October 27-31

FSLC’s popular Scary Movies film series returns with a collection of hair-raising premieres and fright classics. The schedule of films includes highlights such as the first New York showings of Ben Wheatley’s genre-crossing KILL LIST, Ti West’s supernatural caper THE INNKEEPERS, Scott Leberecht’s fresh take on vampirism MIDNIGHT SON, and the deliciously grotesque multiple-director omnibus THE THEATRE BIZARRE, as well as Mariano Baino’s 1993 nunsploitation film, DARK WATERS.

Scary Movies will also offer a very rare live-stage performance in concert with the films screened, as FSLC presents a special live performance of  “Nevermore,” Jeffrey Combs’s one-man portrayal of the Father of Gothic Horror, Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli. The performance will mark the first-ever staging in New York City. The presentation of “Nevermore” will help kick off a Halloween dedicated Poe, including screenings of Stuart Gordon’s “The Black Cat” from the Masters of Horror season 2, as well as the Roger Corman/Vincent Price gem HOUSE OF USHER.

Finally, “The Black Cat” will be part of a trio of feline terror within the Scary Movies series, including the North American premiere of the brand-new K-Horror film THE CAT and a rare showing of the 1969 film EYE OF THE CAT, starring Michael Sarrazin and Eleanor Powell.

Combs and Gordon will also be on hand to introduce a screening of their gore classic RE-ANIMATOR. And last but certainly not least will be the screenings of two masterpieces of the occult and the supernatural: THE SEVENTH VICTIM and POLTERGEIST.

Scary Movies 5 was programmed by Laura Kern & Gavin Smith.

Films, Descriptions and Schedule

THE CAT (2011) 106min

Director: Byun Seung-wook

Country: South Korea

Following the mysterious death one of her clients, young pet groomer So-hee (a very engaging Park Min-yeong) temporarily inherits the deceased woman’s cat, whose presence proceeds to open the door to a ghostly past. Koreans have been known to categorize cats as wicked creatures, but this quietly creepy tale cannot be accused of animal cruelty. In fact, it manages to serve as something of revenge for those that have been abandoned and mistreated.

THE CAT screens at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00PM and Friday, October 28 at 4:15PM.


DARK WATERS (1993) 94min

Director: Mariano Baino

Country: Russia/Italy/U.K.

A woman returns to the island of her birth to investigate a convent her father had been financially supporting and discovers it houses a group of deadly nuns at the service of a demon cult. The film stars Louise Salter.

DARK WATERS will screen Friday, October 28 at 6:30PM.

Director Mariano Baino will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.


EYE OF THE CAT (1969) 102min

Director: David Lowell Rich

Country: U.S.

A mod rarity with Michael Sarrazin as an estranged nephew who resurfaces just in time to try to make it into his sick aunt’s will. Following a scheme concocted by an alluring stranger (Gayle Hunnicutt), the feline phobic moves into the house, unaware that his aunt redefines the term “cat lady.” A twisty, stylish thriller with a fun score by Lalo Schifrin, costumes by Edith Head, and stunning San Francisco locations. It also features human catfights and co-stars Eleanor Parker.

EYE OF THE CAT screens Sunday, October 30 at 4:45PM.


HOUSE OF USHER (1960) 79min

Director: Roger Corman

Country: U.S.

Corman’s classic treatment of the Poe story focuses on Phillip who has arrived at the Usher mansion to discover that his loved one, Madeline and her brother have been afflicted with a family curse. The film stars Vincent Price.

HOUSE OF USHER will screen Sunday, October 30 at 1:15PM and Monday, October 31 at 4:30PM.


THE INNKEEPERS (2011) 102min

Director: Ti West

Country: U.S.

Two hotel employees scheduled to work during the hotel’s final weekend in business decide to explore the place and investigate whether or not the place is haunted. The film stars Sara Paxton and Kelly McGillis. THE INNKEEPERS is a Magnet Releasing film.

THE INNKEEPERS screens on Friday, October 28 at 9:00PM.

Director Ti West will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.


KILL LIST  (2011) 95min

Director: Ben Wheatley

Country: U.K.

Ben Wheatley’s follow up to DOWN TERRACE focuses on a war veteran suffering through a long and stressful period of unemployment coaxed into joining an old army buddy to perform a series of hits for pay in order to support his wife and little boy. However, the deeper they delve into their “kill list”, the deeper they descend into the clutches of a murderous cult. The film stars Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring. KILL LIST is an IFC Films release.

