Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Get Out, Logan & XX

May 23rd 2017

Bluray Tuesday returns once more! Lots of great pickups to add to our growing collections today. My personal top two films of 2017 are released today and are highly recommended. The first one is Jordan Peele's Get Out and if you missed our review check it out here. I loved every bit of Get Out and look forward to its bonus features, especially the alternate ending. My second favorite film of the year so far is Logan, which is the Wolverine film we have been waiting for, and an amazing final film for Hugh Jackman. Logan will have a few retailer exclusives: Best Buy has an exclusive steelbook packaging and Target's version comes with an exclusive packaging and book. XX, an anthology horror directed by four different women in horror is next up this week. If you missed our review check it out here. Next up I wanted to highlight The Void, the Hellraiser-esque supernatural indie horror film. It's only available on bluray at Diabolik.com as a bluray exclusive. Everywhere else will only carry DVD. Many other indie films are hitting shelves this week as well. A couple standouts I'm interested in, Hack-O-Lantern, The Vagrant and Karate Kill, are all released for the first time on bluray and have intriguing synopsis's. So what will you be buying, renting or skipping this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Get Out: Amazon - $19.99

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Special Features:
  • Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Unveiling the Horror of Get Out: Go behind-the-scenes for the making of Get Out
  • Q&A Discussion with Writer/Director Jordan Peele and the Cast: Director/Writer Jordan Peele sits down with the cast to answer fan questions on the film hosted by Chance the Rapper.
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele  

Get Out (Blu-ray)

Logan: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.

Logan (Blu-ray)
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Logan 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $21.99

Logan (Blu-ray)
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Digi-Book: Target - $19.99

Logan (Blu-ray)
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XX: Amazon - $15.50

Filmmakers Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama present four horrific tales of terror. In "The Box," a boy (Peter DaCunha) starts to display strange behavior after looking inside a mysterious gift box. In "The Birthday Party," a woman (Melanie Lynskey) refuses to let an untimely death ruin her son's bash. In "Don't Fall," an innocent camping trip turns deadly, and in "Her Only Living Son," a mother (Christina Kirk) must deal with the child from hell.

XX (Blu-ray) 

Cops vs. Thugs: Amazon - $23.99

In Kurashima City, there are two yakuza families; the Kawade, who use political connections to further their activities, and the Ohara, who have an alliance with the local police. When Ohara acting boss Hirotani usurps a staged land deal away from Kawade, thanks to the help of his police friend Kuno, a war breaks out. At the same time, Kuno's superiors start cracking down on the yakuza and command the cops stop fraternising with criminals.
 Cops vs Thugs (Blu-ray) 

Wolf Guy: Amazon - $23.99

The only survivor of a clan of werewolves relies on its feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve crimes.

Wolf Guy (Blu-ray) 

Hack-O-Lantern: Amazon - $34.99  

A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.

Hack-o-Lantern (Blu-ray)
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The Vagrant: Amazon - $18.99

Successful professional Graham Krakowski (Bill Paxton) has just moved into his new home. He is also up for a promotion at work, and his girlfriend is flying into town to visit. However, when a vagrant (Marshall Bell) shows up at his house, his life suddenly changes for the worse. Small mind games quickly escalate, and Graham is framed for murder. As the vagrant lurks around his house and people continue to die, Graham feels as if he can no longer trust anyone, including himself.

The Vagrant (Blu-ray) 

Karate Kill: Amazon - $17.99

When a mysterious loner and Karate master Kenji's little sister goes missing in Los Angeles, whoever stands in his way of finding her will face the wrath of a lethal Karate Kill!
Karate Kill (Blu-ray) 

The Magnificent Dead: Amazon - $32.99

The Magnificent Dead takes place in the 1870's in the small Texas town of Rosewood where local rancher Jared Hamilton and his men have declared war on the town, using fear and death to prevent a new railroad line from coming through. Guided by a priest, Father Julian the desperate town leaders decide to hire a group of six gunmen to help clean up the town. These gunmen are legendary, as they are afflicted with Leprosy and fight with reckless abandon and ruthlessness, for they have nothing to lose. 

The Magnificent Dead (Blu-ray) 

Max 2: Amazon - $17.99

Hero dog Max is now in Washington, D.C. serving on the President's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter, Alex, tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ, along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy.

