Monday, July 24, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): It Stains the Sands Red, Curse of the Crimson Alter, Natural Born Killers

We're back at the beginning of another long week, but if you are close the the bay area, you have a lot to look forward to this week. First up, the same studio that brought us Grave Encounters releases It Stains the Sands Red to select theatres and VOD this Friday, Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa Theatre on Wednesday with an spooky and fantastical double feature, and the next night Midnites for Maniacs presents their White Trash double feature and the Roxie Theatre. But on top of all that, Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday are not to be missed!

Opening This Week

VOD/ Limited Theatres Friday 28th (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly, a troubled woman from Las Vegas, finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone ravenous zombie on her trail. At first, she's easily able to outpace her undead pursuer, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn't need to ever stop and rest.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 25th @ 9:45pm (1hr 32min)
Horror (IMDB)
This is a combination message movie and horror film, punctuated with gruesome animal attacks. The story starts with dangerous PCBs contaminating a German city's water supply. While the toxins might have a negative impact on the health of the human population, it's impact on the animals in the zoo is immediate: it drives the animals in the zoo off their feed and a further accident gets them into the streets. The chief zoo keeper, a female reporter and a police inspector team up to try to get the fearsome beasts under control and protect the city's population. Mangled bodies and some horrible deaths are strewn across the screen before the disaster has ended. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 26th @ 9:45pm 
Comedy/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A couple of years back, Vernon Chatman (Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, South Park, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle) wrote a screenplay about a family who lives adjacent to the Ground Zero of a thermonuclear disaster. Instead of sending the finished script to Hollywood, he divided it up into four parts and sent those four parts to four different comapnies that produce custom fetish porn videos. FINAL FLESH is the result of this inadvertant collaboration. There's a whole lotta nudity, a Taschen's book worth of regrettable tattoos, ponderous metaphyical musings, inventive toilet stuff, and absolutely no sex.

Super Shangri-La Show 

Wednesday 26th @ 7:30pm (1hr 29min)
Horror (IMDB)
In this spooky thriller, an evil sorcerer invites an innocent young man and his girl friend to his dark and scary mansion. The two have no idea that the black magician is planning to sacrifice the young man to atone for the evil misdeeds of his ancestors who 200 years ago burned the wizard's relative, a witch, at the stake. A crazy party precedes the gruesome ritual. Fortunately for the young couple the sage Professor March (80-year-old Boris Karloff in one of his final films) is also a skilled magic maker and is there to save them. The film is also titled Curse of the Crimson Altar and The Crimson Altar. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Wednesday 26th @ ~9pm (1hr 17min)
Drama/ Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Endless Poetry (2017)
Screening All Week (2hrs 8min)
Art House/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Through renowned father of the midnight movies Alejandro Jodorowsky's intensely personal lens, ENDLESS POETRY tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940's. Against the wishes of his authoritarian father, the 20 year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky (Adan Jodorowsky, Alejandro's son), leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago where he meets Enrique Lihn (Leandro Taub), Stella Diaz VarĂ­n (Pamela Flores), Nicanor Parra (Felipe Rios), all unknown at the time, but who would later become driving forces of twentieth century Hispanic literature. Living with these inspirational artists, Jodorowsky's exploration of his inner feelings takes him on a journey of sensual experimentation leading him to realize his innermost desires and passions. Continuing the autobiographical story he began in THE DANCE OF REALITY, ENDLESS POETRY is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one's life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness, told through Jodorowsky's unique surreal and psychedelic visual language.

Wednesday 26th @ 9:30pm (1hr 25min)
Sci-Fi/ Music (IMDB)
It may not come as much of a surprise to learn that avant-jazzman Sun Ra comes from outer space. In this comedy/concert film, he lands his spaceship in Oakland to show black people the "alter-destiny" he offers. He wants them to come back with him, and if he doesn't get enough volunteers, he threatens to chain them up and drag them along, "like they did ... in Africa." Like a scene from an Afro-Bergman film, Sun Ra plays cards with the evil Overseer (Ray Johnson) and wins the right to play a concert for his people all over the world! After the impressive show is over, he escapes back into space, with the Overseer and his agents hot on his heels. He saves his people and they watch the Earth explode from a distance.

With producer Jim Newman in person!

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
Thursday 27th @ 7:15pm (1hr 21min)
Animation/ Comedy/ Adventure (IMDB)
Satire is often misunderstood or even maligned by serious critics and Mike Judge’s debut feature is most definitely one of those films. Following Beavis and Butt-head across the raunchy back roads of un-entitled America, these two mumbling malcontents might truly have a profound purpose on this unstoppably spiraling planet. And like all great art, that purpose is up to you to uncover. MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS is proud to present the Bay Area’s first 35mm screening in more than 20 years. Come on out to the cranked up 1990s jams and low brow humor that you know you are in desperate need of.


Natural Born Killers (1994)
Thursday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 58min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
This prophetic and psychotic clusterfuck has more psychedelic energy in its first 10 minutes then most action packed franchises! Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson give career defining performances as modern day anti-heroes Mickey and Mallory Knox. Sporting one of the sexiest, white-trash couples this side of Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK (1987) and David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (1991), Stone’s hyper-kinetic experimental style utilizes pretty much every kind of camera and camera technique known to cinema. While igniting extreme controversy upon its release in 1994, it’s time to celebrate this ultra violent flick on its 23rd Anniversary as one of the most jaw dropping and important time-capsules of the decade. 

Both Screening in 35mm


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