There’s no grander spot to catch a chilling movie than the cathedral at St. John the Divine. For this year’s Halloween celebration, the church is screening the 1920 silent, animated horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in which an innocent man is hypnotized into committing murders. The film’s creep factor (it’s thought to be a statement on how dictators condition their armies to kill) is amplified by live musical accompaniment from the cathedral’s 8,035-pipe organ. Afterward, ghosts and witches come out of the pews’ woodwork for the famously bizarre Procession of the Ghouls through the cathedral’s nave. Don’t sit in the aisle seats if you’re faint of heart.
Halloween Extravaganza at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (between West 110th Street and West 113th Street)
Friday, October 28, first screening 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., second screening 10 p.m. – midnight
General admission tickets $25, students and seniors $20
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