Friday, May 26, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Blood Diner, Drag Queens of Comedy, Stalker


Happy Friday everyone! I'm so ready for this weekend to start because there are so many thing's I've been looking forward to happening in the next couple of days. First off, the newly restored Stalker opens at the Alamo Drafthouse today and we'll be kicking off the weekend with this Russian sci-fi adventure film tonight. Saturday, the Drag Queens of Comedy finish up their tour with two shows at the Castro Theatre. And finally, Sunday the Roxie Theatre will be screening Blood Diner in the Big Roxie. The screening will be attended by special guest and director of the film, Jackie Kong, who will be interviewed after the film by Josh Grannell! The night will then move across the street to The Pork Store for an after party.




Opens Friday 26th (2hrs 43min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men -- the Scientist (Nikolai Grinko), the Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and the Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) -- as they travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the Russian wilderness called the "Zone." In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself. It seems as if an unknown intelligence is actively thwarting any attempt to penetrate its borders. In the Zone, there is said to be a bunker, and in the bunker: a magical room which has the power to make wishes come true. The Stalker is the hired guide for the journey who has, through repeated visits to the Zone, become accustomed to its complex traps, pitfalls, and subtle distortions.





Saturday 27th @ 6pm & 10pm
The boisterous line-up of The DRAG QUEENS OF COMEDY 2017 features drag-royalty superstars including: MISS COCO PERU, ALASKA 5000, WILLAM, BOB THE DRAG QUEEN, LADY BUNNY, Lady Red Couture, JACKIE BEAT, HEKLINA, PEACHES CHRIST, and the acerbic heiress and producer of the show SASHA SOPRANO.




Midnight Madness

Saturday 27th @ 11:55pm (1hr 41min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Musical/ Sci-Fi (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. With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation -- a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid.





Get Out (2017)
Playing All Weekend (1hr 44min)
Horror/ Comedy/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.


Comic coming soon!

Sleight (2017)
Saturday 27th @ 4:15pm (1hr 29min)
Sunday @ 10pm
Action/ Drama/ Si-Fi (IMDB)
A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.




Sunday 28th @ 8:30pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
This splattery horror-comedy is the story of the two Tutman brothers, the owners of a successful health-food restaurant with some exotic menu items... namely the leftover body parts from the brothers' nightly human sacrifice rituals, conducted at the behest of their reanimated uncle (or more correctly, his reanimated brain and eyeballs). The nightly rites are intended to complete the job their uncle never got to finish: the resurrection of the goddess Sheetar, who will hopefully be reborn in a body the Tutmans have assembled from the hacked limbs and organs of their victims. If seen as a kind of acerbic homage to Herschel Gordon Lewis' seminal gore film Blood Feast, this could stand as a fairly entertaining black-comedy romp -- though it tends too often to stumble into some of the same low-budget pitfalls as the bloody epic which inspired it.

Followed by a Q&A with Director Jackie Kong moderated by Josh Grannell
Afterparty @ The Pork Store




Cat Power!

Sunday 28th @ 2pm (1hr 45min)
Animatin/ Adventure/ Comedy (IMDB)
From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated Persepolis and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk world. Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her cat, Darwin, and carries on her family's research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far- reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.


-Huntress

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: The Void

5 of 6 viewers "Liked" "The Void" (2017, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

The Ascendant - "Founded in 2007 by Jeremy Gillespie & Adam Brooks, the ragtag Canadian Collective known as Astron-6 (which also includes Conor Sweeney, Steven Kostanski & Matt Kennedy) have been consistently filling Genre-Addicts’ stomachs with their nutty low-budget (but whole-hearted) films such as Father’s Day (2011), Manborg (2011) & The Editor (2014). When I heard that members of Astron-6 were working on a new project that (from early Press Materials) looked like a cornucopia filled to the brim with influences ranging from H.P. Lovecraft & Lucio Fulci to Clive Barker & John Carpenter (all served with Occult-Flavored Dipping Sauce), I couldn’t contain my excitement. Now that the film’s day-and-date On Demand release has passed (April 7th, 2017), as well as its limited theatrical release and subsequent Blu-Ray/DVD release, do I feel the same? For most of its run-time, directors Jeremy Gillespie & Adam Brooks play to their strengths as individual filmmakers as well as to the strengths of Astron-6. Scenes are shot and framed well, considering that most of the film takes place indoors, at night or within low-light situations. There are some fantastic visual compositions on display here throughout various points in the film, most involving characters (or creatures) that even the most casual film viewer has seen on Social Media. There is much to absorb here visually and therein lies the other strength of this film, creature design and FX work. Considering that co-director Jeremy Gillespie has spent 12 years working as an FX & make-up artist (with credits ranging from NBC’s Hannibal to the upcoming IT film), it’s no surprise that he and Adam Brooks have assembled a fantastic team of artists that have successfully brought their Lovecraftian nightmare to life. Creatures wiggle, crawl, twitch and drip their way throughout this film, making it a treat if you admire practical FX. Within these strengths, the film falters within in its (convenient) plot and extremely dry character archetypes. Even at 90-minutes, I never truly cared about what happened to each character in the film, viewing them merely as plot-devices or vessels to arrive at the next piece of creature or set design. In-turn, the glitch in well-rounded characterizations cause the film’s pace to drag (not slither) along. Even with its faults, this is the film that I wanted Baskin (2015) to be. Welcome to hell." - 3.5 Stars

