So you like Halloween? How much? Nitehawk has basically issued a challenge to see who the biggest horror fans in NYC really are. The competition? Staying up all night on Halloween from 10 p.m. til 8 a.m. watching five horror movie classics for “A Night to Dismember.”
They’ve covered all the major categories: the werewolf, the witch, the vampire, the slasher and the zombie. The night will be hosted by Sam Zimmerman of Fangoria and Nitehawk’s Kris King. And no need to fear, the bar will be open late to help ease your nerves, serving up special cocktails like “There Will Be Blood” and “Gorilla Carnage.” Other fun includes a costume contest, horror movie trivia, free popcorn, creepy montages between films and a screening of the short film Jack Attack by Bryan Norton and Antonio Padoran.
If you’re still alive when the sun begins to rise, you’ll be treated to free coffee and a free self serve breakfast of bacon and eggs. Sober up and get to work! Stay up all night with these and other killer films we’re reel psyched about this week.
Se Solicita Muchacha de Buena Presencia y Motorizado con Moto Propia
The only Brooklyn screening for the New Venezuelan Film Festival, mainly taking place at Tribeca Cinemas from October 27 to 31 with one screening in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx. This is a retro night hosted by Jose Luis “Cheo” Pardo of Los Amigos Invisibles.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 10 p.m.; Free
MONDAY – THURSDAY
I Am Divine
Actor, singer, drag queen and punk rocker Divine made a name for himself as one of the loudest, funniest and most talented entertainers, even earning the title of “Drag Queen of the Century” from People magazine. This is the definitive biography featuring movie clips, rare footage, TV appearances and more, plus interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake and Michael Musto.
Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village; Various times; $11
Punk Jews DVD release party + Live performances by Featured “Punk Jews” artists.
After a year in theaters Punk Jews is celebrating its DVD release with a screening party featuring performances by some of the film’s stars like Hassidic punk rockers Moshiach Oi and Breslov Bar Band. In between bands Amazing Amy will do her “YOGA YENTA” contortionist act.
Drom, 85 Avenue A, East Village; 7 p.m.; $10
TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY
Far superior to its predecessor Machete, Machete Kills takes B-movie gore and camp to lengths other current action flicks don’t have the guts for (literally). Carlos Estevez (you may know him better as Charlie Sheen) is the President, Damian Bichir is hilarious as the crazy drug lord/revolutionary Mendez, Mel Gibson plays a villain called Voz and Lady Gaga acts only slightly better than she sings- which is still not very good, but perfect for the movie. We see the return of the “cock gun” from From Dusk til Dawn, this time worn as a strap-on by one of the many lady villains, and Danny Trejo slices and dices as the indestructible Machete.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; Various times; $11
Shouting at the Screen with Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show”) and Donwill: ‘70s Blaxploitation Classics.
Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1975 in Times Square — by watching Blaxploitation films, drinking beers and screaming at the screen. Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show) and Donwill will supply the comedic commentary while you crack up in your best Blaxploitation themed costume (this is Halloween you know). Hang out after the screening while DJ Tara spins the best of ‘70s soul and funk.
IndieScreen, 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 8:30 p.m.; $10
Norman Bates had mommy issues and it shows. This Hitchcock classic is the finale of Village East’s Hitchcocktober series, appropriately screening on Halloween night. Tired of watching the remake on Netflix? Us too, here’s the real deal.
Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., East Village; 8 p.m.; $10
Venus in Furs
Screening as part of Anthology’s “The Golden Age of Spanish Horror Cinema” series, this Jess Franco directed thriller is full of mystery, eroticism, jazz and the supernatural. Jazz musician Jimmy Logan finds a woman (Wanda) washed ashore who somehow returns from the dead and he obsesses over her– much to the dismay of a nightclub singer he’s been seeing.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave., Lower East Side; 7:15 p.m.; $10
John Carpenter’s The Thing is about an alien that takes on the appearance of its victims after killing them. An American crew at an Antarctic research station starts to become wary of one another after coming in contact and witnessing The Thing in action.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; Midnight; $10
Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC
The third annual Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC this weekend features 20 min shorts each competing for cash prizes and awards in these categories: Comedy, Drama, Animation and Documentary. Films include The Patriot Act by Kyle Einhorn, MooseDate.com by Samantha Friedman, Single Asian (undead) Female by Kelvin Wong and more. Brownfish started in 1999 as an online distribution hub growing into a production company and developing a number of original web series.
IndieScreen, 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; $15-$40