Monday, April 24, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Perfect Blue, Wolf Guy, Streets of Vengeance

I know I say this a lot, but we're in for a great week in the bay area! Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday are back at the Alamo, the Castro has another genius double feature, and our friends from Modesto are screening their San Francisco based vengeance movie at the Roxie.

And there's more!

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 25th @ 10pm (1hr 46min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
The film that has become the master work in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's canon, Deep Red holds up brilliantly despite the plethora of copycat slasher films it inspired in the years to follow. The film opens with a flashback murder shown from the perspective of a child while an eerie nursery rhyme plays. Cut to the present, pianist Marc Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of a psychic while chatting with his drunken pal, Carlo (Gabriele Lavia). While the police investigate, Marc joins forces with attractive reporter Gianna (Daria Nicolodi). Once Marc realizes that he is a target for the killer, he seeks help from Giordani (Glauco Mauri), a professor of the paranormal, who soon becomes one of the killer's victims. Marc's research leads him to an abandoned house where he discovers a secret room that hides a corpse. Before he can call the cops, he is knocked out and awakens to find the place in flames while Gianna holds him. Racing to the neighbors to call for help, Marc discovers an important clue that leads him to a nearby school where he finally finds the killer's identity. The madman attacks him, but the police arrive to save Marc. Though the case appears to be solved, Marc comes to the disturbing realization that one piece of the puzzle remains. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi

Weird Wednesday

Perfect Blue (1997)
Wednesday 26th @ 10pm (1hr 21min)
Horror/ Anime (IMDB)
A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Balboa Theatre

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Thursday 27th @ 7:30pm (1hr 57min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Psycho (1960)
Thursday 27th @ 7pm (1hr 49min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Thursday 27th @ 9:05pm (1hr 58min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

Nippon Nights

Tuesday 25th @ 9:30pm (1hr 26min)
Action/ Horror (IMDB)
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and bloody death in the Tokyo streets plunges him into a far-reaching conspiracy populated by crooked politicians, naked white women, bit-players like Hideo Murota, a phantom tiger, and -- best of all -- a shadowy organization.

Thursday 27th @ 9:30pm (1hr 13min)
Action/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Former adult film star, Mila, is attacked by a misogynistic cult known as The Sword. She turns vigilante and puts a group of bad-ass girls together and seeks revenge.

Friday 28th @ 7pm (1hr 33min)
Documentary (IMDB)
This riveting profile of director David Lynch explores how the formative experiences of his youth led him to become the artist he is today. The film includes archival footage and home movies, as well as interviews with Lynch as he paints in his studio.

Eraserhead (1977)
Friday 28th @ 9pm (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.


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