Monday, March 20, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Dig Two Graves, Trouble Every Day, Vertigo

We are in for another rainy week here in the bay area, but our loving theatres are giving us a great film lineup as well. So we can still go out but not get completely drenched.

Drafthouse recommended film Raw will start screening at the San Francisco Drafthouse this week, but before that Terror Tuesday will show us a film with some similar themes.. The Castro Theatre kicks off their Vertigo plus one weekend on Friday, and Dig Two Graves teases us with a strictly VOD release on the same day.

Opening This Week

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

The Late Show

Monday 20th @ 10:15pm (1 hr 41min)
Action/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
An unjustly accused prisoner in 2019 is given a slim chance at freedom if he enters a battle-to-the-death on a television game show. Dawson steals the show as the slimy host!

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 21st @ 10:15pm (1hr 41min)
Horror/ Thriller/ Drama (IMDB)
Two strangers share a strange and terrible bond in this stylish horror tale that juggles sex and graphic bloodshed. Shane Brown (Vincent Gallo) is a strange man with a forbidding nature who has just married lovely but nervous June (Tricia Vessey), and they've decided to go to Paris for their honeymoon. In the City of Lights, a beautiful but dangerous woman named Core (Beatrice Dalle) has been leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake when she's captured by Leo Semeneau (Alex Descas), a mysterious scientist who spirits her away to his estate. As Core is placed under guard, Semeneau leaves to return to the city for an unnamed assignment; we soon learn that one of Shane's reasons for coming to Paris was to find him and retrieve some important information. In time, we also discover that Shane and Core have something rather unusual in common -- both are murderous cannibals who regularly feast on the flesh of their victims, and Semeneau's information may hold the key to the secret behind their deadly appetite. Trouble Every Day generated a certain amount of controversy in its screenings at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where a number of patrons walked out in disgust at the film's intense blend of sensuality and cannibalism.

Weird Wednesday

Serial Mom (1994)
Wednesday 22nd @ 10:15pm (1hr 35min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Writer/director John Waters offers an outrageous satire of suburban life--and the American fame industry for merchandizing mass murderers--with this hilarious black comedy about a Baltimore woman who's the ideal wife and mother, except for her habit of killing people who annoy her!

Starts Screening Thursday 23rd (1hr 39min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats RAW meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge...

Double Feature

Lost Highway (1997)
Thursday 23rd @ 7pm (2hrs 15min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Set in a city suspiciously like Los Angeles, both blazingly modern and resolutely retro in look and feel. A jazz musician, tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. In a parallel story, a young mechanic is drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. These two tales are linked by the fact that both women may, in fact, be the same woman. The men are also connected by a mysterious turn of events that calls into question their very identities.


In Cold Blood (1967)
Thursday 23rd @ 9:30pm (2hrs 15min)
Biography/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB) 
After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

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


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