Monday, April 23, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Lowlife, The Devil and Father Amorth, The Night of the Hunter

This looks to be the week of double features and George Romero movies in the bay area... and that's fine by me! The Castro and Roxie Theatres are both celebrating the man who fathered the modern day zombie by showing several of his films throughout the week and it looks like there are more in store as well. The Castro is also playing an explorative double feature on Wednesday with Annihilation and Stalker. Not to be upstaged, the Roxie presents a William Friedkin double feature on Tuesday night consisting of The Devil and Father Amorth and the director's cut of The Exorcist. I've heard that the former of these two has actual footage of an exorcism, which is why I have my tickets already.

The end of this week highlights a special event going on at the 4 Star Theatre, which I'll take any excuse to visit. But this Friday, the IFC Midnight presented film Lowlife will be opening at the 4 Star, and it will be accompanied by several guests, who will be attending each screening (throughout the weekend too) and will be on hand for a Q&A after each show. This blackened comedy has been getting a great response from audiences so far, come out and see why!

IFC Midnight Presents

Lowlife (2018)
Opens Friday 27th (1hr 36min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That's the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate-and a ruthless crime boss-connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 24th @ 9:45pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
In an effort to avoid spending time with her father and his creepy new lover, young Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) resolves to visit her aunt's remote mansion. With six of her closest friends in tow, including the musically inclined Melody (Eriko Tanaka) and the geeky Prof (Ai Matsubara), Gorgeous arrives at the estate, where supernatural events occur almost immediately. A severed head takes flight, household appliances come to life and a portrait of a cat seems to contain an evil spirit.

Double Feature

Annihilation (2018)
Wednesday 25th @ 6:30pm (2hrs)
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).


Stalker (1979)
Wednesday 25th @ 8:40pm (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.

Double Romero

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Friday 27th @ 7:30pm (1hr 36min)
Horror (IMDB)
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.


Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Friday 27th @ 9:20pm (2hrs 7min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

By George!

Monday 23rd @ 7pm (1hr 40min)
Horror/ Drama
Frustrated with her uncommunicative husband and distant daughter, a suburban housewife seeks solace in witchcraft.

William Friedkin Double Feature

Tuesday 24th @ 7pm @1hr 8min)
Documentary (IMDB)
Years after he changed the landscape of American filmmaking with 1973's THE EXORCIST, director, co-writer and legendary storyteller William Friedkin moves from fiction to fact with his new documentary, THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH. What began as a brief conversation between Friedkin and Father Gabrielle Amorth - the head Exorcist for the Diocese of Rome for over 30 years - as two professionals who knew of each other's work soon transformed into an once-in-a- lifetime opportunity, as Amorth agreed Friedkin could film an exorcism ceremony. It would be the ninth exorcism for a painfully afflicted woman, Cristina (a pseudonym), who had already been under Father Amorth's care - and it would be filmed by Friedkin alone, with no other crew allowed, no light other than the natural light in the room and a small digital camera-and-mic unit that could capture the ritual and its revelations. Combining the startling and singular footage from Cristina's exorcism with interviews from priests and psychologists, neurosurgeons and non-believers, Friedkin guides us on a journey into the twilight world between the boundaries of what we know and what we don't with a singular and startling guide in the form of the urbane, charming and self-deprecatingly funny Father Amorth, a man who laughs in the face of the Devil both figuratively and literally. Combining Friedkin's past memories and present observations with archival footage and new interviews - as well as also presenting what may be the only real exorcism ceremony captured on film - THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH is a startling and surprising story of the religion, the ritual and the real-world victims involved in possession and exorcism.


Tuesday 24th @ 8:10pm (2hrs 12min)
Horror (IMDB)
A bona fide cultural phenomenon, when THE EXORCIST first released into theaters, all hell broke loose. Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this story of a little girl possessed by the demon and the priests who are charged with saving her soul, is considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. This Extended Directors Cut adds 10 minutes of previously unseen footage, trimmed from the original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman’s Oscar-winning sound work.