Max 2: White House Hero (Blu-ray) 

Vixen The Movie: Amazon - $17.99

Vixen is based on the DC Character Mari McCabe / Vixen, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth. The series is set in the same fictional universe as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. 

Vixen: The Movie (Blu-ray) 

The Great Wall: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $26.99

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

The Great Wall (Blu-ray) 

The Great Wall 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Void: Diabolik DVD - $22.99

A cop transfers a wounded man to a small hospital, where it won't take long for violence to erupt. The few doctors and patients there find themselves surrounded by a group of hooded men and threatened by a strange creature growing in the hospital.

The Void (Blu-ray) 

   - The Impostor 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): The Monster Squad, Stalker, The Shadow of the Cat

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a bearable Monday so far. We’re in for a pretty light week as far as screenings go, but there are still some huge titles coming to the bay area. Get your tickets for Terror Tuesday early, because the movie this week is The Monster Squad and it’s sure to be a packed house. The Yerba Buena continues its Cat Power! film fest with 1961’s The Shadow of the Cat, a tabby revenge film. And this Friday, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker opens at the Alamo Drafthouse.

There are lots of awesome events coming our way in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back!

Battle of Memories (2017)
Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th @ 8:25pm (2hrs)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this sci-fi thriller, a novelist (Bo Huang) decides to have memories of his ex-wife (Xu Jinglei) deleted following a painful divorce. But when a glitch in the procedure causes him to receive a killer's memories instead, he gets dragged into a police investigation regarding an unsolved murder. Directed by Leste Chen.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 23rd @ 10:15pm 
Adventure/ Comedy/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 24th @ 10:15pm 
Comedy (IMDB)
Versatile Canadian comedian Martin Short plays a 10-year old boy in this comedy aimed at younger audiences. The tale is told in flashback to another little boy. Clifford is a manipulative brat. Clifford really wants to visit Dinosaur World in Los Angeles. Clifford wants to go so badly that he manages to force the Hawaii bound plane he and his parents are on to land in L.A. His parents need to attend a convention in Hawaii so they leave him with his Uncle Martin who despises children. Martin's fiance adores kids, so he pretends to be ecstatic about Clifford's visit. He must also pretend that Clifford is the angel child he isn't. Because Martin reneges on a promise to take him to Dinosaur World, Clifford begins an elaborate plot for revenge.

Opens Friday 26th (2hrs 43min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th @ 9pm (1hr 28min)
Thursday 25th @ 9:30pm
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

(Also screening at the New Parkway Theatre)

50 Year Anniversary

Wednesday 24th @ 7pm (1hr 22min)
Documentary (IMDB)
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.

Cat Power! Film Fest

Thursday 25th @ 7:30pm (1hr 19min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Crocodile Fury, God Freyho's

3 of 5 viewers "Liked" "Crocodile Fury" (1988, China)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

Lord Battle - "Crocodile Fury is one of the rare micro budget films I've seen that I'd recommend watching as a trailer. It contains several amazing moments but unfortunately they all happen at the very beginning and end of the film, in turn making the middle 40 minutes feel like 140 minutes. The purchased footage vs shot footage also feel so disconnected that its appeal quickly dissipates." - 3 Stars

Math Mage - "This film is most of an Indonesian film about shape-changing crocodile people attacking a village complicated by one of the crocodiles being the reincarnation of the hero's dead girlfriend. This unfinished film was taken by an enterprising Hong Kong filmmaker who shot additional footage to extend the runtime. Bizarrely, he decided to film a white guy fighting hopping vampires controlled by a sorceress with serious 80's hair. Linked together with questionable dubbing, this nightmarish hybrid is even more terrible than it sounds; but it must be experienced for (unintentional) hilarity." - 3 Stars

Huntress - "To reiterate the note I passed to Trash during the screening, I can see why Crocodile Fury doesn't have a synopsis on IMDB. It's really an anthology if you think about it, but only uses the middles of the movies it incorporates, probably to cut out any dull moments but effectively cutting out all the connective tissue that could have tied this into a cohesive story. What's left is an insane movie clip Frankenstein's monster that runs too long. Insanity is exhausting and so is Crocodile Fury." - 3 Stars

