The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the July and August lineup for Midnight Movies promising a summer of genre classics, cult favorites, films starring horror icons and a murderous appliance!
On July 5, Rico Maria Ilarde’s THE FRIDGE (2012), a tale of a bloodthirsty refrigerator with tentacles, will kick off the Midnight Movies July/August summer lineup and also be co-presented as part of the popular New York Asian Film Festival. On July 12, John McNaughton’s HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986) will screen, featuring Michael Rooker’s devastating performance as real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. Two classics close out the month with the second of Christopher Lee’s seven films as Hammer Films’ Dracula in DRACULA – PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965) on July 19 and the first of Lucio Fulci’s “Gates of Hell” trilogy – CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980) closing out the month on July 26.
The heat of August will be matched with a blood-sucking love triangle for the ages – literally – with Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie, in Tony Scott’s THE HUNGER (1983), which screens August 2. Gordon Hessler’s SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1965) follows on August 9, starring the legendary horror trio of Christopher Lee (again), Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. The 70s are represented with William Girdler’s THE MANITOU (1977), which stars Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens, and Burgess Meredith versus a Native American witch doctor, screening on August 16, and John Waters’ cult classic PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) delivering the gross-out laughs on August 23. And capping off a summer of midnight viewing fun on August 30 will be Stuart Gordon’s perennial crowd-pleaser RE-ANIMATOR (1986) which brings H.P. Lovecraft’s story to giddy, gory life with the help of Jeffrey Combs unforgettable performance as a medical student obsessed with re-animating the dead.
MIDNIGHT MOVIES (in alphabetical order)
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980) 93min
Director: Lucio Fulci
The first part of Fulci’s “Gates of Hell” trilogy follows a news reporter to the town of Dunwich, Massachusetts to investigate mysterious goings on in the wake of the suicide of the parish priest. In accord with an ancient prophecy, the dead are rising to attack the living, preparing for advent of the Devil himself. As ever with Fulci, it makes no sense whatsoever, but nevermind.
DRACULA – PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1965) 90min
Director: Terence Fisher
The second of Christopher Lee’s seven appearances for Hammer as the world’s most famous vampire, here ritually resurrected by a just-add-blood recipe after four Victorian tourists unwisely stay the night at his castle. Terence Fisher directs with his usual mastery.
THE FRIDGE (2012) 90min
Director: Rico Maria Ilarde
Never before has a haunted appliance had this many tentacles and craved this much human blood in this gleeful, gory, sexy movie about an evil refrigerator that terrorizes a young woman. A New York Asian Film Festival presentation.
HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986) 83min
Director: John McNaughton
It launched a thousand imitators, but this 100% indie effort remains one of the most disturbing films ever made. Michael (Walking Dead) Rooker will freeze your blood as real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, but Tom Towles as his sidekick Otis almost steals the show.
THE HUNGER (1983) 99min
Director: Tony Scott
Vampire lovers Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie stalk New York’s downtown club scene in search of fresh blood (watch out for Willem Dafoe). Bowie starts aging rapidly—paging Dr. Sarandon!
THE MANITOU (1977) 105min
Director: William Girdler
Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens, and Burgess Meredith dignify this wild excursion into demonology in which the 400-year-old spirit of a Native American witch doctor reincarnates himself inside a monstrous tumor growing on Steven’s neck. Occult expert Curtis and colleagues come to the rescue, but can they and the film’s lavish special effects prevail against the evil Misquamacus’s legendary powers?
PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) 95min
Director: John Waters
A certified member of the Midnight Movie canon, John Water’s outrageous underground classic showcases the unique talents of Divine, who retains the title of “Filthiest Person Alive” despite the scheming of her degenerate arch-rival Connie Marvel. Highlights include bestiality, furniture licking, cannibalism, a singing anus, and unsimulated coprophagy.
RE-ANIMATOR (1985) 86min
Director: Stuart Gordon
A laughing-screaming classic, RE-ANIMATOR is the rare horror film that can be both wholly disturbing and wildly hilarious. An homage to mad-scientist films of yore, Stuart Gordon’s gore-soaked debut feature stars a brilliant Jeffrey Combs as Professor Herbert West, who’s obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. Perhaps the most fun Lovecraft adaptation ever crafted, it is widely considered one of the essential horror films of the 80s.
SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1969) 95min
Director: Gordon Hessler
Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing are together at last in this wild shocker in which a police investigation into a pair of “vampire murders” lead to the clinic of a scientist bent on creating a race of superhuman “composite beings” using transplant surgery.
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