The Impostor - "I went into this blind after just hearing the great reviews it got before its release and I'd recommend everyone else do the same. I was thoroughly surprised. The atmosphere is very dark and nightmarish and instead of jump scares every two seconds we are watching the tension build from beginning to the crazy end. I definitely held my breath for a few moments. There are also some cool practical effects used and not much CGI, which was a plus. The Void definitely picked up a few things from Hellraiser, The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness in a kinda cool way. While the acting is sub par and some moments were kinda dragging in the dialogue, I overall enjoyed the film." - 3.5 Stars

Huntress - "The Void is a strange experience and one that I don’t think I got the full effect of from a single screening. The characters populating this film are each unique but their many stories sometimes got tangled up for me. I loved the different elements at play here; freaky monsters, disorienting labyrinth-esque settings, amazing practical effects, and clashing personalities forced to work together. Although a second viewing is absolutely recommended, I can say this: if I made a sci-fi indie horror film that looked like The Void, I’d be extremely proud of it." - 4 Stars

Trash - "I love the Astron-6 guys, and I was thrilled to support this movie when it was in its early crowdfunding phases, especially knowing that the Astron offshoot of the filmmaking collective behind The Void were their FX heavy, creativity maniacs. The early stills were really exciting, and I think maybe my high expectations did some damage to my viewing experience. The movie just never comes together for me. It's too sparse, too devoted to maintaining a tone that's not quite working, because the movie is just too small, and the massive Lovecraftian horror it wants to put into you is way beyond its grasp. There's very little playfulness in The Void. The FX are buried in the failing atmosphere, shrouded in darkness, strobe lights, and rapid editing, I rarely could get a good look at the set pieces. Maybe the low budget hurt the quality of things, it's hard to say. Still, worth checking out, because these guys are talented, and I'm hoping their next project overcomes the weaknesses of this one. Now I've just gotta get the group together for a screening of Father's Day, because it's the best movie ever. I'm calling you out. You hear me?" - 2.5 Stars
Lord Battle - "The Void played very nostalgic for me. I found myself reminiscing over survival horror games like Silent Hill and low level melee's with cults in Dungeons & Dragons. I imagined being 15 and watching The Void and praising it for having captured John Carpenter's The Thing's aesthetic and managing to inject it into an HP Lovecraft plot with a Clive Barker Philosophy. Yet after the film ended and I was leaving the theater, I just found myself wishing the characters were somewhat fleshed out and likeable." - 3.5 Stars

Math Mage - "In a recent review yahtzee Croshaw observed that having a gun in a survival horror situation can make that situation even more terrifying than if you're completely helpless. The Void is an example of this very thing: our heroes have just enough agency to give us hope but are clearly at a terrible disadvantage. This is terrifying and they go down in the basement (which doesn't exist!) anyway." - 5 Stars




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


The triangle cult in The Void generated just as much conversation as the amazing special effects and creature design which seems impossible, considering how detailed and abstract the horrors are compared to the straight forward garb of the cult. So why does the simple triangle conjure up so much conjecture? I'm not sure but I've decided to touch briefly on some of our favorite and little known occult triangles.
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The most obvious and admittedly confusing of our current culture's symbolic triangles appears on our currency and is called The All Seeing Eye. Most already know about this intricate symbol that has captured the mind of conspiracy theorists for years, as the internet makes it easy to research such a thing. But I've decided to quickly touch on the subject anyway. Below is an excerpt from "How the Pyramid Side of the Great Seal Got On the One-Dollar Bill in 1935" on GreatSeal.com.