Prang-69 - "I don't think I liked this. How many times can you toss screaming Asian people into a large mouth? I dug the puking and the random accents used for dubbing. And the subplot with guns and zombies and white people. And the sorceress named Monica (lol). And I guess I kinda liked it overall but it was too fucking long." - 2 Stars

Trash -This movie takes so many twists and turns... because there's absolutely no consistency to it, as it's a mixtape of an Indonesian Crocodile movie, a black magic Hong Kong film, and some awful footage Godfrey Ho shot with a secondary white cast. Crocodile Fury is half animal attack movie half Hong Kong black magic movie. Although I love the giant crocodile puppet being controlled by filmmakers who threw their extras around like rag dolls, it really wears you out watching something that makes this little sense. I can't recommend it unless you're drunk with a rowdy group of friends. It's really just a lot of pain. ONE STAR." - 1 Star

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

Hey guys, it's me, Trash. You're about to read about the director of Crocodile Fury, a Hong Kong filmmaker with a pretty significant filmography named Godfrey Ho. But after you've read this... do not go down this rabbit hole. Do not look into the void of insanity that is the poorly documented career of Godfrey Ho, because you will lose part of yourself and it will never come back. It's simply not worth it. It's too dangerous. 
By all accounts, Crocodile Fury was directed by a Hong Kong director named Godfrey Ho, despite the opening credits citing Ted Kingsbrook as director. Godfrey Ho first started making movies under a production company he owned with his wife, where he developed his trademark style of buying up footage from unfinished and unreleased movies, usually from Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Thailand, shooting a couple scenes with white actors, splicing it all together, dubbing the whole thing, and giving it a wacky title. Basically, when you turn on a Godfrey Ho movie, what you should expect is a mishmash of nonsense, like a weird stew made from all the leftovers in your fridge. A frequent Godfrey Ho device was characters from two different movies calling each other on the phone to have a conversation, which was the only, very loose connection between them. 

To get an even better feel for his work, here's a few Godfrey Ho titles:

  1. The Blazing Ninja 
  2. Ninja, the Violent Sorceror (as Bruce Lambert) 
  3. Ninja in the Killing Fields (as York Lam) 
  4. Ninja Thunderbolt 
  5. Ninja Project Daredevils (as Bruce Lambert) 
  6. Ninja Terminator 
  7. Bionic Ninja 
  8. Clash of the Ninjas (as Willace Chan) 
  9. Golden Ninja Warrior (uncredited) 
  10. Ninja Dragon 
  11. Ninja Fantasy (as Bruce Lambert) 
  12. Ninja Hunt (uncredited) 
  13. The Ninja Squad 
  14. Tough Ninja the Shadow Warrior (as Larry Hutton) 
  15. Ninja Destroyer 
  16. The Ultimate Ninja 
  17. Challenge of the Ninja 
  18. Ninja Champion 
  19. Project Ninja Daredevils 
  20. Cobra vs. Ninja (uncredited) 
  21. Death Code: Ninja (as Tommy Cheung) 
  22. Golden Ninja Invasion 
  23. Ninja Commandments (uncredited) 
  24. Ninja Death Squad (as Tommy Cheung) 
  25. Ninja Operation: Licensed to Terminate (uncredited) 
  26. Ninja Operation 6: Champion on Fire 
  27. Ninja Phantom Heroes (as Bruce Lambert) 
  28. Ninja: Silent Assassin 
  29. Ninja: American Warrior (as Tommy Cheung) 
  30. Ninja 8: Warriors of Fire (as Bruce Lambert) 
  31. Ninja in Action (as Tommy Cheung) 
  32. Ninja Kill (uncredited) 
  33. Ninja, Force of Assassins (as Victor Sears) 
  34. Ninja Knight Brothers of Blood (as Raymond Woo) 
  35. Ninja Strike Force (uncredited) 
  36. The Power of Ninjitsu (uncredited) 
  37. Ninja Extreme Weapons (as Victor Sears) 
  38. Ninja Demon's Massacre (as Tommy Cheung) 
  39. Rage of Ninja 
  40. Ninja: The Battalion (as Victor Sears) 
  41. Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors 
  42. Diamond Ninja Force 
  43. Empire of the Spiritual Ninja (as Bruce Lambert) 
  44. Ninja of the Magnificence (as Charles Lee) 
  45. Ninja Powerforce (uncredited) 
  46. Full Metal Ninja (as Charles Lee) 
  47. Zombie vs. Ninja (as Charles Lee) 
  48. Ninja Empire 
  49. Thunder Ninja Kids: The Hunt for the Devil Boxer (as Alton Cheung) 

ANY QUESTIONS? You get it, yeah? And this is an incomplete list. This dude made HUNDREDS OF MOVIES, usually about ninjas, and often under pseudonyms.
He made most of these working with a producer named Tomas Tang who ran maybe the shadiest production company ever, Filmark. Under Filmark a group of a dozen or so filmmakers made these recycled footage movies, except MANY OF THEM WERE GODFREY HO! It's hard to figure out who exists and who doesn't! And the way the story goes, a disastrous fire (documented here on Wikipedia) destroyed the Filmark offices in 1996, killing Tomas Tang. Or did he? Maybe he didn't exist either, and was actually just Godfrey Ho as well. Is it all a conspiracy? There are layers upon layers of insanity going on here.
Godfrey Ho is retired from filmmaking now, but much of his legacy exists on youtube. Dive in at your own risk: Here


The Overlook Theatre materialized in a residence for a screening on 5/18/2017
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Angels of Death: Psychological Horror Available on Steam

For this week's post I invested some of my hard earned money and bought this game, Angels of Death, to play on Steam and then discuss with you all. Usually I find the anime adaptation or read the manga, but this game is so obscure in America that there wasn't anything for me to watch lol. The only reason I came across this game was because someone I follow on Twitter is insanely obsessed with it and it's literally all they tweet about so I figured hey it's only a $10 game, why not? This post is going to be a bit weird though because this is an episodic game, kind of like the Walking Dead game, and out of the four episodes I've only beaten the first one. Because of that I can't really tell you about too much because I don't really know that much about it. I'm thinking about making these posts about my progress in the game? I'm not too sure yet.

Angels of Death is a psychological horror game on Steam. Basically you are Rachel Gardener (Ray) and you wake up one night in a hospital after a routine therapy session. You leave the hospital room in search of your parents and soon find yourself in a weird underground arena. Then you meet Zack, the master of that floor, and he chases you around trying to kill you. You find out that basically you're trapped in a weird basement and every floor you go up has a new master. Each of the masters was promised that they could let their emotions go wild and kill as many people as they wanted to. Your goal is to escape the basement. When you get to level B5 after escaping B6, Zack's floor, you run into your old therapist, eventually find out Zach is this floor's master too, and that your parents, who you've been trying to find, are dead. I'm not sure but that last bit might be why Ray suddenly decides she wants to die. Zack soon appears and kills the doctor, and Ray asks him to kill her. He decides he'll do it if she helps him escape the basement since he is now also being hunted for breaking the rules and killing another floor master. This is where the game actually begins.

I think the game is pretty fun. It's extremely easy to play; you don't have to fight anyone, your only real controls are running and taking things out of your inventory. You also have to look around and examine things in order to find keys or other things that might aid in escaping the basement. If you've never played a video game in your life you could play this one. It was actually really scary when I was playing and Zack started chasing me because he runs so fast and you only have a three second head start. I also had no idea where I was supposed to run to so I kept getting killed. I even tried to look up where I was supposed to go because I was getting so frustrated with dying but there was literally no guide whatsoever online. That was kind of the first instance where I realized how obscure this game actually is.

I'm not actually sure if this game is a romance between the two characters, however in the first episode there is a definite bond between them, but I'm thinking it's more of a familial one only because Ray is 13 and Zack is somewhere in his 20's. I'm definitely ready to play more of the game and hopefully it doesn't take too long to beat. The first episode only took me around one hour to complete and if that trend continues I should be able to beat it pretty soon. I found out that there actually is a manga for this but it hasn't been translated or localized in English yet but there are some fan translations out. I want to check them out once I beat the game and maybe I'll write something about them later. Also, just a heads up, next weekend is Fanime in San Jose! I will be attending all weekend long and will possibly write a post about it (I'm not sure yet) but because of that there won't be a post from me while it's going on.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Screenings in the bay (Friday to Sunday): Showgirls, Sepultura Endurance, Twin Peaks

There doesn't appear to be a dull moment this weekend, every day has either a movie or a cool event happening. Battle of Memories and Prevenge both kick off their limited theatrical runs today, and tomorrow a 20 year long annual tradition comes to an end as Peaches Christ presents Showgirls for the final time. But following that is the return of Twin Peaks for a long awaited season 3. And if you're looking for something to do while you take a break from movies, the San Jose Super Toy and Collectible Show will be at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds all weekend.