KILL LIST screens at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday, October 27 at 9:15PM.


MASTERS OF HORROR: “The Black Cat” (2007) 58min

Suffering from writer’s block and short on cash, Edgar Allan Poe (played by Jeffrey Combs) is tormented by a black cat that will either destroy him or inspire him to write one of his greatest works.


“Nevermore – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” 90min

Director: Stuart Gordon

Live stage performance of Jeffrey Combs’ critically acclaimed one-man show/portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe. The production is a dramatic re-creation of the readings that Poe performed during the final years of his short life. Set in 1848 a year after the death of his beloved young wife Virginia, and at the height of his fame as the author of “The Raven,” we watch as he is undone by his own self-destructive tendencies, or in his words: “the imp of the perverse.”

MASTERS OF HORROR: “The Black Cat” and the live stage performance of “Nevermore – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” will be presented on Monday, October 31 at 6:30PM.


MIDNIGHT SON (2011) 88min

Director: Scott Leberecht

Country: U.S.

A young man with a rare skin disorder that gives him an insatiable appetite for blood and sensitivity to light meets and falls in love with a beautiful bartender with secrets of her own. The film stars Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish and Tracey Walter.

MIDNIGHT SON will screen Sunday, October 30 at 7:00PM.

Director Scott Leberecht, producer Matt Compton and Jo D. Jonz (from the cast) will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.


POLTERGEIST (1982) 114min

Director: Tobe Hooper

Country: U.S.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, the classic thrill-ride of a horror film focuses on a family that discovers they share their home with a host of malevolent ghosts.

POLTERGEIST will screen Saturday, October 29 at 5:15PM.


RE-ANIMATOR (1985) 86min

Director: Stuart Gordon

Country: U.S.

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.The film stars Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton.

RE-ANIMATOR screens Sunday, October 30 at 9:30PM.

Director Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs will attend and introduce the screening.



Director: Mark Robson

Country: U.S.

A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.The film stars Kim Hunter, Tom Conway and Jean Brooks.

THE SEVENTH VICTIM screens Sunday, October 30 at 3:00PM.



Directors: Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini & Richard Stanley

Country: U.S./France

A young woman is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. Sneaking inside, she discovers a show unlike any other being performed for hosted by an eerie human puppet. The mechanical MC proceeds to introduce six tales of horror for her “entertainment”. The film stars Udo Kier, Tom Savini and Debbie Rochon. THE THEATRE BIZARRE is a Severin Films release.

THE THEATRE BIZARRE screens Saturday, October 29 at 7:30PM.

Udo Kier and directors Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory and Jeremy Kasten will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.


Screening Schedule for SCARY MOVIES 5

Screening Venue:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65 Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam (upper level)


Thursday, October 27:

7:00PM          THE CAT (106min) 

9:15PM          KILL LIST (95min)


Friday, October 28:

4:15PM          THE CAT (106min)

6:30PM          DARK WATERS (94min)

                       **screening followed by Q&A with director Mariano Baino

9:00PM          THE INNKEEPERS (102min)

                        **screening followed by Q&A with director Ti West  


Saturday, October 29:

5:15PM          POLTERGEIST (114min)

7:30PM          THE THEATRE BIZARRE (114min)

                       **screening followed by Q&A with Udo Kier and Buddy Giovinazzo, Douglas Buck, David Gregory and Jeremy Kasten as well as a post-screening reception  


Sunday, October 30:

1:15PM          HOUSE OF USHER (79min)

3:00PM          THE SEVENTH VICTIM (71min)  

4:45PM          EYE OF THE CAT (102min)

7:00PM          MIDNIGHT SON (88min)

                       **screening followed by Q&A with director Scott Leberecht, producer Matt Compton and Jo D. Jonz from the cast


                        **screening will be introduced by Stuart Gordon & Jeffrey Combs


Monday, October 31:

4:30PM          HOUSE OF USHER (79min)

6:30PM          MASTERS OF HORROR: “The Black Cat” (58min) +

                       Live Performance of “Nevermore – An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” (90min)

                       **screening and live stage performance will be followed by reception


Film Society of Lincoln Center

Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, currently planning its 49th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award”—to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.