Monday, October 22, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Sunday): The Dark, Phantasm, Phantom of the Paradise, Universal Monsters Triple Feature

This week's movie lineup is long! And not just because our awesome independent theatres are putting on their best Halloween appropriate features, but it's even longer because we've combined the week and the weekend into one monster loaded post! Well, that and we're getting a couple double features, a triple feature, a new release and some cool surprises.

Opening This Week

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 26th (1hr 35min)
International/ Horror (IMDB)
An undead teenage girl befriends a blind boy that she meets in a forest she haunts and hunts in. Both have been victims of unimaginable abuse, and each finds solace in the other. There may be a chance of light at the end of their tunnel, but it will come with a body count.

Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 26th (1hr 20min)
Horror (IMDB)
Estranged sisters - Kate and Angie - haven't spoken since Angie went to college and left Kate to care for their ailing father. In a show of reconciliation, several years after moving out, Angie invites Kate to her bachelorette party held at a remote house booked on a home-sharing app. The women are unaware that by booking this house, they're walking into a trap set in motion by a disturbed family of amateur killers who are out for blood to right a cosmic wrong. They soon become unwitting participants in a savage and often ridiculous life-or-death struggle that pits family against family, and past against present.

A Night With Don Coscarelli

Monday 22nd @ 7pm (1hr 32min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
An ancient evil finds resistance in the most unlikely of places in this oddball comedy horror effort from Phantasm director Don Coscarelli. Resting in the confines of a Mud Creek, TX, nursing home after fading into obscurity following his departure from the limelight, an aging and embittered Elvis (Bruce Campbell) befriends a delusional patient named Jack (Ossie Davis) who claims to be John F. Kennedy. It seems that at the height of his popularity Elvis had switched identities with a convincing double, and, upon the death of the substitute, missed his chance to reclaim his former fame. Despite his anger at never having made a comeback, Elvis finds a new reason to live when Jack tips him off to an evil mummy that is feasting on the souls of hapless nursing home inhabitants. Before long the geriatric duo must muster the strength to fend off the malevolent soul sucker lest they ultimately fall prey to the fearsome Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy).


Monday 22nd @ 8:30pm (1hr 28min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Scifi (IMDB)
"A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him."

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 23rd @ 9:50pm (1hr 50min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) is blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see ghosts easily. He has gone into business as a psychic investigator, but it hasn't gone too well. However, when Lucy and Ray Lynskey (Trini Alvarado and Peter Dobson) seem to be having trouble with a poltergeist in their new house, he is able to drum up a little business. If their troubles were confined to having a few objects flying about the house, everyone would be much happier. Unfortunately, perfectly healthy people keep dying from heart attacks. The reason may involve the town hospital, which is the site of a mass murder. The murderer was executed, but his crazy lover still lives in the town. Assisted by his astral side-kicks (including John Astin), Frank tries to stem the tide of uncanny deaths.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 24th @ 10:15pm (1hr 32min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Musical (Rotten Tomatoes)
After record producer Swan (Paul Williams) steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) and gives it to one of his bands, Leach sneaks into Swan's offices. Catching Leach, Swan frames him for dealing drugs, which lands him in prison. After Leach breaks out and again attempts to sabotage Swan's empire, an accident crushes his face. Leach then dons a costume and becomes the Phantom, intent on ruining Swan while saving singer Phoenix (Jessica Harper) from a terrible fate.

Thursday 25th @ 7:30pm & 10:25pm(1hr 50min)
Fantasy/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can't identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world. Her entire existence has been one big lie and now she has to choose: keep living the lie or embrace Vore's terrifying revelations.

Special early screening with filmmaker Ali Abbasi and star Eva Melander live in person! 

Free Halloween Cartoons @ 10am - 1pm
It's the time of the year folks! Now in its 4th year, Balbooa Fright Fest is coming back again!
Join neighbors and local merchants as we trick or treat down Balboa Street between 33rd and 39th Avenue! Collect stamps on your scavenger hunt ticket at participating businesses (to be announced on this page!)
All are welcome to the St Thomas The Apostle Elementary School yard to enjoy festivities including a petting zoo (11:00am-1:00pm), games, bouncy things, food and more! Be part of a Halloween Costume Contest (2:00pm-2:30pm) and win freakishly cool prizes!

Carpenter Double Feature

The Fog (1980)
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th @ 5:30pm & 7:30pm (1hr 29min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood in a child's hand glows with spectral light an eerie fog envelops the bay, and from it's midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck...seeking revenge against a small California coastal town.


Halloween (1978)
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th & 9:15pm (1hr 50min)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

Universal Monsters Triple Feature

Dracula (1931)
Sunday 28th @ 3pm & 7:30pm (1hr15min)
Fantasy / Horror (IMDB)
"I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; the rest of the film is a more stagebound translation of the popular stage play by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane. Even so, the electric tension between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) works as well on the screen as it did on the stage. And it's hard to forget such moments as the lustful gleam in the eyes of Mina Harker (Helen Chandler) as she succumbs to the will of Dracula, or the omnipresent insane giggle of the fly-eating Renfield (Dwight Frye). 


The Wolf Man (1941)
Sunday 28th @ 4:30pm & 9pm (1hr 10min)
Horror (IMDB)
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.


The Mummy (1932)
Sunday 28th @ 6pm (1hr 13min)
Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of a British field exposition. While disguised as a contemporary Egyptologist, he falls in love with Zita Johann, whom he recognizes as the incarnation of a priestess who died nearly 40 centuries earlier.

Friday 26th @ 9pm (1hr 32min)
Saturday 27th @ 9:30pm
Comedy/ Horror/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder.

Sunday 28th @ 6:30pm (1hr 40min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Romance (IMDB)
"John (David Bowie) is the lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve), and he's been led to believe that he'll live forever, too. Unfortunately, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death, and Miriam seeks a new companion. She soon sets her sights on Sarah (Susan Sarandon), a lovely young scientist, who quickly falls under Miriam's spell. However, Sarah doesn't warm up to the concept of vampirism easily, leading to conflict with Miriam."


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