Turning to page 53, I noted the colored reproduction of the reverse side of the Seal. The Latin phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum impressed me as meaning the New Deal of the Ages.

I was struck by the fact that the reverse side of the Seal had never been used. Therefore I took the publication to President Roosevelt and suggested a coin be put out with the obverse and reverse sides of the Seal.

Roosevelt, as he looked at the colored reproduction of the Seal, was first struck with the representation of the "All Seeing Eye," a Masonic representation of The Great Architect of the Universe. Next he was impressed with the idea that the foundation for the new order of the ages had been laid in 1776, but that it would be completed only under the eye of the Great Architect. Roosevelt like myself was a 32nd degree Mason.

He suggested that the Seal be put on the dollar bill rather than a coin and took the matter up with the Secretary of the Treasury. He brought it up in a Cabinet meeting* and asked James Farley [Postmaster General and a Roman Catholic] if he thought the Catholics would have any objection to the "All Seeing Eye" which he as a Mason looked on as a Masonic symbol of Deity. Farley said "no, there would be no objection."
- Excerpts from Henry A. Wallace's letters written in 1951 and in 1955
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Popularized by the wave of Heavy Metal docs that road the coattails of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, the Tritone is an endlessly talked about, but worth covering (quickly), topic...

Every interval begins with a single note, just like the sound produced by a conch shell. In music theory, there is an interval called the tritone, considered to be one of most dissonant sounds existing in the major scale. In early church music it was known as diablo en musica, or devil in music, resonating with the classic “pitchfork” imagery of Satan.
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The Lucis Trust's publishing company was founded in the early 1920s as the Lucifer Publishing Company. The Lucis Trust says that the name was probably chosen to honor Lucifer. The name was changed in 1925 to the Lucis Publishing Company. In Latin lucem ferre means "to bear light" and lucis means of light. The company has headquarters in New York City, London, and Geneva.

The Lucas Trust and Alice Bailey are major occult figures, big enough for Kubrick to name a character Alice in Eyes Wide Shut. But they appear in this wrap-up because of the strange training the Lucas Trust gives relating to triangles... See video below:

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I honestly think the Lucas Trust is insane but I doubt that any single use of the triangles above actually inspired the cult's hood design. I'd rather choose to believe that our obsession with the 3 sided shape was reason enough. It's said that the “G” in the middle of the Freemason compass is said to stand for both “God” and “Geometry”, what does this mean? Who knows, it might mean that people are often confused by both or that triangles open portals directly into the cenobite's dimension. Honestly, the hoods just reminded me of the thrash band Rigor Motis' logo... I guess we just see what we want in the end, kinda like the cult.


- Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized in the 4 Star Theatre for a screening on 4/14/2017
*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, May 24, 2017

The Overlook Hour Guest Profile: Jai Love, Dead Hands Dig Deep


Lord Battle and I first saw Dead Hands Dig Deep at the San Francisco Doc Fest (which happens to be starting up again next week) and we were pretty shocked for several reasons. Either for never having heard of Kettle Cadaver even though they were from southern California, for the crazy stunts lead singer Edwin Borsheim performed regularly throughout the life of the band, or for later finding out that Trash was actually in that same audience. Not to mention the director was only 19 while making this film.

Photo from Cult of Monster
We got in contact with director Jai Love some months later, after not having heard anything about the film being released any time soon. As of now, the film is still making its way to DVD and Bluray, but we were able to check out a screener and review it. You an find it here.



After several weeks of scheduling and email tag, we were finally able to get Australia on the phone and talk to Jai Love on The Overlook Hour. 





-Huntress

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Get Out, Logan & XX

May 23rd 2017


Bluray Tuesday returns once more! Lots of great pickups to add to our growing collections today. My personal top two films of 2017 are released today and are highly recommended. The first one is Jordan Peele's Get Out and if you missed our review check it out here. I loved every bit of Get Out and look forward to its bonus features, especially the alternate ending. My second favorite film of the year so far is Logan, which is the Wolverine film we have been waiting for, and an amazing final film for Hugh Jackman. Logan will have a few retailer exclusives: Best Buy has an exclusive steelbook packaging and Target's version comes with an exclusive packaging and book. XX, an anthology horror directed by four different women in horror is next up this week. If you missed our review check it out here. Next up I wanted to highlight The Void, the Hellraiser-esque supernatural indie horror film. It's only available on bluray at Diabolik.com as a bluray exclusive. Everywhere else will only carry DVD. Many other indie films are hitting shelves this week as well. A couple standouts I'm interested in, Hack-O-Lantern, The Vagrant and Karate Kill, are all released for the first time on bluray and have intriguing synopsis's. So what will you be buying, renting or skipping this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Get Out: Amazon - $19.99

