The Living and the Dead (New York premiere)
Two Boots/Pioneer Theatre, 155 E. 3rd St., at Ave. A; 212-591-0434
A hit on the movie-fest circuit, this British bloodcurdler concerns a murderous schizoid son left to his own devices on the family estate. (Also at Two Boots is Russian director Timur Bekmambetov’s supernatural two-parter Night Watch and Day Watch.)
• Dates: Oct. 24–31, times vary
• Price: $6.50–$10
Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston St., nr. First Ave.; 212-330-8182
Gore-master Ruggero Deodato’s infamous 1979 film is a sensationally bloody voyage into the Amazon’s indigenous tribes.
• Date: Oct. 26-27, midnight
• Price: $7–$10.75
Metropol NYC: Halloween Party
Rififi; 332 E. 11th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-677-1027
Rififi's weekly horror series serves up Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and Stephen King's Creepshow. Consider this a perfectly light double feature during a week of serious armchair clutching.
• Date: Oct. 29, 10 p.m.
• Price: Free with one-drink minimum
Halloween 4 & 5
AMC Empire 25, 324 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.
Back-to-back screenings of two episodes of the classic slasher serial seem D.O.A. compared to the late-night showing of Rob Zombie’s slick, big budget remake. (If you’re still in the mood for Hollywood horror, check out the latest installment of the short-on-ideas, big-on-torture fright flick Saw series.)
• Date: Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
• Price: $10
Night of the Living Dead
MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-708-9480
Zombie auteur and progenitor George A. Romero's 1968 black-and-white, micro-budget classic still subverts with its critique of racial politics. A quaint bit of gore.
• Date: Oct. 31, 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
• Price: $6–$10
Blood Oath and Hunting Season
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., nr. 2nd St.; 212-505-5181
A double feature from two first-time filmmakers just might stop you from ever stepping foot in the woods again.
• Date: Oct. 31, 7:40 p.m.
• Price: $5