Monday, October 24, 2016

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Another Hole in the Head, Horrific Women, We Are X

We're just one week away from Halloween, and bay area horror fans are in for a crazy week filled with festival and events! Genre films are taking over all of our favorite theatres, with several long awaited titles finally starting their theatrical runs in the next couple of days. Among these are The Handmaiden, which will be playing at the Alamo Drafthouse and the Landmark Embarcadero Theatre.

The second half of this week will mark the beginning of the 13th annual Another Hole in the Head Film Fest, which will be taking place in the underground theatre of the New People building on Post Street in San Francisco. The fest will begin this Thursday the 27th and run through November 9th, all the while adding horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and exploitation films to our bay area lineup.

Following the first night of Another Hole in the Head, the Roxie Theatre will be kicking off their Horrific Women lineup with a 35mm print of Near Dark. The celebration of female horror directors will run through the weekend.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 25th @ 10:15pm (1hr 339min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago's Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman's description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.

Weird Wednesday

Wedensday 26th @ 10:15pm (1hr 25min)
Indie/ Documentary (Google)
Filmmaker George Ratliff explores the bizarre phenomenon of Halloween "hell houses": evangelical fright fests that use grisly skits to demonstrate the consequences of homosexuality, abortion, drug use and other condemned behaviors. This documentary chronicles a full performance season at the original hell house in Dallas -- which boasts an annual audience of more than 10,000 people -- and investigates whether its organizers go too far in their attempt to save souls.

Mondo x Chiller Present

Thrursday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 48min)
Horror/ Scifi (IMDB)
The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.

Drafthouse Recommends

Thursday 27th @ 7pm & 10:30pm (2hr 47min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce and bilk a Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) out of her inheritance.

Also playing at Landmark Embarcadero Theatre starting Thursday

Thursday 27th @ 8pm & 10:35pm (1hr 33min)
Documentary/ Music (IMDB)
Glam rock band X Japan ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late 1980's. Twenty years after disbanding, Yokshiki X, the leader of the band, wrestles with physical and spiritual demons to bring the band's music to the world.

We Are X will have a special early screening Tuesday the 25th at 6:30pm at the Mezzanine, followed by a live performance and Q&A with the film's director. 21 and over only, tickets available here.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Thriller: The Grim Reaper (1961)
Wednesday 26th @ 7:30pm (1hr)
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
Celebrity author Beatrice Graves purchases a cursed painting of the Grim Reaper; her nephew Paul warns her that most of its previous owners have died violently but she scoffs-until blood appears on the Reaper's blade.


Burn Witch Burn (1962)
Wednesday 26th @ 8:30pm (1hr 30min)
Horror (IMDB)
When a British professor (Peter Wyngarde) ties his success to his wife's (Janet Blair) black magic, he destroys her voodoo kit.

Double Feature

Heathers (1988)
Thursday 27th @ 7pm (1hr 43min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls' cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).


Jawbreaker (1999)
Thursday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 27min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Thriller (IMDB)
When an exclusive clique of teenage socialites accidentally murders their best friend, Liz (Charlotte Ayanna), on the morning of her birthday, the three girls responsible -- Courtney (Rose McGowan), Julie (Rebecca Gayheart) and Marcie (Julie Benz) -- conspire to hide the truth. As the trio make over nerdy reject Fern Mayo (Judy Greer) and groom her to take Liz's place, crack police Detective Vera Cruz (Pam Grier) launches an investigation that will turn Reagan High School upside down.

Balboa Classics

The Omen (1976)
Thursday 27th @ 7:30pm (1hr 51min)
Horror (IMDB)

13 Ghosts (1960)
Friday 28th @ 10pm (1hr 25min)
Horror (IMDB)
When Cyrus Zorba (Donald Woods) and his poverty-stricken family inherit an old mansion, they can't believe their good luck. However, not long after they move in they realize that the house is haunted by 12 ghosts and run by a housekeeper (Margaret Hamilton) who works in the dark arts. Though the ghosts are intent on killing a member of the family, the Zorbas insist on staying in the house because they have learned that a large fortune is hidden somewhere inside it.


Hausu (1977)
Friday 28th @ 11:55pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
In an effort to avoid spending time with her father and his creepy new lover, young Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) resolves to visit her aunt's remote mansion. With six of her closest friends in tow, including the musically inclined Melody (Eriko Tanaka) and the geeky Prof (Ai Matsubara), Gorgeous arrives at the estate, where supernatural events occur almost immediately. A severed head takes flight, household appliances come to life and a portrait of a cat seems to contain an evil spirit.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Thursday 28th @ 7pm (2hr 36min)
Action/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.


Trailer Apocalypse Redux 
Thursday 28th @ 9:25pm (1hr 50min)
The sequel to Grindhouse Releasing’s 2014 marathon of movie trailers celebrates the sleaziest and cheesiest movies from cinema history, as well as some cool films that time forgot. Guaranteed to offend and tantalize, these dynamic and funny pieces of movie advertising are an art form in themselves. Horror, sexploitation, sci-fi, action, and comedy are all on display in this jaw-dropping special program.

Parkway Classics

Scream (1996)
Thursday 27th @ 9:30pm (1hr 51min)
Mystery/ Slasher (Google)
The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody...

Halloween (1978)
Friday 28th @ 10:30pm (1hr 50min)
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.

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Screening All Week (2hrs 10min)
Thriller (IMDB)
A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door, in this insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock.

Nippon Nights

Thursday 27th @ 9:30pm (2hrs 9min)
Action/ Comedy/ Crime (IMDB)
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Horrific Women

Friday 28th @ 9:15pm (1hr 34min)
Cult/ Teen Film (Google)
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter.

Thursday 27th @ 7pm (1hr 23min)
Scary stuff from all over the SF Bay Area. Films are not necessarily listed in the order they will be screened.

Thursday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 21min)
Fantasy/ Comedy/ Horror (AHITH)
The Master Cleanse centers on a heartbroken man who attends a spiritual retreat, only to discover that the course releases more than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences.


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