I must admit I'm a little surprised by how many different events are going on in the bay area this week. May is off to a great start!
This is the second week of the David Lynch fest at the Roxie Theatre, with screenings of The Art Life every day through Friday. There will also be Lynch shorts and other films sprinkled throughout.
Towards the end of the week, the Yerba Buena theatre will be kicking off their Cat Power lineup, which features cats in both horror and non-horror films. I can't tell you guys how excited I am for this.
And finally, we end the week with the VOD release of a film we we're lucky enough to watch during last year's Another Hole in the Head film fest, Another Evil. This was a surprising horror comedy that I don't think anyone saw coming. Hopefully we'll see it on Bluray Tuesday sometime soon.
Premiering This Week
Limited Theatres and VOD Friday 5th (1hr 30min)
Horror/ Comedy (IMDB)
After encountering a ghost in their vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary consult an exorcist. Unsatisfied with the verdict, Dan goes behind his wife's back to seek a second opinion, and secretly hires Os who promises to get rid of the beings. Os and Dan spend a week together in the vacation home exorcising the "EFD" (Evil Fully Determined) beings, but Dan soon realizes that ridding the home of evil won't be as simple as it seems.
Premiers on VOD Tuesday 2nd
Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her.
In Theatres Everywhere (1hr 30min)
Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.
Super7 Action Figure Release Party
Tuesday 2nd @ 7pm (1hr 30min)
Comedy/ Cult/ Horror/ SciFi (Rotten Tomatoes)
In a crazy spoof of heroic monster movies that spawned two sequels, The Toxic Avenger is about the transformation of a mild-mannered, scrawny janitor into a thundering, muscular hero out for justice, morality, and in one case, a bit of sex. Melvin (Mark Torgl) has a job as a custodian at a work-out club where his humiliating treatment by the musclebound reaches an ugly climax in which Melvin is forced to jump out of a window. He lands in a toxic waste truck, and by some miracle of modern pollution he is transformed into a pumped-up monster, heretofore known as the Toxic Avenger (Mitchell Cohen). From that moment on, TA saves damsels and others in distress by some pretty gory mauling and maiming but finds his moment of fulfillment too.
Tuesday 2nd @ 9:30pm (1hr 28min)
Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Wednesday 3rd @ 10pm (1hr 35min)
Action/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Carol (Linda Blair) is sexually exploited both by the authorities and by the inmates during her 18-month stay in prison, in this "B"-grade softcore film with touches of violence throughout. Two female leaders of the prisoners, Ericka (Sybil Danning) and Duchess (Tamara Dobson), are at each other's throats, a prurient warden (John Vernon) has a hot tub next to his desk, his corrupt assistant Taylor (Stella Stevens) runs a drugs and prostitution ring, and to make matters confusing, Taylor's lover is having an affair with Ericka. No wonder there is a prison breakout; everyone needed fresh air.
Super Shangri-La Show Presents
Wednesday 3rd @ 7:30pm (1hr 10min)
A group of Iga ninja risk their lives to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu from the villianous Koga Ninja. Kagemaru uses his amazing Iga ninja skills to fight the evil Koga Ninja in the name of justice! A stunning Ninja action adventure!
The Magic Serpent (1966)
Wednesday 3rd @ 9pm (1hr 34min)
In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of death by a magic bird sent by a wizard. Ten years later, Ikazuki-maru embarks on an adventure to avenge his parents and the wizard's death with his ninja magic powers he learned from the wizard.
Playing All Week (1hr 33min)
This riveting profile of director David Lynch explores how the formative experiences of his youth led him to become the artist he is today. The film includes archival footage and home movies, as well as interviews with Lynch as he paints in his studio.
Monday 1st @ 9:30pm (2hrs 27min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Tuesday 2nd @ 8pm (53 min)
Before he was a filmmaker, David Lynch was an art student, a painter. His film work grew out of painting, not cinephilia, and his first film, Six Men Getting Sick (1967) is in a very real sense, a “motion picture”. Lynch’s early shorts are fascinating because they’re not indebted to conventional movies. They are explorations of shape and light, texture, form and sound, and they open up the first crack into the feverish anxieties, the abiding sense of dread and disgust that runs as a malevolent undercurrent throughout Lynch’s cinema.
Wednesday 3rd @ 10:30pm (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.
Thursday 4th @ 9pm (43min)
Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.
Industrial Symphony (1990)
Thursday 4th (50min)
Drama/ Music (IMDB)
After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love.
Cat Power Film Fest
Thursday 4th @ 7:30pm (1hr 14min)
In the city of Los Angeles, the members of SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) have stepped up to save lives. This division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue all kinds of creatures in need.
Friday 5th @ 7:30pm (1hr 34min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Three tales, with a feline as the catalyst. Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays. Sally Ann: Candy Clark. Hugh: James Naughton. Junk: Tony Munafo. McCann: Court Miller. Milquetoast: Russell Horton. Lewis Teague directed.