Saturday, September 29, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Saturday & Sunday): Hell Fest, Night of the Shifter, Phase IV

I hope everyone is enjoying this overcast bay area weather, I know I am 😊
I'm also looking forward to this year's Fantastic Fest! The majority of this weekend's highlights are from this satellite film festival, but I also need to give some credit to a new release that opened yesterday: Hell Fest. We saw this in a criminally turned down and under attended theatre and I still loved it! It's a solid R rated film with no off screen kills and some very decent gore. It also put me in a serious Halloween decorating mood. I definitely recommend seeing it, and if possible, paying extra to see it in XD. 

Opening This Week

Opens Friday 29th (1hr 29min)
Slasher/ Horror (Google)
A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Select Theatres/VOD Friday 28th (1hr 25min)
Adventure/ Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
In this post-apocalyptic frontier western, mankind has given way to a new breed of beast, mutated from man. A survivor named Laura may be the cure to these mutations but she flees to save herself. Aided by a hunter sent to catch her, she braves the dangerous unnatural wilderness in order to find a fabled refuge of freedom - and only there will she discover the fate of humanity at the end of the world.

Satellite Fantastic

Saturday 29th @ 4pm (1hr 27min)
Horror (IMDB)
When strange events occur in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a doctor specializing in the paranormal, her colleague, and an ex police officer decide to investigate further.

Saturday 29th @ 7pm (2hrs 5min)
Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (RILEY KEOUGH), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls. But when Medora's husband Vernon (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD) returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child's death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop, Donald Marium (JAMES BADGE DALE), races to stop Vernon's vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness.

Satellite Fantastic

Saturday 29th @ 10:15pm (1hr 34min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl, who one day discovers she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. As this copy begins to push the boundaries of Alice's internet identity, the control that Alice has over her life, and the men in it, vanishes. While she struggles to regain what she's lost, she slowly finds herself drawn back to her show and to the mysterious person who has taken her place.

Satellite Fantastic

Sunday 30th @ 4pm (1hr 50min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Stênio works the night-shift at the morgue of a big and violent city. During his toiling hours, he's never alone, for he is gifted with the paranormal ability of talking with the dead. However, when the confidences he hears from the other side unveil secrets of his own life, Stênio unleashes a curse that brings forth danger and death too close to himself and his family.

Satellite Fantastic

Sunday 30th @ 7pm (1hr 52min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Oslo, 1987. Determined to escape his traditional upbringing, 17-year-old Euronymous (Rory Culkin) becomes fixated on creating 'true Norwegian black metal' with his band Mayhem. As he works to create increasingly shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, the lines between show and reality start to blur as his bandmates come to believe the hype. Arson, violence and finally, a vicious murder shock the nation.

Double Feature

The Birds (1963)
Sunday 30th @ 2pm, 4:30pm & 7pm (2hrs)
Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Phase IV (1974)

Sunday 30th @ 9:15pm (1hr 24min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Thirller (IMDB)
Saul Bass had a fascinating career as an animator and as designer of title sequences for a number of notable films, including Psycho, Vertigo, Anatomy Of A Murder and Seconds. However, Phase IV was his only credit as director of a feature film. A visually inventive science-fiction story, Phase IV concerns a group of research scientists working in the Arizona desert who find themselves confronted by an Army of super-intelligent mutant ants. The results are more intelligent than the description would lead you to believe, and Nigel Davenport and Michael Murphy turn in good performances as the embattled men of science.


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