Monday, October 23, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Another Hole in the Head Film Fest, Avant-Garde Horror, Gialloween, Jigsaw

If every week in the bay area was as crazy as this one we'd all lose our minds! Not only is the long awaited Jigsaw carving its way into theatres starting this Thursday, but San Francisco's own horror/ sci-fi/ fantasy film fest, Another Hole in the Head kicks off its 14th year this Wednesday! Their lineup pays homage to the classics, but also features several indie gems that you seriously don't want to miss. The one closing out the week this Friday night already left its mark on Book Wyrm at the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (ahem), and now it's coming to our side of the states. Of course I'm talking about Tragedy Girls! AHITH runs for two weeks and I'll keep a close eye on their schedule to let you guys know what's coming up.

Also this week, the Roxie Theatre and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ring Halloween in early each with their own themed film series. At the Roxie, Gialloween starts tonight and runs through Thursday. And the Yerba Buena's Avant-Garde Horror lineup begins Thursday night and runs to Sunday.

We've got a lot of choices to make people.

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 26th (!hr 31min)
Opens Friday 27th
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?

Comes to Netflix Tuesday 24th (1hr 18min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.

Opens Thursday 25th (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.

Wednesday 25th @ 9pm (1hr 31min)
Action/ Drama/ History (IMDB)
Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.

Thursday 26th @ 7pm (1hr 34min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?

Thursday 26th @ 9pm (1hr 58min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
A wicked mind, a childish mind, a nightmare... Different stories connected to a mysterious serial killer, called "General Cubicus", weave together.

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?

70mm Screening

Monday 23rd @ 7pm & 10pm (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.

4K Restoration

Tuesday 24th @ 12:45pm (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
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?

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 24th @ 7pm & 9:45pm (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.

West Coast Premiere of the 4K Restoration

Weird  Wednesday

Wednesday 25th @ 9pm (1hr 47min)
Drama/ Music (IMDB)
Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys' shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. (c) Official Site

Night Skies Presents

Tuesday 24th @ 7:30pm (1hr 37min)
Fantasy/ Horror (Google)
David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he's plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

Castro Theatre

I Wake Up Dreaming
Triple Feature

House of Horrors (1946)
Monday 23rd @ 6:30pm (1hr 5min)
Noir/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.


The Spiritualist (aka The Amazing M. X) (1948)
Monday 23rd @ 7:50pm (1hr 18min)

Noir/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Also known as The Amazing Mr. X, The Spiritualist stars Turhan Bey as the title character, a mysterious mystic named Alexis. Making a comfortable living by fleecing the gullible wealthy, Alexis' latest target is grieving young widow Christine Faber (Lynn Bari). Hoping to communicate with her husband, who supposedly died in a car crash two years earlier, Christine submits to Alexis' crystal-ball act. Our hero finds out more than he bargained for when the "deceased" Mr. Faber (Donald Curtis) turns up very much alive as the central figure in an elaborate fraud scheme.


The Soul of a Monster (1944)
Monday 23rd @ 9:20pm (1hr 1min)
Horror (IMDB)
As a beloved physician lies hopelessly ill at death’s door, a mysterious woman arrives, hastening his miraculous recovery amidst the suspicious aura of satanic skullduggery! This strangely hypnotic horror / noir hybrid makes for a highly rewarding film with deeper, more spiritual messaging than normally expected of a sixty-minute B picture.


Monday 23rd @ 9:15pm (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.

Tuesday 24th @ 9:15pm (1hr 47min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
One of the final links between the Edgar Wallace-based German krimi genre and the Italian giallo thriller, this creepy mystery stars Fabio Testi as a college professor who sleeps with his students and is blamed when a string of murders occurs. Joachim Fuchsberger, as usual, is the police inspector trying to solve the killings; Camille Keaton, Buster Keaton's grand-niece and later the star of Meir Zarchi's I Spit on Your Grave (1980) has a supporting role; cameraman Aristide Massaccesi, later infamous as gore director "Joe D'Amato," turns up as a cop. Massimo Dallamano's direction is assured. This first-rate thriller was based on Wallace's Secret of the Green Pin.

Wednesday 25th @ 9:15pm (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.

Thursday 26th @ 9:15pm (1hr 42min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
When several young boys are brutally murdered in a small southern Italian village, the superstitious locals react with ignorance and violence. All misfits are immediately suspected, such as big-city tart Barbara Bouchet, the local village idiot, and voodoo practitioner Florinda Bolkan, who is brutally murdered by the villagers in a startling and powerful scene. Cop Tomas Milian (Almost Human, Amistad) comes to investigate, and is rather curious about a young priest who censors the town's reading material to keep it free of corruption. The peculiar clergyman seems to envy the dead boys, who will never grow up to be corrupted. Milian soon becomes convinced that the priest wants to send the kids' souls to Heaven and feels guilt about desiring the boys sexually.

Avant-Garde Horror

Thursday 26th @ 7:30pm (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?

Friday 27th @ 7:30pm 
Celebrate Halloween on the big screen with these vintage and modern experimental shorts, spanning almost a century. This sinister lineup will be (mostly) shown on 16mm film.


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