Friday, March 24, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Life, Prevenge, House on Willow Street

Can you believe we're already nearing the end of March? And that means we're mere weeks away from events like the 60th annual San Francisco International Film Festival and Monsterpalooza! So I guess it seems fitting to stay indoors this last weekend of March and avoid any retail temptation... and to watch some of the new movies coming out on VOD today! I usually don't pay too much attention, or just find out about on demand movies late, but I came across so many for today that I had to include them. And luckily, one of them will be exclusively on Shudder.

Of course, there are also some new releases coming to theatres, the most notable of which is Life, the next installment of the Alien franchise. I still don't know what to think about this one (I never stopped disliking Ryan Reynolds after Buried) but I'm sure some of the Overlook creatures will take a trip the the movies to check this out some time soon. It can't be any worse than what I've been hearing about the new Predator movie... 

Opening Today

Opens Today (1hr 43min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Opens Friday 24th (1hr 25min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
A girl's obsession with her brother's disappearance leads her on a nightmarish journey through a small town's Gothic landscape where she is faced with a deadly proposition. How far will she go to save the people she loves?

Available On VOD

Streaming on Shudder Friday 24th (1hr 32min)
Arthouse/ Comedy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, "Prevenge" follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that's as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. "Prevenge" marks the directorial debut from Lowe, who is a triple threat, writing, directing, and acting in the film during her own pregnancy. Prevenge opens theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, and will be available nationwide on Shudder, on March 24th.

Opens Today (1hr 30min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
The perfect kidnapping goes gruesomely awry in this shock-a-minute, supernatural wild ride. Led by the tough-as-nails Hazel (You're Next's Sharni Vinson), a band of desperate criminals abduct Katherine (Carlyn Burchell), the daughter of an ultra-wealthy family, for ransom. What the gang doesn't realize is that although they have Katherine's body, her soul is already in possession of a demonic force that's about to turn the tables on them. Cue a cavalcade of carnage, all building up to a totally twisted, off-the-rails finale.

Double Feature

Vertigo (1958)
Friday 24th @ 7pm (2hrs 9min)
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (MDB)
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.


Last Embrace (1979)
Friday 23rd @ 9:25pm (1hr 42min)
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (Rotten Tomatoes)
In 1979, Jonathan Demme was still a cutting-edge director and The Last Embrace was his first effort at a completely commercial assignment. Very much in the Hitchcock vein, The Last Embrace is an intense suspense film concerning Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider), a government agent recovering from a catatonic collapse after the murder of his wife. After Harry's recovery, he is back on the job, but he can't figure out whether he is suffering from self-induced paranoia or if his former employers want to kill him. These conflicting feelings are exacerbated when he forms a connection with a nervous graduate student, Ellie Fabian (Janet Margolin), whom he discovers is living in his apartment. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Double Feature

Vertigo (1958)
Saturday 25th @ 2pm, 4:30pm & 7pm

Vertigo is also screening solo Sunday 26th @ 3pm, 5:30pm & 8pm


Basic Instinct (1992)
Saturday 25th @ 9:25pm (2hrs 8min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense/ Romance (Rotten Tomatoes)
The mysterious Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a beautiful crime novelist, becomes a suspect when she is linked to the brutal death of a rock star. Investigated by homicide detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), Catherine seduces him into an intense relationship. Meanwhile, the murder case becomes increasingly complicated when more seemingly connected deaths occur and Nick's psychologist and lover, Beth Garner (Jeanne Tripplehorn), appears to be another suspect.

Midnight Madness

Saturday 26th @11:55pm (hr 41min)
Comedy Musical/ Horror/ SciFi/ (Rotten Tomatoes)
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."


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