Director's Cut

Thursday 26th @ 7pm & 915pm (1hr 40min)
The influence of surrealism extended far beyond its initial origins of Bunuel and Dali- even our cartoon pals took on a few unusual and not-all-together real escapades. A crazed collection surreal animations from 1908 thru the ’50s and beyond – all projected from 16mm film!

Double Feature

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th @ 7:30pm (1hr 32min)
Crime/ Drama/ Noir (IMDB)
Adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter represented legendary actor Charles Laughton's only film directing effort. Combining stark realism with Germanic expressionism, the movie is a brilliant good-and-evil parable, with "good" represented by a couple of farm kids and a pious old lady, and "evil" literally in the hands of a posturing psychopath. Imprisoned with thief Ben Harper (Peter Graves), phony preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) learns that Ben has hidden a huge sum of money somewhere near his home. Upon his release, the murderously misogynistic Powell insinuates himself into Ben's home, eventually marrying his widow Willa (Shelley Winters). Eventually all that stands between Powell and the money are Ben's son (Billy Chapin) and daughter (Sally Jane Bruce), who take refuge in a home for abandoned children presided over by the indomitable, scripture-quoting Rachel Cooper (Lillian Gish). The war of wills between Mitchum and Gish is the heart of the film's final third, a masterful blend of horror and lyricism. Laughton's tight, disciplined direction is superb -- and all the more impressive when one realizes that he intensely disliked all child actors. The music by Walter Schumann and the cinematography of Stanley Cortez are every bit as brilliant as the contributions by Laughton and Agee. Overlooked on its first release, The Night of the Hunter is now regarded as a classic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


The Window (1949)
Wednesday 25th @ Thursday 26th @ 6:05pm & 915pm (1hr 13min)
Drama/ Noir/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this melodrama, Bobby Driscoll stars as a young boy prone to fibs. Thus, no one believes Driscoll when he claims to have seen a murder in a neighboring apartment. No one, that is, except the killers. With no help from his parents or the law, Driscoll must save himself.

Double Feature

Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Friday 27th @ 7:30pm (2hrs)
Action/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
Fourteen scriptwriters spent five years toiling over a movie adaptation of war correspondent Vincent Sheehan's Personal History before producer Walter Wanger brought the property to the screen as Foreign Correspondent. What emerged was approximately 2 parts Sheehan and 8 parts director Alfred Hitchcock--and what's wrong with that? Joel McCrea stars as an American journalist sent by his newspaper to cover the volatile war scene in Europe in the years 1938 to 1940. He has barely arrived in Holland before he witnesses the assassination of Dutch diplomat Albert Basserman: at least, that's what he thinks he sees. 


The 39 Steps (1935)
Friday 18th @ 7:30pm (1hr 27 min)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB) 
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring trying to steal top secret information.

This double feature also plays all weekend


Friday, April 20, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): The Endless, Dead Man, Vampire Clay

Yes, this is a the kind of Friday I like to see: one with plentiful horror and genre film playing all over the bay area! We have two new movies coming to theatres in the San Francisco area, one of which was a last minute addition to Monday's Screenings in the Bay post. The Endless will be at the Alamo Drafthouse starting tonight and will be playing into next week! I'd recommend catching it this weekend if possible, because the showtimes are much earlier next week. And if you took my advise and got tickets for the 7:30 show, you'll also get to see an intro by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, as well as a Q&A. There are still tickets left for the 10:15pm show, which will also be introduced by the pair.

But what if I'm not into movies about cults?? Well, Midnites for Maniacs also has something going on tonight! They've teamed up with Spoke Art once more to present the 4K restoration of Dead Man, AND give attendees the opportunity to buy the limited run of the print shown below. There are only 100 of these printed! And be sure to stick around at the Roxie afterwards so you can catch the only screening of Vampire Clay that they have scheduled! It looks insane!

