This is an exciting week in the bay area; not only have we been hearing good things about Annabelle Comes Home (which opens this Tuesday), and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is screening at Frameline Film Festival, but we are hosting our first non-film festival screening at the Roxie Theatre this Saturday! It's during one of the craziest weekends imaginable, what with the Pride Parade also happening earlier that day, but it's never a bad time to re-watch Descent into Darkness on the big screen.
Opening This Week
Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Early Screenings Tuesday 25th (1hr 46min)
Opens Wednesday 26th
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target -- the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.
Frameline Film Festival
Saturday 29th @ 4:15pm (1hr 39min)
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street brings Patton out of hiding after 30 years, finally ready to embrace the film and confront his own demons by telling his story. The documentary also examines how attitudes towards the controversial sequel have changed along with the social mores of both Hollywood and society. Interviews with celebrities, film historians, local icon Peaches Christ, and the original cast and crew—including Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund—round out this exploration into how the gayest horror film of all time ever got made.
With special guests directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen, and Mark Patton in person
Tuesday 25th @ 9:30pm (1hr 34min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Half JAWS spoof and half trash-gore powerhouse, PIRANHA holds the key to the most bitchin' summer of your life. When some jerkfaces skinny-dip in a pool on the grounds of a government testing facility, they accidentally unleash... PIRANHA!! The blood-thirsty mutoids rend flesh in the lake of a small town while a drunk-ass scientist, a go-getting detective, and exploitation superstars Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Barbara Steele hang out and take care of business.
Sunday 30th @ 9:30pm (1hr 28min)
A man suspects his wife of adultery and goes on a killing spree, eliminating all he believes are sleeping with her, but his victims don't stay dead.
Landmark Clay Theatre
Saturday 29th @ 11:55pm (1hr 41 min)
Comedy/ Scifi/ Horror/ Musical (Rotten Tomatoes)
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet.
Unnamed Footage Festival Presents
Saturday 29th @ 9:30pm (1hr 32min)
Found Footage Horror
Criminally underseen due to lack of availability, Descent Into Darkness is a terrifying found-footage horror film created by French artist Rafaël Cherkaski. Cherkaski plays Sorgoï, a naive documentarian from Sdorvie, a tiny country on the border of Russia. He has received a grant from a local television station to make a road movie documenting his travels across Europe, which he lovingly refers to as his European dream. Yet things do not go as planned for Sorgoï, as his money dries up and the world just isn’t as kind as he dreamed it would be. As an existentially devastated Sorgoï spirals out of control, the footage grows more and more unsettling, offering disturbing glimpses into his growing depravity. It will have you anxiously wondering, “How much of this was staged?”
Midnites for Maniacs Presents
Sunday 30th @ 6:30pm (1hr 36min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thiller (IMDB)
If police lieutenant Harvey Keitel's life could get any more sordid, he could probably sell tickets. The least of his vices is gambling, which has gotten him in Dutch with the mob. He abuses his body with drugs and his soul with hookers, and now he's turned to exploiting teenage girls for sex. Keitel is forced to reassess his life while investigating the rape of a nun. Director Abel Ferrara co-wrote the screenplay with Zoe Lund, who as Zoe Tamerlis starred in Ferrara's cult classic Ms. 45.
Sunday 30th @ 8:30pm (1hr 21min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun.