Friday, June 30, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Stereo Argento, Joe Dante's The Movie Orgy, Jaws

I hope you guys are ready to watch some movies this weekend! ☺
The Roxie will be celebrating Joe Dante's movies all weekend with their Films on Film lineup, which will be screening in 35mm, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is screening for Midnight Madness at the Clay Theatre, and everyone is screenings Jaws at some point in the next couple of days.

But first..

This couldn't have come a a better time, seeing as our weekly Drag Race tradition is currently on hold until the next season. Tonight, Stereo Argento Part 2 is happening at the Stud in San Francisco. This sounds like the coolest show ever; a drag show inspired by the staff's favorite horror movies. Classics, bloody and murderous, accompanied by drinks and a live show.
Are you game?

Stereo Argento 2: Staff Picks

Opening This Week

Select Theatres/VOD Friday 30th (1hr 30min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Haunted by a mysterious past, the lone survivor of a family massacre revisits her childhood home on the eve of its destruction, awakening the otherworldly evil that resides there.

Birth.Movies.Death Presents

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd @ 10am (2hrs 4min)
Action/ Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.

Also screening Monday 3rd
Saturday 1st @ 10pm at the Balboa Theatre

Midnight Madness

Friday 30th & Saturday 1st @ 11:55pm (1hr 49min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Roundly panned upon its first release, Russ Meyer's X-rated Beyond the Valley of the Dolls has gained a huge cult following over the years for its unique mix of pop music, high camp, and exploitation. Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers and Marcia McBroom comprise a rock group called the Carrie Nations, who'll do anything to hit it big in show business. Their "anything goes" attitudes towards pot, group sex and lesbianism lead to several sticky plot complications, culminating in a murder spree (in one shot, a man is decapitated as the 20th Century-Fox fanfare is heard on the soundtrack). Bearing absolutely no relation to the Jacqueline Susann novel/film Valley of the Dolls, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was coscripted by film critic Roger Ebert.

Double Feature

Friday 30th @ 7pm (1hr 42min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and surgical instruments mutilate-how far will Bateman go? How much can he get away with?


The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Friday 30th @ 9pm (1hr 50min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
One of the best films you’ve never seen, and the perfect compliment to AMERICAN PSYCHO. Foolishly marketed as a teen comedy upon its release in 2002, moviegoers were shocked and horrified by the nightmarish, brilliant satire that reached screens. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, written and directed by PULP FICTION screenwriter Roger Avary, THE RULES OF ATTRACTION punctures the jugular of the American college experience, with James Van Der Beek playing Patrick Bateman’s younger brother Sean, embroiled in a fatal love triangle at Camden college.

Followed by a Skype interview with Director Roger Avery

Saturday 1st @ 4pm (4hrs 30min)
Documentary/ History (IMDB)
Joe Dante created this epic movie mash-up, comprised entirely of clips, trailers, ads, and some other curious celluloid, in 1968. Originally the ORGY was 7 hours long, but just 4.5 hours remain, and we’re going to show everything we can!

Saturday 1st @ 9:30pm (1hr 41min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Based on the popular television series created by Rod Serling, this film of horror and the supernatural tells four separate stories--each by a different director: John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. In one, a bigot is taught a lesson when he is transported to experience the lives of three different victims of prejudice and intolerance. Another takes a trip to an old-age home where the arrival of a special man turns some of the residents into youthful people once again. In the third, a woman befriends a timid young child who turns out to be a maniacal brat with bizarre powers. The final segment shows how a man with an aversion to flying has a rough time when he panics and then sees a strange creature on the wing outside his window seat.

Sunday 2nd @ 2pm (1hr 39min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Set in the early 1960s, this comedy centers on a teen-age boy who befriends a charismatic, humorously overblown movie producer specializing in gimmick-filled horror films. Preparations for the premiere of the producer's latest opus alternate with the escalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, culminating in unexpected chaos.

Sunday 2nd @ 6:30pm (1hr 25min)
Comedy/ Sci-Fi/ Cult (Rotten Tomatoes)
The 1987 portmanteau comedy feature Amazon Women on the Moon lampoons several film genres in general and the 1954 sci-fi cheapie Cat Women of the Moon in particular. Other sketches in Amazon Women include an opening bit with Arsenio Hall; a vignette titled "Son of the Invisible Man" wherein a naked Ed Begley Jr. runs around in full view of the nonplussed supporting cast; the It's Alive parody "Hospital", which offers the spectacle of Michelle Pfeiffer giving birth to Mr. Potato Head; and a Siskel & Ebert takeoff, featuring Arche Hahn as a TV viewer whose entire life is given a "thumbs down." Directed by several hands, including Joe Dante, Carl Gottleib, Peter Horton, John Landis, and Robert K. Weiss, Amazon Women on the Moon also features a satire of the Kroger G. Babb school of "sex hygiene" exploitation cheapies, with syphilis victim Carrie Fisher being counseled by unctuous doctor Paul Bartel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Joe Dante will attend each of the Films on Film screenings!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Hell House LLC

7 of 7 viewers "Liked" "Hell House LLC" (2015, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

Math Mage - "An unusually good reason for staying in the haunted house: you're building a haunted house." - 3 Stars

Dabbles - "I was so scared, I almost peed my pants. I love found footage, but I hate ghosts and scares, so Hell House LLC pretty much made my anxiety go through the roof. I had fun watching this movie, even though I don't have fun being scared." - 5 Stars

Book Wyrm - "Very new take on a horror movie about haunts. I just wanted it to end so my anxiety would go away. The ending was a bit ambiguous but it didn't leave me feeling cheated. I don't know how they all managed to live there for so long. I would've been out the second the clown moved." - 4 Stars

The Great Hornito - "A great found footage film that used many different types of media. Very effective scares and a great story. I would recommend this to anybody." - 5 Stars

Huntress - "This movie 100% worked for me. It starts off with documentary style interviews about a haunted house mysteriously gone awry and the crew responsible for putting it together, but then shifts seamlessly into an increasingly eerie hotel’s transformation into the annual Hell House. This second portion of the movie took me back to when I would go through haunted houses at a much younger age, scream the whole time, and have a hard time walking by any human looking figure for fear that it would animate and grab me. This fear was recreated multiple times throughout Hell House LLC, with so much intensity that I felt like I was back in one of those terrifying haunts from my childhood. There was a weird moment or two in the script, but not even a dangling red herring takes away from this story. I just love how organically the tension grew in that maze like building, and how naturally the scares were empowered by it." - 5 Stars

Lord Battle - "Hell House LLC is prime example of why I love found footage films; it's a blend of two different types of documentary film, it's believable and ridiculous in the same breath, it's brilliantly acted in ad lib/real chemistry way that's so important to found footage, and ultimately it's just plain scary. There is a moment in Hell House LLC where a character hides under the covers and I don't mean proverbial covers, I mean literal bed sheets. As an audience member I remember thinking; "What adult would really do that?" yet as I was thinking that I had instinctively raised my hand up to cover not only my eyes but my face... This isn't a perfect film by any critic's standard but it's interesting, entertaining, and very effective. A perfect film in my book." - 5 Stars

Trash - "This film's biggest strength is actually being scary. It does that by refusing to hold back the scares for the sake of realism; often found footage horror stays too small so that it can keep that guise of "this could have happened, you could have shot it". When you're having fun, believability doesn't matter, and this movie is devoted to fun. A great location, and a premise that might be familiar, but hasn't really been done with this level of panache. In fact, you'll have so much fun, you'll barely notice a lot of the sloppiness till you're analyzing it later. - 3.5 Stars

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

I've struggled with writing this wrap up for a while now and I apologize for being so candid but I just can't seem to find an elegant, yet simple approach to the subject I actually want to talk about... So I'm just going to throw it out there, the fucking clown. The clown mannequin always seems to be the first topic of discussion after screening Hell House LLC and for good reason, since he is definitely at the center of a few genuinely good scares. But why is this clown so scary? Is it because all clowns are just scary?

 I remember when I was in high school (early 2000's), Hot Topic started selling this shirt that stated "Can't sleep, clowns will eat me" over and over in a shrinking font. Everyone seemed to have this shirt and I was just confused by this. I always thought clowns were scary only to little kids and that was really just a stranger danger thing happening. I mean that's what the idiots tweeting as clowns hiding in the woods was about right?

This is a cruel joke but definitely aimed at kids, just look at the comments on the police Facebook response.

I guess the only clowns that scare adults are in ICP... Anyway none of this is helpful in explaining why the clown in Hell House LLC is terrifying, so what is actually scary about this scene? I believe we are experiencing the Uncanny Valley effect:

In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is the hypothesis that human replicas which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit feelings of eeriness and revulsion among some observers. Valley denotes a dip in the human observer's affinity for the replica, a relation that otherwise increases with the replica's human likeness. The concept was identified by the robotics professor Masahiro Mori.

Mori's original hypothesis states that as the appearance of a robot is made more human, some observers' emotional response to the robot become increasingly positive and empathic, until it reaches a point beyond which the response quickly becomes strong revulsion. However, as the robot's appearance continues to become less distinguishable from a human being, the emotional response becomes positive once again and approaches human-to-human empathy levels.

This area of repulsive response aroused by a robot with appearance and motion between a "barely human" and "fully human" entity is the uncanny valley. The name captures the idea that an almost human-looking robot seems overly "strange" to some human beings, produces a feeling of uncanniness, and thus fail to evoke the empathic response required for productive human–robot interaction.

Our repulsion in this situation comes from seeing what I assume audiences thought was a man. Then discovering it was a dummy with the knowledge that the clown turned its head which is something the mannequin was incapable of. Also clowns are a kind of perfect uncanny valley conduit, as their makeup allows for enough exposure to identify them as human but the actual face paint usually displays a false emotion of happiness. And even if you don't buy any of this I think we can all agree that Gore Abrams sold the hell out of that scare!

-Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized in a residence for a screening on 6/22/2017
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring The Belko Experiment, Power Rangers and The Unholy

June 27th 2017

The final Bluray Tuesday of June has arrived. It feels this year is flying by. First up this week is The Belko Experiment. If you missed our review, check it out here. I really enjoyed Belko in the theater and look forward to adding it to my collection. Vestron Video continues its collector's edition line with The Unholy on bluray for the first time - this is a must buy for me. The biggest release this week is Saban's Power Rangers 2017 reboot. I actually really enjoyed this film and look forward to adding to the collection as well. It caters to old fans and adds cool twists for new fans to enjoy. I'm hoping for a sequel in the near future. Best Buy will carry exclusive packaging with art cards with their copies. If you are into steelbook packaging, Target will carry that edition exclusively. Scream Factory releases 70's horror film The Evictors for the first time on bluray. It's got an interesting premise sounds like a fun watch. Next release I'm interested in is 80's horror slasher called Victims!, also released for the first time on bluray. Trainspotting sequel T2 Trainspotting hits shelves along with a modern remake of the TV show Chips. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

The Belko Experiment: Amazon - $19.99

An ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival when 80 employees (John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona) at the Belko Corp. in Bogotá, Colombia, learn that they are pawns in a deadly game. Trapped inside their building, a voice over an intercom tells the frightened staffers that two workers must be killed within 30 minutes. When another ultimatum follows, friends become enemies and new alliances take shape, as only the strongest will remain alive at the end.

Special Features:

  • Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment
  • Lee Hardcastle's Survival Tips
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gallery 

The Belko Experiment (Blu-ray)
Temporary cover art 

The Unholy: Amazon - $26.99

Archbishop Mosley assigns Father Michael to a church in New Orleans which was the site of throat-slashing murders of two priests two years earlier.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Camilo Vila
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Roger Bellon
  • Audio Interview with Production Designer & Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca, featuring Isolated
  • Selections from his Unused Score
  • Original Ending featuring Optional Audio Commentary with Producer Mathew Hayden
  • Featurettes:
    • "Sins of the Father with Ben Cross"
    • "Demons In The Flesh: The Monsters of The Unholy"
    • "Prayer Offerings with Production Designer & Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Original Storyboard Gallery
  • Still Gallery 
The Unholy (Blu-ray) 

