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Four Halloween movie screenings to catch tonight

By Nicholas McNallen

No mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.  If you're looking for a film-tastic way to get spooked this Halloween, check out one of these screenings tonight.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is showing at 3:40 and 7:40 today at Film Forum.  This particular showing is a new restoration, which combines international archives, original title cards and tinting.  These efforts ensure you'll get the most accurate experience of the 1920 German Expressionist masterpiece, perhaps the first horror classic.  It's bound to make your thrown-together costume feel pretty cheap, but it's worth it.

Videology offers an eclectic and continuous stream of screenings today. Come at 7 for a free screening of Nosferatu, accompanied by an original live score performed by Hajnal Pivnick on violin and Dorian Wallace on piano; you'll save some cash (but no promises on saving your blood/free-will/soul).  Stick around 'til 9:30 for an interactive screening of Witchboard, a 1986 movie about the tragic combination of reckless teens and Ouija boards.  Ouija boards will be provided at every table, so you can tinker with everyone's favorite Milton-Bradley spirit realm interface.  

Nitehawk Cinema offers an all-night horror movie marathon called A Nite to Dismember 2014. In celebration of the event's second year, Nitehawk will be presenting the best of horror film sequels—The crème de la crème: part II.  For a savory, spooky 432 minutes beginning at midnight, catch Evil Dead II, The Bride Of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead.

Also as the clock strikes midnight, Landmark's Sunshine Theater will be ringing out All Hallow's Eve with 1987 horror comedy film The Monster Squad.  What happens when a ragtag club of teenage monster movie enthusiasts take on a full menagerie of monsters? Probably something that will require your enthusiastic suspension of disbelief.


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