Friday, May 25, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): The Sacrament, The Zodiac Killer, Scarlet Diva


I'm so ready for this weekend! Not only because it's a day longer, but also because we're starting it off by finally seeing Revenge, which opens at the Roxie Theatre tonight! Many of the Overlook's family have already seen this film and the rest of us have been hearing great things, so I'm pumped.

Also this weekend, the Yerba Buena has a bittersweet and awesome film series celebrating San Francisco's dark past. It's lovingly called "Please Help Me I Am Drowning" which is a line from one of the Zodiac Killer's letters to the media, and it's justified by their playing both films on the elusive murderer. They couldn't be any more different!

First Reformed also expands to the Alamo Drafthouse starting today. Another title I've been extremely curious about! This will be an eventful weekend after all.


Opening This Week


Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 25th (1hr 30min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging cannibal-zombie. Do you: a) try to save her? or b) kill her before she kills you? That's the nightmarish scenario six students find themselves facing when their celebratory camping trip goes terrifyingly wrong. One by one, each falls victim to the feral disease, until only Alice and Jules two girlfriends testing the waters of their new relationship are left standing, armed with a shotgun and holed up in a remote cabin. They've got a hell of a fight before them if they hope to survive...



Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 25th (1hr 18min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Megan cannot stop the nightmares. Her parents, Rob and Susan, are at their wit's end. When a couple from their small town in New York suggest Megan's soul may be the target of a soul-hungry demon, the family find themselves in a battle for Megan's life, and their own lives as well.





Screening All Weekend (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Also Screening At 




Midnight Madness

Friday 25th @ 11:55pm (1hr 41 min)
Comedy/ Scifi/ Horror/ Musical (Rotten Tomatoes)
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet.





Friday 25th @ 8:45pm (1hr 30min)
Drama/ Erotic Google)
Shot on digital video, this no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento presents the bleak decent of a popular actress into a haze of drugs and overindulgence. Anna Battista (Argento) has seemingly everything anyone could ever want, yet sometimes everything is never enough. Fed up with going through the motions as an actor, Battista aspires to seek a career as a director so that she may truly explore her currently latent artistic talent. The queen of excess, Battista's attempts to realize her true talent are time and again shattered as the she is used and abused by everyone she comes into contact with. After a one-night fling with an emotionally distant and uncaring Australian rock star (Jean Sheperd) leaves the self-confessed whore a lovelorn mother-to-be, Battista's desperation to bring her story to the screen finds her dealing with a shady American producer (Joe Coleman), an agent reluctant to assist her in branching out, and a heroin-addicted former filmmaker who is as close to ending his life as Battista is to beginning hers. Her career in disarray and her uncertain future growing increasingly grim, Battista embarks on a numbing binge of sex and drugs that takes her from Europe to America and back again. Attempting to seek-out the father of her unborn child and find some sense of stability, Battista finds the truth about her one-time lover.



Opens Friday 25th (1hr 48min)
Action/ Thriller (IMDB)
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly--and viciously--intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge. A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.



Sunday 27th @ 6:45pm (1hr 40min)
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ International
A compendium of the best sci-fi and fantasy animation shorts, this special program boast classic works by some of the greatest animation directors, all in 16mm.





To Catch a Thief (1955)
Friday 25th @ 7:30pm (1hr 46min)
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th @ 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
"When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence."

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Rear Window (1954)
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th @ 5:25pm & 9:25pm (1hr 52min)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or "Miss Lonelyhearts" (Judith Evelyn), a middle-aged woman who entertains nonexistent gentlemen callers. Of particular interest is seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife's incessant bray comes to a sudden halt. Out of boredom, Jeffries casually concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body in gruesome fashion. Trouble is, Jeffries' musings just might happen to be the truth.

