Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Warlock Collection, Ghost in the Shell and Re-Animator


July 25th 2017


The last Bluray Tuesday of July arrives. This week has a nice mix of classic and new films hitting shelves, as well as a few coming to bluray for the first time. Arrow Video releases a cool digibook remastered version of Re-Animator that is definitely worth a double dip. Much better release than the bare-bones version released a few years back that you can probably still find in Best Buy's 5.99 bin. Vestron Video continues growing its collectors edition line with the addition of its 11th title, The Warlock Collection, which includes all 4 Warlock films. I think I've only seen part one when I was younger. Or it was the second one? Not sure, but all that will change this week. For the first time on Bluray is The Stendhal Syndrome from Blue Underground. This is another interesting one I plan to check out in the near future. Also for the first time on Bluray is The Zodiac Killer (1971). This recently played at our Alamo Drafthouse as a Weird Wednesday and a few Overlook creatures checked it out. On to the new releases out today, the first being the live action remake Ghost in the Shell. Ghost in the Shell will have exclusive steelbook editions only at Best Buy. They are available in both standard bluray steelbooks and 4K Ultra HD steelbooks. So what will you be adding to your collections this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Re-Animator: Amazon - $27.99

Herbert West is obsessed with the idea of bringing the dead back to life. Experimenting with a glowing green fluid, he successfully reanimates dead tissue. Unfortunately, the dead are uncontrollable and difficult to subdue.

Re-Animator (Blu-ray) 

Warlock Collection: Amazon - $24.99

In 17th-century New England, witch hunter Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant) captures an evil warlock (Julian Sands), but the conjurer eludes death with supernatural help. Flung into the future, the warlock winds up in the 1980s and plans to bring about the end of the world. Redferne follows the enchanter into the modern era and continues his mission, but runs into trouble in such unfamiliar surroundings. With the help of a young woman (Lori Singer), can Redferne finally defeat the warlock?

Warlock Collection (Blu-ray) 

Ghost in the Shell: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.

Ghost in the Shell (Blu-ray) 

Ghost in the Shell 4K (Blu-ray)
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Steelbook: Best Buy - $21.99
4K Steelbook: Best Buy - $27.99

Ghost in the Shell 4K (Blu-ray)

The Stendhal Syndrome: Amazon - $27.99

When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre "Stendhal Syndrome" - a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer's madness more intimately than she ever imagined.

The Stendhal Syndrome (Blu-ray) 

The Boss Baby: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

A new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator -- a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.

The Boss Baby (Blu-ray) 

The Boss Baby 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Zodiac Killer: Amazon - $19.99

A serial killer in San Francisco murders without motive or apparent pattern and taunts the police with phone calls and letters.

The Zodiac Killer (Blu-ray) 

Unforgettable: Amazon - $22.99

Barely coping with the end of her marriage, Tessa Connover learns that her ex-husband, David, is now happily engaged to Julia. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her forget her troubled past. Soon, Tessa's jealousy starts to consume her, and she will stop at nothing to turn Julia's paradise into the ultimate nightmare.

Unforgettable (Blu-ray) 

Black Butterfly: Amazon - $12.99

On the outskirts of a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul, a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter with a drifter named Jack, Paul offers Jack a place to stay. Soon, the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game that will bring at least one tale to an end.

Black Butterfly (Blu-ray) 


- The Impostor

Monday, July 24, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): It Stains the Sands Red, Curse of the Crimson Alter, Natural Born Killers



We're back at the beginning of another long week, but if you are close the the bay area, you have a lot to look forward to this week. First up, the same studio that brought us Grave Encounters releases It Stains the Sands Red to select theatres and VOD this Friday, Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa Theatre on Wednesday with an spooky and fantastical double feature, and the next night Midnites for Maniacs presents their White Trash double feature and the Roxie Theatre. But on top of all that, Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday are not to be missed!


Opening This Week

VOD/ Limited Theatres Friday 28th (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly, a troubled woman from Las Vegas, finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone ravenous zombie on her trail. At first, she's easily able to outpace her undead pursuer, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn't need to ever stop and rest.



Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 25th @ 9:45pm (1hr 32min)
Horror (IMDB)
This is a combination message movie and horror film, punctuated with gruesome animal attacks. The story starts with dangerous PCBs contaminating a German city's water supply. While the toxins might have a negative impact on the health of the human population, it's impact on the animals in the zoo is immediate: it drives the animals in the zoo off their feed and a further accident gets them into the streets. The chief zoo keeper, a female reporter and a police inspector team up to try to get the fearsome beasts under control and protect the city's population. Mangled bodies and some horrible deaths are strewn across the screen before the disaster has ended. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 26th @ 9:45pm 
Comedy/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A couple of years back, Vernon Chatman (Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, South Park, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle) wrote a screenplay about a family who lives adjacent to the Ground Zero of a thermonuclear disaster. Instead of sending the finished script to Hollywood, he divided it up into four parts and sent those four parts to four different comapnies that produce custom fetish porn videos. FINAL FLESH is the result of this inadvertant collaboration. There's a whole lotta nudity, a Taschen's book worth of regrettable tattoos, ponderous metaphyical musings, inventive toilet stuff, and absolutely no sex.



Super Shangri-La Show 

Wednesday 26th @ 7:30pm (1hr 29min)
Horror (IMDB)
In this spooky thriller, an evil sorcerer invites an innocent young man and his girl friend to his dark and scary mansion. The two have no idea that the black magician is planning to sacrifice the young man to atone for the evil misdeeds of his ancestors who 200 years ago burned the wizard's relative, a witch, at the stake. A crazy party precedes the gruesome ritual. Fortunately for the young couple the sage Professor March (80-year-old Boris Karloff in one of his final films) is also a skilled magic maker and is there to save them. The film is also titled Curse of the Crimson Altar and The Crimson Altar. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

-with-


Wednesday 26th @ ~9pm (1hr 17min)
Drama/ Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.


Endless Poetry (2017)
Screening All Week (2hrs 8min)
Art House/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Through renowned father of the midnight movies Alejandro Jodorowsky's intensely personal lens, ENDLESS POETRY tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940's. Against the wishes of his authoritarian father, the 20 year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky (Adan Jodorowsky, Alejandro's son), leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago where he meets Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub), Stella Diaz VarĂ­n (Pamela Flores), Nicanor Parra (Felipe Rios), all unknown at the time, but who would later become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature. Living with these inspirational artists, Jodorowsky's exploration of his inner feelings takes him on a journey of sensual experimentation leading him to realize his innermost desires and passions. Continuing the autobiographical story he began in THE DANCE OF REALITY, ENDLESS POETRY is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one's life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness, told through Jodorowsky's unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.




Wednesday 26th @ 9:30pm (1hr 25min)
Sci-Fi/ Music (IMDB)
It may not come as much of a surprise to learn that avant-jazzman Sun Ra comes from outer space. In this comedy/concert film, he lands his spaceship in Oakland to show black people the "alter-destiny" he offers. He wants them to come back with him, and if he doesn't get enough volunteers, he threatens to chain them up and drag them along, "like they did ... in Africa." Like a scene from an Afro-Bergman film, Sun Ra plays cards with the evil Overseer (Ray Johnson) and wins the right to play a concert for his people all over the world! After the impressive show is over, he escapes back into space, with the Overseer and his agents hot on his heels. He saves his people and they watch the Earth explode from a distance.

With producer Jim Newman in person!



Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
Thursday 27th @ 7:15pm (1hr 21min)
Animation/ Comedy/ Adventure (IMDB)
Satire is often misunderstood or even maligned by serious critics and Mike Judge’s debut feature is most definitely one of those films. Following Beavis and Butt-head across the raunchy back roads of un-entitled America, these two mumbling malcontents might truly have a profound purpose on this unstoppably spiraling planet. And like all great art, that purpose is up to you to uncover. MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS is proud to present the Bay Area’s first 35mm screening in more than 20 years. Come on out to the cranked up 1990s jams and low brow humor that you know you are in desperate need of.

