Thursday, September 9, 2010

A pair of Horrors for new season at Landmark Loew's in Jersey City

Non-East Coasters can tune out, but all others pay close attention: the Landmark Loew's, a beautiful historic movie palace in Jersey City, New Jersey, has begun announcing its fall roster. Horror freaks in the New Jersey/New York area will want to mark their calendars for showings of Michael Powell's 1960 masterpiece Peeping Tom on September 24 at 8:00 PM and F.W. Murnau's vampiric milestone Nosferatu on October at 7:30 PM. Nosferatu, featuring live organ accompaniment, is just one film on the Loew's' Halloween-season program, but I'll be sure to keep you updated when the others are announced.

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre
54 Journal Square Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 798-6055

For now, here's what Psychobabble had to say about Peeping Tom in its 10 Greatest Horror Movies of 1960 list back in February:

Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)

The universe must really be a totally random and unjust place considering that Psycho became a massive hit for Alfred Hitchcock during the same year that Peeping Tom almost destroyed Michael Powell’s career. Powell had been a highly respected British filmmaker most famous for making the gorgeous but interminable classic The Red Shoes. His reputation suffered a near-fatal slashing when he decided to make Peeping Tom, a nasty little thriller about a loony photographer who captures the expressions of his victims’ faces on film just as he skewers them with a blade secreted in his tripod. The uproar over the film’s treatment of sex and violence never touched on its psychological complexity and Powell’s images, which are every bit as sumptuous as those of The Red Shoes. Karl Heinz Bohm is equally sympathetic and creepy as the murderer, not unlike Hitchcock’s Norman Bates, another psychopathic young fellow with serious parental issues. Peeping Tom has since been reevaluated as a great piece of cinema (in 1999, the British Film Institute rated it among the 100 greatest British films of the 20th century) and Michael Powell fought through the controversy to make more pictures. Most impressively, Peeping Tom remains as potent and disturbing today as it was fifty years ago.

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