Join Film at Lincoln Center for the 12th edition of Scary Movies, New York City’s top horror festival. Bringing you the genre’s best from around the globe, Scary Movies, which returns as a summer series for the third year, offers moviegoers the increasingly rare, cathartic treat of experiencing the exhilaration of suspense, thrills, and gore on the big screen as part of an audience. This year’s week of hair-raising premieres and rediscoveries features a series of specially themed double bills and exciting opening and closing night premieres—all of which will have you watching the screen from behind your fingers.
Organized by Laura Kern and Madeline Whittle
Opening Night Party · Q&A with Dan Berk, Robert Olsen & Maika Monroe · New York PremiereIn this darkly funny, brightly colored twist on gothic horror and the home-invasion thriller, Jules and Mickey are young outlaw lovers who get more than they bargained for when they break into an isolated house in the woods.
Closing Night Party · Q&A with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Chad Villela, Samara Weaving, Mark O’Brien, and Andie MacDowellGrace (Samara Weaving) is getting married to a charming scion of the Le Domas family board game empire in this adrenaline-fueled meet-the-inlaws class-warfare funhouse ride from filmmaking trio Radio Silence, boasting standout supporting performances from Andie MacDowell, Adam Brody, and Henry Czerny.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Andrés Kaiser · Opening Night PartyThe Blair Witch Project meets Truffaut’s The Wild Child in this visually arresting, deeply haunting found-footage faux-documentary from first-time director Andrés Kaiser, about a high-minded priest who brings an unsocialized “wild child” to live with him in an isolated mountain outpost.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Søren Juul Petersen · Closing Night PartySøren Juul Petersen’s directorial debut, which follows two young women working a lonely night shift at a remote gas station, is a gruesome and grisly meditation on the potential for cruelty inherent in surveillance and spectatorship.
World Premiere · Q&A with Ari AsterAmerican grad student Dani (Florence Pugh), grieving after a shocking loss, accompanies her boyfriend and his buddies on their vacation to a tight-knit commune in the sunny Swedish countryside, where an extravagant nine-day festival celebrating the summer solstice takes a dark turn.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Alistair Banks GriffinStarring Naomi Watts in a spring-loaded performance as an acclaimed writer suffering from extreme agoraphobia, and set during the 1977 Summer of Sam in New York City, Alistair Banks Griffin’s sophomore feature is a sweaty, intensely atmospheric examination of fear itself as a mortal foe to be vanquished.
New York PremiereRose (Maeve Higgins), a mild-mannered driving instructor with a gift for communing with restless spirits, reluctantly agrees to help a widowed father (Barry Ward) exorcise the ghost of his dead wife, but things get complicated when a has-been singer (Will Forte) targets the customer’s teen daughter for his own nefarious purposes.
New York PremiereFive years after his infant son is murdered in a horrific, senseless massacre, a Mexican police detective is drawn into the mystery of another mass killing that eerily parallels the first. What begins as a high-stakes procedural drama rapidly evolves into a vividly original outing in the subgenre of exorcism horror.
“Extreme Family Values”
New York PremiereThis uncanny, unnerving fable—adapted from a short by Quarxx, here making his feature debut—centers on Simon, a brooding, guilt-ridden factory worker who cares for his disabled sister while preparing for the arrival of mysterious visitors who just might be the siblings’ salvation.
Q&A with Henry Jacobson, Avra Fox-Lerner, and Trevor Gureckis · Unrated Cut · New York PremiereThe debut directorial outing from producer and cinematographer Henry Jacobson is simultaneously a blood-spattered portrait of a serial killer and a wry valentine to the ties of mutual devotion that bind mother and son, and husband and wife.
Special 40th Anniversary ScreeningDirector John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) imparts straight-faced camp and a “social conscience” to writer David Seltzer’s affectionate love letter to American bug movies of the midcentury. Starring Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, and Armand Assante.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Adrián García BoglianoSpanish horror veteran Adrián García Bogliano teamed up with iconic Swedish actress Christina Lindberg for this trippily mesmerizing tale, in which dark otherworldly forces are unleashed upon two sisters when they undergo hypnosis induced by an old vinyl record.
New York PremiereWhen a young musical prodigy inherits the mansion owned by her late father, a famous and reclusive composer (Rutger Hauer in a stone-faced cameo), she discovers among his belongings an unpublished musical score that turns out to contain sinister, supernatural secrets.
3+ Film Package – Tickets just $9 Members / $10 Students, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities / $13 General Public. (Excludes Opening Night, Closing Night, and the Midsommar Special Event.)
Special Event Pricing
Midsommar (Director’s Cut) World Premiere – $25 Members & Students / $30 General Public, Seniors & Persons with Disabilities
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