-with-


Natural Born Killers (1994)
Thursday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 58min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
This prophetic and psychotic clusterfuck has more psychedelic energy in its first 10 minutes then most action packed franchises! Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson give career defining performances as modern day anti-heroes Mickey and Mallory Knox. Sporting one of the sexiest, white-trash couples this side of Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK (1987) and David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (1991), Stone’s hyper-kinetic experimental style utilizes pretty much every kind of camera and camera technique known to cinema. While igniting extreme controversy upon its release in 1994, it’s time to celebrate this ultra violent flick on its 23rd Anniversary as one of the most jaw dropping and important time-capsules of the decade. 

Both Screening in 35mm


-Huntress

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Wish Upon

8 of 8 viewers "Liked" "Wish Upon" (2017, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

Huntress - "I used to roll my eyes at dumb teens in horror movies, but there was something about the often clumsy cool guy lingo and clique politics in Wish Upon tickled me, especially when they were backed by brutal, undiscriminating deaths. I didn’t care when it was predictable or dumb because I liked all the characters, the acting didn’t take me out of it, and a chatty audience has never enhanced a movie like this one." - 4 Stars

The Berkeley Blazer - "Wish Upon surprised me. Watching it reminded me of the first time I saw the original Final Destination movie; I was caught up in the sense of creativity and playfulness that framed the bloody proceedings. The mechanism of the wish box is very simple and all powerful, changing time and space to suit the wisher's desires. Thankfully, the filmmakers waste little time trying to justify the internal logic of the wish mechanics, and focus instead on building interesting scenarios that the protagonist hilariously and tragically exacerbates though sheer human folly. I don't think I would have enjoyed the hijinks of this movie nearly as much without the ensemble performances on display here. Not everyone can act, but all are quite likable, appropriately unlikeable, and occasionally even oddly charming (every horror movie needs to have Ryan Phillipe transform from a sympathetic Everyman to a Sriracha-hot saxophonist). What surprised me most about Wish Upon was that despite the film's playful glee in murdering its own characters, the film never feels mean-spirited or cruel even at its darkest moments.  Ultimately, there's a charming "magical item of doom" quaintness here that will leave the right kind of viewer exiting the theatre with a big smile on their face. Pure entertainment and that's actually entertaining? How novel!" - 4 Stars

Prang-69 - "I was cursed with sickness after seeing this film so I shouldn't disparage it too harshly. It was very inventive (actually a little generic but cool nonetheless, shhhhh). The characters were fascinating (actually pretty stock albeit sometimes weird ala dad who's an 80's jazz musician?? shhhhh). And I loved the deep musings on the multiverse (do you dig on multiverse bro?? SHHHHH). Loved it!!! - 5/5 (actually 3/5, shhhhh don't tell, bitch)." - 3 Stars

Math Mage - "A teenage girl makes predictably selfish wishes with a magic pot. The trick isn't that the wishes are ironically twisted as you might expect (she gets exactly what she wants); it's that the pot final-destinations a friend or family member for each wish. I was prepared to hate this movie; it looked like an episode of Goosebumps and not a good one. I was pleasantly surprised by hilarious banter juxtaposed with addiction metaphors." - 4 Stars

Dabbles - "I really believed this movie would be stupid from what I saw in the trailers, but as I watched expecting to see what I expected to see, there were some parts that I wasn't expecting. This movie kept me guessing! With Final Destination feeling ideas, it really made my anxiety go wild and made me forget this was a PG-13 flick. I'd sum it up as a darker, more gruesome after school special about the karma of wishers. Very memorable characters and quotes, I'd give it a thumbs up." - 4 Stars

Clark Little - "I had fun watching this. That's not something that happens all that often. I usually watch a lot of documentaries. About murder. It's a bummer. Wish Upon deals with paranormal murder and it couldn't be more of a hoot. Fun kills, weird, off-putting characters and a startling yet just ending make this teen horror flick worth the watch. #DumpsterDad" - 3.5 Stars

