Monday, April 1, 2019

Screenings in the Bay (Monday 1st to Sunday 7th): Pet Sematary, The Head Hunter, The Wind

This week is packed with new movies, double features and Vertigo as the Stanford and Castro Theatres celebrate both Hitchcock and movies shot in San Francisco! The simultaneously anticipated and dreaded remake of Pet Sematary hit theatres this week, and S. Craig Zahler's Dragged Across Concrete plays all week as the Alamo Drafthouse. 

We're also one week away from the opening of the San Francisco International Film Festival!

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 4th (1hr 40min)
Opens Friday 5th
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 5th (1hr 12min)
Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
A medieval warrior goes around hunting monsters that threaten mankind. Through his many battles, he's been able to amass a collection composed of the heads of his victims. To finish his collection, he searches for the monster that killed his daughter years ago.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 5th (1hr 26min)
Horror/ Western (IMDB)
An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as superstition. When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy's fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events. Masterfully blending haunting visuals with pulse-pounding sound design, director Emma Tammi evokes a godforsaken world in which the forces of nature come alive with quivering menace.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 5th (1hr 34min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Based on one of Hollywood's most chilling murder cases, this spellbinding thriller follows 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff), a rising star about to have her first baby with her husband, director Roman Polanski. Plagued by terrifying premonitions, Sharon sees her worst nightmares come to life with the appearance of Charles Manson and his deadly cult.

Screening All Week (2hrs 39min)
Action/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE follows two police detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. With little money and no options, the embittered policemen descend into the criminal underworld and find more than they wanted waiting in the shadows.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 2nd @ 9:45pm (1hr 17min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
This update of the TV movie Trapped is also known as Killbots and Robot. It concerns a group of teenagers trapped in a mall overnight. Instead of looting the stores, they must flee the machinations of a fleet of security robots gone haywire after an electrical storm.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 3rd @ 10pm (1hr 46min)
Action/ Adventure/ Fantasy (IMDB)
In a backward post-apocalyptic world, She aids two brothers' quest to rescue their kidnapped sister. Along the way, they battle orgiastic werewolves, a psychic communist, a tutu-wearing giant, a mad scientist, and gladiators before standing against the odds to defeat the evil Norks.

SF Chronicle Presents

Thursday 4th @ 7pm (1hr 33min)
Cult/ Romance (Google)
Myers stars as Charlie Mackenzie, a San Francisco poet who meets the girl of his dreams, Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis) when he stops to pick up some haggis for his parents at Meats of the World, a butcher shop where Harriet works. Although he's been neurotically commitment-phobic in the past (dumping one girlfriend because she "smelled like soup"), Charlie thinks Harriet could be the one. That is, until his mother May (Brenda Fricker) and cop best friend Tony (Anthony LaPaglia) begin to suspect that Harriet could be an axe-wielding serial killer who has butchered several husbands. 

Shot in SF Double Feature

Vertigo (1958)
Wednesday 3rd @ 7pm (2hrs 9min)
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.


Petulia (1968)
Wednesday 3rd @ 9:20pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
Petulia is Richard Lester's ode to the Swinging Sixties: a time of psychedelic instability when neither those who were square, nor those who were hip, really had it right. George C. Scott is Archie Bollen, a divorced San Francisco doctor in the midst of "discovering himself." Julie Christie is Petulia Danner, a peculiar young beauty recently married into an established family. Archie's sterile apartment and detached, bemused manner exemplify his inability to emote. Petulia's forward nature and desperate tenderness betray her fear of her sullen, abusive, pretty-boy husband (Richard Chamberlain). The physician and the newlywed embark on a schizophrenic love affair amid Pepsi references, automated motels, roller derbies, and a cameo by Big Brother and the Holding Company -- but they never achieve the daring to truly change their lives.

Shot in SF Double Feature

Pal Joey (1957)
Thursday 4th @ 6:10pm (1hr 51min)
Drama/ Music/ Romance (IMDB)
In this filmization of the John O'Hara/Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Broadway musical, ambitious singer/dancer Joey is still something of a louse, but a redeemable one. The relationship between Joey and his older benefactress Vera Simpson is one of implication rather than overt statement.

