Monday, August 20, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Searching, What Keeps You Alive, Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell

Wow, this is going to be a very interesting week in the bay area. This week is completely covered with genre films, both new and old, foreign and domestic. I'm extremely excited to finally check out Searching in just a couple of days, especially since Unfriended: Dark Web is still fresh on my mind and I've been thinking about found footage a lot in general, what with UFF 2 preparations are already under way. I'm especially curious because this film is not listed as horror anywhere and I'm fairly certain that it is.

Also this week, Terror Tuesday fulfills another long awaited film that I have not had the pleasure of seeing, as Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key is presented on the big screen! Yes, the beautiful black cat on the cover adds even more excitement. I won't even try to deny that.

The Roxie theatre pulls a surprise vampire film out of their sleeves as well this week. For Nippon Nights, they will be screening Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell, which I'm incredibly interested in seeing. The synopsis is short and direct, which, to me, means the film itself is going to be bat shit crazy. As it should be.

And last but not least, this Friday, the ATA will host the Dreams for Dead Cats crowd funding campaign launch party! This night will consist of the San Francisco production company's short films, a 3D clip show from their first feature Elliot, and free sangria!

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 23rd (1he 42min)
Opens Friday 24th
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 24th (1hr 38min)
Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor hidden dimensions drives this thrillingly unpredictable, blood-stained fear trip. Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Jules (Brittany Allen) are a couple celebrating their one year anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods belonging to Jackie's family. From the moment they arrive, something changes in Jules' normally loving wife, as Jackie (if that even is her real name) begins to reveal a previously unknown dark side-all building up to a shocking revelation that will pit Jules against the woman she loves most in a terrifying fight to survive. Defying expectations at every turn, Director Colin Minihan delivers a nerve-twisting cat and mouse thriller built around a shattering tale of heartbreak and betrayal.

Monday 20th @ 10:50pm (1hr 38min)
Crime/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Brian DePalma directed this taut thriller, set in Atlantic City, where a corrupt cop investigates a political assassination. Outside an Atlantic City arena-hotel-casino, a TV news reporter stands in a pre-hurricane storm to report on the heavyweight boxing match about to begin inside. A transition to the stadium interior focuses on Atlantic City homicide Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage), a father with a wife and son, yet also a dishonest cop who maintains a mistress and cheerfully accepts bribes. DePalma's Steadicam follows Santoro on a fast-paced tour of the stadium as the laughing, yelling detective travels stairs and hallways, talks to a gal with a between-rounds placard, visits the dressing room of champ Lincoln Tyler (Stan Shaw), rides down an escalator to squeeze money from a small-time hood, enters the arena of 14,000 fight fans, talks on his phone with his girlfriend and wife, and sits ringside next to his lifelong buddy, Navy Cmdr. Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise). Behind Dunne, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Kirkland (Joel Fabiani) is seated alongside billionaire casino owner Gilbert Powell (John Heard). As the fight gets underway, Dunne abandons his position protecting the defense chief to pursue a suspicious redhead. From his ringside vantage point, Santoro has a close view of the champ, curiously conscious despite taking a kayo punch. At that moment, an assassin fires at Kirkland.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 21st @ 10:15pm (1hr 36min)
International/ Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A novelist suffering from a bad case of writer's block finds his troubles compounded when the violent murder of his mistress sparks a bloody crime spree in this giallo from The Case of the Scorpion's Tail director Sergio Martino. Oliver (Luigi Pistilli) is an embittered, booze-swilling writer trapped in a loveless, sadomasochistic marriage with his equally venomous wife Irina (Anita Strindberg). Desperate for some physical affection and repulsed by his unaccommodating wife, Oliver schedules an illicit rendezvous with a beautiful young woman who works at a local book store. When Oliver fails to show for their extramarital encounter and later learns that his lover has been slashed to death, a subsequent series of brutal slayings leads him to believe that someone very close to him is harboring a deadly secret.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 22nd @ 10:15pm (1hr 18min)
Sci-Fi/ Comedy (IMDB)
Showcasing comic genius Andy Kaufman's final performance was a continuation of his iconic character Latka from the TV Show TAXi, transforming himself into a runaway robot, searching for his purpose on this planet. This surprisingly sincere STAR WARS knock-off could be the greatest 1980s kids film you've never heard of.

Encore Screening

Friday 20th @ 8:50pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

Also Screening Saturday & Sunday

Friday 24th @ 8pm
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Experimental
In celebration of launching the fundraising campaign for the upcoming feature film “Tearful Surrender,” the second feature film from San Francisco based production team Dreams For Dead Cats Productions, Craig Jacobson & Cassandra Sechler host a special screening of the premiere of their new short “Lovesick” accompanied by some of their most popular shorts, including “Wireboy,” “Alligator Bitch” and more. Also, enjoy a special 3D experience with a montage from their cyber horror film “ELLIOT” with complimentary Chromadepth 3D glasses!

Vertigo (1958)
Friday 24th @ 7pm (2hrs 9min)
Mystery/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Screening in 70mm All Weekend

Nippon Nights

Thursday 23rd @ 9:30pm (1hr 24min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi
The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.

Double Feature

All About Eve (1950)
Friday 24th @ 7:30m (2hr 18min)
Drama (IMDB)
Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap.


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Friday 24th @ 5:35pm & 10m (1hr 44min)
Sci-Fi/ Romance (Rotten Tomatoes)
Based on R.A. Dick's novel, this film is a romantic fantasy about a widow who moves into a reportedly haunted cottage on the English seaside. Shortly after she arrives, she is indeed haunted by the ghost of a sea captain. Though their relationship is antagonistic at first, the two become friends.


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