Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Gate 2, Mom & Dad & American Satan

February 20th 2018

It's that time of week again! This week is a bit lighter than the last with a few different titles released today. First up is Mom & Dad an intense horror thriller about the parents in town attacking their children. I'm definitely looking forward to picking this up this week. Scream Factory is releasing Gate 2 for the first time on Bluray with a few new features as well as a new scan. It's cool, we get the sequel to coincide with the first one that Vestron Video released last year. Indie horror film American Satan is next up to release today. I haven't seen the best reviews for this one but I do want to check it out in the near future. What I have seen great reviews for is The Florida Project, which hits shelves today from A24. I missed this in theaters but have heard nothing but good things. If you like Will Farrell films, his sequel to Daddy's Home, Daddy's Home 2 is released on Bluray and 4K today. The first one was just okay for me but I'm looking forward to watching this sequel. Rounding out the week is Scalpel from Arrow Video and The Night Walker. What will you be buying, renting or skipping this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Gate 2: Amazon - $21.99

It's been five years since Terry's friend Glen discovered The Gate to hell in his backyard. Glen has now moved away and Terry begins practicing rituals in Glen's old house and eventually bringing back demons through The Gate and leading to demoniac possession and near world domination.

Gate II: Return to the Nightmare (Blu-ray) 

American Satan: Amazon - $14.99

A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it's too late?

American Satan (Blu-ray) 

Mom & Dad: Amazon - $14.99

A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.

Mom and Dad (Blu-ray) 

The Florida Project: Amazon - $19.99

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they've been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

The Florida Project (Blu-ray) 

Daddy's Home 2: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho dad and Brad's gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down. After a sudden change in plans, the four men decide to take the kids to a luxury resort for a fun-filled getaway that turns into a hilariously chaotic adventure.

Daddy's Home 2 (Blu-ray) 

Daddy's Home 2 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Night Walker: Amazon - $22.99

Barbara Stanwyck (in her last theatrical feature) stars as a wealthy woman who is terrorized by recurring dreams regarding her jealous, blind husband who supposedly burned to death in a recent fire. She tries to convince her attorney (Robert Taylor) that the nightmares are real. Exploitation King William Castle produced and directed from a screenplay by PSYCHO's Robert Bloch.

The Night Walker (Blu-ray) 

Scalpel: Amazon - $25.99

A psychopathic plastic surgeon transforms a young accident victim into the spitting image of his missing daughter.

Scalpel (Blu-ray) 

The Star: Amazon - $19.99

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

The Star (Blu-ray)
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Downhill: Amazon - $16.99

After his best friend dies in a racing accident, biking star Joe agrees to get back on the bike for an exhibition in Chile.

Downhill (Blu-ray) 

-The Impostor

Monday, February 19, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Annihilation, Hellraiser III, Are We Not Cats

We are in for an eclectic week of movies! There are a lot of theatrical runs starting throughout the week, several opening Friday. On that list is Annihilation, Are We Not Cats, and Curvature, all of which are screening at different places in the city. You can also check out a very young Sid Haig in Spider Baby at Weird Wednesday! And if you're looking for something horror adjacent to do over the weekend, head to the Rickshaw Stop for a night of horror movie music. ūüíē

Opens This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 22nd (2hrs)
Opens Friday 23rd
Adventure/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).

