Halloween may be over but true horror fans watch scary movies year-round. This year’s NYC Horror Fest kicks off with NYC’s very own Lloyd Kaufman — the man behind independent film company Troma for the past 40 years — being presented with a lifetime achievement award. That’ll be followed the U.S. premiere of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, which picks up right where 1986’s Class of Nuke ‘Em High leaves off. What kind of mutations will the torn down nuclear power plant spawn this time?
Also be sure to catch Pinup Dolls on Ice, where a group of friends hired to put on a show at a secluded campground are hunted by a homicidal maniac obsessed with ice, and The Bates Haunting which only brings one movie to mind…Psycho!
Gorge on these gory flicks and other films about true-life horrors and Mickey Mouse.
States of Exception, Exceptional States: The Iron Grip of Nationalism
This is the fourth part of Flaherty’s six-part series on the cinema of resistance, exploring global outbreaks of revolts, and the sources of the continual popular unrest that continues around the world to this day. This program explores films that take up arms (artistically speaking) against the military in Israel, Palestine and Syria. These programs aim at provoking discussion and the speaker will be Ariella Azoulay—an Israeli art curator, filmmaker and theorist of photography.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., East Village; 7 p.m.; $10
Women Make Movies and Spectacle Present: Love & Diane
A documentary by Jennifer Dworkin that exposes the bureaucratic nature of government programs meant to help the poor. The film follows Diane Hazzard, her daughter Love, and Love’s son Donyaeh, for 10 years documenting the family’s experiences as they try to keep their heads above water in a society that seems unfairly indifferent. Family struggles, past mistakes, and drug addiction, under the umbrella of the crack-cocaine epidemic of the ‘80s that impoverished inner city neighborhoods, all come to the forefront of this powerful real-life drama.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St., Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; $5
All Day Auteurs at Videology:
Wed – Wong Kar-wai
Thurs – Quentin Tarantino
Fri – Jean-Luc Godard
For the month of November, Videology has been screening themed films by some of the greatest directors of all-time, from open til last call. It’s free admission and this week they have Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino and Jean-Luc Godard back-to-back-to-back. It’s going to be so much Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Uma Thurman and Anna Karina, we hope you can handle it.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; All Day, Free
Speciesism: The Movie
Speciesism is defined as the notion that humans are superior to all other life forms. This film sets out to reveal the horrors that go on behind closed factory doors where the animals raised for human consumption are hidden in conditions that might turn us all vegetarian. Vegetarian or not, this is a ride worth taking as the filmmakers sneak around, hide in bushes, confront the owners of these farms and make a film that is at times funny but also truly scary.
IndieScreen, 89 Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 7 p.m. ; $12
Sex, Love & Salsa
Julian Suarez is a salsa dancer who has so much love for the ladies he can’t stick to just one. He is currently interested in three women, one of whom has him surprisingly thinking it may be time to settle down.
IndieScreen, 89 Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. ; $12
Requiem For A Dream
Shot in parts of Brooklyn, Requiem For A Dream is considered one of the most depressing yet beautifully made films of the past 20 years. The film digs deep into the dirt of drugs, exploring the dark side of addiction and its consequences.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; Midnight; $11
Maniac Cop 2 + director William Lustig in person
Maniac Cop officer Matthew Cordell is “back from the dead” and out to get revenge on those who brought him down in the original Maniac Cop. Teaming with a Times Square serial killer he wreaks havoc all over NYC.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; $13.50
Disney Mouse Party: Mickey’s 85th Anniversary
When Disney’s Steamboat Willie opened at NYC’s Colony Theater in 1928, it set the scene for Mickey Mouse to become the world’s biggest movie star—despite being an animated mouse. This program celebrates the 85th anniversary of Mickey along with his barnyard pals and lovely lady Minnie Mouse, with animated shorts, b&w classics and Technicolor developments.
Film Forum, 209 W Houston St., Greenwich Village; 1 p.m./ 7 p.m.; $12.50