Psycho + The Birds

Part of Queens Drive-In & Queens Drive-In (Oct/Nov)
Saturday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.

Queens Drive-In, on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York 11368

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. US, 1960, 109 mins. With Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin. After stealing forty thousand bucks from her boss’s client, real-estate secretary Marion Crane (Leigh) high-tails it out of Phoenix. Guilt-ridden and tired, she makes the very big mistake of stopping for the night at the Bates Motel, where she befriends its seemingly benign proprietor, the mother-loving Norman Bates (Perkins). You know what comes next. If you don’t, then we won’t be the ones to spoil Hitchcock’s horror game-changer, a film of spare intensity, at once austere and baroque in style, and so shockingly perverse in its implications that it cracked cinema open wide forever after.

The Birds
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. US, 1963, 119 mins.With Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy. In Hitchcock’s masterpiece of avian horror, Hedren’s mod socialite Melanie Daniels (Hedren) descends upon sleepy Bodega Boy, California, to aggressively pursue her crush object, Mitch (Taylor). From there, Hitchcock puts her through the wringer, as she finds herself fleeing for her life from swarms of seagulls, jays, hawks, and sparrows gone curiously amok. One of Hitch’s scariest, The Birds, loosely inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s terrifying short story, is a wildly intense experience, enhanced by razor-sharp editing and a music-free soundtrack of bird calls and flapping wings.

Tickets: $45 per car (up to 5 passengers per car). Members of the presenting organizations will receive a 15% discount. Order tickets online. Learn more about membership and join here. Doors will open each night around 7:30 p.m., events will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end by 11:00 p.m.

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