Curvature (2017)
Opens Friday 23rd (1hr 30min)
Mystery/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
CURVATURE is a time travel sci-fi drama about an engineer who travels back in time to stop herself from committing a murder.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 20th @ 10:30pm (1hr 37min)
Horror (IMDB)
A sleazy nightclub owner purchases a strange, disturbing sculpture, which he soon discovers contains a mysterious, ornate puzzle box. This box is a legendary object that promises the secrets of ultimate pain and pleasure, but is in fact a gateway to hell. Soon the box's new owner has unleashed the evil Pinhead, a member of a race of supernatural beings known as Cenobites. Pinhead proceeds to murder numerous clubgoers in an attempt to gain power and fully free himself into the earthly realm. He faces unexpected opposition, however, from a television reporter investigating the mysterious club murders. When she discovers the truth behind the enigmatic puzzle box, she realizes that only she can stop the carnage. However, she must not only defeat Pinhead, but his fellow Cenobites, including the barbed-wire-wrapped Barbie and the horrific CD-Head. (Yes, CD-Head does indeed kill people by shooting CDs from his head.) Though this third entry in the Hellraiser series pays lip service to the intricate mythology of the first two films, especially through a series of flashbacks to Pinhead's human past, the film soon reverts to a fairly standard slasher formula.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 21st @ 9:45pm (1hr 21min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Exploitation titan Jack Hill, who went on to make such cult favorites as Switchblade Sisters, The Swinging Cheerleaders, and Foxy Brown, made his solo directorial debut with this fascinating, offbeat shocker. The three surviving children of Titus W. Merrye, who represent the end of his family's line, live in a dilapidated mansion where patient servant Bruno (Lon Chaney, Jr.) watches over the increasingly eccentric Virginia (Jill Banner), Ralph (Sid Haig), and Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn). All three Merrye siblings suffer from the same rare disease that felled their father and the other members of his family -- "Merrye Syndrome," a neurological ailment that begins to manifest itself at the age of ten, causing the brain to slowly decay and sending its victims into an alternately violent and infantile state. Bald, inarticulate Ralph is supposed to be a vegetarian, but "can eat anything he can catch," while Virginia, who seems to be in a perpetual dream state, imagines herself as a human spider and catches people in her "web" (a large net) and then kills them. While it might seem best to let nature to take its course and allow the family's sad legacy to die out, the Merrye siblings have two distant cousins, Emily Howe (Carol Ohmart) and Peter Howe (Quinn K. Redeker), who are interested in laying claim to the family mansion and any money remaining in the Merrye Estate.

4k Restoration

Friday 23rd @ 9pm (1hr 46min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
The film that has become the master work in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's canon, Deep Red holds up brilliantly despite the plethora of copycat slasher films it inspired in the years to follow. The film opens with a flashback murder shown from the perspective of a child while an eerie nursery rhyme plays. Cut to the present, pianist Marc Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of a psychic while chatting with his drunken pal, Carlo (Gabriele Lavia). While the police investigate, Marc joins forces with attractive reporter Gianna (Daria Nicolodi). Once Marc realizes that he is a target for the killer, he seeks help from Giordani (Glauco Mauri), a professor of the paranormal, who soon becomes one of the killer's victims. Marc's research leads him to an abandoned house where he discovers a secret room that hides a corpse. Before he can call the cops, he is knocked out and awakens to find the place in flames while Gianna holds him. Racing to the neighbors to call for help, Marc discovers an important clue that leads him to a nearby school where he finally finds the killer's identity. The madman attacks him, but the police arrive to save Marc. Though the case appears to be solved, Marc comes to the disturbing realization that one piece of the puzzle remains. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi

Film School Rejects

Thursday 22nd @ 9:15pm (1hr 34min)
Drama/ Thriller/ Crime (IMDB)
A softcore, low-budget film with no pretentions to a viable plot or character development, Reform School Girls just proceeds along the foul-mouthed, suggestive lines of its genre without anything new to add. Charlie (Wendy O. Williams, who committed suicide in April of 1998, at the age of 48) runs a reform school along with fat Edna (Pat Ast) and the tough warden Sutter (Sybil Danning) whose quotes from the Bible have little effect on her co-workers. As new inmates are intimidated into sexual acts and everybody generally wanders around in as little as possible, it does not take a genius to figure out that sex is the main protagonist in this blue film.

Opens Friday 23rd (1hr 18min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Romance (IMDB)
Fired, dumped, evicted Eli leaps at the chance to escape the city on an errand upstate. Plagued by strange illness, his journey culminates in an affair with a woman who shares his habit of eating hair. Xander Robin's genre-defying feature debut flings the audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions--lovingly balanced by two vulnerable actors, a pulsating soundtrack and gritty, colorful cinematography.

