The Silence of the Lambs
One of my absolute favorites, and one that I believe would do well. It’s creepy, it’s funny, it’s famous. And it’s ripe for fans to revisit. I was only fifteen (and probably single) when it originally came out, but how I would have loved to have taken a girl to see it on opening night - Valentine's Day.
Little Shop of Horrors
A fantastic dark musical that I watched over and over as a child. It's fun, energetic, and hilariously dark.
A Boy and His Dog
This misanthropic, post-apocalyptic sci-fi comedy is a bit off-the-beaten-path, so it may not do well. But the trailer is intriguing enough that surely the curious would show up.
A little recent, but it never got a proper release in Nashville. It’s become a cult movie on DVD, and would certainly bring in a loyal fan base who may have never seen it in a theater. It's tough, it's funny, and it's visually fantastic.
Return to Oz
Another of my favorite films as a child. During the eighties, Disney got rather dark (Something Wicked This Way Comes was another favorite of mine from this time). It could make a hell of a double feature with The Wizard of Oz playing as a weekend classic.
Withnail & I
A cult British comedy from the eighties. Also possibly too unknown to be popular, but it has a legion of loyal fans, and would go perfectly with a drink special. Any drink. All the drinks! My suggestion: lighter fluid.
Has Aliens been a midnight movie? It seems like an obvious choice. One of the first R-rated movies I ever saw. (I saw it as a double feature with Stand by Me, which could also be a good midnight movie).
An American Werewolf in London
One of the best werewolf movies ever made.
The Empire Strikes Back
It would be especially awesome if the theater could get their hands on a non-special edition print. How could this movie fail?
Some Horror Movie Suggestions
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Frankenstein / Bride of Frankenstein / The Old Dark House
- Not a lot of older movies get played at midnight. They are generally reserved for the weekend classic crowd, but one of the first “proper” midnight movies I ever saw was a showing of The Bride of Frankenstein at the Sarratt Cinema eleven years ago. It got a decent crowd (it came out when Gods and Monsters was in theaters). I really suspect some older, off the wall black-and-white horror movies would do well. I would suggest Freaks, but that was shown during the outdoor series a few years ago.
- Has this been a midnight movie? It seems like an obvious choice?
The People Under the Stairs
The midnight movies seem to love high school comedies from the eighties. And this is my favorite. Has it already been a selection?
Tim Burton movies always make for great midnight movies.
As for the weekend classics, beyond the vast collective foreign catalog of films I don’t know about, I would love to see some American seventies films revisited. One particular series could be Paranoid Political Thrillers from the seventies:
3 Days of the Condor
The Parallax View
All the President's Men
The China Syndrome
And then just a general celebration of American seventies filmmaking:
General Seventies Movies:
Dog Day Afternoon
The Last Picture Show
They Shot Horses, Don't They?
And I don’t know why this is on my mind, but I think a series for Olivia DeHaviland would be an excellent choice. (She’s Bound to Die Sometime Soon):
Lady in a Cage
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
Along these same lines, I would love to see a Billy Wilder retrospective. The theater has recently shown Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, and Double Indemnity, but I would love for them to show:
The Major and the Minor
A Foreign Affair
Ace in the Hole
Witness for the Prosecution
Some Like it Hot
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
And some friends of mine brought up the possibility of a William Castle retrospective, which could be the most awesome thing ever.
I don't get any say in what plays at the Belcourt. I have a lot of friends who work there, and I throw shit like this out all the time, but I don't think much comes of it. And I'm a terrible judge of what will do well and what won't. Still, I really hope that some of these will show up at the theater in the near future.