Monday, December 12, 2016

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Gremlins, Noir City Xmas, City of Dead Men

Are you guys feeling festive yet? Well this week's movie lineup should do the trick if you hesitated...
We're starting the week with Gremlins at the Drafthouse, tonight and tomorrow. Tonight's show includes a Q&A with special guest Chris Columbus after the movie (but it's sold out). But if you're seeing Gremlins tomorrow, you can have an awesome Christmas horror double feature by heading to Silent Night Deadly Night afterward! Just a suggestion. ☺ The week continues with a Noir City Xmas double feature at the Castro Theatre Wednesday, and The Funtastic World of Santasploitation at the Drafthouse the same day.

In addition to the festive holiday horror that I'm happy to see rolling in, there's also a wave of art house and crime infused movies screening at the Roxie Theatre. We saw Evolution over the weekend, and it's definitely recommended for any art horror fans in the bay area. It'll be playing for the better half of this week, and when it ends City of Dead Men takes over. 

Monday 12th @ 7pm (2hrs)
Tuesday 13th @ 7:15pm
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.


Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 13th @ 10:15pm (1hr 19min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 14th @ 10:30pm (1hr 20min)
Horror Compilation
Santa Claus has always been synonymous with happiness, peace, and fun. Now Santa Claus will also be synonymous with witches, pie fights, and a sassy talking Christmas tree that grants wishes to a malicious young man with an enormous derriere. THE FUNTASTIC WORLD OF SANTASPLOITATION replicates an authentic holiday tradition of days gone by. Namely, exposing Santa Claus as a harbinger of trans-dimensional nightmares. We’ve raided the American Genre Film Archive for the best-of-the-best in bizarro Christmas lunacy. Adults dressed in dollar-store animal costumes! Delusional Christmas clowns! SATAN! And to top it all off, a brand new 2K transfer of the most infamous full-length Santasploitation mind-melter of all time -- THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE! We cannot be held responsible for any lasting trauma.

The Thing (1982)
Tuesday 13th @ 7:30pm (1hr 49min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
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.

The Film Noir Foundation Presents

Cash on Demand (1961)
Wednesday 14th @ 7:30pm (1hr 24min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.


The Ice Harvest (2005)
Wednesday 14th @ 9:30pm (1hr 32min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Midnight Madness

Friday 16th @ 11:55pm (1hr 28min)
Action/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
Welcome to Westworld, where nothing can go wrong...go wrong...go wrong....Writer/director Michael Crichton has concocted a futuristic "Disneyland for adults", a remote resort island where, for a hefty fee, one can indulge in one's wildest fantasies. Businessmen James Brolin and Richard Benjamin are just crazy about the old west, thus they head to the section of Westworld populated by robot desperadoes, robot lawmen, robot dance-hall gals, and the like. Benjamin's first inkling that something is amiss occurs when, during a mock showdown with robot gunslinger Yul Brynner, Brolin is shot and killed for real. It seems that the "nerve center" of Westworld has developed several serious technical glitches: the human staff is dead, and the robots are running amok. Suddenly promoted to the film's hero, Benjamin (who seems as surprised and shocked as the audience) must first avoid, then face down the relentless Brynner. Much of Westworld was lensed on the expansive grounds of the old Harold Lloyd estate in Beverly Hills, so it's no surprise that there's something Lloydlike about Dick Benjamin's instinct for self-preservation.

Also screening Saturday 17th @ 11:55pm

Screening All Week (1hr 20min)
Horror/ Art House 
10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a strange medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him. He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out what she does with the other women at night, on the beach. What he discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly drawn. But in Stella, a young nurse at the hospital, Nicolas finds an unexpected ally.

Friday 16th @ 4pm & 9:15pm (1hr 27min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Michael, an American traveling abroad, arrives in Medellin, Colombia, only to discover he's run out of money. In dire straits, he latches on to a young Colombian woman who has taken up residence in an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a group of outcasts and their mysterious leader. At first grateful for shelter and camaraderie, Michael soon senses that something terrible happened in the hospital and that he's being pulled into a dangerous dynamic.

Starts Friday 16th @ 6pm (1hr 26min)
Documentary (IMDB)
In the late fall of 2012, Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, slipped into Syria to report on the country's civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda's branch in Syria. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and, for months, brutally tortured him during interrogation sessions. But his fluency, coupled with his remarkable personal expansiveness, also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors.


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