Battle of Memories (2017)
Opens Friday 19th (2hrs)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this sci-fi thriller, a novelist (Bo Huang) decides to have memories of his ex-wife (Xu Jinglei) deleted following a painful divorce. But when a glitch in the procedure causes him to receive a killer's memories instead, he gets dragged into a police investigation regarding an unsolved murder. Directed by Leste Chen.

Sunday 21st @ 1:30pm (1hr 44min)
"Sepultura Endurance" shows the journey from SEPULTURA's humble rural beginnings to decades spent on the international stage, giving an in-depth look into how the band continues to thrive in a changing metal landscape. Crammed full of rare archival footage, and featuring interviews with legends like Lars Ulrich (METALLICA) and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), and younger artists influenced by SEPULTURA, like SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, "Sepultura Endurance" is the definitive document of the band's myths, struggles and heart. (Blabbermouth)

Peaches Christ Productions Presents

Saturday 20th @ 8pm (Doors at 7)
This event marks Peaches Christ's 20th Annual screening of the best movie ever made and in honor of such an important anniversary, Peaches promises an XXX-tra special Goddess Spectacular pre-show celebration!
So dust off those glittery g-strings and come on down to the Castro Theatre on May 20 to bid farewell to this time-honored yet dishonorable San Francisco staple. Consider this extravaganza the final fondle, because we’re really blowing our load on it. And be prepared for a swarming barrage of legendary lap-dancers the likes of which you’ve never experienced before — or have tried very hard to forget.

Free lap dance with every Large Popcorn!

Double Feature

The Birds (1963)
Sunday 21st @ 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


Village of the Damned (1995)
Sunday 21st @ 9:15pm (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
This film is a remake of the classic 1960 science-fiction thriller, Village of the Damned, which was based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Veteran horror director John Carpenter is at the helm this time, with Christopher Reeve replacing George Sanders in the starring role. Aliens put the entire village of Midwich to sleep for 24 hours and impregnate many women. Reeve plays Alan Chaffee, the town doctor, whose wife Barbara (Karen Kahn) is one of the women carrying an alien baby. Visiting scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kristie Alley) is monitoring the situation for the government. She supervises a mass birthing in a barn. The children turn out to be white-haired, glassy-eyed, and telepathic. Their plan is to use their supernatural powers to kill the villagers and help the aliens take over, and only Chaffee and Verner can stop them.

Midnight Madness

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th @ 11:55pm (2hrs 15min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
This dark drama is the prequel to the TV series, Twin Peaks, also by director David Lynch. A woman who seems to be innocent and pure by day leads a double life in a rural community where quite a bit of evil lurks just beneath the surface of an otherwise typical American small town. As she was sexually abused throughout her childhood by her possessed father, Laura has some obvious sexual problems and is heavily addicted to cocaine. This film tells of the bizarre and twisted circumstances that led to her murder--which was where the television series began.

(Also screening at the New Parkway Theatre Sunday 21st)

Cult Night

Friday 19th @ 10:30pm (1hr 47min)
Action/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Sunday 21st @ 9pm 
Crime/ Mystery/ Drama (IMDB)
Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Playing All Weekend (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

Saturday 20th @ 9:30pm (1hr 14min)
Comedy/ Musical/ Fantasy (IMDB)
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

Cat Power!