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Special Features:
  • Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Unveiling the Horror of Get Out: Go behind-the-scenes for the making of Get Out
  • Q&A Discussion with Writer/Director Jordan Peele and the Cast: Director/Writer Jordan Peele sits down with the cast to answer fan questions on the film hosted by Chance the Rapper.
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele  

Get Out (Blu-ray)

Logan: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.

Logan (Blu-ray)
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Logan 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $21.99

Logan (Blu-ray)
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Digi-Book: Target - $19.99

Logan (Blu-ray)
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XX: Amazon - $15.50

Filmmakers Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama present four horrific tales of terror. In "The Box," a boy (Peter DaCunha) starts to display strange behavior after looking inside a mysterious gift box. In "The Birthday Party," a woman (Melanie Lynskey) refuses to let an untimely death ruin her son's bash. In "Don't Fall," an innocent camping trip turns deadly, and in "Her Only Living Son," a mother (Christina Kirk) must deal with the child from hell.

XX (Blu-ray) 

Cops vs. Thugs: Amazon - $23.99

In Kurashima City, there are two yakuza families; the Kawade, who use political connections to further their activities, and the Ohara, who have an alliance with the local police. When Ohara acting boss Hirotani usurps a staged land deal away from Kawade, thanks to the help of his police friend Kuno, a war breaks out. At the same time, Kuno's superiors start cracking down on the yakuza and command the cops stop fraternising with criminals.
 
 Cops vs Thugs (Blu-ray) 

Wolf Guy: Amazon - $23.99

The only survivor of a clan of werewolves relies on its feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve crimes.

Wolf Guy (Blu-ray) 

Hack-O-Lantern: Amazon - $34.99  

A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.

Hack-o-Lantern (Blu-ray)
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The Vagrant: Amazon - $18.99

Successful professional Graham Krakowski (Bill Paxton) has just moved into his new home. He is also up for a promotion at work, and his girlfriend is flying into town to visit. However, when a vagrant (Marshall Bell) shows up at his house, his life suddenly changes for the worse. Small mind games quickly escalate, and Graham is framed for murder. As the vagrant lurks around his house and people continue to die, Graham feels as if he can no longer trust anyone, including himself.

The Vagrant (Blu-ray) 

Karate Kill: Amazon - $17.99

When a mysterious loner and Karate master Kenji's little sister goes missing in Los Angeles, whoever stands in his way of finding her will face the wrath of a lethal Karate Kill!
 
Karate Kill (Blu-ray) 

The Magnificent Dead: Amazon - $32.99

The Magnificent Dead takes place in the 1870's in the small Texas town of Rosewood where local rancher Jared Hamilton and his men have declared war on the town, using fear and death to prevent a new railroad line from coming through. Guided by a priest, Father Julian the desperate town leaders decide to hire a group of six gunmen to help clean up the town. These gunmen are legendary, as they are afflicted with Leprosy and fight with reckless abandon and ruthlessness, for they have nothing to lose. 

The Magnificent Dead (Blu-ray) 

Max 2: Amazon - $17.99

Hero dog Max is now in Washington, D.C. serving on the President's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter, Alex, tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ, along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy.

Max 2: White House Hero (Blu-ray) 

Vixen The Movie: Amazon - $17.99

Vixen is based on the DC Character Mari McCabe / Vixen, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth. The series is set in the same fictional universe as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. 

Vixen: The Movie (Blu-ray) 

The Great Wall: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $26.99

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

The Great Wall (Blu-ray) 

The Great Wall 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Void: Diabolik DVD - $22.99

A cop transfers a wounded man to a small hospital, where it won't take long for violence to erupt. The few doctors and patients there find themselves surrounded by a group of hooded men and threatened by a strange creature growing in the hospital.

The Void (Blu-ray) 


   - The Impostor 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): The Monster Squad, Stalker, The Shadow of the Cat


Hope everyone had a great weekend and a bearable Monday so far. We’re in for a pretty light week as far as screenings go, but there are still some huge titles coming to the bay area. Get your tickets for Terror Tuesday early, because the movie this week is The Monster Squad and it’s sure to be a packed house. The Yerba Buena continues its Cat Power! film fest with 1961’s The Shadow of the Cat, a tabby revenge film. And this Friday, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker opens at the Alamo Drafthouse.