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Friday 25th @ 7:30pm (1hr 48min)
Biography/ Drama (IMDB)
In this docudrama, Natasha Richardson plays Patty Hearst, the heiress to her family newspaper fortune who was kidnapped and allegedly brainwashed by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). She is blindfolded and stuffed into a closet for 57 days and subjected to the philosophies of her SLA captors. She is later offered her freedom but elects to join the group, and Hearst and the gang proceed to go on a rampage of well-publicized bank robberies. Since the story is told from the point of view of the victim -- from her book -- the feature attempts to portray her plight sympathetically. Was she the victim of ruthless political extremists or a spoiled rich girl playing out her counterculture fantasies? The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Twenty years after the kidnapping, her SLA counterparts were still in jail while Hearst, married with children, made the rounds of television talk shows. She is perceived as someone whose incredible financial resources kept her from prison, and her stories of being the terrorized victim are unconvincing at best.


Double Feature

Saturday 26th @  7pm (1hr 27min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
This 1971 exploitation vehicle is primarily designed for maximum squirms, produced as it was at the height of the true-life killer's notoriety, but it's notable for the efforts made by the filmmakers to include authentic case details while theorizing about the identity of the still-unapprehended serial slayer. Opening with a major red herring in the guise of a trucker who claims to be the Zodiac before being killed by police in a domestic violence standoff, we're eventually introduced to the real psycho, a postal worker named Jerry (Hal Reed) who breeds rabbits in his apartment and murders in order to collect slaves to serve him in the afterlife.

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Saturday 26th @ 9pm (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel), THE SACRAMENT follows two journalists as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel to "Eden Parish," a self-sustained utopia. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as "Father." As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.(c) Magnolia



Sunday 26th @ 2pm (2hrs 37min)
Crime/ Drama/ History (IMDB)
In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls.



-Huntress

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring Of Unknown Origin, Red Sparrow & Game Night

May 22nd 2018



Bluray Tuesday creeps up on us once again. This week is a bit lighter on the horror releases, but still has some nice genre film titles. Let's start with Scream Factory, which releases the very overdue home invasion film, Of Unknown Origin for the first time on Bluray with new scan and bonus material. It's joined by 1960's Italian creepy castle film The Vampire and the Ballerina. Russian spy thriller Red Sparrow, hits shelves today. This film was pretty entertaining with twist and turns throughout. I can't wait to rewatch it in 4K. Best Buy will carry an exclusive Bluray steelbook packaging for it. Comedy murder mystery Game Night is next up today. This film sure surprised me! I really enjoyed it and while not all jokes landed, I laughed quite a bit in this one. There were lots of twists in this one too. I'll definitely add this to my collection this week. Scooby-Doo prequel film Daphne & Velma hits shelves today, with the girls solving their first mystery before meeting the rest of the gang. Jurassic Park is hiting iti 25th anniversay and to celebrate, all four films will be getting a full 4k Ultra HD release. Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook packaging for these releases as well as $15 movie money for next month's Jurassic World 2. Arrow Video releases 70's film Death Smiles on a Murderer for the first time on Bluray. I haven't heard of it but the premise seems interesting. Rounding out the week are action drama 15:17 to Paris, family film Early Man and fantasy film I Kill Giants. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Of Unknown Origin: Amazon - $21.99

A New York banker (Peter Weller) fends for himself against a giant rat loose in his renovated brownstone.

Of Unknown Origin (Blu-ray) 

Red Sparrow: Amazon - $19.99
 4K: Amazon - $24.99

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers, collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but of others as well.

Red Sparrow (Blu-ray)
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Red Sparrow 4K (Blu-ray)
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Steelbook: Best Buy - $29.99

Red Sparrow 4K (Blu-ray) 

Game Night: Amazon - $22.99

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.

Game Night (Blu-ray) 

Jurassic Park (4K Collection): Best Buy - $49.99
Steelbook: Best Buy - $54.99

his limited-edition release collects all four classic films from the legendary Jurassic Park saga. In Jurassic Park, the dream of a wildlife park filled with genetically recreated dinosaurs becomes a nightmare when the dinosaurs are let loose and begin threatening the guests. In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, a research team is sent to an island populated by free-roaming dinosaurs, but the arrival of a rogue second team threatens everything. In Jurrasic Park III, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) heads back to the island in search of an odd couple's child, but discovers a number of unexpected inhabitants. In Jurassic World, a successful theme park filled with genetically recreated dinosaurs is thrown into chaos when the latest addition breaks free.