Power Rangers: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatins
  • The Power of the Present Documentary:
    • Rangers Then to Now
    • Building the Team
    • Beyond the Rangers
    • Suiting Up
    • Rangers, Welcome to Training
    • Rangers in the Wild
    • It's Morphin Time
    • Power Ballad: Music and Sound
    • This is Your Destiny
  • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer with Audio Commentary by Director Dean Israelite
Power Rangers (Blu-ray) 

Power Rangers 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Target - $19.99

Power Rangers (Blu-ray)
Temporary cover art 

Deluxe Packaging: Best Buy - $21.99

Power Rangers (Blu-ray)
Temporary cover art 

T2 Trainspotting: Amazon - $17.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal. Twenty years later, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place that he can ever call home. There waiting for him are old buddies Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, love, fear, regret, self-destruction and mortal danger are also all lined up and ready to welcome him.

T2 Trainspotting (Blu-ray) 

T2: Trainspotting 4K (Blu-ray)
Temporary cover art 

Chips: Amazon - $22.99

Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a former motorbike rider who's trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky, undercover FBI agent who's investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. Forced to work together, the inexperienced rookie and hardened veteran begin clashing instead of clicking while trying to nab the bad guys.

CHiPS (Blu-ray) 

Victims!: Amazon - $11.99

Four young girls on a camping trip in the woods are stalked by a pair of crazed serial killers.
 Victims! (Blu-ray) 

Scaler, Dark Spirit: Amazon - $19.99

Inspired by true events, this film follows paranormal researcher and author Jessica Lake as she is given video footage from a mysterious ghost hunter revealing clues to an ancient and evil spirit residing in the catacombs of the old City Church. Her curiosity piqued, Jessica launches her own investigation in search of answers to the revelations in the ghost hunters' recordings - each video clip bringing her one step closer to the ghost hunters' fate and to the earthbound, malevolent creature known as a Scaler.

Scaler, Dark Spirit (Blu-ray) 

By Any Means: Amazon - $19.99

Reality star Mimi Wyatt (Brooke Burfitt) passes out in the back of a cab after a night club appearance. She wakes up in a cold, dark basement, having been kidnapped. Frank Watson (Thomas Gipson) needs ransom money to cover his terminally ill daughter’s cancer treatment. She agrees to sell her story to the magazine prepared to transfer the full sum on her release, all organized via her agent Phil (Jonathan Cheban). A relationship develops with Frank, but one night he throws her out before the magazine deal can go through, seemingly jeopardizing the fate of his young daughter. Mimi goes straight to the cops (Larese King & Michelle Money) who must work out what is real and what is fiction when the celebrity accuses her captor of sexual assault.

By Any Means (Blu-ray) 

The Evictors: Amazon - $17.99

Shortly after moving into a cute farmhouse in a quaint Louisiana town, Ben (Michael Parks) and his wife, Ruth (Jessica Harper), experience strange and disturbing events and soon come to the frightening realization that someone or something wants them dead. Filmed in a pseudo-documentary style, this horror film co-stars Vic Morrow as a creepy real estate agent who neglects to inform the young couple about the property's violent history.

The Evictors (Blu-ray) 

Sun Choke: Amazon - $17.99

As Janie recovers from a violent psychotic break, she's subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie's buried demons begin to surface.

Sun Choke (Blu-ray) 

Death Line: Amazon - $24.99

For generations they've lingered beneath the streets of London. But now their last survivor has emerged, driven by a desperate hunger for human flesh! Donald Pleasence stars in this daring horror classic that dishes out heart-stopping jolts and hair-raising thrills! When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard's Inspector Calhoun (Pleasence) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th-century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets of London for fresh victims...and a new mate.

Death Line (Blu-ray) 

  - The Impostor

Monday, June 26, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Ringu, Monochrome Double Shot, Wake in Fright

This is one of those weeks where we’re all going to have to make some tough choices, because there are so many cool screenings happening in the bay area that they overlap! And that’s a pretty great problem to have, if you ask me.

