Monday, March 27, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Peelers, Child Eater, Black Sabbath

Happy tail end of our last March Monday! We’re one day in to a very busy cinematic week; there are at least three highly anticipated VOD releases coming out this week, and several of them have actually have limited theatrical screenings too. Check their links to see if there’s one near you. Child Eater, which I’ve personally been really excited for, will be out on DVD and VOD this Tuesday, and I’m ordering it for sure! Unfortunately the only theatres it's playing in are hundreds of miles away from me.

Wednesday can be a potential double feature for any other theatre hoppers in the bay area. The Super Shangri-La show will be screening Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath at the Balboa Theatre at 7:30, which will leave you just enough time to get the Alamo Drafthouse for Son of Blob at 10:30. And if you want to spend some quality time in a beautiful theatre this weekend, the Stanford Theatre will be showing a double feature of I Walked with a Zombie and Cat People Friday through Sunday, with multiple showtimes on Saturday and Sunday. And their popcorn is some of the best!

Premiering This Week

VOD/Limited Theatres Tuesday 28th (1hr 35min)
Horror (IMDB)
A small town strip club owner must defend her bar, her strippers and her life when violent infected patrons show up on the final closing night and all hell breaks loose.

VOD/Limited Theatres Friday 31st (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror/ SciFi (IMDB)
Deep in New York's upstate wilderness, Ann, a young woman in her late 20's, struggles to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. On the constant brink of starvation, Ann leads an isolated and regimented life. Haunted by memories of her past she also battles the current bloodthirsty threat that lurks just outside of the forests borders, those that the epidemic has infected. When her food stores run dangerously low Ann must make the desperate journey into a nearby town to forage for any remaining food. During one of these raids, a chance encounter brings Olivia, a teenage girl, and her injured stepfather, Chris, into Ann's life and regimen of survival. Learning that Chris and Olivia are trying to go further north, where the infection is supposedly contained, Ann allows them stay at her wooded camp so they can prepare for their journey.

On DVD/ VOD Tuesday 28th (1hr 22min)
Horror (IMDB)
A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when Helen realizes the boogeyman really is in little Lucas' closet.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 28th @ 10:15pm (1hr 35min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
After the phenomenal box-office and critical success of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly, a series of big-budget remakes of '50s horror favorites rode in on its coattails in the late 1980s -- though none managed to rise above mere camp clones of their elders, albeit garnished with modern makeup effects in an attempt to draw modern teen horror-junkies. One remake that managed to live up to its cheesy inspiration was Chuck Russell's version of The Blob, in which the title goo crashes to earth and promptly begins digesting the residents of a small California town while growing to gargantuan proportions. The clean-cut teen hero originally portrayed by Steve McQueen (his first starring role) is replaced here with a rebellious outsider (Kevin Dillon) whose preppie rival (Donovan Leitch) for the affections of the cute heroine (Shawnee Smith) is quickly eliminated by the all-consuming space-gelatin. No sooner has the plasma menace set up house in the town sewers when a shadowy government Blob Squad shows up under the direction of the grandfatherly Dr. Meddows (Joe Seneca), to clean up the mess... or not.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 29th @ 10:30pm (1hr 31min)
Horror/ SciFi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Actor/director Larry Hagman brought forth this sequel to The Blob in which a woman unwittingly defrosts some gray matter her scientist husband brought back from the Arctic Circle. Soon, the insatiable goo proceeds to engulf anyone who may be in its close proximity.

Video Vortex

Thursday 30th @ 9pm (1hr 20min)
Action/ Scifi (Google)
Two seemingly invincible fighters -- one good, one evil -- square off in this sci-fi action opus from Japan. When a four-man terrorist group known as Team Phantom begins raising havoc in downtown Tokyo, the city is in desperate need of a hero. An unexpected champion appears in the form of Lady Battle Cop, a former female tennis champion who has been transformed into a seemingly unstoppable cyborg. But when Team Phantom obtain a secret weapon from an underground military facility -- Amadeus, a psychotic murderer with the ability to kill using psychic powers -- it's anyone's guess who will emerge triumphant. Produced in Japan in 1991, Lady Battle Cop didn't reach American screens until 2001.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Wednesday 29th @ 7:30pm (1hr 33min)
Horror (IMDB)
This anthology features three chilling horror stories. "Il Telefono" is credited to Guy de Maupassant, although he never wrote such a story, and concerns a woman (Michele Mercier) receiving telephone calls from beyond the grave. "Wurdulak", by Alexei Tolstoi, stars Boris Karloff as an aging vampire who can only feed on those he loves. Co-starring Mark Damon and Susy Andersen, it is clearly the best story of the three. The final tale, "La Goccia d'Acqua," is falsely credited to Anton Chekhov. It features Jacqueline Pierreux stealing a ring from a corpse she is preparing for burial, only to be murdered by the old woman's ghost. The American version differs in four major areas: the print is shorter, the stories appear in a different order, there is a linking device with Karloff speaking directly to the audience from a foggy void, and Roberto Nicolosi's musical score is replaced with one by lounge-icon Les Baxter. The American release of the film is also missing a comic coda featuring Karloff riding on horseback (or is he?); this appears in most Eurpoean prints of the film, including Mario Bava's original cut. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Midnight Madness

Friday 31st @ 11:55pm (2hrs 4min)
Scifi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Double Feature

I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
Friday 31st @ 7:30pm (1hr 9min)
Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.


Cat People (1942)
Friday 31st @ 6:05pm & 8:50pm (1hr 13min)
Drama/ Horror/ Romance (Rotten Tomatoes)
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.


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