“CAT PEOPLE,” “TENTACLES” and more at NYC’s Lincoln Center film series


New York City’s Film Society of Lincoln Center is continuing to offer big-screen showcases for cool vintage horror even outside its genre-centric series. A trio of fright faves, from the classic to the obscure, are on tap for the next month.

This coming Thursday-Wednesday, November 27-December 3, the Film Society will present Nastassja Kinski: From the Heart, a celebration of the actress’ wide-ranging career. One of the highlights is a pair of 35mm screenings of Paul Schrader’s 1982 remake of CAT PEOPLE (pictured above), starring Kinski and Malcolm McDowell as siblings fated to transform into felines and featuring a classic Giorgio Moroder/David Bowie soundtrack. It’ll play Thursday the 27th at 8:45 and Wednesday the 3rd at 9:30 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street); for more on the Kinski fest, which includes personal appearances by the star, go here.

From Friday, December 19 through Sunday, January 11, the Film Society offers Let There Be Light: The Films of John Huston, an extensive survey of the cinema of the legendary actor and director. Amidst the expected landmarks ranging from THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE to PRIZZI’S HONOR are a couple of unexpected but welcome titles, also in 35mm at the Walter Reade—most notably PHOBIA, a Huston-directed 1980 horror film that was barely released theatrically and is currently unavailable on disc. Paul Michael Glaser stars in the Toronto-lensed film as a psychiatrist conducting a study of phobic prison inmates who start to get killed off via methods reflecting their fears. It screens on Saturday, December 20 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, December 23 at 1:15 p.m. Then on Friday, January 2 at 8:35 p.m., the series presents TENTACLES, with Huston part of the misplaced all-star cast (also including Henry Fonda, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Claude Akins) in the goofball JAWS knockoff from BEYOND THE DOOR’s Ovidio G. Assonitis, with a memorable finale. More info on this lineup can be found here.

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