There are lots of awesome events coming our way in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back!



Battle of Memories (2017)
Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th @ 8:25pm (2hrs)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this sci-fi thriller, a novelist (Bo Huang) decides to have memories of his ex-wife (Xu Jinglei) deleted following a painful divorce. But when a glitch in the procedure causes him to receive a killer's memories instead, he gets dragged into a police investigation regarding an unsolved murder. Directed by Leste Chen.



Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 23rd @ 10:15pm 
Adventure/ Comedy/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.


Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 24th @ 10:15pm 
Comedy (IMDB)
Versatile Canadian comedian Martin Short plays a 10-year old boy in this comedy aimed at younger audiences. The tale is told in flashback to another little boy. Clifford is a manipulative brat. Clifford really wants to visit Dinosaur World in Los Angeles. Clifford wants to go so badly that he manages to force the Hawaii bound plane he and his parents are on to land in L.A. His parents need to attend a convention in Hawaii so they leave him with his Uncle Martin who despises children. Martin's fiance adores kids, so he pretends to be ecstatic about Clifford's visit. He must also pretend that Clifford is the angel child he isn't. Because Martin reneges on a promise to take him to Dinosaur World, Clifford begins an elaborate plot for revenge.



Opens Friday 26th (2hrs 43min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.





Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th @ 9pm (1hr 28min)
Thursday 25th @ 9:30pm
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

(Also screening at the New Parkway Theatre)


50 Year Anniversary

Wednesday 24th @ 7pm (1hr 22min)
Documentary (IMDB)
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.



Cat Power! Film Fest

Thursday 25th @ 7:30pm (1hr 19min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.


-Huntress

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Crocodile Fury, God Freyho's

3 of 5 viewers "Liked" "Crocodile Fury" (1988, China)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

Lord Battle - "Crocodile Fury is one of the rare micro budget films I've seen that I'd recommend watching as a trailer. It contains several amazing moments but unfortunately they all happen at the very beginning and end of the film, in turn making the middle 40 minutes feel like 140 minutes. The purchased footage vs shot footage also feel so disconnected that its appeal quickly dissipates." - 3 Stars

Math Mage - "This film is most of an Indonesian film about shape-changing crocodile people attacking a village complicated by one of the crocodiles being the reincarnation of the hero's dead girlfriend. This unfinished film was taken by an enterprising Hong Kong filmmaker who shot additional footage to extend the runtime. Bizarrely, he decided to film a white guy fighting hopping vampires controlled by a sorceress with serious 80's hair. Linked together with questionable dubbing, this nightmarish hybrid is even more terrible than it sounds; but it must be experienced for (unintentional) hilarity." - 3 Stars

Huntress - "To reiterate the note I passed to Trash during the screening, I can see why Crocodile Fury doesn't have a synopsis on IMDB. It's really an anthology if you think about it, but only uses the middles of the movies it incorporates, probably to cut out any dull moments but effectively cutting out all the connective tissue that could have tied this into a cohesive story. What's left is an insane movie clip Frankenstein's monster that runs too long. Insanity is exhausting and so is Crocodile Fury." - 3 Stars

Prang-69 - "I don't think I liked this. How many times can you toss screaming Asian people into a large mouth? I dug the puking and the random accents used for dubbing. And the subplot with guns and zombies and white people. And the sorceress named Monica (lol). And I guess I kinda liked it overall but it was too fucking long." - 2 Stars

Trash -This movie takes so many twists and turns... because there's absolutely no consistency to it, as it's a mixtape of an Indonesian Crocodile movie, a black magic Hong Kong film, and some awful footage Godfrey Ho shot with a secondary white cast. Crocodile Fury is half animal attack movie half Hong Kong black magic movie. Although I love the giant crocodile puppet being controlled by filmmakers who threw their extras around like rag dolls, it really wears you out watching something that makes this little sense. I can't recommend it unless you're drunk with a rowdy group of friends. It's really just a lot of pain. ONE STAR." - 1 Star



