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Nitehawk Cinema's Halloween movies to catch: ‘Silence of the Lambs,' and other spooks

The Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg’s cinematic treasure, truly does Halloween right.

The dine-in theater hosts a robust collection of iconic horror movies, family-friendly fright fests and suspenseful thrillers over the next month-plus, a veritable clinic in the genres.

There’s “Beetlejuice” and “Ghostbusters”; the original Robert Mitchum-starring “Cape Fear” and the 1931 “Dracula”; Japanese gore-fest “Audition” and an entire overnight screening series of five films for one admission, lasting from late Oct. 29 through the morning of Oct. 30.

Besides the above, these are a handful of your best bets if you want to get into the spirit of the season in Brooklyn over the coming weeks.


We begin, of course, with the greatest slasher
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We begin, of course, with the greatest slasher movie ever made: John Carpenter's pitch-perfect, slow-build introduction of Michael Myers, demonstrating the eternal truth that the scariest movies are those that treat their scenarios as realistically as possible. (Oct. 21 and 22, 12:15 a.m.)

19944 SEVEN: Brad Pitt (L) and Morgan Freeman
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19944 SEVEN: Brad Pitt (L) and Morgan Freeman (R) star as detectives tracking down a serial killer obsessed with the Seven Deadly Sins in the world broadcast premiere of SEVEN Friday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©1999 BOX BROADCASTING COMPANY CR:FOX

‘Silence of the Lambs’

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"The Silence of the Lambs" is not really a movie known for whetting the culinary appetite (unless there's something very wrong with you), but that hasn't stopped the Nitehawk from programming a "film feast" tied to a screening of the Oscar-winning masterpiece. For $75, you will be served a themed menu at the appropriate moments in the film, including "Meeting in the Flesh," which features foie gras terrine, a fava bean puree and Chianti braised cherries, in tribute to Hannibal Lecter's favorite accouterments. (Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m.)

‘The Night of the Hunter’

An eternal classic that vividly illustrates the closely
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An eternal classic that vividly illustrates the closely intersecting forces of love and hate, Charles Laughton's gripping picture is highly regarded for Mitchum's performance as a preacher with those words tattooed on his knuckles, hunting down children protecting a $10,000 fortune and hauntingly singing "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" in the darkness. (Oct. 22 and 23, 11:45 a.m.)


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