Halloween is good for a lot of things: dressing up like the dirty, sexy (fill in the blank) you always wished you could be; soliciting candy from strangers; and paying way too much to get into a crowded bar filled with other dirty, sexy drunk things.
But the best thing about this time of the year is that so many of the great horror classics get resurrected on the big screen.
The 92YTribeca is hosting a special screening on Friday for fans of the 1973 cult classic "The Wicker Man," wherein a good Christian cop is shocked to discover an island full of pagan Scots.
Following the film, director Robin Hardy will be answering questions and showing "teaser footage" from The Wicker Tree, which he just finished filming this summer and in which the 87-year-old Christopher Lee makes an appearance (as a corpse, perhaps?). The party continues with folk and psychedelic reinterpretations of the film's original score by Wooden Shjips and the Brooklyn-based instrumentalists Silver Summit.
The IFC makes a great place to hide during the madness that is the Village Halloween Parade. Stanley Kubrick's nail biter "The Shining," starring Jack Nicholson, is showing Friday and Saturday at 11:45.
It wouldn't be October 31st without a little Freddy Krueger: in "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors", co-written by Scream's Wes Craven, survivors of the first two films are haunted in their sleep by the serial killer. It's at The Sunshine Cinema (which has the best popcorn in the city, by the way) at the spooky hour of Midnight.
The Film Forum packs in the horror with a special double feature: First, in Theater of "Blood," Vincent Price plays a B-movie actor who enacts revenge on his critics by playing out Shakespearean death scenes. Stay for the 1961 black-and-white "Scream of Fear," in which a wheel-chair bound Susan Strasberg is sedated by demonic doctor Christopher Lee (what is it with this guy).