Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring The Belko Experiment, Power Rangers and The Unholy

June 27th 2017

The final Bluray Tuesday of June has arrived. It feels this year is flying by. First up this week is The Belko Experiment. If you missed our review, check it out here. I really enjoyed Belko in the theater and look forward to adding it to my collection. Vestron Video continues its collector's edition line with The Unholy on bluray for the first time - this is a must buy for me. The biggest release this week is Saban's Power Rangers 2017 reboot. I actually really enjoyed this film and look forward to adding to the collection as well. It caters to old fans and adds cool twists for new fans to enjoy. I'm hoping for a sequel in the near future. Best Buy will carry exclusive packaging with art cards with their copies. If you are into steelbook packaging, Target will carry that edition exclusively. Scream Factory releases 70's horror film The Evictors for the first time on bluray. It's got an interesting premise sounds like a fun watch. Next release I'm interested in is 80's horror slasher called Victims!, also released for the first time on bluray. Trainspotting sequel T2 Trainspotting hits shelves along with a modern remake of the TV show Chips. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

The Belko Experiment: Amazon - $19.99

An ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival when 80 employees (John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona) at the Belko Corp. in Bogotá, Colombia, learn that they are pawns in a deadly game. Trapped inside their building, a voice over an intercom tells the frightened staffers that two workers must be killed within 30 minutes. When another ultimatum follows, friends become enemies and new alliances take shape, as only the strongest will remain alive at the end.

Special Features:

  • Rules of the Game: The Secrets Behind The Belko Experiment
  • Lee Hardcastle's Survival Tips
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gallery 

The Belko Experiment (Blu-ray)
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The Unholy: Amazon - $26.99

Archbishop Mosley assigns Father Michael to a church in New Orleans which was the site of throat-slashing murders of two priests two years earlier.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Camilo Vila
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Roger Bellon
  • Audio Interview with Production Designer & Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca, featuring Isolated
  • Selections from his Unused Score
  • Original Ending featuring Optional Audio Commentary with Producer Mathew Hayden
  • Featurettes:
    • "Sins of the Father with Ben Cross"
    • "Demons In The Flesh: The Monsters of The Unholy"
    • "Prayer Offerings with Production Designer & Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Original Storyboard Gallery
  • Still Gallery 
The Unholy (Blu-ray) 

Power Rangers: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

Five ordinary teens must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it's too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatins
  • The Power of the Present Documentary:
    • Rangers Then to Now
    • Building the Team
    • Beyond the Rangers
    • Suiting Up
    • Rangers, Welcome to Training
    • Rangers in the Wild
    • It's Morphin Time
    • Power Ballad: Music and Sound
    • This is Your Destiny
  • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer with Audio Commentary by Director Dean Israelite
Power Rangers (Blu-ray) 

Power Rangers 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Target - $19.99

Power Rangers (Blu-ray)
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Deluxe Packaging: Best Buy - $21.99

Power Rangers (Blu-ray)
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T2 Trainspotting: Amazon - $17.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal. Twenty years later, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place that he can ever call home. There waiting for him are old buddies Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, love, fear, regret, self-destruction and mortal danger are also all lined up and ready to welcome him.

T2 Trainspotting (Blu-ray) 

T2: Trainspotting 4K (Blu-ray)
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Chips: Amazon - $22.99

Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a former motorbike rider who's trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky, undercover FBI agent who's investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. Forced to work together, the inexperienced rookie and hardened veteran begin clashing instead of clicking while trying to nab the bad guys.

CHiPS (Blu-ray) 

Victims!: Amazon - $11.99

Four young girls on a camping trip in the woods are stalked by a pair of crazed serial killers.
 Victims! (Blu-ray) 

Scaler, Dark Spirit: Amazon - $19.99

Inspired by true events, this film follows paranormal researcher and author Jessica Lake as she is given video footage from a mysterious ghost hunter revealing clues to an ancient and evil spirit residing in the catacombs of the old City Church. Her curiosity piqued, Jessica launches her own investigation in search of answers to the revelations in the ghost hunters' recordings - each video clip bringing her one step closer to the ghost hunters' fate and to the earthbound, malevolent creature known as a Scaler.

