We are so close to Halloween, I can taste it! And it puts the biggest smile on my face to see the bay area's programming reflect that too. This week, The Snowman sneaks into theatres. I haven't heard too much about this one, but I know it's a serial killer type mystery, and I'm definitely interested. Halloween is the midnight movie at the Clay Theatre this week, on both Friday and Saturday. And George Romero's Martin is finally up for its Terror Tuesday this week.
This weekend, the next film festival we've been waiting for arrives to the Balboa Theatre. It is none other than The Space Visitor's Film Fest and will take place all of Saturday. It's only 20 bucks, so you guys should come by!
Opening This Week
Early Screening Thursday 19th (1hr 59min)
Opens Friday 20th
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
When an elite crime squad's lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
Tuesday 17th @ 9:35pm (1hr 35min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
One of horror filmmaker George Romero's many "small" 1970s films, Martin was fortunate enough to foster a cult following that has enabled it to take its proper place as a minor classic. 17-year-old Martin (John Amplas) has convinced himself that he's actually an aged vampire. Since he has no fangs, Martin must resort to razor blades to draw blood. A regular caller to a local radio talk show, Martin is encouraged by the ratings-conscious host to persist in his vampiric behavior. Despite his random bloodletting, no one takes Martin too seriously except his grandfather Lincoln Maazel, who knows all too well that a vampire curse has befallen the boy. As is the case with all of Romero's films, Martin is best enjoyed on an empty stomach.
Wednesday 18th @ 10:45pm
From the depths of the archives we've unearthed an extremely rare classic drive-in favorite. Not recommended for the faint of heart or those of weak constitution, expect the regular Weird Wednesday mix of the bizarre and the titillating.
Thursday 19th @ 6:30pm (1hr 43min)
Horror/ family/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange... he is a prisoner of his own imagination - the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
With exclusive video intro by R.L. Stein
I Wake Up Dreaming 2017
Murder By Contract (1958)
Monday 16th @ 6pm & 9:25pm (1hr 21min)
Crime/ Drama/ Noir (IMDB)
Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.
The Crimson Kimono (1959)
Monday 16th @ 7:45pm
Crime/ Drama/ Mystery (IMDB)
Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Wednesday 18th @ 2:45pm & 7pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
"Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) visits his relatives in Santa Rosa. He is a very charming man, but his niece slowly realizes that he is wanted for murder and he soon recognizes her suspicions. Although one of the suspected murderers is killed and the case is considered closed, she still has her suspicions.
Wednesday 18th @ 4:45pm & 9pm (1hr53min)
Comedy/ drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
The backstage maneuverings at a California beauty pageant are the subject of this often cynical satire, which has developed a strong cult following. While much humor is found in the brutal competitiveness of the young contestants, the film's sharpest barbs are saved for the pageant's shallow yet driven organizers.
Under the Skin (2013)
Thursday 19th @ 7pm (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.
Enter the Void (2009)
Thursday19h @ 9:05pm (2hrs 41min)
Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.
Friday 20th @ 11:55pm (1hr 50min)
Saturday 21st @ 11:55pm
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
Also screening Saturday @ 11:55pm
Thursday 19th @ 9pm (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.
Friday 20th @ 10:30pm (104 minutes)
Comedy/ Horror/ Scifi (IMDB)
"A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus
Thursday 19th @ 9:30pm (1hr 59min)
Action/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run.