Monday, October 15, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Sunday): Halloween, Zombie 3, Necromancy, SpookFest

I hope everyone has their Halloween costumes planned, because October is slipping right through our fingers and Halloween will be here before we know it! And I'm not talking about the huge movie that's coming out this week either... 😏

Yes, the week is here, which means those of us who were not lucky enough to catch one of the early screenings will be able to watch the 2018 Halloween on the big screen in just three days!! Tickets are on sale now, so I suggest getting those soon. And to celebrate the occasion, the Clay Theatre is making this week's Midnight Madness the original 1978 Halloween for two nights in a row. It only struck me today how weird it will be, a couple years from now, to think that the new sequel to Halloween... is also called Halloween.

Also this week, the Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa Theatre to continue in this past weekend's witchy film festival with Warlock Wednesday, celebrating the witch's male counterpart with an awesome double feature starting at 7:30pm. The next day, the Roxie Theatre will have another installation of their annual SpookFest, which consists of 13 spooky horror shorts. And the Friday after that, the Castro presents another great double feature!


Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 18th (1hr 46min)
Opens Friday 19th
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. -- but this time, she's ready for him.

Opens Thursday 18th @ 6pm (1hr 21min)
Animation/ Family (Rotten Tomatoes)
It is Hallowaiian on the Big Island of Hawaii, so excitement and mischief are in the air. Three young friends, Kai, Eddie and Leilani uncover a mysterious idol in a secret cave whilst catching some waves at sunset. They quickly uncover that they've unleashed an ancient evil upon the island in the form of a giant pineapple headed monster. The kids find help in some mystical friends and discover that in order to vanquish the evil, Kai must uncover his heritage, and believe the ancient stories of his ancestors.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 16th @ 10:25pm (1hr 24min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
When a terrorist's body, infected with a stolen chemical, is cremated by the US military, a virus is unintentionally released into the atmosphere over a small island.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 17th @ 10:25pm (1hr 30min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
An otherwise boring and unpopular Louise is enamored with Brad, the star of the high-school football team, but her feelings are not reciprocated. One week before her birthday, she visits a psychic and is told she has latent, genetically predisposed witch abilities that will blossom on her sixteenth birthday. Soon she finds the information to be true and uses her powers to gain the typical teen goals: popularity, revenge on cruel teachers and other meanies, and high-school football star Brad...

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Necromancy (1972)
Wednesday 17th @ 7:30pm (1hr 23min)
Horror (IMDB)
A wicked necromancer controls an entire town, forcing its residents to make the special "toys" he needs to cast his evil spells. This horror outing follows what happens when the dastardly wizard, hoping to revivify his dead son by stealing the soul of another, sets his sights on the wife of his new employee.


Simon, King of the Witches (1971)
Wednesday 17th @ 9pm (1hr 39min)
Horror (IMDB)
Simon, a young man with magic powers, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge on a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.

Haunted Double Feature

Sunday 21st @ 2pm (1hr 12min)
Horror/ Documentary (Google)
California's Sonoma County has a fascinating history that stretches back more than a century. Most everyone knows it for the acres of vineyards that make up part of the region's award-winning wine production. Sonoma County wines are known the world over. But until now, its ghosts have been kept a secret. Their stories, revealed here for the first time, paint a unique portrait of the area and its colorful residents. Wailing women, dark shadows, ladies in white -- it's a secret no more: Sonoma County is haunted.


Sunday 21st @ 3:30pm (1hr 21min)
Horror/ Documentary (Google)
For more than a century, the natural beauty of Northern California's wine country has drawn people from across the globe. But among the hardworking residents who made their homes there more than a century ago lurked a seedy and dangerous element: gamblers, thieves, prostitutes, murderers -- even pirates. Death or ruin traveled with them. And long after committing their untoward deeds, the spirits of many remain there roaming the hillsides, frightening current residents and turning this otherwise serene area into Haunted Wine Country. Paranormal experts, authors, historians, ghost hunters and gifted psychics recount the area's ghostly tales and describe their personal experiences.

Double Feature

Alien (1979)
Friday 19th @ 7:15pm (1hr 57min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.


Heavy Metal (1981)
Friday 19th @ 9:25pm (1hr 26min)
Animation/ Adventure/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Based on the popular magazine of the same name, this animated cult film interweaves six visionary stories of science fiction and fantasy. The soundtrack includes such rock superstars as Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth and Stevie Nicks.

Midnight Madness

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th & 11:55pm (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.

Saturday 20th @ 10pm (1hr 51min)
The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly, nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody... Sidney, the quiet high school beauty with an ugly past... Billy, her faithful boyfriend with a frustrated sex life... Tatum, her cute best friend with a answer for everything... Casey, the lovely blonde who knows her thrillers... Geeky Randy, the scary movie fanatic... Stuart, the wild partier... Gale, the overeager TV reporter... even Dewey, the syrupy-sweet police officer. The only hope is to stay one step ahead of this crazed slasher--know your trivia. The clues are there; are you good enought to see them?

Thursday 18th @ 7pm & 9:15pm (2hrs)
Horror/ Short Film
SPOOKFEST returns to the Roxie with 13 new, independent short films that showcase the “monsters among us,” in all their ghastly manifestations. This year, the theater transforms into a full-on haunted house, kicking off each screening with a costume contest, and concluding with the audience-voted OSCARE Awards, presented by our ghoulish hosts. It’s one hell of a monster mash!


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