Scaler, Dark Spirit (Blu-ray) 

By Any Means: Amazon - $19.99

Reality star Mimi Wyatt (Brooke Burfitt) passes out in the back of a cab after a night club appearance. She wakes up in a cold, dark basement, having been kidnapped. Frank Watson (Thomas Gipson) needs ransom money to cover his terminally ill daughter’s cancer treatment. She agrees to sell her story to the magazine prepared to transfer the full sum on her release, all organized via her agent Phil (Jonathan Cheban). A relationship develops with Frank, but one night he throws her out before the magazine deal can go through, seemingly jeopardizing the fate of his young daughter. Mimi goes straight to the cops (Larese King & Michelle Money) who must work out what is real and what is fiction when the celebrity accuses her captor of sexual assault.

By Any Means (Blu-ray) 

The Evictors: Amazon - $17.99

Shortly after moving into a cute farmhouse in a quaint Louisiana town, Ben (Michael Parks) and his wife, Ruth (Jessica Harper), experience strange and disturbing events and soon come to the frightening realization that someone or something wants them dead. Filmed in a pseudo-documentary style, this horror film co-stars Vic Morrow as a creepy real estate agent who neglects to inform the young couple about the property's violent history.

The Evictors (Blu-ray) 

Sun Choke: Amazon - $17.99

As Janie recovers from a violent psychotic break, she's subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie's buried demons begin to surface.

Sun Choke (Blu-ray) 

Death Line: Amazon - $24.99

For generations they've lingered beneath the streets of London. But now their last survivor has emerged, driven by a desperate hunger for human flesh! Donald Pleasence stars in this daring horror classic that dishes out heart-stopping jolts and hair-raising thrills! When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard's Inspector Calhoun (Pleasence) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th-century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets of London for fresh victims...and a new mate.

Death Line (Blu-ray) 

  - The Impostor

Monday, June 26, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Ringu, Monochrome Double Shot, Wake in Fright

This is one of those weeks where we’re all going to have to make some tough choices, because there are so many cool screenings happening in the bay area that they overlap! And that’s a pretty great problem to have, if you ask me.

Terror Tuesday sets the mood for the week with the original Ringu. After that, the Roxie has a staff picks night with Wake In Fright on Wednesday. The same night, the Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa theatre for a double feature of prehistoric women and monsters. And we end the week on a high note too, with the VOD release of a new horror movie, as well as an unassuming double feature…

Opening This Week

Select Theatres/VOD Friday 30th (1hr 30min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Haunted by a mysterious past, the lone survivor of a family massacre revisits her childhood home on the eve of its destruction, awakening the otherworldly evil that resides there.

Monday 26th @ 3:50pm (1hr 38min)
Tuesday 27th @ 4:25pm
Wednesday 28th @ 2:50pm
Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
SCUM tells the story of Carlin, a new reform school inmate with a reputation as a hard case. The authorities encourage gang leader Pongo to humble Carlin, but he beats Pongo down and takes over the mantle of Daddy. The guards institute a reign of terror and neglect, with Carlin emerging as an unlikely leader. One of the most important British features of the last 35 years, SCUM still packs a wallop.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 27th @ 9:55pm (1hr 36min)
Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, the telephone will ring right afterward, and one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs -- but a week later, Imako dies. Imako's aunt, a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matsushima), hears that not long before she died, Imako was watching a strange video with her friends -- all of whom have turned up dead. Reiko tracks down a copy of the video, and as she watches its strange, spectral images, the telephone begins to ring....The next morning, Reiko begins a desperate search to solve the mystery of the video, convinced she has only seven days to live; assisting her is Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), a mathematics expert and her former husband. Ringu was a box-office success in its native Japan, and a surprise blockbuster in Hong Kong, where it became the biggest grossing film of the first half of 1999. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 27th @ 10:15pm (1hr 39min)
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
A wheelchair-bound boy helps to reunite an earthbound alien with its extraterrestrial family in this shameless rip-off of Steven Spielberg's E.T.. Separated from his parents shortly after arriving on planet Earth, a Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) quickly strikes up a friendship with lonely Eric Cruise (former Easter Seals spokesman Jade Calegory). New to town and in need of a pal after losing his father, Eric discovers just how amazing the universe can be when mischievous MAC takes him on the adventure of a lifetime.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Wednesday 28th @ 7:30pm (1hr 29min)
Adventure/ Fantasy (IMDB)
A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.


