Friday, October 20, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Space Visitors Film Fest, Suspiria, Old Dark House

We are dangerously close to Halloween night guys! There just a week and a half, and one more Friday night left before we see who commits to a costume all day to celebrate October 31st, who backs out at the last minute, and who goes all out. It's definitely bittersweet, because once it's over it's just a short matter of time before the decorations come down and the counter is reset. But hey, there is some mouth watering film programming between then and now! This weekend alone, Suspiria is screening at two different places, Leatherface and The Snowman are both released in theatres, and the Castro Theatre outdoes itself with another genius set of double features. And to top it all off, the Space Visitors Film Fest is getting ready to land at the Balboa Theate... This is an insane weekend!!

Opening Today

Opens Friday 20th (1hr 30min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff's daughter dead. Ten years later, the Sawyer teen kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, Sawyer goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.

Opens Friday 20th (1hr 59min)
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
When an elite crime squad's lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Alamo Drafthouse

Friday 20th @ 8:45pm (1hr 23min)
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:05pm & 8:30pm
Drama/ Romance (Google)
Alone and depressed after the suicide of her lover, American flight attendant Gina (Lindsay Burdge, A TEACHER) travels to Paris and hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome (Damien Bonnard, STAYING VERTICAL) on her layover. But as Gina falls deeper into lust and opts to stay in France, this harmless rendezvous quickly turns into unrequited amour fou. When Jerome's ex Clemence (Esther Garrel) reenters the picture, Gina is sent on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism, and madness. Inspired by European erotic dramas from the '70s, THIRST STREET burrows deep into the delirious extremes we go to for love.

4K Restoration

A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper) senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Ill at ease as the result of her fellow student's peculiar behavior and increasingly terrified following a series of gruesome and spectacular murders, Suzy slowly begins to unravel the dark history of the academy. Convinced that the occult roots of the school and the horrific tale of its founding mother may hold an unthinkable secret, she begins a hallucinatory journey into the black heart of one of the most powerful witches ever known to exist. As Suzy edges ever closer to a secret that may hold the answers to all of her nightmares, the coven's grip on her soul begins to tighten until there is seemingly no escape. Will Suzy solve the mystery of the cursed academy before the fearsome Black Queen consumes her, or will she finally reveal the secret that has forever haunted the lavish corridors of the academy and bring an end to the Black Queen's terrifying reign?

Screening in 70mm

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd @ 12:15pm (1hr 49min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

Super Shangri-La Show Presesnts

Saturday 21st @ 10am (all day)
The Balboa theatre and Super Shangri-La Show present an all day event of
Movies, Documentaries and Gust Speakers about visitors from beyond our
galaxy! From the classics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Laserblast,
Plan 9 From Outer Space and In Search Of, to Small Town Monsters-The
Invasion of Chestnut Ridge and the Mothman of Point Pleasant, we will
showing cult classics along with new films.

4K Double Feature

The Old Dark House (1932)
Friday 20th @ 7:30pm (1hr 12min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Frankenstein director James Whale turned J.B. Priestley's novel "Benighted" into a nerve-jangling tale (originally released in 1932) that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come. Stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Friday 20th @ 8:55pm (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.

Suspiria (1977)
Sunday 22nd @ 7pm (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)


Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Sunday 22nd @ 8:55pm (1hr 32min)
Thriller/ Indie (Google)
After record producer Swan (Paul Williams) steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) and gives it to one of his bands, Leach sneaks into Swan's offices. Catching Leach, Swan frames him for dealing drugs, which lands him in prison. After Leach breaks out and again attempts to sabotage Swan's empire, an accident crushes his face. Leach then dons a costume and becomes the Phantom, intent on ruining Swan while saving singer Phoenix (Jessica Harper) from a terrible fate.

Midnight Madness

Friday 20th @ 11:55pm (1hr 50min)
Saturday 21st @ 11:55pm
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

Saturday 21st @ 4:30pm (1hr 59min)
Sunday 22nd @ 8:45pm
Action/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run.


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