Screening All Weekend
Skype interview with director Xander Robin Saturday 24th after 9pm show!

Mainland Noir

Thursday 22nd @ 7:30pm (2hrs 21min)
Thriller/ Crime (Google)
A young woman visits her father to seek his blessing for her marriage to the drug overlord who kidnapped her 10 years earlier.

This Sunday:

Sunday 25th @ 7pm
A tribute to the music behind the movies we love so much!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Roast of Heklina, The Housemaid, Cats & Dogs Film Festival

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends! This is one of those quiet ones, so I've only got a couple of things to tell you guys about but if you're up for a bit of a drive, you should come up to Santa Rosa for the Silver Scream Film Festival! Check it the lineup at SilverScreamFest.com ❤️

Opening This Week

Available on VOD (1hr 45min)
Horror/ Romance (IMDB)
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force. Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two--a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent's dead wife, who won't rest until blood flows. Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam's colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

Five Senses Reeling & Peaches Christ Productions Present

Saturday 17th @ 8pm
No one in San Francisco is more deserving of this roast, the ultimate put-down extravaganza, than our own HEKLINA – the meanest and most outrageous drag queen of them all…! This show is only happening once, one night only, so be sure to be there for what is going to be a fabulous and mind-blowing, side-splitting event…

Saturday 17th @ 3pm (1hr)
Saturday 17th @ 5pm (1 hr 1min)
Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people – even when living independently as community cats. This festival celebrates that attachment, while giving back to animal welfare groups that protect cats and elevate their status in the world.

Sunday 18th @ 2pm (1hr 17min)
Sunday 18th @ 4:15pm (1hr 14min)
This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) event! Purchase a BYOD Ticket so your dog friend gets a seat. Service dogs do not require their own ticket. 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Insidious: The Last Key

 7 of 8 viewers "Liked" "Insidious 4" (2018, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

Lord Battle - "Insidious 4 played great on its opening night. Tweens screamin', boys in the back row laughing to avoid looking scared, and Dabbles covering his eyes next to a creature wiping hers. That means the film was great right? Actually, it took an argument with Randy the Reverberator to make me realize (a couple hours later) that I actually didn't really like the film. For an Insidious installment, it had echoes of the franchise and follows several of the characters, yet lacks all of the flare and creativity the previous 3 were brimming with. Insidious 4 had the least amount of "The Further", the lamest monster lurking in the mist, and the flattest jokes. To me, the Insidious franchise always ran parallel with the Conjuring universe, juxtaposing the American tradition of religious haunted house movies with a modern fantasy take. To be fair, Insidious 4 did have had a literal stack of bibles in it, but that turned out to be the best joke." - 3 Stars

The Berkeley Blazer - "This is a legendary series, or so my friends tell me. I saw the first and the third one, I think. I can’t really remember, except that I always liked the older woman who communicates the malevolent demoni-ghosts or whatever they’re calling poltergeists in films these days. She, and her delightfully, absurdly off-tone Ghost Hunter duo are the focus of this film and, surprise, it worked for me. Sure, Medium Lady’s origin story is a clumsily orchestrated contrivance, but it’s wrought with enough dark fantasy flair and genuinely cringe jump scares that I forgave its almost pantomime parlor tricks. In fact, this movie really works best when it's going gonzo, as you may see when you encounter a charming stack of suitcases. This could have been a boring spookhouse horror, but well-drawn characters and creative set pieces left me satisfied enough. Thanks, Lin Shaye, for giving these films some character." - 3.5 Stars

Dabbles - "Honestly, I hate ghost stories and all the Insidious movies because I'm scared shitless. But this one was wholesome, it just lacked in the writing. There were many cop outs where they could have gone further, had good scary moments. In the end, it's because of the cringy dialogue and wording that it fell behind other movies.  All in all, I'm sorry to Huntress and Lord Battle for spending money on me to watch and review this lackluster movie. I was scared, the movie was cute, but it wasn't enjoyable as other movies." - 3 Stars

Wandering Panda - "The fourth installment in a horror franchise, you think it's gonna suck... but no!!! A strong lead and fun supporting cast but they're super cringy and just fail at their comedic relief. But they still kinda work... A great way to tie in all of the movies and I'm fine if the franchise ends here." - 4 Stars

Huntress - "As far as current franchises go, Insidious ranks pretty high on my list. I'm a big fan of the second of these films, how it managed to both explain and further complicate things, all while bringing me to the brink of anxiety with its imagery. Part three was also a well-written film filled with clever scares, although not nearly as memorable as the second. I was excited to see that into its fourth installment, Insidious still had some great tricks up its sleeve! There are a handful of scenes from this movie that I still think about but sitting here and recalling the whole story, I realize that Insidious: The Last Key had a lot going on. Too much, maybe, to be supported by the slightly weird dialogue or overly comical characters. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this movie definitely had a weak spot, but it’s still better than the fourth Paranormal Activity!" - 3.5 Stars

Midnight Bloom - "I’m really bummed out by how the last chapter of Insidious ended. It felt rushed and to me it was like watching an hour-long episode of a TV show. There were a bunch of pieces that were missing, and there was so much going on at the same time. Also, I was very disappointed that they didn’t thoroughly explain what kind of monster that creature was in the further, it felt like they only showed him fully in one whole scene and it ended there. There are so many questions left unanswered and I want answers! I want to know why there were a bunch of suitcases full of skeletons and a hostage that died in the basement! I give this movie a star rating of 3.5, didn't love it but I’d probably watch it if I was bored. Hopefully, 2018 will bring much better horror movies, I’ve got my fingers crossed!" - 3.5 Stars

Trash - "This movie was a bore. Although I’m endlessly amused that the Insidious franchise boxed itself in by killing off the character subsequently decided would be the star, there’s no fun to be had here. It’s dull and loaded with unnecessary exposition. I’m actually not sure there is a single scene in this that isn’t immediately followed by a character recapping the scene in dialogue. And to make things even more painful, the script is so dumbed down it’s as if it’s written by someone with a vocabulary of about 20 words. Unless the studio is going to loosen up and let filmmakers get very creative again, I hope there isn’t an Insidious 5."1 Star

Math Mage - "A movie that did not need to be made. Squeezing more time with interesting characters is an understandable desire but have a good story to tell too. At least have an interesting arc. And have people talk like humans! Also don't make an episode just to introduce new characters or villains (even cool ones, which neither of these are), unless that episode would be an interesting story as well. It doesn't work in anime and it doesn't work with a movie." - 3 Stars

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

I got into a weird defensive mode when discussing Insidious: The Last Key with Randy after the movie let out (he did not like it). I found myself using the audience reaction as the grounds for my argument. Then in the lobby when discussing what star rating everyone was going to give it, I was caught off guard by The Impostor responding with a 3.5. Clearly, I had turned to him to leach energy as he is often very enthusiastic about franchise films. Yet I just found myself confused. Math Mage, Trash, and Randy The Reverberator all hated the film openly, discussing why in the theatre as the credits rolled. I figured I was just trying to recharge on positivity. It wasn't until the following day when I was getting ready for work that some of what the Math Mage had said started to sink in. Other than Lin Shaye, the characters were feeling a little tired. Comedy sidekicks Specks and Tucker felt completely spent on material, and the obvious torch recipient Caitlin Gerard failed to reinvigorate the franchise's dimming light. Yet, The Berkeley Blazer enjoyed the film simply because he had fun watching the characters navigate the situation in a haunted house. I guess what I've learned from this experience is that I've always enjoyed franchise horror simply because it was fun watching characters evolve through different artists collaborating to make a film, often loosely tied to its previous installments. This, of course, has become the main weapon of film studios as they resurrect and wield context films like Star Wars, The Fast & the Furious, and the new Greek gods of cinema, superheroes of DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image... Well, we'll have to see how Spawn pans out for that last one.

- Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized at Century Theatres for an opening night screening on 2/1/2018
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Digging Up the Dirt with KillDozer and Jorge Marrero of Silver Scream Film Festival & Famous Monsters of Filmland

Famous Monsters of Filmland has long been a staple for monster, sci-fi, and horror aficionados young and old. Even before the blood soaked images of Fangoria caught my eye as a teenager, I knew where to go to read up on those true genre legends who paved the way with hard work, imagination, and a love for all things fantastic. Growing up in the bay area is tough for a monster kid who usually lives vicariously through such publications. We turn the pages and see the lucky boys and girls shaking hands and taking pictures with our film heroes all while wishing someone would make that dream come true for us. Well thanks to Famous Monsters and Silver Scream Film Fest #3,  the dream will be a reality this weekend in Santa Rosa. I was lucky enough to get the inside scoop from Jorge Marrero who has been working long and hard on bringing us one of the greatest film fests in existence! And in our own backyard!! 

KillDozer: Introductions first. Who are you? What is your role with Silver Scream? How did you become involved in the fest and Famous Monsters?

Jorge: My name is Jorge Marrero, I'm the Production Manager for the Silver Scream Fest and Famous Monsters. I've been with FM since 2015 and Silver Scream since its first year. Since its inaugural year, I've had the pleasure of organizing the indie film portion of the festival. From setting up the submissions to leading our judging committee to select which films are accepted and obtain special accolades.

KillDozer: What has your journey been like, starting as a fan to now working for what is easily the most recognizable and iconic monster kid publication?

Jorge: I was blessed with a family that raised me with the classics, Chaney, the Universal monsters, Addams Family, The Munsters, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Twilight Zone, and a strong addiction to comic books. As a young adult, I studied the arts and film which has helped me hone in on my fandom as a career. It also helped that my wife, the FM art director, recommended me to Phil Kim, owner of Famous Monsters of Filmland (and keeping the Monster Kid spirit alive). Since then it's been a dream that I don't want to wake from. I've had the opportunity to draw and write for comics division, American Gothic Press, write and produce for our first televised show, Famous Monsters TV, produce and host our FM Podcast, and with Silver Scream I get to help put a spotlight on young emerging filmmakers. I mean we get to curate the monster fandom that we grew up on, how horrifically awesome is that?!

KillDozer: When did the idea for the fest first arise? What were some of the challenges you didn't expect but were able to work through to make the dream a reality?

Jorge: We can thank Phil Kim and Neil Pearlmutter for concocting the beautiful monster that is Silver Scream. They had been bouncing the idea around for a few years. Since Phil was publishing "The" monster mag and Neil was hosting the very popular Cult Film Series at the Roxy Stadium 14, they were already halfway there. Being that both of them were locals to the Santa Rosa area they really wanted to bring that Hollywood film fest feel to their community. Of course, the biggest challenge was getting those celebrity powerhouses to come up to Santa Rosa to a film fest they never heard of. Luckily for us, most people in the film industry either grew up fans of the magazine or at least knew of the legacy that is FM. So people like John Landis, Rick Baker, or even Robert Englund made time to attend the festival and help us kick off such an amazing event.

Silver Scream 2016

KillDozer: Last year Silver Scream took place in Dallas. What was that experience like? What was the inspiration for having it in Dallas?

Jorge: 2017 gave us a lot of scheduling hurdles. We had guests of Silver Scream whose filming schedules were conflicting with the event's dates at the same time we at FM were prepping not just for Silver Scream but also the Dallas convention. When the Dallas fans started hearing about the film fest they were very interested in it. So it brought us to a place where the best solution looked to be for us to combine the two together. Making Famous Monsters Convention Dallas even bigger than imagined (since we were in Texas this was very fitting). The outcome of this was tremendous but also very taxing on our staff since we were running two events at once.

