There’s something so old timey and spooky about live-scoring films that it feels like we’re only treated to them around Halloween time. Well, Hallow’s Eve has come early this year, kids: Nitehawk is hosting a special screening of Phase IV accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by Morricone Youth, a local band specializing in old TV and movie soundtracks, and probably named after legendary composer Ennio Morricone, master of Spaghetti Western OSTs, et al.
This visually arresting film was directed by graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass. It features closeups of creepy ants that put Honey I Shrunk The Kids to shame, but unlike the bugs in that particular film, the ants of Phase IV have evolved into a super-species hellbent on eradicating human life. Can the humans and their fancy computers beat the ants at their own hellish game? Stay up till midnight and find out.