Jurassic Park Collection 4K (Blu-ray) 

Jurassic Park Collection 4K (Blu-ray) 

15:17 to Paris: Amazon - $22.99

American soldiers discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

The 15:17 to Paris (Blu-ray) 

I Kill Giants: Amazon - $14.99

Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.
I Kill Giants (Blu-ray) 

Early Man: Amazon - $17.99

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Early Man (Blu-ray) 

Death Smiles on a Murderer: Amazon - $26.99

A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

Death Smiles on a Murderer (Blu-ray) 

The Vampire & The Ballerina: Amazon - $19.99

A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

The Vampire and the Ballerina (Blu-ray) 

Daphne & Velma: Amazon - $17.99

The female future members of Mystery Inc. investigate strange goings-on in their school.

Daphne & Velma (Blu-ray) 

Beyond The Hills: Amazon - $27.99

At a desolate Romanian monastery, a young novice nun, Voichița, reunites with her former companion Alina, who plans to take her to Germany. But Voichița proves unwilling to abandon her calling, and Alina becomes increasingly desperate to reclaim her devotion.

Beyond the Hills (Blu-ray) 

Graduation: Amazon - $27.99

Left only with a dented idealism, his weathered self-esteem and a dead-end relationship with his melancholic wife, Dr. Romeo Aldea is a caring father of good intentions who is determined to see his only daughter succeed and leave once and for all from their bleak town.

Graduation (Blu-ray)


- The Impostor

Monday, May 21, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Feral, The Changeling, First Reformed, Gimme Shelter


Can you guys believe May is almost over?? Well June is just around the corner, and with it come several conventions and film festivals. But while we're still in May, we have several things to look forward to in the month's final weeks. 

Firstly, A24's new film First Reformed arrives in the city at the Landmark Embarcadero Theatre and will begin its run this Thursday. On this same Thursday, the Yerba Buena begins one of their last curated and themed film series before their cinema department goes on a questionable hiatus. So if you've never been inside this renovated and stylized theatre, don't miss this chance!! This series is appropriately called Please Help Me I Am Droning: San Francisco's Dark Decade. This first of these films will be Gimme Shelter, which I recently found out is much more than a Rolling Stones documentary. 

We end the week with two new releases, neither of which are currently listed on any theatre's calendars but will be available on VOD.


Opening This Week


Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 25th (1hr 30min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging cannibal-zombie. Do you: a) try to save her? or b) kill her before she kills you? That's the nightmarish scenario six students find themselves facing when their celebratory camping trip goes terrifyingly wrong. One by one, each falls victim to the feral disease, until only Alice and Jules two girlfriends testing the waters of their new relationship are left standing, armed with a shotgun and holed up in a remote cabin. They've got a hell of a fight before them if they hope to survive...




Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 25th (1hr 18min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Megan cannot stop the nightmares. Her parents, Rob and Susan, are at their wit's end. When a couple from their small town in New York suggest Megan's soul may be the target of a soul-hungry demon, the family find themselves in a battle for Megan's life, and their own lives as well.




Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 22nd @ 10pm (1hr 47min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Peter Medak's The Changeling is among a handful of films, including The Haunting (1963), Ghost Story (1981), and Lady in White (1988), that have successfully recreated the intimate, drawing-room atmosphere of supernatural horror fiction. After his wife and daughter are killed in a snowbound car accident, classical composer John Russell (George C. Scott) relocates from New York to Seattle to teach at his alma mater. Looking for a quiet place to rest and continue writing music, he is referred Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere) at the Seattle Historical Preservation Society. Claire shows John a large, sparsely furnished estate in the outlying countryside. He takes the house, appreciating its remoteness and the solitude it might afford, and diverts himself by renovating and settling in. He even starts to compose, putting aside his older work in favor of a new, sentimental piece for the piano. It is not long, however, before he begins having nightmares about the accident that killed his wife and daughter. Possibly because of this trauma, he is open to communications from the house's ghostly occupant


Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 23rd @ 10pm (2hrs)
Art House/ Comedy/ Drama (RottenTomatoes)
Writer and director Anna Biller takes a swingin' look back at sexploitation cinema of the '70s in this candy-colored comedy drama. Barbi (Anna Biller) is a beautiful but blasé suburban housewife whose handsome mate, Rick (Chad England), is more interested in his career than in quenching his wife's sensual thirsts. When up-and-coming actor Mark (Jared Sanford) and his open-minded wife, Sheila (Bridget Brno), move in next door, Barbi discovers they're more than willing to help her find the thrills she's been missing. Before long, Mark and Sheila part company, and when Rick finds out about Barbi's extramarital dalliances, he walks out on her. Free to do as she pleases, Barbi changes her name to Viva and teams up with Sheila to join the front lines of the sexual revolution, enjoying assignations with a dizzying variety of partners, including hipster artist Clyde (Marcus DeAnda), psychedelic naturalist Elmer (Paolo Davanza), experimental theater advocate Arthur (John Klemantaski), glamorous lesbian model Agnes (Robbin Ryan), and sexually ambiguous hair stylist Sherman (Barry Morse). But will Viva's appetite for the ecstatic lead her into dangerous and unexpected places? Viva received the "Best of Fest" award at the 2007 Boston Underground Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi




AniMonday

Monday 21st @ 7:30pm (1hr 29min)
Animation/ Drama/ War (IMDB)
Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II; and in a train station, the young Seita dies alone. The rest of the movie tells us, in flashback, how things have come to this. Seita and Setsuko are two young Japanese children growing up in the waning days of World War II. Much to Seita's pride, their father is in the Japanese navy, and they live fairly content lives in Kobe despite rationing and the other privations of war. When their mother dies from burns suffered during an American fire-bombing raid, a distant aunt takes them in -- and conflict eventually forces the children to try to survive on their own. At first, Seita and his little sister enjoy their idyllic lives in the country, but harsh reality eventually settles in as Seita begins to understand the difficulties of taking care of a young child when both food and compassion are scarce. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi





Opens Thursday 24th @ 7:15pm & 9:30pm (1hr 48min)
Screening All Day Friday 25th
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.


Screening All Week (1hr 32min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Jim Carrey commands the screen in this spellbinding thriller from Executive Producers of The Revenant and Black Mass. When police officer Tadek (Carrey) finds similarities between an unsolved murder and a crime outlined in a book by famed writer Krystov Kozlov, Tadek begins to track Kozlov and his girlfriend, a mysterious sex-club worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg). As his obsession with Kozlov grows, Tadek descends into a deadly underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the shocking, deadly truth.



Opens Friday 25th (1hr 48min)
Action/ Thriller (IMDB)
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly--and viciously--intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge. A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.



Scarlet Diva (2000)

Friday 25th @ 8:45pm (1hr 30min)
Drama/ Erotic Google)
Shot on digital video, this no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento presents the bleak decent of a popular actress into a haze of drugs and overindulgence. Anna Battista (Argento) has seemingly everything anyone could ever want, yet sometimes everything is never enough. Fed up with going through the motions as an actor, Battista aspires to seek a career as a director so that she may truly explore her currently latent artistic talent. The queen of excess, Battista's attempts to realize her true talent are time and again shattered as the she is used and abused by everyone she comes into contact with. After a one-night fling with an emotionally distant and uncaring Australian rock star (Jean Sheperd) leaves the self-confessed whore a lovelorn mother-to-be, Battista's desperation to bring her story to the screen finds her dealing with a shady American producer (Joe Coleman), an agent reluctant to assist her in branching out, and a heroin-addicted former filmmaker who is as close to ending his life as Battista is to beginning hers. Her career in disarray and her uncertain future growing increasingly grim, Battista embarks on a numbing binge of sex and drugs that takes her from Europe to America and back again. Attempting to seek-out the father of her unborn child and find some sense of stability, Battista finds the truth about her one-time lover.




