The week in cinema starts off with an all-time great horror film. Halloween is one of the most influential movies ever made. John Carpenter's 1978 film launched Jamie Lee Curtis' career, basically created the entire slasher subgenre, and jump-started the director's miracle decade which produced stone cold classics like The Fog, Big Trouble In Little China, Starman, and They Live. It's rolling tonight at the Paradiso at 7 p.m.
50 Meters Underground is a documentary by Argentinian director Lucas Van Esso. Located in the north of the country, the Wichi people, an indigenous population, are forced to toil long and hard to find sources of drinkable water. Presented by Mariano Pozzi and the Human Rights Film Festival of Buenos Aries and the Environmental Film Festival of Buenos Aries, the documentary is a work in progress that has screened in very few other places in the world. The film begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 9th at Studio on the Square. Tickets available here.
50 Meters Underground
Pozzi will also be on hand on Wednesday, Oct. 10th for a second documentary from Argentina. Piripkura, by directors Mariana Oliva, Renata Terra, Bruno Jorge, is a search through the South American jungle for the last remaining members of the Pripkura tribe. It won the Best Documentary award at the Rio de Janerio Film Festival, and the Human Rights Award at Amsterdam's IDFA Film Festival. It plays on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 PM at Studio on the Square, and you can get tickets here.
On Thursday, October 11th, at the Paradiso, more seasonal horror. Bloody Disgusting's Retro Nightmare Cinema Series presents a double feature of slashers and chillers, beginning with Jim Santos' 1983 film Sweet Sixteen.
Then it's something of a precursor to this year's horror hit The Nun. The Convent would have been a more accurate title for The Nun, seeing as how there multiple demon nuns involved in that one. But since it was already taken by a 2000 film by Mike Mendez, whose previous credits include Big Ass Spider!, I guess they just went with the singular. Frankly, The Convent, a gonzo-religio-spat-fest starring immortal genre goddess Adrienne Barbeau and also some other people, looks ten times as much fun as The Nun. Put this in your peepers: