As I'm writing this, Terror Tuesday is already sold out. But there are so many great screenings happening in the next couple of days that I'm not even upset. Ready or Not gets an earlier than usual release this Tuesday, The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil come to the Alamo for two showtimes Friday and Saturday, and the Castro Theatre breaks out the big names... on 35mm! And last but not least, Midnites for Maniacs's Jesse Ficks introduces The Babadook at SF MoMA!
Opening This Week
Opens Wednesday 21st
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
Tuesday 20th @ 10:30pm (1hr 24min)
Cult/ Splatter (Google)
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
Friday 23rd @ 9pm (1hr 49min)
Saturday 24th @ 6pm
Action/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Fierce gang boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) is violently attacked after a fender bender on a rainy night. After fighting back, he barely escapes, however his reputation as a feared leader is damaged beyond repair. The only way to restore his image is to find his attacker and exact revenge. Jang teams up with Detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to find the assailant, but soon discovers the attacker is actually a serial killer. With no support from the police department, Detective Jung is forced to use gang boss Jang's resources in order to track down the killer. The two men must work together to find a man simply known as "K".
Sunday 25th @ 12pm (1hr 35min)
Crime/ Drama/ Noir (IMDB)
This baroque nightmare of a south-of-the-border mystery is considered to be one of the great movies of Orson Welles, who both directed and starred in it. On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan (Janet Leigh), Mexican-born policeman Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) agrees to investigate a bomb explosion. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan (Welles), a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record.
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th
Our 8th annual Godzillafest (The original Bay Area Godzilla event, formerly Godzilla Night) moves from June in the East Bay to August in San Francisco! Films, prizes, guests, vendors and more! All the monstrous attractions you've come to expect from a BAFE Godzilla weekend!
Wednesday 21st @ 7pm (1hr 56min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Suspenseful, disturbing, and darkly humorous, Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is the story of a rapist-murderer, whose distinctive murder weapon has led him to be labeled "The Necktie Murderer." The film, typical of many of Hitchcock's works, focuses on a man wrongly accused, who must now find the true killer to prove his innocence.
Wednesday 21st @ 9:05pm (1hr 56min)
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
The Boston Strangler adopts the split-screen technique then in vogue (see also The Thomas Crown Affair) to relate the true story of self-confessed mass murderer Albert DeSalvo. Adapted by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank, the film covers the years 1962 to 1964, during which time a dozen women were raped and murdered in the Boston area.
35mm Double Feature
Friday 23rd @ 7:15pm (1hr 49min)
Horror/ Sci-fi (IMDB)
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things.
Friday 23rd @ 5pm & 9:30pm (1hr 58min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.
35mm Triple Feature
Saturday 24th @ 2:30pm & 7pm (2hrs)
Fantasy/ Horror (Google)
Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.
Saturday 24th @ 4:50pm (1hr 55min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (Google)
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Saturday 24th @ 9:15pm (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Mystery. Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In the third Halloween feature--which really has little connection to the previous two--the psychotic killer is a scientist (Dan O'Herlihy) who creates a brand of satanic Halloween masks which kill the children who wear them.
Modern Cinema: Haunted
Thursday 22nd @ 7pm (2hrs 47min)
Arthouse/ Drama/ Romance (RottenTomatoes)
From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel 'FINGERSMITH' by British author Sarah Waters. Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman's plot to defraud her of her large inheritance. Powered by remarkable performances from KIM Min-hee (RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN) as Lady Hideko, HA Jung-woo (THE CHASER) as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress KIM Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook's singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
Modern Cinema: Haunted
Saturday 24th @ 3:45pm (2hr 15min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Musical (IMDB)
Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.
Modern Cinema: Haunted
Saturday 24th @ 7pm (1hr 33min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Introduced by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks of Midnites for Maniacs!