KillDozer: In the current economic climate of the bay area do you find it more of a struggle to put together a fest like Silver Scream in your own hometown? What kind of obstacles do you run into now?

Jorge: Honestly doing a film festival up here has possibly been easier than doing it in Southern California. You have to compete with so many other similar events while up here there aren't really many if any film fests like ours. Admittedly we wondered what the festival would look like after the devastating wildfires that hit our area last October. But in the end, we knew what had to be done. Silver Scream could not only be a nice escape from reality but it could also give back to people in its community. That's why we decided to give all proceeds from the special dinner events to the Santa Rosa Wildfires Fund.

KillDozer: What does the team look like that puts together this amazing event? Do they all work for Famous Monsters as well?

Jorge: Since this is a collaboration from Famous Monsters and The Santa Rosa Entertainment Group (SREG) both sides do their part to make the fest happen.

KillDozer: One thing I have always admired about Silver Scream is the way it brings attention to new films and filmmakers while still paying tribute to the legends who have paved the way. How do you go about choosing the titles that will screen? Do you have any favorites playing this year that you would dub a "must see"?

Jorge: So glad you appreciate it because it's our goal to celebrate what made us fans and showcase that future cult classic to be. On the tribute side of things, Neil had been wanting to do something that honored the ladies of horror for quite some time and this year it just worked with the timing of social awareness and schedule of our special guest. Celebrating the Creature films felt like a no-brainer after rave success of The Shape Of Water which has been loved by our whole staff.

As for the indie film portion of the fest, it takes a lot of hard work and days to weeks on end of reviewing short and feature films multiple times, plus reading hundreds of screenplays. It's such a grueling process that we take very seriously. It's possibly one of the hardest things we have to do just for the fact that we can't accept every submission and it's heartbreaking cause as filmmakers we know how much effort is put into creating these pieces of art. That's why this year after the festival we're going to be sharing the Honorable Mentions on our Silver Scream site where people can not only view them but they can also vote for their favorite. The winner will receive the first ever People's Scream Award.

KillDozer: Other modern conventions and fests have been condemned by the horror community due to their lack of respect to the fans while Silver Scream has maintained the opposite reputation. Why do you think that is? Is this always top of mind when putting something like this together?

Jorge: As someone who went from fan to employee of this monster kingdom, I think what helps us stand out from the crowd is a mix of different things. One is that we always try to treat our fans the way we want to be treated. We've had the opportunity to work at plenty of other events and see what to and not to do. Having a company whose founder also helped create San Diego Comic-Con doesn't hurt either. The SREG is a third generation owned company that's been in the business of entertainment and customer satisfaction for decades in the bay area. Another thing is both of our companies, FM & SREG, are connected with a lot of these industry actors, writers, and directors. So we're aware of how to treat them to ensure they have just as much fun as our attendees. Lastly, we're fans too. Go into any of our homes and you likely find a shrine to our genre fandom. Heck, every corner of my home has statues, props, movies, comic books, etc..

KillDozer: I must say that your location and schedule are mind-blowing. Being able to theatre hop all day long in an actual theatre that looks like art-deco meets a neon 80's time capsule is the thing genre fan dreams are made of. What do you have to go through to secure such a venue and how did you come across it?

Jorge: That's where having partners like Neil and SREG comes in handy. The Roxy Stadium 14 is one of many theaters they own. It also happens to home Neil's Cult Film Series that he holds every month, which everyone should check out if they haven't yet. It definitely creates the best setting imaginable for our film fest.

KillDozer: What experience do hope genre fans will have at Silver Scream?

Jorge: For people who are already fans, the chance to relive that moment when they first discovered the thrill of these cult classics. For the newbies, to be able to say "Silver Scream introduced me to a fantastical world where anything is possible". For everyone to experience the future of what the next line of filmmakers has to offer us.

KillDozer: With so many amazing titles to choose from, how are awards decided and what are the categories?

