From a double feature screening of both versions of The Wicker Man to midnight screenings of movies that feature malicious mothers, Nitehawk Cinema’s May lineup of late-night movies hails to horror hounds. 

"Nitehawk Cinema is New York’s original cinema eatery; an Independent movie house bringing a selective approach to film, food, and drinks.

Nitehawk offers audiences an unparalleled cinematic experience by combining exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside food and beverage service in all theaters. Complementing our staple menu items of gourmet concessions, local beers, and handcrafted cocktails, Nitehawk’s team creates specialty dishes and drinks inspired by our films. Our unique Signature Series programming includes LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA, Country Brunchin’, Nitehawk Naughties, Nitehawk Nasties, The Works, Music Driven, and Art Seen. The Cinema also presents thirty-minute “Pre-shows” tailored to each movie that feature local filmmakers and clips curated by our cinema department.

Our Williamsburg location is a triplex, hosting a 92 and 60-seat theater along with our intimate 28-seat theater. Nitehawk’s upstairs lobby and bar plays selected movies to watch while you wait. The beautiful downstairs cafe space offers full-service food and drink service. It is also the hub for our free programming such as Movie Trivia Night, VHS Vault, Bootlegger’s Night, and the Artist Film Club."


The Wicker Man (1973/2006, Robin Hardy/Neil LaBute, 202 mins.)

  • Thursday, May 1 at 9:30pm
  • Price: $18

Nitehawk celebrates May Day with its first double-feature screening of The Wicker Man, featuring the 1973 and 2006 versions back to back for the first time.

Deadly Friend (1986, Wes Craven, 91 mins.)

  • Thursday, May 8 at 9:30pm
  • Price: $15

Sometimes seen at Wes Craven's version of Weird Science, "Deadly Friend" follows the story of a lonely boy who will use all his scientific knowledge to keep his friend alive. The screening features a historical discussion of the iconic 42nd street cinemas, special giveaways, and Gaffel Kolsh beer at the after-party.

Nitehawk's "The Deuce" is a monthly film series excavating the facts and fantasies that built the mythology of cinema's most infamous block in the world: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues!


Mother's Day (1980, Charles Kaufman, 90 mins.)

  • Friday, May 9 at Midnight 
  • Saturday, May 10 at Midnight
  • Price: $11

As part of Nitehawk Cinema's "Ask Me About My Mother" Midnite Series, "Mother's Day" shows how an innocent reunion amongst three young women turns into a bloody disaster. These lifelong friends just wanted some camping fun for the weekend but wind up battling for their lives and sanity against two punish hillbillies who will do anything to impress their sadistic grandmother.

Friday the 13th (1980, Sean Cunningham, 95 mins.)

  • Friday, May 16 at Midnight
  • Saturday, May 17 at Midnight
  • Price: $11

Stemming from tropes established in Italian giallo films like anonymous killer-point-f-view stabs and punishment for sexual activities, "Friday the 13th" produces one of the most iconic "Final Girls" in horror (Alice Hardy) and has enduringly made teenage activities a frightening cautionary tale.

Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock, 109 mins.)

  • Friday, May 23 at Midnight
  • Saturday, May 24 at Midnight
  • Price: $11

Told in two acts, Hithcock's classic "Psycho" begins with young Marin Crane fleeing the city after stealing money from work and who winds up in an ill-fated meeting with Norman Bates at the Bates Motel. In the second act, her disappearance ignites an investigation by her sister and lover who also wind up at the Bates Motel.

The Baby (1973, Ted Post, 84 mins.)

  • Friday, May 30 at Midnight
  • Saturday, May 31 at Midnight
  • Price: $11

A social worker investigates the Strange Wadsworth family, who may not seem too unusual at first…except for that the baby in the family is twenty-one years old.


Pieces (1982, Juan Piquer Simon, 89 mins.)

  • Friday, May 2 at Midnight
  • Saturday, May 3 at Midnight
  • Price: $11


Nitehawk Nasties presents "Pieces," a film where co-eds get cut up to make a human jigsaw puzzle.

Part of Nitehawk Nasties, a series that featured the strangest and most violent films from the glorious black-and-white gore beginnings of yesterday on up to the torture porn of today.”

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  • Derek Anderson
    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.