Monday, August 6, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Slender Man, Along Came the Devil, The Meg

Unlike the past couple of weeks, today's screenings in the bay highlights list is huge! We've got three new films coming to out, one of which we unfortunately are only getting on VOD for now, and a nice collection of genre across the city.

One of the most exciting new movies this week is also the one I'm the most skeptical about, and that is Slender Man. Looking past the fact that they broke up a word I'm used to seeing as a single entity, this movie is PG-13. And with the never ending supply of dumb Slenderman stuff in the atmophere, a studio film does not exactly fill me with hope that this will be anything different. But then I peeked at who was playing the titular tuxedo'd figure and somewhat changed my mind when I saw the impossibly pliable Javier Botet's name. I'm torn; on one hand PG-13 horror can sometimes be exactly what you're looking for in terms of light hearted and fun, but on the other hand Javier still could not save Mama...

Also this week, Midnites for Maniacs celebrate Alice Cooper's 70th birthday with an iconic double feature, followed by Q&A with Tom Silberkleit, local author whose father produced the second of the double feature. Terror Tuesday is a big Wes Craven title, and Robot Jox gets to see the light of day again on Weird Wednesday! 

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 9th (1hr 33min)
Opens Friday 10th
Horror (IMDB)
In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.

Early Screenings Thursday 9th (1hr 54min)
Opens Friday 10th
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A deep-sea submersible--part of an international undersea observation program--has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific... with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew--and the ocean itself--from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 10th (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Ashley (Sydney Sweeney) is sent to live with her estranged Aunt Tanya (Jessica Barth). While in her old hometown she has visions of her deceased mom, driving her to contact the spirit world. Ashley unknowingly unearths a demonic force, which leaves her loved ones fighting for her soul.

Alamo Drafthouse

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 7th @ 10pm (1hr 42min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Wes Craven wrote and directed this surrealistic horror-comedy, which was inspired by a true story of parents keeping their children locked in a basement for years. Fool (Brandon Adams), an African-American teen, breaks into the home of the wealthy landlords who evicted his family from a ghetto tenement. A fortune in gold coins is rumored to exist inside, but Fool discovers that the mansion is a chamber of horrors presided over by a pair of incestuous, serial killer siblings (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie). The twisted couple has also tried to raise a succession of kidnapped boys. Each botched effort is handled the same way -- the victim's eyes, ears and tongues are removed, and he's sent to live in the sealed-off basement, where a colony of similarly deformed "brothers" resides. Fool is able to avoid the evil lovers as he moves through the house's maze of hidden passageways. He discovers that the occupants have a daughter, Alice (A.J. Langer), who has survived their abuse, so he rescues her and they attempt to free the "people under the stairs."

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 8th @ 9:45pm (1hr 25min)
Action/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Sometime far into the future international powers settle their differences in gigantic arenas where each nation sponsors an incredible robot gladiator. These gladiators duke it out to determine the distribution of world territories. This might be best appreciated by pre-teen video warfare fans.

30th Anniversary Screening

Thursday 8th @ 7pm (1hr 27min)
Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Miracle Mile starts conventionally enough, with bashful musician Anthony Edwards going ga-ga over waitress Mare Winningham. After a pleasant if somewhat quirky day together, Edwards and Winningham plan a tete-a-tete at the all-night restaurant where the girl works. While preparing to call her on a pay phone, Edwards intercepts a frantic call from a soldier stationed at a Midwestern missile silo. The message: nuclear warheads have been launched, and it's only 70 minutes to Armageddon! This unsettling news casts severe doubts over the future of Edwards' and Winningham's relationship.

Followed by Steve De Jarnatt & Eddie Muller in Conversation

Monday 6th @ 9pm (2hr 15min)
Tuesday 7th @ 8:45pm
Thursday 9th @ 6:45pm
Fantasy/ Horror/ Musical (IMDB)
Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

Thursday 9th @ 7pm (1hr 34min)
Comedy/ Music (IMDB)
Originally a skit on "Saturday Night Live" during the late '80s and early '90s, "Wayne's World" is about two teenage dudes who host a public access TV show, which is mainly about rock, babes and people who live in the area. One day Wayne and Garth go to a rock concert, and Wayne falls in love with a bass guitarist named Cassandra Wong. Wayne spends the rest of the movie trying to get Casandra to fall in love with him. He also struggles with a network executive who wants to buy the rights to his show.


Thursday 9th @ 9:10pm (1hr 24min)
Horror/ Music (IMDB)
This is a remastered version of macabre rock star Alice Cooper's 1975 performance of his Welcome to My Nightmare rock & roll show before a live audience in London. Without the pioneering Cooper, there would be no Marilyn Manson or any of a number of modern derivative acts. His elaborate theatrics, encompassing lots of makeup, smoke machines, skeletons, giant spiders, a cyclops, and the disembodied voice of horror movie star Vincent Price, established benchmarks for years of subsequent hard rock band tours. By 1989, Cooper's appeal had dwindled to the point where his concerts were often small affairs that mainly attracted disaffected boys scarcely in their teens too drunk to comprehend the tongue-in-cheek aspects of Cooper's performance. By that time, some of the speakers on-stage were just hollow props. In this performance, however, Alice Cooper rocks on at the height of his fame.

Friday 10th @ 7pm (1hr 32min)
Documentary/ History (IMDB)
This film recounts a defining period of 20th century history and serves as a chilling and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States--artfully presented through a collage of newsreel footage, government archives, military training films, and fifties music.

Live Q&A with director Jayne Loader After the Monday 13th 7pm Screenings!

Screening All Weekend


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