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Robtober 2018

A month’s worth of movies to help you stay awake.

Every October, I put together a big schedule of horror films, most of which I haven’t seen before. Films, dates, and times (all subject to change) are listed for any friends who want to join me, and ticket links are included for public screenings. The schedule is also available as a handy Google calendar and as a Letterboxd list.

This year, Michael Myers’ imminent return to the big screen has inspired me to binge my way through the original Halloween series (much of which I’ll be seeing for the first time). I’m also filling in all but a few of my remaining holes in TimeOut’s 100 Best Horror Films. And of course I’ll be taking advantage of numerous theatrical screenings around NYC, a full roundup of which can be found beneath the schedule. Hope you have a horrific month!


Hold the Dark

Jeremy Saulnier (2018, USA)


Panos Cosmatos (2018, USA)



Masaki Kobayashi (1964, Japan)

Double Feature: Circus Treachery!

The Unknown

Tod Browning (1927, USA)

Santa Sangre

Alejandro Jodorowsky (1989, Mexico, Italy)

The Stepford Wives

Bryan Forbes (1975, USA)

Rodents of Unusual Size

Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer (2017, USA)


Double Feature: Halloween


John Carpenter (1978, USA)

Halloween II

Rick Rosenthal (1981, USA)

Triple Feature: Halloween

Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers

Dwight H. Little (1988, USA)

Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Dominique Othenin-Girard (1989, USA)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Joe Chappelle (1995, USA)

Double Feature: Halloween

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

Steve Miner (1998, USA)

Halloween: Resurrection

Rick Rosenthal (2002, USA)

Hour of the Wolf

Ingmar Bergman (1967, Sweden)


Gareth Evans (2018, USA)


David Gordon Green (2018, USA)


Double Feature: Weird ’70s


Freddie Francis (1970, USA)

God Told Me To

Larry Cohen (1976, USA)

Double Feature: Jean Rollin

The Iron Rose

Jean Rollin (1973, France)


The Grapes of Death

Jean Rollin (1978, France)


Double Feature: Payback

Ms .45

Abel Ferrara (1981, USA)


Coralie Fargeat (2017, France)

Dead Ringers

David Cronenberg (1988, Canada)

Double Feature: Devil Worship!

The Black Cat

Edgar G. Ulmer (1934, USA)

Night of the Demon

Jacques Tourneur (1957, UK)

Robtober at Fictive Kin


Ron Underwood (1990, USA)

Dismember the Alamo

The Howling

Joe Dante (1981, USA)

28 Weeks Later

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (2007, UK)

Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers

Dwight H. Little (1988, USA)


Nobuo Nakagawa (1960, Japan)


The Devils

Ken Russell (1971, UK)

Robtober at Small City


James Whale (1931, USA)

GWARoween Part II: The Bloodening


More horror happenings in NYC

From trashy genre flicks to oblique arthouse gems to spooky family fun, New York’s cinemas have something for everyone this month.

Alamo Drafthouse

  • Dismember the Alamo: “This Alamo Drafthouse tradition is a four-film mystery horror movie marathon that delivers 1001% fun directly to your degenerate soul.”
  • Haute Horror: “Ranging from genre deconstructions to biting satires to just plain great frights, this month-long series is a reminder that some of the best and most beautiful works of art can come from the darkest of horrors.”
  • Terror Tuesday: “This eclectic series spans all centuries, covering everything from seminal horror treasures to undiscovered D.I.Y. monster-blasts.”
  • Video Vortex: “Ultra-obscure, ultra-bizarre movies from the fringes of the universe. And beyond.”
  • Weird Wednesday: “A one-way ticket to the edges of reality where imagination and commercial excess dance on the graves of common sense and decency.”



  • Yamamoto’s Bloodthirsty Trilogy: “These are strange and stylish movies, vibrating with unsettling atmosphere—and if you let just one put the first bite on you, you’ll undoubtedly be addicted.”
  • Shaw Brothers Horror: “In our snooty era of highbrow, elevated horror, these are refreshingly low road movies that get down and dirty, squelching in the psychic muck of primal fear and revulsion.”


Nitehawk Cinema

  • A Nite to Dismember: “Starting at midnight and continuing past dawn, we’ll be screening five devilishly delicious films about possession, demons and cults.”
  • Monster Mash: “There’s vampires and mummies, cat people and flies, classic and cult, films for families and for those grown up undead kids.”
  • Midnite Movies: “Spanning all of our series, here’s all of Nitehawk’s midnite screenings located in one convenient place.”
  • New Horror: “Like their predecessors, these films tackle class, gender identity, and race in way that shows us both where we are and how far we, perhaps, haven’t come.”

Quad Cinema

  • Très Outré: The Sinister Visions of Jean Rollin: “His dreamlike, seductive visuals and haunting milieus have surely influenced subsequent filmmakers who favor horror that’s as serious as it is sensual.”
  • Victoria Price presents: Vincent Price × 3: “Victoria will be on hand for our special evening to celebrate her father’s work with a trio of his top performances in the horror genre.”
  • A Woman’s Bite: Cinema’s Sapphic Vampires: “Although the titillating concept of lady bloodsuckers had long captured the imagination of authors, it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that the movies caught on as European helmers finally recognized the storytelling potential for women driving their own narratives as princesses of darkness.”

Various Locations

  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: “The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is a premier east coast genre festival that embodies the spirit of Brooklyn. Taking place in venues throughout the borough, we showcase the best new independent films, throw parties, host events, and more.”