Wednesday 28th @ ~9pm (1hr 36min)
Adventure/ Fantasy/ Romance (IMDB)
Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for protection from the giant lizards and other creatures that preys on them.

Monochrome Double Shot

Logan Noir (2017)
Tuesday 27th @ 7pm (2hrs 17min)
Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In 2029, Logan is a sickly shadow of his former self. Undertaking a final mission, Logan struggles to secure a future for mutantkind in the far-off land of Eden. Hugh Jackman plays the role that made him famous for the final time, and filmmaker James Mangold takes the tale of the Wolverine from the pages of Marvel Comics into an epic, elegiac (and R-rated) western. This noir edition concludes Logan’s story in evocative black-and-white; Sir Patrick Stewart co-stars.


Mad Max: Fury Road - Black & Chrome Edition (2015)
Tuesday 27th @ 9:30pm (2hrs)
Action/ Adventure/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
George Miller’s revival his post-apocalyptic action franchise blew the roof off movie houses and blazed away with a truckful of Oscars. Tom Hardy steps into the title role, bringing wounded gravitas to the wasteland warrior; Charlize Theron is equally fine as the hard-driving Imperator Furiosa, whom Max joins in a struggle for freedom from the tyrannical Immortan Joe. Fury Road erupts with visual creativity, and effortlessly balances memorable characters, feminist subtexts, and an abundance of insane stunt work that must be seen to be believed. Now experience it in Miller’s preferred palette: black & white!

Strangers on a Train (1951)
Thursday 29th @ 3:30 & 7pm (1hr 43min)
Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.


Rope (1948)
Thursday 29th @ 5:25 & 8:55pm (1hr 20min)
Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Staff Pick

Wednesday 28th @ 9:15pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... Believed lost for many years, Wake in Fright has been painstakingly restored by Australia's National Film and Sound Archive and AtLab Deluxe, and is presented in its original uncompromising form. -- (C) Drafthouse Films

Double Feature

Friday 30th @ 7pm (1hr 42min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and surgical instruments mutilate-how far will Bateman go? How much can he get away with?


The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Friday 30th @ 9pm (1hr 50min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

Followed by a Skype interview with Director Roger Avery


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lord Battle's Half-Christmas Krampus Round-up (Top 6 Krampus Movies)

Back in 2014 there were whispers that a wave of Krampus films had been hitting recent film fests. This seemed impossible since the Santa themed demon had yet to get a real noteworthy representation in Hollywood. Thing is, the whispers were true, but did these films achieve in creating a real noteworthy representation? This question is why I, Lord Battle have decided to conquer each and every one of these holiday horror features, taking into account release dates, film quality, interpretation of mythology, and the look of said Krampus, and ultimately dub one film king of cinema and one Krampus king of Krampi*. Since each film has already been reviewed by the creatures at the Overlook Theatre, I'll give the Lord Battle "Gist" of the film and of link each subtitle to the actual review.
This isn't a challenge for the weak of heart so clear your calendar, get high, and lower your expectations, and join me on this journey if you dare.

*Plural for Krumpus

Starting off my list by coming in last is Krampus: The Reckoning, one of 3 Krampus films to come out in 2015. You might ask how a film that contains violence, nudity, and a plot centered around a little girl with a voodoo doll pull up the rear on a horror list? Simple, the fucking Krampus is CGI! This is such a big faux pas that I don't even know how to properly articulate this huge misstep... I mean, have you ever met a film collector that just needed to own every Sci-fi channel release? Like they thought the CGI was either impressive or hilarious? To be fair, the initial appearance of Krampus received a round of hazing that was particularly enjoyable but I'd still rather put on Robert Conway's second attempt at Krampus shenanigans, which we'll get into later on. Honestly who knows why this Krampus was doomed to a CGI prison and destined to be manipulated by a young girl... Yeah, the mythology in this film is unique which isn't bad, but poorly fleshed out which is.