Opening This Week

Select Theatres/VOD Friday 20th (1hr 38min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror's Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Sherlock's Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of these macabre stories seems to have sinister connection to Professor Goodman's own life. WIll they make a believer of him yet?

Opens Friday 20th (1hr 36min)
Thriller (IMDB)
In the action packed thriller, Traffik, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple is surprised by the arrival of two friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor, and produced by Roxanne Avent, Paula Patton and Taylor. 

Friday 20th @ 7:30pm & 10:15pm (1hr 51min)
Saturday 21st @ 7:25pm & 9:50pm
Sunday 22nd @ 4:55pm & 9pm
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn't as young men, they're forced to reconsider the cult's beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead will intro both showtimes on Friday 20th,
& do a Q&A after the 7:30 show!

Midnites 4 Maniacs 
Spoke Art

Friday 20th @ 7pm (2hrs)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Western (IMDB)
Jim Jarmusch takes his quirky, uniquely modern sensibilities back in time, with this western black comedy about a city slicker turned gunfighter, on the run with an enigmatic Indian buddy in the Northwest wilderness.

4K Resotation!

Nippon Nights Presents

Friday 20th @ 9:15pm (1hr 20min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school.

By George!

Saturday 21st @ 9:30pm (1hr 41min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house, after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh -- with insanity. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won't let anyone in or out -- even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

By George!

Sunday 22nd @ 7:30pm (1hr 33min)
Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
In this romantic melodrama, a recently-discharged young army veteran finds a girlfriend who is willing to support him. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she goes through a lot of soul-searching. Landing on his feet, the army veteran decides to take up his father's offer of a job.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Friday 20th @ 7:30pm (1hr 15min)
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd @4:40pm & 7:30pm
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Dr. Frankenstein is forced to tempt fate once again by creating a suitable mate for his monster.


Frankenstein (1931)
Friday 20th @ 6:05pm (1hr 10min)
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd @ 6:05pm & 8:55pm
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
"Frankenstein" is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein", who creates a monster, by taking body parts from dead people. Upon placing a brain inside the head of the monster, Henry and his assistant Fritz are amazed that the experiment is alive. When the monster mistakenly kills Maria, a young girl he meets down by the river, the town is up in arms and aims to bring the monster to justice. They find the monster and his creator in an old windmill, where the monster is attempting to kill his maker.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: The Skulls, Deep Blue Sea 2 & The Commuter

April 17th 2018

Another new week is here, and it comes with new blurays to add to our collections! This week is a bit lighter than weeks past, so it's a nice break on the wallet. Deep Blue Sea 2 is up first today. The original came out in 1999 and I remember liking it so t'm looking forward to this one. 90's thirller, The Skulls is out on bluray for the first time. It's been a while since I saw this one. There are also two direct to DVD sequels to this film I have been meaning to check out. Only at SRS Cinema website is an exclusive bluray for indie film Slaughter Drive, which sounds promising or at the very least entertaining. The biggest releases of this week are the new Liam Neeson action mystery film, The Commuter, and Meryl Streep's new film The Post. So what will you be buying, renting or skipping this week? Let us  know in the comments. Until next week!

Deep Blue Sea 2: Amazon - $17.99

When shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun is invited to consult on a top-secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant, she is shocked to learn that the company is using unpredictable and highly aggressive bull sharks as its test subjects, which soon break loose and cause havoc.

Deep Blue Sea 2 (Blu-ray) 

The Skulls: Best Buy - $19.99

Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls", in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law School. At first seduced by the club's trapping of power and wealth, a series of disturbing incidents, such as his best friends suicide, leads Luke to investigate the true nature of the organization and the truth behind his friends supposed suicide. He starts realizing that his future and possibly his life is in danger.

The Skulls (Blu-ray) 

The Commuter: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

The Commuter (Blu-ray) 

The Commuter 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Post: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper -- The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and very freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The Post (Blu-ray)
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The Post 4K (Blu-ray)
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Day of The Reaper: Amazon - $34.99

This low budget super-8 slasher follows five women on vacation as they are stalked by a hooded cannibal killer in the town of Sunnyville, Florida.

