Friday, May 12, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Monday): Dead Awake, Hounds of Love, The Blackcoat's Daughter

We find ourselves at the foot of another weekend littered with great movies playing all over the bay area. Two new movies are kicking off their limited theatrical runs today, and we’re lucky to have one theatre screening each. The first is Dead Awake, which sounds like what I thought Rodney Ascher's The Nightmare was going to be. It’s playing at the 4 Star Theatre all weekend. The second is Hounds of Love, which starts at the Roxie tonight. I don’t know what to expect from the latter, but it definitely sounds great. And if you're looking for a potential mother's day movie outing to go to, the Alamo Drafthouse will be screening E.T. the Extraterrestrial in the morning both Saturday and Sunday.

What are you guys planning to watch over the weekend?

Opening This Week

Limited Theatre/VOD Friday 12th (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB) 
From the creator of the iconic FINAL DESTINATION franchise comes the paralyzing thriller DEAD AWAKE. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate's friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she's unleashed!

Limited Theatre/VOD Friday 12th (1hr 48min)
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th @ 9:30am (1hr 55min)
Fantasy/ SciFi (IMDB)
Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him.

The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
Friday 12th @ 8:15pm (1hr 33min)
Sunday 14th @ 9:30pm
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat's Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story-that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Saturday 13th @ 10pm (1hr 37min)
Comedy/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.


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