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

Hey guys, it's me, Trash. You're about to read about the director of Crocodile Fury, a Hong Kong filmmaker with a pretty significant filmography named Godfrey Ho. But after you've read this... do not go down this rabbit hole. Do not look into the void of insanity that is the poorly documented career of Godfrey Ho, because you will lose part of yourself and it will never come back. It's simply not worth it. It's too dangerous. 
By all accounts, Crocodile Fury was directed by a Hong Kong director named Godfrey Ho, despite the opening credits citing Ted Kingsbrook as director. Godfrey Ho first started making movies under a production company he owned with his wife, where he developed his trademark style of buying up footage from unfinished and unreleased movies, usually from Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Thailand, shooting a couple scenes with white actors, splicing it all together, dubbing the whole thing, and giving it a wacky title. Basically, when you turn on a Godfrey Ho movie, what you should expect is a mishmash of nonsense, like a weird stew made from all the leftovers in your fridge. A frequent Godfrey Ho device was characters from two different movies calling each other on the phone to have a conversation, which was the only, very loose connection between them. 

To get an even better feel for his work, here's a few Godfrey Ho titles:

  1. The Blazing Ninja 
  2. Ninja, the Violent Sorceror (as Bruce Lambert) 
  3. Ninja in the Killing Fields (as York Lam) 
  4. Ninja Thunderbolt 
  5. Ninja Project Daredevils (as Bruce Lambert) 
  6. Ninja Terminator 
  7. Bionic Ninja 
  8. Clash of the Ninjas (as Willace Chan) 
  9. Golden Ninja Warrior (uncredited) 
  10. Ninja Dragon 
  11. Ninja Fantasy (as Bruce Lambert) 
  12. Ninja Hunt (uncredited) 
  13. The Ninja Squad 
  14. Tough Ninja the Shadow Warrior (as Larry Hutton) 
  15. Ninja Destroyer 
  16. The Ultimate Ninja 
  17. Challenge of the Ninja 
  18. Ninja Champion 
  19. Project Ninja Daredevils 
  20. Cobra vs. Ninja (uncredited) 
  21. Death Code: Ninja (as Tommy Cheung) 
  22. Golden Ninja Invasion 
  23. Ninja Commandments (uncredited) 
  24. Ninja Death Squad (as Tommy Cheung) 
  25. Ninja Operation: Licensed to Terminate (uncredited) 
  26. Ninja Operation 6: Champion on Fire 
  27. Ninja Phantom Heroes (as Bruce Lambert) 
  28. Ninja: Silent Assassin 
  29. Ninja: American Warrior (as Tommy Cheung) 
  30. Ninja 8: Warriors of Fire (as Bruce Lambert) 
  31. Ninja in Action (as Tommy Cheung) 
  32. Ninja Kill (uncredited) 
  33. Ninja, Force of Assassins (as Victor Sears) 
  34. Ninja Knight Brothers of Blood (as Raymond Woo) 
  35. Ninja Strike Force (uncredited) 
  36. The Power of Ninjitsu (uncredited) 
  37. Ninja Extreme Weapons (as Victor Sears) 
  38. Ninja Demon's Massacre (as Tommy Cheung) 
  39. Rage of Ninja 
  40. Ninja: The Battalion (as Victor Sears) 
  41. Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors 
  42. Diamond Ninja Force 
  43. Empire of the Spiritual Ninja (as Bruce Lambert) 
  44. Ninja of the Magnificence (as Charles Lee) 
  45. Ninja Powerforce (uncredited) 
  46. Full Metal Ninja (as Charles Lee) 
  47. Zombie vs. Ninja (as Charles Lee) 
  48. Ninja Empire 
  49. Thunder Ninja Kids: The Hunt for the Devil Boxer (as Alton Cheung) 

ANY QUESTIONS? You get it, yeah? And this is an incomplete list. This dude made HUNDREDS OF MOVIES, usually about ninjas, and often under pseudonyms.
He made most of these working with a producer named Tomas Tang who ran maybe the shadiest production company ever, Filmark. Under Filmark a group of a dozen or so filmmakers made these recycled footage movies, except MANY OF THEM WERE GODFREY HO! It's hard to figure out who exists and who doesn't! And the way the story goes, a disastrous fire (documented here on Wikipedia) destroyed the Filmark offices in 1996, killing Tomas Tang. Or did he? Maybe he didn't exist either, and was actually just Godfrey Ho as well. Is it all a conspiracy? There are layers upon layers of insanity going on here.
Godfrey Ho is retired from filmmaking now, but much of his legacy exists on youtube. Dive in at your own risk: Here


-Trash

The Overlook Theatre materialized in a residence for a screening on 5/18/2017
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