Friday, October 13, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Happy Death Day, Frankenstein Triple Feature, SpookFest

Happy Friday the 13th!!! I've got my Camp Crystal Lake shirt on, so I'm  safe from Lord Battle pinching me 😁 This is going to be a good weekend in the bay area, Happy Death Day gets its wide release today and I'd say it's worth checking out, the Castro Theatre is screening a Frankenstein triple feature on Saturday, and SpookFest is going to be at the Roxie Theatre tonight only! We also have some really cool stuff on the horizon, with the Space Visitors Film Fest happening next week, and Another Hole in the Head kicking off the week after. I'm so giddy over the fact that San Francisco is growing its domestic film festival list, and both of these sound amazing!

Opening Today

Opens Friday 13th (1hr 36min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity. Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and written by Scott Lobdell and Landon.

Triple Feature!

Frankenstein (1931)
Sunday 15th @ 3pm & 8pm (1hr 10min)
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
"Frankenstein" is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein", who creates a monster, by taking body parts from dead people. Upon placing a brain inside the head of the monster, Henry and his assistant Fritz are amazed that the experiment is alive. When the monster mistakenly kills Maria, a young girl he meets down by the river, the town is up in arms and aims to bring the monster to justice. They find the monster and his creator in an old windmill, where the monster is attempting to kill his maker.

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Sunday 14th @ 4:30pm & 9:30pm 
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.


Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Sunday 14th @ 6pm (1hr 39min)
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Friday 13th @ 4pm (1hr 31min)
Saturday 14th @ 11:45am
Sunday 15th @ 1pm
Horror/ Family/ Sci-fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice.

Friday 13th @ 10pm (1hr 35min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Friday 13th @ 8pm (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.

Saturday 14st @ 10pm (1hr 42min)
Slasher/ Cult Film (Google)
Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. Hooper brings a real budget this time (having recently directed Poltergeist for Steven Spielberg) and the talents of veteran make-up artist Tom Savini. This means he can make things bigger, louder, and gorier than ever before; and they are. He also brings a wacky, self-deprecating sense of humor, as if deliberately flaunting Texas Chainsaw Massacre's status as one of the first and still greatest "slasher" movies. The result is an impish take-off on the original film (and contemporary horror movies in general) which elevates its own cliches (buckets of blood and gore, droll dialogue, the screaming female lead) to the level of high camp.

Sunday 15th @ 3:05pm (1hr 7min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
At a carnival in Germany, Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss). The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true -- making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?

Friday 13th @ 7pm (2hrs)
SpookFest is the film festival that goes bump in the night! We’re bringing you 13 new homegrown shorts about oddball creatures, diligent aliens, and mutant grocery produce, all with a touch of humor and a splash of fake blood.

Friday 13th @ 9:30pm (1hr 50min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rrotten Tomatoes)
She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine - a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (KEITH GORDON), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath.


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