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Sad but true: it’s socially unacceptable to panhandle candy from neighbors past a certain age. And engaging in thinly-veiled blackmail (threatening “tricks” in absence of “treats”) is especially unbecoming in the over 10-year-old set. So if you’re destined to shell out money for your sugar rush this Halloween, you might as well embrace being an adult, passing over Krackles, Tootsie Rolls and Skittles for the following, made-in-BK sweets. Deliso Confections Scope out this brilliant Bay Ridge...
John Carpenter has never heard a Suicide record. I’m chatting on the phone with the absurdly influential horror director about the music he made for his genre-defining films of the 70s and 80s. Given how close his brutally minimal, synth-based score for a movie like 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13 feels to the savage, proto-punk music made in New York around that same time, I’d always wondered if Carpenter was aware of it. “Sounds...
As far as inaccessible warehouse-raves go, Greenpoint is having itself a moment. On Halloween came the disastrously over-booked fracas planned inside a plastics factory and, yes, Superfund site, that got shut down before the fun could even start. The streets of north Brooklyn have never been so littered with so many sad party people very literally all dressed up with no place to go. But Greenpoint--the neighborhood that never says die, ecological disasters aside--is giving the giant warehouse party another go tonight,...
Pieces (1982) Directed by Juan Piquer Simón This Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre is set on the campus of an unnamed college, where a killer’s chopping chunks off of coeds: a head here, a torso there. A really, really odd and deeply individual use of the basic gore-film template, the movie mostly ignores its psychosexual dimensions—and its woodier-than-wooden acting, and clumsy overdubbing—to move adeptly from murder to murder, each setpiece outdoing the last in inventiveness, artfulness and bloodsplatter....

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