Summer Movies That Deliver Chills and Skyline Views

The outside is a horrible place to be when you’re in a horror film being pursued by a knife-wielding maniac. He’ll at all times know the woods higher than you.

But for horror-movie followers, exterior has been a refuge this previous yr. When theaters went darkish, old-school drive-ins stayed alive with the assistance of scary motion pictures, a few of which turned box-office hits, a minimum of by pandemic requirements.

This summer season, outside venues in and round New York proceed the promise of spine-tingling nights below the celebs. Most of their programming is heavy on blockbusters, classics and youngsters’s movies, however a couple of evenings are dedicated to precise screams. From creepy-cuddly animated movies for youths to terrifying exploitation shockers, right here’s a choice of horror motion pictures (and a sprinkling of sci-fi) to intensify your summer season. Most movies start at nightfall, with venues encouraging viewers to reach an hour earlier than to arrange blankets or garden chairs.

Not-So-Scary Scares

Movies Under the Stars

Various places in New York City; free.

Outdoor film screenings come to inexperienced areas throughout the 5 boroughs on this summer-long sequence offered by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks. Showing on July 22 is the 2016 reboot of “Ghostbusters,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, in Highbridge Park within the Bronx. Seating is proscribed so get there early.

Pix on the Plaza

Manhattan; $30 spending minimal; reservations advisable.

The Standard, High Line, a classy Meatpacking District resort, has turned its open-air terrace right into a summer season cinema, free popcorn included. An evening of nostalgia is in retailer for Gen Xers on July 26, when the resort exhibits “The Goonies” (1985). The antic-adventure film, starring Corey Feldman and Josh Brolin, isn’t fairly within the horror class, however it’ll undoubtedly maintain children — and mother and father — on the sting of their seats.

Movies With a View

Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn; free.

“Grit” is the theme for the 21st season of this widespread movie sequence from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), a surprisingly tender zombie apocalypse comedy, kicks issues off on Aug. 5. The film will probably be proven at Harbor View Lawn, positioned on the highest level in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and meaning improbable views of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Before the film begins at sunset, there will probably be music courtesy of Brooklyn Radio at 6 p.m. and a brief movie chosen by BAMcinématek. There’s additionally a free bike valet and distributors from Smorgasburg.

Queens Botanical Garden

Flushing, Queens; $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers.

On Aug. 20, the Garden’s film evening sequence — its first — will function the animated movie “Abominable” (2019), a few cuddly Yeti named Everest. In addition to after-hours entry to the Garden, attendees can pattern icy treats and make snowpeople-themed crafts out of botanical supplies.

Greenville Drive-In in upstate New York is a few two-and-a-half hour drive from town.Credit…Beth Schneck

Greenville Drive-In

Greenville, N.Y.; $eight per ticket.

This Catskills drive-in, established in 1959, has develop into a preferred spot for guests to Greene County, a few two-and-a-half hour drive north of New York City. The summer season movie schedule features a two-night stint (July 30-31) of the sci-fi meta-comedy “Galaxy Quest” (1999), starring Tim Allen, a few group of actors from a “Star Trek”-like present who’re transported to outer house for an precise mission. Pair the movie with concessions that embody a rotation of beers from native breweries.

Demarest Farms

Hillsdale, N.J.; $25 per automobile.

Founded in 1886, this Bergen County farm is thought for peach choosing, cake doughnuts and an annual Halloween gentle present. But this summer season there are motion pictures on the calendar because the venue brings again its widespread drive-in theater house. The very family-friendly movie lineup consists of the animated comedy “Monsters Inc.” (2001), on July 16; the scarier-than-you-remember creature function “Gremlins” (1984), on July 24; and the undead-with-a-smile teen comedy “Zombies 2” (2020), on Aug. 14.

Movies by Moonlight

Oyster Bay, Long Island; free.

Here’s one other likelihood to see “The Goonies,” this time at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach on July 28, as a part of this summer season sequence of pop-up drive-in film nights. Vehicles will probably be admitted to the car parking zone on a first-come, first-served foundation starting at 7 p.m.

Be Very Afraid

Most drive-ins like Skyline permit viewers to look at from their automobiles or arrange garden chairs.Credit…Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Skyline Drive-In

Greenpoint, Brooklyn; $55 per automobile; $22 per outside seat.

Located on the East River with killer views of Manhattan, this widespread outside cinema provides a darkish slate of very scary horror motion pictures at midnight all summer season lengthy. High factors embody “The Nun” (2018), on July 16; “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (1986), on July 17; “Grindhouse: Death Proof” (2007), on July 24; “Army of Darkness” (1993), on July 30; and “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012), on July 31. Watch out of your automobile, or get there by bike or by foot and use a chair supplied by the venue. Movies are proven rain or shine, and pets are welcome.

Rooftop Films

Various places in New York City; $16 per ticket.

Adventurous programming is on the calendar for this outside cinema group celebrating its 25th anniversary. On July 19, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn will present “October Country” (2010) with a reside rating by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, a member of the troubled household featured within the 2009 documentary. On July 24, the cemetery can even current a program of eerie brief movies about “the living, the dead and those caught in between the two,” because the itemizing places it. On July 28, the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn, will play host to a free screening of the playfully darkish German psychological thriller “Sleep” (2020).

Movie Lot Drive-In

Bayshore, N.Y.; $40 per automobile.

This Suffolk County pop-up venue, positioned in a car parking zone on the Westfield South Shore Mall, is heavy on horror all summer season. Late-night screenings embody “Us” (2019), on July 16, and “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), on July 17. There’s additionally a Christmas in July lineup that features some playfully darkish ones: “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010), on July 30, a few monstrous Santa Claus; and “Krampus” (2015), on July 31, a few demonic creature who terrorizes youngsters on Christmas. Even higher: They’re proven on a 52-foot display, the biggest on Long Island.

The Mahoning Drive-In

Lehighton, Pa.; $10 per ticket.

About a 90-minute drive from New York City, it is a go-to vacation spot for die-hard horror followers. Highlights embody a lethal Christmas double function (July 23-24) that features the ’80s slasher movies “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and “Christmas Evil,”; a 10-film, 35-mm “Schlock-o-Rama” sequence (July 30-Aug. 1) that features “The Tingler” (1959) and different motion pictures by the schlockmeister director William Castle; and Herschell Gordon Lewis’s exploitation jolter “The Wizard of Gore” (1970), on Aug. three. Parts of the grounds can be found for people who need to arrange a tent and camp in a single day. In the darkish. In the woods. (You’ve been warned.)