Here’s some good news for any East Coast horror fans out there! New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is gearing up to bring back their “Midnight Movies” series in June, and judging from the initial lineup, it sounds like a lot of fun, read on!
“The return of the Midnight Movies series in June will be bookended by two John Carpenter/Kurt Russell crowd pleasers, with THE THING (1982), the edge-of-your-seat thriller of a body-duplicating alien versus a handful of men, re-opening the series on Friday, June 7, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986), which both begs definition while it gleefully mixes genre, closing out the month on Friday, June 28. In between, Midnight Movies will screen Wes Craven’s DEADLY BLESSING (1981), a tale of horror in Amish country and Richard Donner’s anti-Christ horror staple, THE OMEN (1976).”
Film, Description & Schedule
This chilling (and hilarious) remake of the 1951 classic showcases some of the greatest analogue monster SPX ever. Led by Kurt Russell in top form, the staff of an Antarctic research outpost battle a shape-shifting alien lifeform in an atmosphere of escalating paranoia.
Screens June 7
Craven’s underrated third feature follows a psycho on the loose in Amish-like country, with Ernest Borgnine as a loopy religious leader and an early appearance by Sharon Stone.
Screens June 14
The antichrist arrives in London in the form of the spookily silent child of U.S. ambassador Gregory Peck, who begins to realize his son is not what he seems as the “accidental” body count rises. Tightly plotted, and with a classic score by Jerry Goldsmith, this ultimate satanic conspiracy thriller features a classic cast, including Lee Remick, David Warner, and Billie Whitelaw.
Screens June 21
Meathead trucker Kurt Russell descends into the underground catacombs of San Francisco’s Chinatown to battle an assortment of tong gangs, ape men, demons, and three “human storms” in an effort to rescue two kidnapped women and thwart the evil plot of an age-old mythical magician. A special New York Asian Film Festival tie-in!
Screens June 28
All screenings will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street. Tickets are on sale now. Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for complete film festival information.