Jorge: Like I stated before this is not an easy process. We factor in everything from writing, acting, directing, editing, special effects, and most importantly originality. We have our staple in the award categories like Best Feature, Best Short, etc.. Then there's our Imagi-Movie award which is awarded to the one film that exemplifies everything we're looking for in a submission. There were quite a few documentaries sent in this year is the first year so we'll be giving our first Best Documentary Award.

KillDozer: Where can we go to keep up to date with everything going on at Silver Scream and Famous Monsters?

Jorge: Everyone can stay updated with through SilverScreamFest.com and FamousMonsters.com. And also on Facebook at SilverScreamFest and FMOFL.

KillDozer: If you had to pick a team between the Monster Kids, The Slasher Kids, or the Sci-Fi Kids which team would you join?

Jorge: Oh man, you're pulling at my heartstrings here. OK, since I'm a huge fan of the A Nightmare On Elm Street and Hellraiser series I'm going to have to go with The Slasher Kids.

KillDozer: What is your most prized movie memorabilia possession?

Jorge: It would have to be my replica Rorschach mask and grappling gun that my wife got me for my birthday. The day I get my Freddy Krueger glove though that will be unbeatable.

KillDozer: What film would you not mind seeing a remake of?

Jorge: Many will argue this but the Bride of Frankenstein. Only because we've seen so many redos of the Frankenstein tale and some that I truly love like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with Robert De Niro. She deserves some modern day love. Please, someone, get Guillermo Del Toro to do it!

KillDozer: What is the first autograph you ever received?

Jorge: I started off strong, the first autograph I obtained was from Stan "The Man" Lee on an Amazing Spiderman #669 variant. Later that day I got that same book signed by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgato the current creative team at the time.

The folks at Silver Scream get that sometimes money can be tight and can be the one thing holding you back from going to an event like this, so if you act fast you can still grab tickets at a discounted rate on GrouponYou can also check out our interview with Neil Pearlmutter here.

See you at the Roxy Stadium 14 this weekend!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Hellraiser Judgment, Leatherface:TCM3 & Drag Me To Hell

February 13th 2018

It's that time of the week again! There's a nice amount of horror films released today, both new and old, perfect for your horror loving Valentine. The 10th film in the long running Hellraiser series starring one of my favorite scream queens Heather Langenkamp finally releases. Hellraiser: Judgment was pushed back a few times and I don't have high hopes for this one but do want to watch it eventually. Warner Archive releases Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 for the first time on Bluray. We just need Next Generation to hit Bluray and we can own them all in Bluray form. Scream Factory releases one of my favorite Sam Raimi films, Drag Me to Hell. This film comes with a few new bonus features and cool new slipcover art. The long overdue Criterion release of Night of the Living Dead hits shelves today along with The Silence of the Lambs for decent prices this week too. Severin Films releases Eaten Alive for the first time on Bluray as well this week. It came out in the 80's and looks interesting, so I may check it out soon. Takashi Miiki's 100th film Blade of the Immortal hits shelves today and you can own an exclusive steelbook edition only at Best Buy. There is a bit for everybody today and a solid week of collection worthy films. What are you looking forward to buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know we'd love to have a conversation about them. Until next week!

Hellraiser: Judgment: Amazon - $16.99

Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to hunt down a gruesome serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a maze of horror, which may lead them into the depths of hell.

Hellraiser: Judgment (Blu-ray) 

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Amazon - $19.99

A pair of college students driving coast to coast are lured off the main highway and onto a deserted Texas road. Here they are stalked by the menacing Leatherface and his demented family... a bizarre cannibalistic clan with blood on their hands and a feast on their minds. Their only chance to escape is a survivalist with enough firepower to blast Leatherface and the rest of the grizzly predators to hell. A depraved shocker of intense terror from the gruesome beginning to the bloody finish.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (Blu-ray) 

Drag Me To Hell: Amazon - $21.99

Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) has a loving boyfriend (Justin Long) and a great job at a Los Angeles bank. But her heavenly life becomes hellish when, in an effort to impress her boss, she denies an old woman's request for an extension on her home loan. In retaliation, the crone places a curse on Christine, threatening her soul with eternal damnation. Christine seeks a psychic's help to break the curse, but the price to save her soul may be more than she can pay.

