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Halloween Movies

Drunken bridge-and-tunnel kids at the Halloween Parade aren't the only scary thing in town this weekend. Here, five cinematic frights, from classy to camp.

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1. The Silence of the Lambs

The Landmark Sunshine shows Jonathan Demme's five-time Oscar winner -- still the best in the Hannibal series -- at midnight.
139–143 East Houston Street
212-358-0573.

2. The Fall of the House of Usher

The French surrealist Jean Epstein's adaptation of the Poe story plays in a double feature with Luis Buñuel's Eating Sea Urchins, a sure deterrent to candy-corn bingeing.
Gramercy Theater
127 East 23rd Street
212-777-4900.

3. The Bad Seed

Mervyn LeRoy, who produced The Wizard of Oz, was also a prolific director, and his 1956 nightmare about a demonic first-grader influenced everything from The Exorcist to The Sixth Sense.
Clearview's Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street
212-777-FILM#597.

4. Death Line

More frightening than any possible MTA fare hike is the cannibal (Hugh Armstrong) who haunts the London Underground in Gary Sherman's early-seventies gem.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
212-875-5600.

5. The Evil Dead 2

Back in Sam Raimi's pre-Spider-Man days, he made films like this Bruce Campbell gross-out classic, a yell-at-the-screen splatterfest that will benefit greatly from its midnight start.
The Screening Room
54 Varick Street
212-334-2100.


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