halloween movie marathon, five back to back horror films played until the crack of dawn. For its second year, N2D features five of the best horror sequels ever made: Evil Dead II, Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Return of the Living Dead.

Below, Hatched editor Kris King (@KrisKingTornado) discusses the night’s fourth film, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Hammer’s second Dracula film featuring Christopher Lee in the count’s cloak.

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Every time I watch one of Hammer’s Dracula films I’m surprised at how much they remind me of the Friday the 13th series. Each film introduces a new batch of yahoos wandering about where they shoudn’t, they wake up Dracula, Dracula does his thing, and then he dies. Like Jason, killing Dracula is only a temporary solution. No matter what you do – set him on fire, drive a stake through his heart, douse him in holy water – the big man will inevitably finds his way back. (more…)

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A Nite to Dismember, Part 2: ‘Friday the 13th Part 2′ (1982)

A Nite to Dismember is Nitehawk’s annual Halloween movie marathon, five back to back horror films played until the crack of dawn. For its second year, N2D features five of the best horror sequels ever made: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Return of the Living Dead.

Below, Fangoria editor Sam Zimmerman (@samdzimmerman) discusses the night’s third film, Friday the 13th Part 2.

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“Did you know a young boy drowned…?” asks Pamela Voorhees in Sean Cunningham’s Friday the 13th. This is a decent deal of time before the fright of our lives, before said young boy defies what we know to be the natural order of things and emerges ferociously—his sad deformity crafting a sort of sea monster—from Crystal Lake. But this brilliant nightmare, a terrifying epilogue by which to end one of the most iconic slashers of all time is ultimately a dreamy jolt. It’s Alice’s fractured mind, following a night of murder and campfire tales, at work. Surely, Jason couldn’t truly return. (more…)

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A Nite to Dismember, Part 2: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

A Nite to Dismember is Nitehawk’s annual Halloween movie marathon, five back to back horror films played until the crack of dawn. For its second year, N2D features five of the best horror sequels ever made: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Return of the Living Dead.

Below, Hatched editor Caryn Coleman (@caryn_coleman) discusses the night’s second film, The Bride of Frankenstein. (more…)

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A Nite to Dismember, Part 2: Evil Dead II (1987)

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Friday, October 31; Midnite – 8am | Buy Tickets

A Nite to Dismember is Nitehawk’s annual Halloween movie marathon, five back to back horror films played until the crack of dawn. For its second year, N2D features five of the best horror sequels ever made: Evil Dead II, Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Return of the Living Dead.

Below, Hatched editor Kris King discusses the night’s first film, Evil Dead II, Sam Raimi’s untouchable splatterhouse classic.

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Halloween and Horror go hand-in-hand, but, really, only a certain kind of horror film fits the bill on the day for devilish revelry. Halloween, ultimately, is about having a good time; and if a horror film lacks a certain lightness in touch, it can really harsh your hallowed buzz. In the pantheon of fun horror, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a more perfect Halloween horror film than Evil Dead II.

The film plays out as if written by a sleep-deprived kid, high on Snickers and candy corn: “There are monsters! And all of the furniture can laugh! And blood comes out the walls! And the good guy has a chainsaw for a hand!” Evil Dead II is a perfectly executed load of nonsense, a film that insists upon a reaction — a laugh, a shriek, it really doesn’t matter just so long as you feel something.

A kind of remake/sequel hybrid, Evil Dead II doesn’t follow up the first film so much as start over with a new set of rules and tricks and then pushes the story along. Director Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead is a classic in its own right, but it’s heavy on mood and no-budget gore effects and has a clear intent to rattle the viewer senseless. From its onset, it’s clear that Evil Dead II plays with a different deck of cards.

The first act of Evil Dead II quickly touches on the story beats of the first film: college student Ash takes his girlfriend out to a secluded cabin for a romantic getaway where he accidentally awakens an ancient evil that’s intent on ruining everyone’s day. After going a few rounds with his possessed girlfriend, Ash is left a crazed, blood-soaked mess (where the first film ends). When the unwitting relatives of the cabin’s owner turn up, they peg Ash as a murderer and lock him in the cellar while the evil in the house starts taking stabs at its new guests.

Evil Dead II somehow shows up the original in wackadoo special effects and gushing blood while maintaining a light, funny touch. Blood doesn’t just flow, it sprays out with the force of a fire hose. On the film’s commentary track, star Bruce Campbell jokes that he almost drowned while filming one gag where he was practically water boarded with 100 gallons of fake blood.

Watching Ash evolve from a shrieking coward into a silver-tongued tough is the real joy of Evil Dead II. Baptized in the blood of his undead friends, Ash becomes one of the few horror icons who uses his prowess for slicing and dicing for good rather than evil.

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Best of the Rest: Final Girl

This week, we’re winding up our month long series Final Girl, a program dedicated to the women in horror who – time and again – endure unspeakable torment for our collective entertainment. We think we picked the best Final Girls out there for the series (Halloween‘s Laurie Strode, Scream‘s Sidney Prescott, Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Sally Hardesty), but there are a few left out of the mix that deserve attention.

Below, Hatched editors Caryn Coleman and Kris King have put together a list of Nitehawk’s other favorite Final Girls.
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