The Impostor - "The Wish Upon trailer debuted months ago and the premise looked predictable and basic to say the least. I was sure this film wouldn't be any good. But I was surprisingly wrong. This PG-13 teen horror exceeded my expectations on all levels. I cared for a few of the characters, the plot was simple yet interesting, it didn't drag. It had some cool kills that for sure would have been better if it was rated R, and genuinely funny moments, even when they weren't meant to be. Overall, Wish Upon is a fun movie I'd recommend to anyone. I've read recently there are 11 minutes of rated R footage that was cut that I'm hoping end up on the Blu-ray release, which will be a day one purchase for me. Although haters are gonna hate that this is PG-13 and avoid this film like the plague, I say ignore all of that and go watch it. Support horror, you won't be disappointed." - 4 Stars

Lord Battle - "Slaying on a saxophone is a metaphor for the American dream, dumpster diving plays a pivotal part of the film plot, and China grants our wishes. Wish Upon is clearly serving past, present, and future horror in the most positive way. Also it needs to be said that Wish Upon is the first film I've ever seen that managed to incorporate social media in a completely non distracting way! Next time a horror elitist tells you how dumb Wish Upon will be because they checked its Rotten Tomato score remember; "Haters gonna hate"." - 4 Stars



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

Wish Upon was my most anticipated film of the year. Why? Because I've been feeling exhausted by creating content for a daily site and weekly podcast, and was really looking forward to watching something fun. But what does that mean? When you deem a movie "fun" after only watching a trailer? Well in my personal case the trailer played like a film that was obviously horror (unlike the misleading A24 films of 2017), dealt with an expendable slasher-esque cast, appeared to be treading familiar territory (much to KillDozer's dismay), definitely wasn't going to be challenging modern gender roles or push a political agenda, and would only inspire a couple "think pieces" that would go unnoticed and maybe even appear on The Overlook. I guess what I'm trying to say in not so many words is that it seemed like a film I could relax while watching and not have to worry about picking up on what the film's actually trying to say, representing, marginalizing or triggering.

Does the fact that a movie isn't very demanding of the viewer make it a special commodity? Of course not. There's usually a steady stream of films being made that fit this criteria that I wouldn't dream of sitting through (unless someone was excited and asked me). It's the fact that we don't get very many of these kind of horror films in the theatre any more; with VOD, Netflix, Shudder, YouTube, and yes, even Amazon Prime (still mad at them) as available outlets for fun horror movies, production companies limit what hits theatres now. And we all know casual movie goers only come out for literary trilogies and superhero/mass content films. Which is normally fine since films that don't play well with a causal audience have an independent theatre circuit to run, which is great and I enjoy often. But there really isn't any place for a "fun" horror film here either since a independent theatre crowd wants to be challenged (unless they are attending a retro screening).

Again, Wish Upon was my most anticipated film of the year and the theatre experience will go down as rivaling that of The Boy's. If you listen to The Overlook Hour you'll have heard that story at least twice, but long story short, the film surprised the hell out of a packed theatre. And I mean in the throw your popcorn up in the air kinda way. Wish Upon didn't quite do that. In fact, it was nothing like that, except for the energy level. During the extremely long previews that play before films now, there was a group of maybe 5 - 7 young girls running down from the very back row out into the lobby. I think they were confused about their seats, so of course they all had their phone lights on as they ran to and from the lobby in the dark theatre. This happened at least 5 times (realistically probably twice) and would have been infuriating if it wasn't a bunch of girls giggling, filled with nervous energy because they were about to watch a horror film, intellectually low impact or not. This inspired me to lean over and yell to The Impostor "What, are we in Scream 2?". The reference was one I knew he would immediately get. I made the comment as a joke but it seriously is the best way to describe the experience. Once the film started, the nervous energy just coursed through the theatre, with an entire rainbow of emotions playing out in the back row, loud and without shame, only to be followed with a machine gun spray of "SSShhhhhhHHHHHH!!!", which always worked without fail for at least 5 minutes. I ended up leaving Wish Upon in a great mood, feeling completely relaxed, ready to exchange favorite quotes, and eager to talk about the crazy theatre experience we all just had. It's just not the kind of experience the "Netflix and Chill" culture can offer.

- Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized at Century Theatres for an opening night screening on 7/13/2017
*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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Overlook Hour Guest Profile: A Ghost Story, Wish Upon, War of the Planet of the Apes



After an unintentional hiatus, the Overlook Hour returns with a vengeance! After a brief airing of grievances the guys express their fond farewells to legends that we've recently lost, sharing their stories of meeting and being inspired by both George Romero and Martin Landau.

Then they jump right into some of the new releases that the majority have seen, which includes a pretty thorough break down of A Ghost Story and Wish Upon, both of which have official reviews in the works. 




Somewhere in the midst of the weekend round up, several interesting conversations break out, including whether or not popcorn makes for a good movie food, whether War of the Planet of the Apes is cheating future generations out of enjoying the original, and the beginning of the literary trilogy.

Enjoy!



-Huntress

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Kong Skull Island, Another Evil and Free Fire


July 18th 2017


Bluray Tuesday returns once again. Kind of a light week for new releases this time. Actress Brie Larson is in two of this weeks releases, starring in Free Fire and Kong Skull Island. Kong will have several retailer exclusives: Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook that includes its 4K, 3D and original Bluray discs that is pretty cool. Target's exclusive includes new packaging and a bonus disc of special features. Kong Skull Island is also in the same Universe as the recent Godzilla film, released in 2014, that will lead to a Kong Vs Godzilla type film in the near future. Another Evil is up next. I saw this recently and loved it. Once the price drops I'll definitely add it to my collection. It kinda reminded me of 2014's Creep which is a personal favorite of mine for that year. Resident Evil fans can enjoy the third CGI animated film called Resident Evil Vendetta that takes place after the video game Resident Evil 6 but before Resident Evil 7. Best Buy is carrying an exclusive steelbook for this as well. Mr. Robot's Rami Malek stars in Busters Mal Heart that has gotten great reviews and I'm looking forward to checking out in the near future. Rounding out this week is a monsterous double feature from Scream Factory, and action film Karate Kill. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Kong Skull Island: Amazon - $24.99
4K: Amazon - $29.99

Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.

Kong: Skull Island (Blu-ray) 

Kong: Skull Island 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $34.99

Kong: Skull Island 4K + 3D (Blu-ray)
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Bonus Disc: Target - $24.99

Kong: Skull Island (Blu-ray) 

Free Fire: Amazon - $12.96

When a black-market arms deal goes outrageously wrong, Justine finds herself caught in the crossfire, forced to navigate through a warehouse full of trigger-happy madmen who are all hanging on for dear life.

Free Fire (Blu-ray) 

Another Evil: Amazon - $29.99

After encountering a ghost in their family's vacation home, a couple hire an exorcist to get rid of it. They soon realize that ridding the home of the evil spirit will be more difficult than they imagined.

Another Evil (Blu-ray) 

Karate Kill: Amazon - $15.99

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) 

Buster's Mal Heart: Amazon - $29.99

An eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows, where he has acquired the nickname"Buster," to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man.

Buster's Mal Heart (Blu-ray) 

Resident Evil Vendetta: Amazon - $17.99
 4K: Amazon - $19.99

BSAA Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York.

Resident Evil: Vendetta (Blu-ray) 

Resident Evil: Vendetta 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy -   $24.99

Resident Evil: Vendetta 4K (Blu-ray)
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The Night of The Sorcerers / The Loreley's Grasp: Amazon - $18.99

The Night of The Sorcerers: A team of researchers travel into the African jungle to study the mysterious disappearance of elephants in the area. Instead they discover a tribe of voodoo-zombies who rise from the ground, capture the women, whip them and slice their heads off on an altar. The women return as vampires who look for more women to kill. 
The Loreley's Grasp: Loreley lives for centuries beneath the river Rhein and hunts humans during the full moon. When several girls from a boarding school are killed, a hunter (Tony Kendall) is hired to kill the monster.

