Friday, January 29, 2016

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday)

I think this is the most diverse screening round up I've done yet! There is something for everyone this weekend, from cult classics to nostalgic animation. And strangely, there are a couple of horror themed documentaries as well! Dreams Rewired is probably the most out of the box, but one that I'll definitely defend being on this list, just look at the set designs and subject matter. I am also ending this list with something that technically shouldn't be on a weekend screenings list, but one that you should seriously get tickets for sooner rather than later. I'm talking, of course, about HAXAN, which will be accompanied by a live new score and also the sale of three variations of a limited Mondo poster. There will only be 75 of each! I don't know about you guys, but I think I know how my weekend is going to be spent.

Re-Animator (1985)
Friday @ 10:30pm (104 minutes)
Comedy/ Horror/ Scifi (IMDB)
"A medical student (Jeffrey Combs) brings his headless professor back from the dead with a special serum."
Hosted by Mistress Persephone

Midnight Madness!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Saturday 30th @ 11:55pm (100 minutes)
Comedy musical/ Horror/ Scifi
"In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky.""

Popcorn Palace!

The Secret of Nimh (1982)
Saturday 30th @ 10am (82 minutes)
Animation/ Adventure/ Drama (IMDB)
"Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman), a widowed mouse, must move her children out of their home in a field before the local farmer starts plowing. Unable to leave because her son is ill, Mrs. Brisby seeks the help of nearby rats, who have heightened intelligence after being the subjects of scientific experiments. She receives an unexpected gift from the elder rat, Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi). Soon Mrs. Brisby is caught in a conflict among the rats, jeopardizing her mission to save her family."

Dreams Rewired (2015)
Friday 29th @ 9:15pm (88 minutes)
Sunday 31st @ 9pm
Also Feb 1-3 (info here)
Documentary/ History
"DREAMS REWIRED traces the desires and anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new. As revolutionary then as contemporary social media is today, early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination – promising total communication, the annihilation of distance, an end to war. But then, too, there were fears over the erosion of privacy, security, morality. Using rare (and often unseen) archival material from nearly 200 films to articulate the present, DREAMS REWIRED reveals a history of hopes to share, and betrayals to avoid."

Noir City ends with a BANG!

Peeping Tom (1960)
Sunday 31st @ 1:30pm & 6:30 pm (101 minutes)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
"Loner Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women. Also he's making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen (Anna Massey), the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark's apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees -- especially when Mark catches her."

Screening with...

Blow Up (1966)
Sunday 31st @ 3:30pm & 8:45pm (111 minutes)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
"Thomas (David Hemmings) is a London photographer who spends his time photographing fashion models. But one day he thinks he may have photographed something far more sinister: a murder. After taking pictures in the park, Thomas is horrified to find an ambiguous image lurking on the edge of the frame, which could be a shadow, but looks like a gun. The only thing clear is that the woman (Vanessa Redgrave) in the photo has appeared at his studio -- and wants the pictures he took."

HAXAN: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Monday @ 8pm (77 minutes)
Documentary/ Horror (IMDB)
"The legendary occult “expose” from 1922, HAXAN, is given a new soundtrack performed live by Chicago-based ambient/metal masters Wreckmeister Harmonies. Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s shockingly beautiful silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. It’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous, featuring some of the most eye-poppingly Satanic imagery to ever appear on the silent screen."


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