The Museum of the Moving Image’s essential ongoing See It Big! series—which last surfaced in August with a remarkable “Hollywood Melodrama” program that included such masterworks as Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955), Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running (1958)—returns this month with a focus on the horror genre. The week-long program leads up to a screening of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist (1982) on Halloween evening. Tonight’s selection, however, peeks back to the roots of the genre’s on-screen origins: an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s landmark novel, and among the earliest vampire pictures ever made, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) all but paved the way for an entire genre, setting a high bar of expressionist stylization that has rarely (if ever) been matched since.
Oct. 25-31, 3 p.m., 2014