Friday, December 16, 2016

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Krampusmas, Ultra Saturnalia Mistletoe, City of Dead Men

We are less than two weeks away from Christmas and I hope everyone is at least partially prepared! This weekend is a little bare in the horror screenings category but we do have a couple related events, both of which are taking place tomorrow. The first one is Krampusmas, a Kramous themed art show which will run into the end of January, and the second is the Ultra Saturnalia Mistletoe Rock 'n Roll Show, which features our friend Kai of the Super Shangri-La Show. 
Special mentions for this weekend include the Spike Jonze Tribute Triple Feature, presented by Midnites for Maniacs and Spoke Art, happening today at the New Parkway, and tomorrow at the Roxie, and the Roald Dahl inspired movies, which are playing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 
Happy holidays horror fans!

63 Bluxome St. Gallery

Starting December 17th at the 63 Bluxome Street Gallery there will be an exciting installation by over 30 Bay Area artists. On display will be an installation including Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, and other crafts all depicting Santa Claus’ counterpart the “Krampus.”

The show will be showing from December 17th to January 28th.

Saturday 17th @ 8pm
In honor of the great God Saturn, we shall have a night of pleasure!!
Starring. 4 AMAZING BANDS and a live performance of It's A Wonderful Life with Michael Lucas as George Bailey.

The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Saturday 17th @ 6:30pm (1hr 57min)
Adventure/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Even a stellar performance by Harrison Ford as Allie Fox, an increasingly unbalanced inventor and crusader cannot make up for the downward slide at the end of this drama or for the need to probe a little further into the characters of Fox's son Charlie (River Phoenix) and his wife (Helen Mirren). After Fox's invention of an ice-making machine that runs without electricity is snubbed by the commercial world, he takes action on his disenchantment with materialistic, consumer-oriented American culture, sells his home, and moves to a fictional Caribbean island with his family. There he exhorts everyone to live off what nature provides and starts to set up his concept of an ideal environment. In the meantime, a pesky preacher on the island, capricious Mother Nature, and his family's growing discontent with his increasing obsessions are the first signs that this idyll is anything but.


The Shining (1980)
Saturday 17th @ 8:45pm (2hrs 26min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Gremlins (1984)
Friday 16th @ 6:30pm (1hr 46min)
Saturday 17th @ 5pm
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
Saturday 17th @ 9:50 (1hr 16min)
Sunday 18th @ 9:30
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca's loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a dark form. Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting visual compositions evoke its protagonist's isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce's feature debut allows only an elliptical presence in Francisca's world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.

Playing All Weekend (1hr 27min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Michael, an American traveling abroad, arrives in Medellin, Colombia, only to discover he's run out of money. In dire straits, he latches on to a young Colombian woman who has taken up residence in an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a group of outcasts and their mysterious leader. At first grateful for shelter and camaraderie, Michael soon senses that something terrible happened in the hospital and that he's being pulled into a dangerous dynamic.

Playing All Weekend @ 6pm (1hr 26min)
Documentary (IMDB)
In the late fall of 2012, Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, slipped into Syria to report on the country's civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda's branch in Syria. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and, for months, brutally tortured him during interrogation sessions. But his fluency, coupled with his remarkable personal expansiveness, also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors.


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