Drag Me to Hell (Blu-ray) 

Night of The Living Dead (1968): Amazon - $18.99 

A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben (Duane Jones) does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic. As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside -- and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.

Night of the Living Dead (Blu-ray) 

The Silence of the Lambs: Amazon - $24.99

A psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill is murdering young women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details about her own complicated life. This twisted relationship forces Starling not only to face her own inner demons, but leads her face–to–face with a demented killer, an incarnation of evil so overwhelming, she may not have the courage or strength to stop him.

The Silence of the Lambs (Blu-ray) 

Eaten Alive: Amazon - $19.99

A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Eaten Alive! (Blu-ray) 

Blade of the Immortal: Amazon - $14.99

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - the 100th film by master director Takashi Miike.

Blade of the Immortal (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $17.99

Blade of the Immortal (Blu-ray) 

Night of the Seagulls (1975): Amazon - $21.99

The Knight Templars return in this fourth installment of the Blind Dead series. On this outing, the Templars haunt a fishing village, where they rise seven nights every seven years to claim their sacrificial offerings in return for the safety of the townspeople.

Night of the Seagulls (Blu-ray) 

The Blood Spattered Bride (1972): Amazon - $17.99

After getting married with her husband, Susan travels with him to his isolated manor. The sexual drive of the husband is intense, and Susan feels revulsion towards his sexual games and perversions. Susan notes that there are only paintings of his male ancestors and none of their wives and she learns that their pictures are kept in the basement. When she sees the painting of Mircalla Karstein, a.k.a. Carmilla, without her face, her husband tells that Carmilla killed her husband during their honeymoon. During the night, Susan has dreadful nightmares about Carmilla. When Susan's husband finds a naked woman buried on the beach, he brings her home and finds that she is Carmilla. Susan is seduced by the woman and they have a lesbian relationship. Meanwhile her husband realizes that his life is in danger and Carmilla is a vampire.

The Blood Spattered Bride (Blu-ray) 

Don't F*** in the Woods: Amazon - $16.99

After the stress and mental anguish of finals, Alex and her girlfriend Jane trek with a few friends into the woods for a little rest and relaxation. As the group begins to unwind, something in the dark has discovered a new and intoxicating scent, and a thirst that can't be quenched!

Don't F*** in the Woods (Blu-ray)
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Francesca: Amazon - $19.99

It's been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of "impure and damned souls". Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these "Dantesque" crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not be the same girl who everyone knew.

Francesca (Blu-ray) 

Pokemon the Movie (2017): Amazon - $19.99

Ash Ketchum, from Pallet Town, is 10 years old today, which means he's now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak.

Pok√©mon the Movie: I Choose You! (Blu-ray) 

Wonder: Amazon - $18.99
4K: Amazon - $22.99

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Wonder (Blu-ray) 

Wonder 4K (Blu-ray) 

Bonus Disc: Target - $19.99

Wonder (Blu-ray) 

Almost Dead: Amazon - $17.99

Hope, a researcher who studies infectious diseases, the struggle for survival in a world where a deadly virus has all but decimated the population.

Almost Dead (Blu-ray) 

Monolith: Amazon - $17.99

Sandra is driving in the middle of the scorching desert, trying to reach her husband, in the safest SUV ever conceived: the MONOLITH. Seated behind her and belted in, is David, her 2-year-old son who’s playing with her cellphone. Suddenly she hits a deer, stops and gets out of the car, and then David, by mistake, locks down Monolith’s safety closure from the cellphone. With the car turning into an oven and no way to open the car from the outside, it’s a rush against time to save the child.

Monolith (Blu-ray) 

-The Impostor