This October Screen Slate and Steak Mtn. invite you on the road for a series of horror hotels, haunted weekends, and other travel terrors. The films Death Takes a Holiday explore the fears associated with vacations and other excursions: eerie dislocation, off-season emptiness, unfamiliar territory, shifty locals, and chance encounters with sinister strangers. Highlights range from classics such as The Shining and Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond to must-see gems including artist Laurel Nakadate’s haunting Florida road trip feature The Wolf Knife and the psychotronic Elizabeth Taylor vehicle Identikit. We also detour through the 2000s with Rob Zombie’s masterpiece The Devil’s Rejects and Alexandre Aja’s essential remake of The Hills Have Eyes. All titles unspool on 35mm except for The Wolf Knife, shot-on-video, and new 4K restorations of Messiah of Evil and Daughters of Darkness.
This series coincides with the publication of Christopher Norris’s (Steak Mtn) The Holy Day (Rose Books), “a novel about a former teen detective going on vacation to die.” Norris and others will be on hand to introduce screenings throughout the month.