The Night of the Sorcerers / The Loreley's Grasp (Blu-ray)    

The Bat People: Amazon - $17.99

When Dr. John Beck and his wife Cathy fall into an underground cave, a huge bat attacks them, biting the good doctor. Thinking it's only a scratch, Beck avoids treatment, and soon wakes to find himself transformed into a horrifying man-bat creature! Now one with the night, Beck embarks on a killing spree to conceal what he's become, and he won't stop until he once again has the one thing his new existence is missing...his beautiful wife!


  - The Impostor

Monday, July 17, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Jungle Trap, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion


Hey guys, I hope everyone's Monday was a smooth one, and I hope you're all in the mood for some movies this week! We've got some of the Castro Theatre's genius double features, Video Vortex at the Alamo Drafthouse, and some sounds you've never seen at the Yerba Buena Theatre. Read on for details!


Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 18th @ 10:15pm (2hrs)
Action/ Horror (IMDB)
British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's mother gave birth to Blade, she was bitten by a vampire, which made Blade immune to vampires. Now a vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires.


Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 19th @ 10:30pm (1hr 36min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.



Video Vortex

Thursday 20th @ 9pm (1hr 12min)
Horror (IMDB)
Shot in 1990 and unreleased until THIS VERY MOMENT. The final collaboration between exploitation demigods James Bryan (DON’T GO IN THE WOODS) and the late Renee Harmon (FROZEN SCREAM), JUNGLE TRAP is a decapitation-fueled, shot-on-video horror masterpiece about a jungle hotel haunted by kill-crazy ghosts in loin cloths. The movie remained unedited, unscored, and unseen by human eyes for over two decades . . . UNTIL NOW. Under Bryan’s guidance, the Bleeding Skull! team meticulously edited the movie and recorded a soundtrack utilizing vintage 1980s synthesizers. For the first time ever, Bryan and Harmon’s raging slab of anti-sanity can be deeply enjoyed by the world's most adventurous viewers. That’s you.



Double Feature

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Monday 17th @ 7pm (2hrs 17min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

-with-


Get Out (2017)
Monday 17th @ 9:30pm (1hr 44min)
Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
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.



Repulsion (1968)
Tuesday 18th @ 7pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties. On screen throughout the film, Deneuve gives a wondrously subtle performance as the increasingly catatonic girl, but equally expressive of her terrifying inner torment are the sometimes surreal but never over-emphatic visual and aural effects created by Polanski to accompany her wanderings around the empty apartment or the bustling streets of South Kensington.

-with-



Personal Shopper (2017)
Tuesday 18th @ 5pm & 8:55pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.




Staff Pick

Friday 21st @ 9:15pm (1hr 57min)
Thriller (IMDB)
This atmospheric thriller is about a young postal delivery boy, his obsession with an opera diva, the bootleg tapes he makes of her performances, and the evil hoods who chase him down, thinking he has a tape that implicates them in a crime.

Screened in 35mm!



Global Sounds on Screen

Thursday 20th @ 7:30pm 
Atlantic Records introduced the wider marketplace to “free jazz” via Ornette Coleman, but it was the small, New York–based ESP-Disk’ label that documented the subsequent reshaping of the form as it developed throughout the 1960s. ESP released groundbreaking records by artists like Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Patty Waters, and Sun Ra before ceasing operations in the early 1970s. Revered by musical seekers across the globe—and resented by performers who typically received little to no royalties—ESP is now regarded as one of the most influential record labels of all time. Tonight’s program brings together all of the ESP-associated films produced in the 1960s. To paraphrase the label’s slogan: you’ve never seen such sounds in your life. —Brian Belovarac

Also Screening on Sunday


-Huntress