I'm not quite sure what it is about this week, but there are a whole lot of vampire movies floating around the bay area this week... The Invincible Czars return to the city to accompany several movies with a live score, the first of which is happening tonight (and there are still plenty of tickets available!) but they'll have an encore night tomorrow in the East Bay.
Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday are both heavily talked about films this week, and both will be a first time watch for me, even though I may or may not own one of them already... 😅
Opening This Week
The Bad Batch (2017)
Limited Release Thursday 22nd (1hr 58min)
Sci-Fi/ Drama (Google)
The aforementioned girl is Arlen, (Suki Waterhouse), one of thousands of Americans deemed unacceptable to society, who is unceremoniously dumped into a hostile desert wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While wandering in her desert exile, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight for her very existence in this human-eat-human world. With electrifying visuals, a score to die for and a stellar cast, Amirpour has created another cinematic chapter that is as uncategorizable as her first.
Monday 19th @ 7pm (1hr 13min)
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Released in 1920, the movie stars Drew Barrymore’s grandfather John Barrymore as both Jekyll and Hyde. Barrymore gives one of the most memorable performances of early film often portaying Mr. Hyde character simply with facial expressions and no makeup. The movie is considered by many to be the first important American horror film. Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel, the movie tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll – scientist, philanthropist and all around upstanding English citizen. Jekyll’s colleague, George Carew (Brandon Hurst) invites his uptight young friend to a see the sexy Italian showgirl Miss Gina (Nita Naldi) and Dr. Jekyll’s arousal sends him on a quest to separate man’s good and evil side. Using himself as the test subject, Jekyll unleashes his own evil alter-ego: Edward Hyde. But Jekyll’s imperfect science sends the good doctor into uncontrollable alternations between his two selves that imperil his reputation, his finance and his own life.
With a live score by The Invincible Czars
Also Screening at the New Parkway Theatre Tuesday 20th
Tuesday 20th @ 9:50 pm (1hr 31min)
Horror/ Comedy (IMDB)
In this off-beat horror outing, a band of film students decide to scare up some cash by holding a film festival celebrating horror films from the '50s. Its all great fun until they discover that the projectionist is a homicidal maniac. Gory violence ensues as audience members begin dying in horrible ways.
Wednesday 21st @ 9:45pm (1hr 29min)
Horror / Art House Rotten Tomatoes)
In this arty horror film, American Lucy Westinghouse works in a Turkish legal firm. Lucy is thrilled by a series of erotic dreams concerning a mysterious vampire woman. When she travels to an island to settle Princess Korody's inheritance, Lucy recognizes the beautiful woman as the vampire from her dreams.
Tuesday 20th @ 6:30pm (1hr 21min)
Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
With a Live Score by The Invincible Czars
Screening All Week (1hr 37min)
Horror/ Drama (IMDB)
An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.