We're one week into October and the Halloween is all over the city! The Clay Theatre summons Beetlejuice for Midnight Madness, the 4 Star Theatre brings The Church to San Francisco, and the Castro Theatre celebrates the perfect pairing of Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks with an appropriate double feature.
Opening This Week
Select Theatres/VOD Friday 5th (1hr 31min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
It's Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly - an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, nuclear war? Descending into terrified arguments, they turn on the television, desperate for any information. On screen a message glows ominously: 'Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions'. As the television exerts an ever more sinister grip, their paranoia escalates into bloody carnage. A powder keg of throat-grabbing intensity and mind-bending body horror, AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS is an unmissable tour-de-force from rising star filmmaker Johnny Kevorkian and the BAFTA-nominated producer of God's Own Country.
Friday - Sunday @ 6:45pm (1hr 21min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this twisting, heart-pounding thriller, the minister of a once vibrant, landmark Baptist church, now struggling to survive, is the sole hold-out in a decaying Philadelphia neighborhood earmarked for gentrification. But ultimately, the preacher's steely resolve to preserve his family's evangelical legacy in the community and dwindling congregation dissolves under relentless pressure from his status-seeking wife and greedy church leaders. Lured by cash bribes and promises from unscrupulous developers to establish a flashy mega-ministry elsewhere.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Saturday 6th @ 3:30pm & 7:15pm (1hr 46min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Scifi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
In this spoof of Mary Shelley's gothic tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When he discovers his grandfather's diary, he begins to feel differently, and returns to the family castle to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor's experiments. In the process, he creates one very unique monster.
The Producers (1967)
Saturday 6th @ 5:30pm & 9:15pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Classics (Rotten Tomatoes)
Theatrical producer Max Bialystock has fallen on hard times. In an attempt to acquire some money, Max and his accountant conspire to select the worst play, the worst playwright, the worst director, and the worst actor to collaborate on a guaranteed flop, entitling them to keep the investors' excess money.
Saturday 6th @ 11:55pm (1hr 32min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder.
Saturday 6th @ 6:30pm (1hr 18min)
Filmmakers Unite (FU) is a compilation of one-to-nine minute personal shorts by various documentary, narrative and experimental filmmakers intended to give voice to diverse responses within the independent film community – cutting across race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and religion – to present a collective response more powerful and effective than isolated individual responses. To this end, filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Ellen Bruno put out a call to over 200 of their fellow artists asking for submissions. From those submitted a provocative program of 13 shorts were selected.
Read about the lineup at FilmMakersUnite.net