Sunday 21st @ 2pm (1hr 18min)
Animation/ Adventure/ Comedy (IMDB)
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Dream Stalker

6 of 7 viewers "Liked" "Dream Stalker" (1991, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

Huntress - "I guess I could have gone without ever seeing Dream Stalker and not knowing what I missed out on, but now that I know about this strange early 90's creation, there's no going back. Even though the inspirations for this film are no secret, where the story goes is anything but predictable. There's a pretty hefty cast of characters, some seriously impressive special effects, and a villain I won't forget anytime soon. Thank you, Intervision, for adding this crazy, barely audible but luckily subtitled, film to our libraries!" - 4.5 Stars

Dabbles - "Must watch with captions. There are a lot of things going with this movie. So campy, so awkward, but fun. The music helped the movie, and the production is all well done." - 4 Stars

The Great Hornito - "One of the best micro budget horror movies I've ever seen. It had a great stalker with a great name "Ricky Fries". It had a great awkward soundtrack. Really creepy and silly special effects. The kills were excellent and to top it off it had very long and very awkward sex scenes that felt almost like porn." - 4 Stars

Lord Battle - "Dream Stalker is a rare micro budget horror that is both competently made and lacks any "sleepy" stretches. What it does have is good to shocking special effects, random rapers roaming the woods, and a corpse complaining about his tombstone, Dream Stalker rules!" - 5 Stars

Math Mage - "I kept waiting for Zordon to summon them to fight Rita, but then ghost rape! Our villain (who like Tommy Wiseau wished to be handsome with a cut rate genie [before being a zombie]) is alternately reasonable​ ("make my grave better!") and randomly murderous (there was no reason to kill all those campers much less hang them from a tree)." - 2.5 Stars

Clark Little - "Weird. Cheap. Hilarious. Gruesome. No, these are not the Yelp reviews for my Match.com profile. These are all the reasons why this movie was rediscovered and put on DVD. If you're into low budget horror, this is one you need." - 4 Stars

Trash - "I crept into the theater as quietly as I could, the movie had already begun. To get to my seat I crossed directly in front of the projector, blocking the entirety of it for a moment. I didn't know how late I was, but I didn't want to disturb the group, already engrossed in the feature. "HOW LONG AGO DID THIS START?" I screamed. The answers rolled back in a wave, "Like five minutes!" "Half an hour!" "It's almost over!" What was this?! No one had any idea how long Dream Stalker had been on, they were all in a trance! Soon I gathered a complex plot had set the crazy, very bloody murders I was watching into motion. Eyeballs everywhere! Several of the theatergoers tried to explain it to me later. Whatever the hell was going on, what I saw of it ruled. Micro budget craziness, the characters were from Sacramento, there was a dead murder biker being summoned by either dreams or a music box, and there was some sick jazz music whenever anyone got intimate. I highly recommend this movie, and one day, I'll watch the first 5 minutes / half hour / entire movie, and I'll fucking love it even more. FOUR STARS!" - 4 Stars (default 0)

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

Time is relative. This always seems most apparent in the worst ways, like when going through a break-up or  when a close friend of family member dies. Time just seems to drag on but before you know it you're looking back on what seems like forever to mourn. I'm talking about the "bad times" because that's where Dream Stalker starts. Well to be fair, it starts at the best times with a motocross race, a marriage engagement, and a photoshoot in New York but quickly unravels after an off camera moto accident. By the time we learn of Ricky Fries fate, the film has already slipped into a surreal storytelling device. See it's my belief that Dream Stalker purposely plays with time in order to better illustrate what Kitty's going through. We first learn something has happened to Ricky while onboard a plane. The reason this is important is because it's a return flight back from New York. This is a jarring discovery since we never saw Kitty leave and are told in a off hand kinda way that a chunk of time has passed. Once Kitty returns to Sacramento these time lapses only get worse and are accented by her lucid dreams of a now deceased​ Ricky Fries. Before the film is through we will have time jumped 3 years into the future, while as an audience we remained trapped in the past remembering the motor cross event, marriage engagement, and New York photoshoot like it was just yesterday. Now it's completely fair to say that this experience is a product of amateur film making but I'd like to counter with the fact that film is both reflection and expression of a collaborative effort. And when a micro budget film like Dream Stalker is rediscovered years after it disappeared, watching the film then becomes a collaborative reflection of the audience and cool high-brow theories can then permeate, no matter how absurd.

You can pick up your own copy of Dream Stalker here!

-Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized in a residence for a screening on 5/11/2017
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.