Monday, September 18, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): The Houses October Built 2, Friend Request, Akira

So once again we find ourselves at the top of a new week, looking for movies to escape to throughout the next couple of days. But what's different about this week? For one thing, we've passed the half way point of September and we're that much closer to the most horror centric and festive month. And that means we're closer the the George Romero Terror Tuesday Tribute month at the Alamo Drafthouse!

But that's still a way off, so let's take a look at what's in store for us this week. I just completed my first haunt of the season over the weekend, so I'm particularly ready for the first release on this list...

Opening This Week

Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 22nd (1hr 41min)
Horror (IMDB)
Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton - a group who take "extreme haunt" to another level - five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins...

Early Screenings Thursday 21st(1hr 32min)
Opens Friday 22nd
Horror / Thriller (IMDB)
Laura, a popular college girl, is very active on social media and shares almost everything in her life with her 800+ friends on Facebook. However after accepting a friend request from an unknown girl named Marina, Laura becomes obsessed with Marina's profile, and soon her friends begin to die violently one by one.

Akira (1988)
Monday 18th @ 7pm (Subtitled)
Monday 18th @ 10:05 (Dubbed) (2hrs 4min)
Animation/ Action/ Scifi (IMDB)
"A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only one kid and a group of psychics can stop."

Also Screening at the Balboa Theatre Tuesday 19th @ 7:30pm

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 19th @ 10:20pm (1hr 24min)
Horror/ Suspense/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In this fantasy thriller, when teen-ager Steve Clark moves to Cradle Bay, Steve is immediately cautioned by Gavin Strick about the separating factions at the high school, where a club of robotic perfect students rule. Gavin claims a conspiracy is afoot, and sure enough, he turns into an ultra-perfect himself.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 20th @ 9:40pm (1hr 35min)
Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Corey Haim takes on white supremacist rollerbladers in Prayer of the Rollerboys, the futuristic tale of teen angst and sweet love on skates. Haim stars as Chris Griffin, a pizza delivery boy whose younger brother Miltie (Devin Clark) gets caught up with the local drug-pusher gang, the Rollerboys. With the help of Casey (Patricia Arquette), a female cop out for revenge for her own brother's death, they help bring down the dreaded 'boys for good. But the deeper Chris and Miltie get into the crew, the scarier their racist attitudes become, especially when its revealed that repeated use of their drug will sterilize the entire population of L.A. outside of the Rollerboys' inner circle.

Midnight Madness

Friday 22nd @ 11:55pm (1hr 29min)
Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
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.

Also Screening Saturday  23rd

Friday 22nd @ 8:05pm (1hr 41min)
Horror/ Suspense/ Romance (Rotten Tomatoes)
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. (C) Kino

Friday 22nd @ 10:25pm (2hrs 3min)
Drama/ Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Santa Sangre is the surreal horror story about a young man, Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky) who has grown up in a circus with his mother Concha (Blanca Guerra) and his philandering father. Fenix witnesses a brutal fight between his mother and father, at the end of which his mother loses both of her arms and his father commits suicide. Fenix spends years in an insane asylum, before his mother persuades him to act as her hands in her bizarre nightclub act. Soon, Concha is having Fenix perform a variety of murders, where he is killing every female in sight. Though the film has some of the hallucinatory qualities of Jodorowsky's earlier films, Santa Sangre doesn't quite have the same punch, particularly in terms of cerebral and emotional impact, despite its fine visuals. 

Monday 18th to Thursday 21st @7pm (1hr 16min)
Art House/ International/ Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins a long journey towards the light... The Girl Without Hands is the audacious feature debut from acclaimed short filmmaker S├ębastien Laudenbach, whose beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story has created an adult fairytale destined to become a classic.


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