Monday, March 12, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Demon House, 24 Frames, Nightbreed

2018 was really starting to pick up! With the release of The Strangers: Pretty At Night last week, which had several great trailers beforehand I was feeling very good about our movie selection in the first quarter of this year. 

And then Demon House showed up in my sleuthing. A nearly 2 hour long "horror documentary" written, directed, and lead by Ghost Adventures' Zak Bagans, this screams The Room offshoot.. but with ghosts and a ton of painful references to other movies. And I can't wait to see it. It'll be on select theatres and on VOD at the end of the week.

This week also brings us a familiar name for Terror Tuesday, one which just had a huge screening at the Liverpool Horror Club just a week ago, Nightbreed. The Castro Theatre brings us another perfectly paired double feature, and the Roxie Theatre offers experimental Iranian film, 24 Frames.

Opening This Week

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 16th (1hr 51min)
Documentary/ Horror (IMDB)
As mass hysteria breaks-out over an alleged demonic possession in an Indiana home, referred to as a "Portal to Hell," "Ghost Adventures" host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans buys the house, sight unseen, over the phone. He and his crew then become the next victims of the most documented case of demonic possession in US history...the "house of 200 demons."

Monday 11th @ 10:20pm (1hr 34min)
Action/ Adventure/ Scifi (IMDB)
"In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits."

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 12th @ 9:45pm (1hr 42min)
Action/ Horror/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Multimedia horror maven Clive Barker followed the success of his feature directorial debut, Hellraiser, with this equally surreal effort, based on his novella Cabal. The story involves the plight of Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a young man tormented by visions of monstrous, graveyard-dwelling creatures. Seeking the aid of his clinically cold therapist Dr. Decker (played by Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg) in deciphering his nightmares, Boone becomes convinced that his frequent blackouts are linked to a recent spate of mutilation murders in the area. His frantic search for the truth leads him to the subterranean city of Midian, the dwelling place of a mythical race of undead nocturnal monsters known as the "Nightbreed." But it is only after he is cornered and shot dead by police that Boone's real journey begins -- he finds himself resurrected as one of the Breed.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 14th @ 9:45pm (1hr 51min)
Drama (IMDB)
After getting caught cheating his bookmaking boss over a high-stakes pinball wager, Neil Gallagher (Ken Marshall) leaves his Corpus Christi home for Los Angeles, hoping to make it big as a folk rock balladeer. With best friend Henry (Harvey Lewis) in tow as his manager, Neil finds only failure, but when they come across a streetsmart 14-year-old pinball whiz named Tilt (Brooke Shields), he envisions a plan to get rich quick and save face in his hometown. Impressed by Neil's music, Tilt agrees to hitchhike with him to Texas, thinking she's helping to raise money for a demo tape. They stop by roadside arcades along the way to hustle petty gamblers into betting against the unassuming teen's pinball prowess. When the duo hit home with cash in their pockets, Neil brazenly challenges his former employer, an obese pinball champion known as "the Whale" (Charles Durning), to a 400-dollar game against the unbeatable Tilt. What Neil doesn't realize is that Tilt has caught on to his manipulation and lies, and all his big plans are going to blow up in his face when Tilt and the Whale secretly hold their own late-night pinball tourney.

Get Out (2017)
Friday 16th @ 7pm (1hr 43min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.


The Stepford Wives (1975)
Friday 16th @ 9pm (1hr 55min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.

Midnight Madness

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th @ 11:55pm (2hrs 5min)
Fantasy/ Mystery (Google)
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Opens Friday 16th (1hr 54min)
Art House/ Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between hiswork as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the twoart forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out toreconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph istaken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images, most of them starklandscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife, and digitally animated them into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minutevignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement,perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of imagemaking, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of thegiants of world cinema.


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