Friday, October 6, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Hocum Pokem, Better Watch Out, Cold Moon

I don't know about you guys, but I can't stand the rush people are in to get their Christmas decorations out. It seems to be getting earlier and earlier each year! But I make an exception when it comes to Christmas horror! And that's the case with Better Watch Out, which opens in select theatres and is available on VOD today. We saw a trailer for this film at Son of Monsterpalooza last month, followed by a Q&A with the director, and I'm definitely excite to check it out. And what do you know? It's actually playing in San Francisco! The 4 Star theatre isn't the best at updating their calendar, but it does show up in a Google search of the movie.

This week, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! kicked off its month long run at the Oasis SF, with three showtimes a week and closing night on Halloween. Don't miss it! You can follow this drag rendition up with Peaches Christ's Hocum Pokem, which has two showtimes this Saturday. You'd better act fast, because the 8 pm show is already sold out!

And if you're looking for something to do on Halloween, check the bottom  of this post! 

Opening This Week

Better Watch Out (2017)
Limited Theatres / VOD Friday 6th (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night--or so she thinks.

Screening All Weekend (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre, SUPER DARK TIMES marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips, whose critically acclaimed 2015 short film "Too Cool For School" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Zach (Owen Phillips) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil.

Peaches Christ Productions Presents

Saturday 7th @ 3pm (8pm is sold out)
Don't miss a very rare theatrical screening of the Disney classic Hocus Pocus at the historic Castro Theatre featuring the world premiere of Peaches Christ's latest stage-play "HOCUM POKEM" starring RuPaul's Drag Race winners Bob The Drag Queen and Jinkx Monsoon. This special event will happen one day only. Audience members are STRONGLY encouraged to come in costume and check back here for further details, cast additions, and more information coming soon.

Followed By Hocus Pocus!

Double Feature

Jaws (1975)
Sunday 8th @ 3pm & 7pm (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.


Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Sunday 8th @ 5:20pm & 9:20pm (1hr 19min)
Horror (IMDB)
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Midnight Madness

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th @ 11:55pm (1hr 23min)
Horror (IMDB)
Just as Hitchcock's Psycho was based on the life of deeply disturbed farmer Ed Gein, so is this little story of depravity and dementia. When a sister and her brother take a group of friends to visit the farmhouse of their deceased grandfather, they discover that just next door lives a whole family of repugnant psycho killers. Most noteworthy is "Leatherface" who is the bloke who wields the power saw and has a penchant for human flesh. Though the film did not enjoy immediate success at the box office, it has since gathered a hefty cult following. Directed by Tobe Hooper, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is considered by many to be groundbreaking work in the genre of horror.

New Parkway Theatre

Friday 6th @ 9:30pm (1hr 40min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
Comedian Eddie Murphy tried something different with this 1995 film that he produced and co-wrote, enlisting veteran horror director Wes Craven to give the story some chills. The uneven comedy-horror tale features Murphy as a vampire named Maximillian who arrives in Brooklyn on a ship full of people who have been brutally murdered. One of the corpses on board closely resembles that of Rita (Angela Bassett), one of the detectives assigned to the case. Maximillian targets Rita, hoping to get a dance with her that will bring her under his control. He enlists the help of a worker named Julius (Kadeem Hardison), biting his neck and turning him into a slowly decaying ghoul. Also seeking to romance Rita, though in a less sinister way, is her longtime detective partner Justice (Allen Payne). Maximillian uses his supernatural powers to interfere with the budding romance. Murphy also plays a preacher and an Italian gangster in this bizarre film.

Friday 6th @ 10:15pm (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
"A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders."

Saturday 7th @ 10pm (1hr 28min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town's mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere.

Screening All Weekend(1hr 32min)
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
In a sleepy southern town, the Larkin family suffers a terrible tragedy. Now the Larkin's are about to endure another: Traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly visage prowls in the streets, and graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror . . . And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form to seek a terrible vengeance.

Coming Soon to the 
Clay Theatre

Takashi Miike's 100th Film

Early Screening Tuesday 31st @ 7:30pm (2hrs 20min)
Action/ Drama (IMDB)
Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.

Followed by a live Q&A with Takashi Miike


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