Monday, September 25, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, Fantastic Fest, The Devil Rides Out

There's so much going on this week, I hardly know where to start!
First off, this Terror Tuesday gets into the Halloween spirit with the least popular of the Halloweens (depending on who you ask), Season of the Witch. After that, Fantastic Fest kicks off Thursday night, complete with an opening night party. And Friday is the craziest day yet... Aside from the opening of a reality bending drama at the Embarcadero Theatre, it's also Stereo Argento III at the Stud in San Francisco! 

Get more info about this blood soaked event from our interview with its co-host and co-creator Meredeath here! Oh and on top of all that, this is the week of long awaited sequels, one of which the tickets went on sale for today!

Special Event Screening

Tuesday 26th @ 7pm (1hr 40min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Sergeant Tubbs assembles a task force hellbent on destroying The Creeper.

Monday 25th @ 10:15pm (1hr 45min)
Fantasy/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 26th @ 10pm (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Mystery. Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In the third Halloween feature--which really has little connection to the previous two--the psychotic killer is a scientist (Dan O'Herlihy) who creates a brand of satanic Halloween masks which kill the children who wear them.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 27th @ 10:20pm (1hr 20min)
Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Cult hero Paul Bartel directed this low-budget satire in which America's passion for cars, violence, and sporting events are finally brought together in one convenient package. In the not-so-distant future, the United States has become a totalitarian regime overseen by the charming but sinister Mr. President (Sandy McCallum), who, in order to satisfy the masses' need for entertainment (and to quench their thirst for violence), has created a new national sport -- the Death Race, a nationwide road rally in which the winner is not determined by who finishes first, but by who scores the most points along the way by running over hapless pedestrians. Aspiring champions Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone), Calamity Jane (Mary Woronov), Nero the Hero (Martin Kove), and Matilda the Hun (Roberta Collins) are all looking to take the top honors away from Frankenstein (David Carradine), a half-man/half-machine who has been built to be the best racer on Earth and can outrun and outkill anyone on the circuit. However, not everyone likes the Death Race, and revolutionary leader Thomasina Paine (Harriet Medin) wants to sabotage the event in the name of restoring democracy; her plan is to foil Frankenstein's expected victory by smuggling her daughter Annie (Simone Griffeth) into Frankenstein's race car as his navigator. Featuring David Carradine at the height of his Kung Fu fame (and Sylvester Stallone a year before Rocky), Death Race 2000 was a major drive-in hit in 1975; Bartel and Carradine teamed up for another road race movie, Cannonball, a year later, and a semi-sequel, Death Sport, appeared in 1978. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Fantastic Fest

Friday 29th @ 3:30pm (1hr 28min)
Documentary/ Horror (IMDB)
Haunters: The Art Of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. What kind of person dedicates their life to turning other people's nightmares into reality, and how far is too far? Explore the rise of terror as entertainment, by going behind-the-screams and into the lives of Shar Mayer, legendary scare actor, Donald Julson, a traditional boo-scare maze designer, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates the most controversial full-contact haunt of all time... in his own backyard. Also featuring John Murdy (Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights), Jon Braver (Delusion), Josh Randall (Blackout), Eric Lowther (Haunted Overload), Bruce Stanton (Reign of Terror), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & GSN's HELLEVATOR), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare) and many more talented artists.

Friday 29th @ 12:30pm (1hr 47min)
Biography/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America's most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story. Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel's Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, "Mad Men"), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, "Patriots Day"). But this camaraderie can't mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Jeff spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Wednesday 27th @ 7:30pm (1hr 35min)
Horror (IMDB)
Dennis Wheatley's black magic novel becomes a Hammer horror movie, with Christopher Lee for once in the role of the good guy playing the Duc De Richleau, an authority on the occult who must battle a group of Satanists for the soul of his friend.

Boileau-Narcejac on Film Double Feature

Vertigo (1958)
Thursday 28th @ 7pm (2hrs 9min)
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.


Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Thursday 28th @ 5:10pm & 9:25pm (1hr 28min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
Dr. Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) is riddled with guilt after an accident that he caused disfigures the face of his daughter, the once beautiful Christiane (Edith Scob), who outsiders believe is dead. Dr. Génessier, along with accomplice and laboratory assistant Louise (Alida Valli), kidnaps young women and brings them to the Génessier mansion. After rendering his victims unconscious, Dr. Génessier removes their faces and attempts to graft them on to Christiane's.

Boileau-Narcejac on Film Double Feature

Vertigo (1958)
Friday 29th @ 7pm (2hrs 9min)
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.


Body Parts (1991)
Friday 29th @ 5:10pm & 9:25pm (1hr 28min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
After receiving a new arm in a transplant operation, a psychiatrist suddenly grows increasingly violent. He realizes that he has been partly possessed by his arm's previous owner, a psychotic killer. This gory chiller follows the psychiatrist's struggle to regain control of his own body before he kills again.

Opens Friday 29th (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
The exquisite feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Woodshock is a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that exists in a dream-world all its own. Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of the Mulleavy siblings as a major new voice in film.

Coming soon to the 

October 3rd @ 7pm (1hr 33min)
Horror/ Slasher
In 2007, forty-nine people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong's claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.


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