Monday, January 2, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): A Monster Calls, Under the Skin, Damned Children Double Feature

Welcome to 2017 everybody! I hope you all enjoyed your New Year's Eve and day, and that you're ready for this brand new year. We had a combination busy and lazy break, but we made sure to get our Top 10 Horror Films of 2016 posted in a timely manner. Check it out and see if you agree. We also went through some of our proudest moments of 2016, which you can find here. But enough reminders, let's check out what we've got going this week!

I'm happy to see the return of Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse, but a word of warning to you last minute ticket buyers, this week both signature series are in theatre 5, which is much smaller than the usual screen. So you should get those tickets sooner rather than later. This week we're also getting another vintage horror double feature from our friend Kai, host of the Super Shangri-La Show. The theme this week is Damned Children, and teachers get in free! And finally, we're getting a new release, with early screenings this Thursday. It's not exactly a horror movie, more of a dark fantasy, but it does feature a huge monster so I'm still interested in checking it out. What are you guys going to try and make it to?

Opening This Week

A Monster Calls (2017)
Opens Thursday 5th
Comedy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi
A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible"). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor's father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 3rd @ 10:30pm (1hr 35min)
Action/ Comedy/ Horror (RottenTomatoes)
One evening at a rural bar, a motley bunch of patrons struggle to survive a ravenous family of flying beasts bent on eating all of them.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 4th @ 10:45pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Horror/ Scifi (IMDB)
A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Village of the Damned (1960)
Wednesday 4th @ 7:30pm (1hr 17min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.


Children of the Damned (1964)
Wednesday 4th @ 9pm (1hr 30min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Sci-Fi (RottenTomatoes)
This sequel to Village of the Damned finds six children born in places around the world and blessed with high intelligence and laser eyes. Two scientists (Alan Badel, Ian Hendry) bring them together, but quickly begin to fight amongst themselves for possession of the children.

Teachers get in free!

Double Feature

Alien (1979)
Friday 6th @ 7:30pm (1hr 57min)
Horror/ Scifi (IMDB)
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.


Lifeforce (1985)
Friday 6th @ 9:40pm (1hr 40min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-fi (RottenTomatoes)
When alien vampires terrorize London, it's up to a determined police inspector and an astronaut to stop them. American and British space travelers discover humanoids while exploring near Halley's Comet. The astronauts bring three of these aliens aboard their spaceship and head back to earth. However, their guests turn out to be evil vampires who kill all but one of the astronauts -- Carlsen. After the ship arrives in London, the monsters -- led by a beautiful female -- escape and wreak havoc throughout the city, transforming humans into zombies. Meanwhile, the surviving astronaut and Caine, a determined police inspector, frantically try to track down the creatures, and destroy them. But the "Space Girl" has a strange hold over Carlsen, and he has trouble fighting the urge to join her.

Nippon Nights Presents

Tuesday 3rd @ 9:30pm (1hr 24min)
Animation/ Drama/ Sci-Fi/ Romance (RottenTomatoes)
This well-crafted Japanese animated feature adapts the novel Belladonna by Jules Michelet in a unique manner. The story concerns a love affair, taking place in the Middle Ages, shadowed by witch-trials and the Inquisition. The actual moments of the story are shown in more-or-less still tableaux, but the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters are fully animated. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


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