Terror Tuesday sets the mood for the week with the original Ringu. After that, the Roxie has a staff picks night with Wake In Fright on Wednesday. The same night, the Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa theatre for a double feature of prehistoric women and monsters. And we end the week on a high note too, with the VOD release of a new horror movie, as well as an unassuming double feature…

Opening This Week

Select Theatres/VOD Friday 30th (1hr 30min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Haunted by a mysterious past, the lone survivor of a family massacre revisits her childhood home on the eve of its destruction, awakening the otherworldly evil that resides there.

Monday 26th @ 3:50pm (1hr 38min)
Tuesday 27th @ 4:25pm
Wednesday 28th @ 2:50pm
Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
SCUM tells the story of Carlin, a new reform school inmate with a reputation as a hard case. The authorities encourage gang leader Pongo to humble Carlin, but he beats Pongo down and takes over the mantle of Daddy. The guards institute a reign of terror and neglect, with Carlin emerging as an unlikely leader. One of the most important British features of the last 35 years, SCUM still packs a wallop.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 27th @ 9:55pm (1hr 36min)
Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, the telephone will ring right afterward, and one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs -- but a week later, Imako dies. Imako's aunt, a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matsushima), hears that not long before she died, Imako was watching a strange video with her friends -- all of whom have turned up dead. Reiko tracks down a copy of the video, and as she watches its strange, spectral images, the telephone begins to ring....The next morning, Reiko begins a desperate search to solve the mystery of the video, convinced she has only seven days to live; assisting her is Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), a mathematics expert and her former husband. Ringu was a box-office success in its native Japan, and a surprise blockbuster in Hong Kong, where it became the biggest grossing film of the first half of 1999. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 27th @ 10:15pm (1hr 39min)
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
A wheelchair-bound boy helps to reunite an earthbound alien with its extraterrestrial family in this shameless rip-off of Steven Spielberg's E.T.. Separated from his parents shortly after arriving on planet Earth, a Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) quickly strikes up a friendship with lonely Eric Cruise (former Easter Seals spokesman Jade Calegory). New to town and in need of a pal after losing his father, Eric discovers just how amazing the universe can be when mischievous MAC takes him on the adventure of a lifetime.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Wednesday 28th @ 7:30pm (1hr 29min)
Adventure/ Fantasy (IMDB)
A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.


Wednesday 28th @ ~9pm (1hr 36min)
Adventure/ Fantasy/ Romance (IMDB)
Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for protection from the giant lizards and other creatures that preys on them.

Monochrome Double Shot

Logan Noir (2017)
Tuesday 27th @ 7pm (2hrs 17min)
Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In 2029, Logan is a sickly shadow of his former self. Undertaking a final mission, Logan struggles to secure a future for mutantkind in the far-off land of Eden. Hugh Jackman plays the role that made him famous for the final time, and filmmaker James Mangold takes the tale of the Wolverine from the pages of Marvel Comics into an epic, elegiac (and R-rated) western. This noir edition concludes Logan’s story in evocative black-and-white; Sir Patrick Stewart co-stars.


Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome Edition (2015)
Tuesday 27th @ 9:30pm (2hrs)
Action/ Adventure/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
George Miller’s revival his post-apocalyptic action franchise blew the roof off movie houses and blazed away with a truckful of Oscars. Tom Hardy steps into the title role, bringing wounded gravitas to the wasteland warrior; Charlize Theron is equally fine as the hard-driving Imperator Furiosa, whom Max joins in a struggle for freedom from the tyrannical Immortan Joe. Fury Road erupts with visual creativity, and effortlessly balances memorable characters, feminist subtexts, and an abundance of insane stunt work that must be seen to be believed. Now experience it in Miller’s preferred palette: black & white!

Strangers on a Train (1951)
Thursday 29th @ 3:30 & 7pm (1hr 43min)
Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.


Rope (1948)
Thursday 29th @ 5:25 & 8:55pm (1hr 20min)
Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Staff Pick

Wednesday 28th @ 9:15pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... Believed lost for many years, Wake in Fright has been painstakingly restored by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive and AtLab Deluxe, and is presented in its original uncompromising form. -- (C) Drafthouse Films

Double Feature

Friday 30th @ 7pm (1hr 42min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and surgical instruments mutilate-how far will Bateman go? How much can he get away with?


The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Friday 30th @ 9pm (1hr 50min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

Followed by a Skype interview with Director Roger Avery