Friday, October 27, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Vampir-Cuadecuc, Gialloween (Extended), Jigsaw, Tragedy Girls

Happy last Friday of October guys!

Today is the official release date of the newest installment of the Saw franchise, Jigsaw, but to be completely honest there are some carefully programmed series that outshine the big budget new release for me. And that's not to say Jigsaw wasn't good either. We took a field trip to see it in XD on Thursday and it was a lot of fun to watch. But when it's put next to some of the foreign avant-garde horror films showing at the Yerba Buena, or the Mexican art house film screening at the Roxie on Sunday... it's just a lot more mainstream. And if you want to see something old that could never be made again, and that you aren't going to see in theatres too often, then take a look through the list of what's screening around the bay area this Halloween Eve weekend.

Opening Today

Opens Friday 27th (1hr 31min)
Crime/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Thirteen years ago on Halloween weekend--SAW and the character of JIGSAW introduced the world to a new face of horror. For seven straight years "If it's Halloween it must be SAW" was a holiday tradition. This October 27, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures proudly present JIGSAW! After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that's only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own?

See Jigsaw in XD opening weekend and get a free poster!

Screening All Weekend (2hrs 1min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family's life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.

Friday 27th @  7pm (1hr 42min)
Comedy/ Crime (IMDB)
The day started off as any other for Frank, but is soon disrupted when his friend Jeff shows up one morning, calling on an old drunken favour. He's got a dead body, and wants some help - no questions asked.

Friday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 38min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?

Saturday 28th @ 7pm (1hr 27min)
Drama/ Horror (Google)
Members of a metal band get a chance at a comeback when they are invited to perform at Coachella. When they become stranded in the desert, they have to fight for their lives against giant ants.

Saturday 28th @ 9pm (1hr 33min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Romance (IMDB)
Scraping by flushing septic systems is not Chip's vision of a perfect life. But he's a simple guy and he's got a great girlfriend in Liza. Sure, she supplements their income with a sugar daddy, but every relationship has it's own complexities. When Liza suggests that they relieve her sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed...or never wanted to admit. Now he's got a gun in his hand, a girl in his trunk and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of this mess. A punk-rock romantic comedy for our jagged times.

Sunday 29th @ 9pm (1hr 25min)
International/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent. As the years passed and the case grew cold, the unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, a creepy campfire story passed from generation to generation. Now, a group of teenagers arrives at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder by reconstructing it minute by minute. As night falls, turns out not all of them are there to play. Tonight... it's girls against boys. Let the killing games begin.

Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! (2017)
Screening All Weekend @ 8pm (1hr 26min)
Horror (IMDB)
Members of the all-girl punk rock band "Kill, Pussy, Kill!" must fight for their lives and attempt to outwit an unknown assailant after finding themselves trapped in a madman's maze.

Saturday 28th @ 11:30pm (1hr 36min)
Horror (IMDB)
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.

Presented by AGFA

Sunday 29th @ 6pm
Summon your black magick! Polish your machete! Because DISMEMBER THE ALAMO is coming! This Alamo Drafthouse tradition is a four-film mystery horror movie marathon that delivers 1001% fun directly to your degenerate soul. Just like a blood pact with Satan…BUT BETTER.
The night's lineup will remain a secret until just before showtime, guaranteeing maximum tricks 'n' treats. Join us this Halloween season as we celebrate the cream-of-the-rot from AGFA’s phantasmic collection with mystery movies, mystery surprises, and mysteries of every cerebral un-plane imaginable.

Balboa Theatre

Halloween Cartoons
Saturday 28th @ 10am

William Peter Blatty Double Feature

The Exorcist (1973)
Sunday 29th @ 3:30pm & 8:15pm (2hrs 2min)
Horror (IMDB)
Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles. The Exorcist received a theatrical rerelease in 2000, in a special edition that added 11 minutes of footage trimmed from the film's original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman's Oscar-winning sound work. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


The Ninth Configuration (1980)
Sunday 29th @ 6pm (
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, proved a workmanlike producer/director for 1979's The Ninth Configuration. Army psychiatrist Col. Kane (Stacy Keach) (teetering on the sanity brink himself) tries to minister to the patients in a military mental hospital. The fact that the hospital is located in a brooding old castle is hardly conducive to speedy recoveries. Nor does the mid-film barroom brawl indicate that Kane's approach to mental health is all that workable. Blatty adapted the screenplay for The Ninth Configuration from his own novel Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane (which also served as the film's title during one of its many releases).


Saturday 28th @ 9:30pm (1hr 24min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
If a serial killer isn't stopped, there won't be any beautiful young models left in Rome. The killer always wears a stocking mask, making things extremely difficult for detective Thomas Reiner. The plot contains few surprises: what socks this one over is its gruesome stylishness, a trademark of director Mario Bava. As usual, however, Bava seems more comfortable with shock cuts and clever camera angles than he is with actors. Even such dependable performers as Cameron Mitchell and Eva Bartok come off like stick figures. All the same, Blood & Black Lace is a serviceable introduction to the blood-spattered ouevre of Mario Bava.

Sunday 29th @ 7pm (1hr 18min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Sunday 29th @ 8:30pm (1hr 36min)
Thriller (IMDB)
That title alone should tell you this one isn’t to be missed. Sergio Martino’s lurid take on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” stars giallo queen Edwige Fenech in one of her wildest roles.

Avant-Garde Horror

Sunday 29th @ 2pm (1hr 10min)
Documentary/ Horror (IMDB)
An experimental film using the stock footage of Jeas Franco's Count Dracula with an atmospheric sound track to create a subversive experience.

Sunday 29th @ 4pm (1hr 35min)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a series of unsettling experiences for a young married couple. Slowly they become incapable of knowing exactly where they are: in the real world? in their own minds? Or could they be characters in someone else’s imagination?


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