Here’s a quick rundown of the movies we’re most excited about that are screening in New Orleans this week, including some spooky selections to help kickstart your Halloween celebrations.
Movies We Haven’t Seen (Yet)
Hell Fest – It’s the start of October, which means it’s time to indulge in as many gimmicky, mainstream horrors as possible before Halloween comes & goes. This one is set at a haunted house amusement park, appearing to fall halfway between the grime of The Funhouse & the slick production of the Final Destination series in its basic aesthetic. It almost doesn’t even matter if it ends up being any good; it’s just the exact right season to see a ridiculous horror movie big & loud with an early-run crowd.
Venom – The early reviews of this Tom Hardy comic book horror have been fiercely negative, but also makes the film sound like essential viewing for its potential as over-the-top camp. You can’t call something “gleefully stupid” or “as bad as Catwoman” and expect me not to be there opening weekend.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) – Long after the silent 1920s Lon Chaney original helped launch Universal’s Famous Monsters brand, the studio attempted to stage a talkie remake that eventually became this RKO picture instead, one of the most expensive productions in RKO history. A lavish horror classic that seems worthy of being experienced on the big screen for some early Halloween season chills. Playing Sunday 10/7 & Wednesday 10/10 as part of Prytania’s Classic Movies series.
Movies We Already Enjoyed
Suspiria (1977) – The new 4k digital restoration of the Dario Argento face-melter is returning to The Prytania after its sold-out screenings played to ecstatic crowds last October. The giallo lighting has never looked more intense, the Goblin soundtrack has never been more deafening and, since Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake has recently been gathering intense buzz on the festival circuit, there’s never been a better time to revisit this cult horror classic. Playing twice nightly at The Prytania Theatre.
Mandy – Panos Cosmatos’s follow-up to Beyond the Black Rainbow is being sold as a badass psychedelic freakout starring an unhinged Nic Cage in a heavy metal revenge fantasy. The truth is much stranger than that, as the film is in actuality a slow descent into the Hell of personal grief, much more grotesque & distressing than anything that could be considered feel-good badassery. It’s metal. It’s psychedelic. It deserves to be seen as big & as loud as possible. Just don’t expect it to be a party. Only screening at The Broad Theater.
A Simple Favor – Paul Feig graduates from churning out over-the-top, female-led comedies like Bridesmaids & Spy to delivering an over-the-top, female-led noir in what amounts to a tongue-in-cheek riff on thrillers like Gone Girl. Boomer had a lot of fun with it, reporting “It would be a mistake to let this curiosity slip into obscurity without giving it a watch.”