Double Feature

Cape Fear (1962)
Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th @ 7:30pm (1hr 46min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is set free. Immediately making a beeline to Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the former prosecutor responsible for Cady's conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realizing that Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping the attorney's wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter (Lori Martin), tries to put the ex-criminal behind bars, but has no grounds to do so. Chief Dutton (Martin Balsam) tries to help Sam with a few strong-arm tactics, but succeeds only in having the courts take Cady's side in the matter. Things come to a head when Sam moves his family to the "safety" of a remote houseboat on Cape Fear river. Cady shows up unannounced and is about to ravage Bowden's wife and daughter and when Sam turns the tables. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Desperate Hours (1955)
Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th @ 5:25pm & 9:30pm (1hr 52min)
Crime/ Drama/ Noir (IMDB)
Based on the novel and play by Joseph Hayes, which in turn was inspired by an actual event, The Desperate Hours is the prototypical "family-trapped-by-criminals" drama. Escaped convicts Humphrey Bogart, Robert Middleton and Dewey Martin, seeking an appropriate hideout until they can make contact with their money supply, deliberately choose the suburban home of Fredric March and his family. The cold-blooded Bogart wants no trouble with the police, and he knows he can cower a family with children into cooperating with him. 





Thurday 24th @ 7:30pm (1hr 31min)
Documentary/ Music/ Thriller (IMDB)
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.



Friday 25th @ 7:30pm (1hr 48min)
Biography/ Drama (IMDB)
In this docudrama, Natasha Richardson plays Patty Hearst, the heiress to her family newspaper fortune who was kidnapped and allegedly brainwashed by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). She is blindfolded and stuffed into a closet for 57 days and subjected to the philosophies of her SLA captors. She is later offered her freedom but elects to join the group, and Hearst and the gang proceed to go on a rampage of well-publicized bank robberies. Since the story is told from the point of view of the victim -- from her book -- the feature attempts to portray her plight sympathetically. Was she the victim of ruthless political extremists or a spoiled rich girl playing out her counterculture fantasies? The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Twenty years after the kidnapping, her SLA counterparts were still in jail while Hearst, married with children, made the rounds of television talk shows. She is perceived as someone whose incredible financial resources kept her from prison, and her stories of being the terrorized victim are unconvincing at best.



-Huntress

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Unearthed Films brings A Serbian Film to the Downtown Independent in L.A.



Today is your last day to get advanced tickets to one of the most infamously disturbing and controversial films in recent history. Yes, I'm talking about A Serbian Film! It will be screening in UNCUT glory at the Downtown Independent on Friday May 18th and the screening will be accompanied by a free three day exhibit showcasing screen used props, outfits, and casts at the Lethal Amounts gallery. At the start of the exhibit, all of these props will be listed on eBay for a full week.





And hey, even if you don't have a wad of cash to raise your bids, you can still pick up a random piece of the storyboard, which will be listed at $175 a page. Each page will be signed by the director! These will remain on eBay until all 255 of them are gone. 





In addition to the exhibit and screening, this event will also feature a special guest; the co-writer and director of A Serbian Film, Srdjan Spasojevic, will be at the screening, after which he will do a Q&A and attend the VIP after party. It's also been announced that Jelena Gavrilovic, who played Marija's ( aka Milo's) wife in the film, will also be making her first appearance in the United States to be at the film's after party! She will also be at the gallery exhibition for all three days and will be signing autographs.




This entire event would not be possible, were it not for the work of one indie horror loving madman, Stephen Biro, the head of Unearthed Films. Thanks to this unsung hero of the extreme horror world, we get an always growing library of gore and insanity, available both streaming via that Unearthed Films Extreme Horror Channel on Vimeo, and as physical discs via UnearthedFilms.com. And to get an early glimpse into what else the night has in store for us, the hosts of The Overlook Hour spoke to the man behind it all in episode 90. 


Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud today!




-Huntress