Day of the Reaper (Blu-ray)
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Honor Up: Amazon - $20.99

A drug lord's lieutenant struggles to maintain the code of honor — protect the family — within his unruly crew after a Harlem shootout.

Honor Up (Blu-ray) 

 Slaughter Drive: SRS Cinema - $24.99

"When failed filmmaker Doug Stevenson leaves his video camera in the local park overnight he accidentally records something horrific. To top it off it might have something to do with his new neighbors that moved into his quiet suburban neighborhood. With the help of his bumbling teacher buddies Doug goes on a wild ride to save himself, his friends, his ex-wife, and the entire neighborhood! Featuring a killer throwback soundtrack and splattery practical FX find out who will stay alive on Slaughter Drive!"

Slaughter Drive (Blu-ray)
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-The Impostor

Monday, April 16, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Basket Case 2, Idle Hands, Vampire Clay, Ministry of Fear, The Endless

So many of the bay area's theatres make an appearance in this week's movie highlights, and everyone has something good playing! We start the week with something I've been wanting to watch for years... Basket Case 2! This will be screening in glorious 35mm at the Alamo Drafthouse as the Terror Tuesday movie of the week. On this same night, the San Francisco International Film Festival comes to a close for the year.

The middle of the week is dominated by the Stanford Theatre's fear double feature, which will happen on both Wednesday and Thursday. I love the Stanford, and they have so many cool movies coming up, it seems like the perfect time to visit.

And Friday is also a busy day, as Midnites for Maniacs brings Dead Man to the Roxie Theatre, followed by the Nippon Nights series screening of Vampire Clay, which sounds absolutely insane.

Hope you guys can make it out to the movies this week!

[EDIT] The Endless has been added to the Alamo Drafthouse's calendar, starting this Friday 20th! And directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead will be in attendance! They will intro both the 7:30pm and the 10:15pm showtimes, and also do a Q&A after the 7:30 show. If you can't make it to these times, the film will also screen all weekend and next week.

*Opening This Week*

Friday 20th @ 7:30pm & 10:15pm (1hr 51min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn't as young men, they're forced to reconsider the cult's beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead will intro both showtimes on Friday 20th,
& do a Q&A after the 7:30 show!

Also Screening All Weekend

Monday 16th @ 10:15pm  (1hr 56min)
Action/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
William Friedkin's crime thriller, based on a book by U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, concerns an arrogant Secret Service official who wants to get his man at any price. Willem Dafoe plays Eric Masters, an ultra-smooth counterfeiter who has managed to sidestep the police for years. He is so up-front about his dealings, in fact, that when some undercover agents try to make a deal with him at his health club, Eric tells them, "I've been coming to this gym three times a week for five years. I'm an easy guy to find. People know they can trust me." But when young and eager Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William L. Petersen) finds out that his partner has been cold-bloodedly murdered by Eric, he trains his relentlessness upon capturing Eric -- whether it means robbery, murder, or exploiting his friends and associates. As Chance erases the dividing line between good and evil, he drags his new partner John Vukovich (John Pankow) and Ruth Lanier (Darlanne Fluegel), an ex-con, down into the maelstrom with him.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 17th @ 9:45pm (1hr 30min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Apparently not dead as the ending of the first Basket Case movie led viewers to believe, the Bradley brothers, those severed Siamese twin brothers--one normal, the other the malformed " basket case,"--are back in business in this sequel. Here they escape their hospital confinement and head to a local freak house where they hope to live happily ever after. Unfortunately they're tracked by a tabloid reporter who's after the scoop of the decade. This is unabashedly violent and wackoed fanfare made only for aficionados of depraved and disgusting drivel. Apparently there are enough of these viewers to warrant this follow-up film!

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 18th @ 9:45pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy (IMDB)
A businessman's (Joe Don Baker) threat to close down their beloved video arcade prompts a group of teens to fight for their rights in this comedy also known as Video Madness.


Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Monday 16th @ 7:30pm (1hr 42min)
Animation/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Hiroyuki Okiura and Mamoru Oshii follow up on their landmark animation feature Ghost in the Shell with this despotic sci-fi flick that fuses fascism, Hitchcock, and Little Red Riding Hood. The film opens with a detailed retelling of an alternate postwar Japanese history. A massive industrialization policy sharply separates the haves from the have nots, resulting in crime, protests, and riots. In an effort to curb the power of armed militia groups, the Tokyo City government sets up an elite group of paramilitaries called the Capitol Police Organization. Instead of peace and harmony, the presence of this new force only encourages the terrorists to unify, and full-scale war erupts in the streets. Cut to a street riot in process, and a young high schooler in a red coat making a bomb hand-off. Later, the Capitol Police catch her and her terrorist comrades in the Tokyo sewers. While her cohorts get gunned down mercilessly, the girl -- after the cop nearest to her fails to pull the trigger -- blows herself up instead. The cop, Kazuki Fuse, survives with a few scratches thanks to his stormtrooper-like armor, but suffers both psychological and professional damage. Aside from the mental and career traumas, he is also made the scapegoat for the incident. Soon afterwards, he meets a young lass named Kei Amemiya who says she is the dead girl's elder sister. As the two make furtive efforts toward a romance, Kazuki finds himself increasingly embroiled in a complex web of lies and deceit between the Capitol Police Organization and the Tokyo Police department.

Film School Rejects Presents

Wednesday 18th @ 9:30pm (1hr 32min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
The devil will find work for idle hands to do, so what happens when he goes on the prowl for a partner in crime and ends up with an utterly clueless 17-year-old slacker? The result is a lot more moronics than demonics in the wry comedy-horror IDLE HANDS. Anton Tobias wakes up Halloween morning to discover-after watching some TV and perusing the contents of the fridge, oblivious to the pool of blood on the floor-that his parents have been turned into a couple of headless Halloween decorations. After hanging out with his equally irresponsible friends, Mick and Pnub, Anton discovers that his right hand has a very bloodthirsty mind of its own, and it's hell-bent on wreaking deadly havoc with or without him. Will the gates of Hell open wide at the high school Halloween Dance and drag an innocent soul into eternal damnation? They just might in IDLE HANDS, when the forces of good and evil face off in a showdown full of diabolical comedy and bloodcurdling terror.

Friday 20th @ 7pm (2hrs)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Western (IMDB)
Jim Jarmusch takes his quirky, uniquely modern sensibilities back in time, with this western black comedy about a city slicker turned gunfighter, on the run with an enigmatic Indian buddy in the Northwest wilderness.

Nippon Nights

Friday 20th @ 9:15pm (1hr 20min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school.

Ministry of Fear (1944)
Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th @ 7:30pm (1hr 26min)
Crime/ Drama/ Noir (IMDB)
An innocent man is drawn into a web of espionage when he unwittingly comes into possession of a crucial piece of microfilm in this shadowy, ominous film noir. Fritz Lang's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel is filled with unusual touches, beginning with the fact that protagonist Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) has just been released from a mental asylum. To celebrate his return to the real world, he visits a local carnival, only to accidentally receive a "prize" meant for a Nazi agent. When he discovers the error, he turns for help to a detective, whose investigations only make the matter more complicated. Neale soon winds up on the run from both the Nazis and the police, who mistakenly believe him guilty of murder.


Journey into Fear (1942)
Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th @ 6:10pm & 9:10pm (1hr 8min)
Drama/ Noir/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this film, Joseph Cotten stars as an American gunnery engineer up to his armpits in international intrigue. Targeted for extermination by the Gestapo, Cotten secretly books passage on a steamer bound to Batumi. From the outset, it is no secret that one of the passengers is a Nazi assassin.

Monday 16th @ 8:45pm (1hr 44min)
Horror (IMDB)
In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore--their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.