Not sure what to do this Halloween weekend but you know you’re not in the mood to dress as yet another Cleopatra, Snookie from Jerry Shore or your favorite superhero. If you’re feeling like me this year, I’m over the costume hunt to go to yet another Halloween party in the NYC. I will actually like to hang out with friends at a nice lounge, have a few cocktails and maybe go dancing minus the costume drama. Here are a few ideas for this weekend that doesn’t include the generic ghoul and goblins:
Friday, October 29, 2010
reRun Gastropub Theater
147 Front Street (Between Jay and Pearl Streets)
Start your Halloween weekend off with a midnight double feature of ghoulish flicks at reRun Gastropub Theater! Admission is free.
BRAIN BLUDGEON / 2010 / 30 min
Sewn together from hundreds of forgotten horror films, BRAIN BLUDGEON is a transcendental fusion of trash exposing the willing to everything curious, bizarre, hilarious and awful about no-budget genre films. Hot penny torture, exploding 3d skulls, brutal “de-fetusing”, raping zombies, and much more collide in this blissfully IQ-withering amalgamation of exploitation hell.
TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE / 1987 / 61 mins
Chester Turner (BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL) is easily the most mysterious auteur to emerge from the ‘80s camcorder horror underground. TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE centers on a bereaved mom who entertains her invisible son with three stories – rednecks fighting over sandwiches, a dead body dressed up as a clown and lastly, her own. Perhaps the single weirdest thing (coming from a long, long list) about QUADEAD is its poignant, surprisingly personal ending.
reRun’s retrospective honoring New York filmmaker Larry Fessenden continues with the screening of two films produced by his Glass Eye Pix. Scare yourself silly at this 2 for 1 double feature ($10 for the 7:00 pm show and stay for a free 10:00 pm screening). Please visit www.reruntheater.com to purchase tickets.
7pm – THE ROOST
(2005, directed by Ti West, 80 minutes)
Following a near-death car accident, four friends on their way to a Halloween wedding, venture to a secluded farm for help. Little do they know, they will soon disturb an ancient evil with far more ghastly plans in store for them! In the true spirit of classic horror cinema, THE ROOST revisits the land of low budget offerings with a fresh independent look… sure to put a demented smile on the faces of fright fans everywhere! LA Weekly says: “THE ROOST was made for about one-hundredth the cost of most Hollywood genre fare and has at least a thousand times the imagination.”
10pm – THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
(2009, directed by Ti West, 95 minutes)
In this ’80s-set satanic thriller, pretty college sophomore Sam (Jocelyn Donahue) is so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman (cult actors Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan (Greta Gerwig) is Sam’s best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss, not knowing that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life. Paper Magazine says the film “playfully subverts the horror film genre by insidiously setting up the mood and letting it eerily and slowly play out before slamming home with a fiendish finale.”
103 Avenue B (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Don’t party on an empty stomach! Start your evening off right with a delectable dinner at Casimir. The restaurant recently introduced mini-plates – half portions of every dish on its dinner menu! At half the price, mini-plates offer more choice, less waste and a bigger bang for your buck. Best costume gets free dinner and a bottle of champagne.
145 Avenue C (at 9th Street)
Celebrate Halloween Brazilian-style at Pan-Latin restaurant Esperanto! Dance to Forro music (traditional Brazilian party music) by the Catarina Dos Santos Band and enter the costume contest where 3 winners each receive a complimentary dinner for two. Free Sagatiba Caipirinha cocktails all night long.
120 Orchard Street (Between Rivington and Delancey Streets)
Get ready for “Fright Night” at GalleryBar! Do the Monster Mash with Djs Proper Villains, Cobra Krames, Mr. Niceguy, Skinny Friedman and DKD. Strike a pose in your best costume for photos by the culture of me. The party starts at 10pm. Free admission before midnight and $3 after.
Hudson Terrace had rooftop Halloween Horror movies. Starts at 8pm, bring a blanket and get ready to be scared with old classics like Nightmare on Elm Street. With the $10 entry fee, you receive popcorn and pumpkin-inspired cocktails.