Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday Insider: Terror Tuesday Tribute to George A. Romero in October

Earlier this year, we lost an icon in the horror community, father of the zombie genre, George Romero. And this October the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco will be paying their respects with a month of Romero flavored Terror Tuesdays.

The movies are listed in the order they will screen in but the times have yet to be announced. And the Alamo has been known to occasionally move dates and times of some movies but only as a final resort. These films will all be screening in 35mm and the eldest of the lineup, the one that started it all, will be premiering a new restoration. The lineup also includes a rare screening of Martin, which you aren't likely to see in theatres again any time soon. 

Season of the Witch (1972)
Tuesday October 3rd
Horror/ Drama
Frustrated with her uncommunicative husband and distant daughter, a suburban housewife seeks solace in witchcraft.

The Crazies (2010)
Tuesday October 10th
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi
David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house, after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh -- with insanity. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won't let anyone in or out -- even those uninfected. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

Rare Screening

Martin (1977)
Tuesday October 17th
Drama/ Horror
One of horror filmmaker George Romero's many "small" 1970s films, Martin was fortunate enough to foster a cult following that has enabled it to take its proper place as a minor classic. 17-year-old Martin (John Amplas) has convinced himself that he's actually an aged vampire. Since he has no fangs, Martin must resort to razor blades to draw blood. A regular caller to a local radio talk show, Martin is encouraged by the ratings-conscious host to persist in his vampiric behavior. Despite his random bloodletting, no one takes Martin too seriously except his grandfather Lincoln Maazel, who knows all too well that a vampire curse has befallen the boy. As is the case with all of Romero's films, Martin is best enjoyed on an empty stomach.

West Coast Premier of the Criterion Restoration

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Tuesday October 24th
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.

Day of the Dead (1985)
Tuesday October 31st
Flesh-eating zombies close in on a handful of soldiers and scientists holed up in an underground bunker. Final chapter of Romero's trilogy.


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