With Vertigo @ 8:10pm 

Shot in SF Double Feature

Dark Passage (1947)
Friday 5th @ 4:55pm & 9:20pm (1hr 46min)
Noir/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this film, Humphrey Bogart heads the cast as an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder. With the help of friendly cabbie Tom D'Andrea, Bogart makes contact with sympathetic plastic surgeon Housley Stevenson. With his new face, Bogart seeks out the actual murderer.

With Vertigo @ 7pm

Shot in SF Double Feature

San Francisco (1936)
Saturday 6th @ 6pm (1hr 55min)
Drama/ Music/ Romance (IMDB)
A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

With Vertigo @ 3:30pm & 8:10pm

Peaches Christ Productions Presents

Sunday 7th @ 4pm & 8pm
Our live musical parody mash-up of the now-classic films, "First Wives Club" & "Fight Club"... You've never seen (or heard!) anything like it...! FACE. HAIR. COUTURE. SOAP. THE FIRST RULE OF FIRST WIVES FIGHT CLUB...? TELL EVERYONE! Starring the gorgeous and indelible talents of RAJA, BROOK LYNN HYTES, GINGER MINJ, PEACHES CHRIST! Also starring local favorites PEGGY L'EGGS and APRIL KIDWELL...!

Come out Saturday, April 6th to celebrate the newest batch of short films made by local filmmakers. You’re invited to watch and vote for your favorite films. The top-voted films will receive budget awards for future projects!
Scary Cow is a collective of filmmakers ranging from beginner to pro. Our films are a wide range of genres and a lot of fun to both make and watch! We believe the best way to learn to make films is to actually get out there and make films. Every six months, we watch the films we create together at a historic SF theater.
We’d love for you to be a part of our community and join us for the screening. Everyone is welcome. Support local filmmaking right here in the Bay Area!

Hitchcock Double Feature

Sabotage (1936)
Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th @ 7:30pm (1hr 16min)
Thriller (IMDB)
In this film, Oskar Homolka plays a London movie-theatre owner who maintains a secret life as a paid terrorist. Homolka's wife Sylvia Sidney doesn't suspect Homolka of any wrongdoing, but she's picked up enough secondhand information about her husband's activities to arouse the interest of government agent John Loder.


The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th @ 6:05pm & 9pm (2hrs)
Thriller (IMDB)
The debate still rages as to whether Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much is superior to his own original 1934 version. This two-hour remake (45 minutes longer than the first film) features more stars, a lusher budget, and the plaintive music of Bernard Herrmann (who appears on-camera, typecast as a symphony conductor). Though the locale of the opening scenes shifts from Switzerland to French Morocco in the newer version, the basic plot remains the same. American tourists James Stewart and Doris Day are witness to the street killing of a Frenchman (Daniel Gelin) they've recently befriended. Before breathing his last, the murder victim whispers a secret to Stewart (the Cinemascope lens turns this standard closeup into a truly grotesque vignette). Stewart knows that a political assassination will occur during a concert at London's Albert Hall, but is unable to tell the police: his son (a daughter in the original) has been kidnapped by foreign agents to insure Stewart's silence. The original script for Man Who Knew too Much was expanded and updated by John Michael Hayes and Angus McPhail. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Vertigo (1958)
Friday 5th @ 7:30pm (2hrs 9min)
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th @ 2:50pm & &7:30pm


Marnie (1964)
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th @ 5:10pm & 9:50pm (2hrs 10min)
Crime/ Drama/ Mystery (IMDB)
Marnie Edgars (Hedren) is a scheming young woman who repeatedly finds employment as a secretary and then proceeds to rob her employers. Though she changes her disguise, her new boss Mark Rutland (Sean Connery), a business associate of one victim, recognizes her. Mark proves to be a bit unusual himself and, instead of reporting her to the police, is intrigued by her criminal behavior--as well as her bizarre aversion to touch. Mark slowly uncovers the events in Marnie's past that have caused her antisocial behavior.


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