When the Film Society of Lincoln Center failed to deliver a horror film series this past Halloween, we thought maybe they’d wussed out. However, it appears they were saving the spine-chilling stuff for the summer. This Friday, the Upper West Side film institution will kick off Scary Movies X, the 10th anniversary edition of their notorious international fright fest. This monstrous weeklong event has been carefully curated for high squirm and cringe factor. Check out the trailer below and tickets are on sale now.
Over the course of Scary Movies’ 10-year run, the fest has thrown a vampire-themed party around Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, hosted a number of New York premieres including Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and Ti West’s The Innkeepers, honored Larry Fessenden, and screened a number of ghoulish horror classics.
As for this year’s horrific affair, FSLC’s programmers have conjured up two North American premieres, one U.S. premiere and seven New York premieres, as well as an evening celebrating Bob Balaban and a quartet of nasty party-themed gems from the 1970s and 80s. Damien Leone’s Terrifier, which revolves around a cold-blooded killer clown, sets the stage in the opening night slot and is accompanied by “Cake, Clowns & Corpses”, a themed 10th birthday party. Other highlights includes Jamie Patterson’s alien home invasion thriller Caught, Chris Peckover’s holiday horror movie Better Watch Out, and Brandon Christensen’s Still/Born, which was awarded “Scariest Film” at this year’s Overlook Film Festival. Also screening is Daniel Castro Zimbrón’s The Darkness, which stars filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s son, Brontis Jodorowsky.
Tickets for the goose bump-inducing series are currently on sale. Discounts are to be had if you buy three or more films. For the fest’s complete lineup and tickets visit the FSLC’s website.