A Christmas Horror Story is a holiday anthology film that employs the Crash-type of storytelling style and I don't mean using horrific car accidents as a turn-on (sadly). I mean the enlightened and magical style of very separate stories all cross pollinating at some point narrativly to point out that all actions affect community. And with all of us being members of the Earth community, we're closer to one another than we think... You know, when I put it that way it kinda works for a holiday anthology but for a holiday horror anthology this means that you (horror fans) may be stuck in some shorts that you personally are bored by. And I say stuck because all these shorts are broken down into their own respective 3 acts that are then cut together so that the film ultimately follows a single pace instead of having a wrap around that pops up in between 4 singular shorts... But who cares, we are talking King of the Krampi here, so what's this Krampus like?
Duncan (Percy Hynes White) describes Krampus as a sort of Anti-Santa; a demon who punishes the naughty. Who whips them and chains them up. Yet we don't get the Clive Barker-esque Krampus which Duncan's imagery conjures up, instead get a 1990's WWE gimmick of the weak Krampus who essentially looks like a body model for Muscle and Fitness magazine, Combine this with the fact that Krampus is ultimately 1/5 of this film and he ends up 5th on this list.

Released in 2013 with an opening worthy of a first wave black metal band's accompaniment, Krampus: The Christmas Devil is a micro budget oddity which belongs in the history books as the first ever Krampus horror film. Now I know there's a film in the 50's that had a Krampus appearance and Rare Exports had an evil Santa back in 2010, but that's not what we are really looking at here. Perhaps The Christmas Devil set the tone by actually creating the first ever Krampusploitation film, altering his story in a way that made Santa his brother, a cave his home, and women his decorations... What I'm trying to say is that The Christmas Devil may not be the best Krampus film or even a good movie but it's made an impact on the mind and soul of Lord Battle and has earned its spot at #4. Even if this Krampus looks like a mutated homeless man.

A year after his first summoning of the scandinavian Christmas demon, Robert Conway returns with a polar opposite approach to the Krampus film library with Krampus Unleashed, which not only features a non CGI Krampus but easily the best looking one of the low budget horror attempts. This shaggy bigfoot of a Krampus also features a unique mythology but, unlike Krampus: The Reckoning, this one is not only absurd but creative and interesting.

"It's kind of cool that the coal in your stocking is an interpretation of ancient demon summoning stones" - Math Mage

Robert Conway must have heard his critics and unlike so many others listened. Krampus Unleashed is Krampusploitation done right, with a huge body count, nudity, and a couple solid kills. Audiences will even overlook the fact that this holiday horror looks less like Christmas than it does a slasher shot in the desert due to budgetary constraints.

Robert Conway isn't the only filmmaker to return to Krampusploitation in 2016. The originator of the genre himself Jason Hull returns and unlike Conway's reinventing of his prior Krampus film, Jason Hull brings us another first in the Krampusploitation genre, a direct sequel! With returning characters, a slightly improved Krampus, and an even more bizarre/convoluted plot.

Math Mage - "In the first Krampus film the criminal had escaped justice due to lawyers and came to get revenge for... not being put in prison? He gets killed; in the sequel his previously unmentioned brother wants revenge for that death. Which would make more sense, except that his brother is also a gang leader with his own crew, in the same town. And he waited to take revenge for 5 years while the cop in question went and lived in the woods (and grew a beard). Cuz that's what you do when you're traumatized by the Krampus and you're certain that your daughter who he kidnapped is still alive: you move to an isolated cabin and grow a beard. Eventually there is a ridiculous chick fight, and some boring gunfights (and Krampus is there too, he kidnaps and murders some kids. That's important I guess). Then there's a "twist" where Santa Clause also wants revenge on the cop for some stuff that was never hinted at before (and he also waited till just now to take that revenge for some reason) and then the movie just ends. A torturous slog of a film but still not the worst Krampus movie (I still have you Krampus: The Reckoning)." - 1 Star
(Taken from the Overlooks review)

 Now Math Mage is the type of creature that could fill you in on every character's name and motivation from a film like Friday the 13th Part 6. I myself prefer to get lost in a film, enjoy visuals, and think about how this collaborative art makes me feel, so I think it's important that Math Mage sum up the insanity that went down in Krampus 2: The Devil Returns because I could honestly only remember liking the film a lot but couldn't recall anything significant that happened. Still, I proclaim that Krampus 2: The Devil Returns is no doubt the highlight of micro budget Krampusploitation and considering you've made it this far on my list, you should checkout the interview I did with Jason Hall in the "Wrap-up" section of our review.

For many horror fans, Michael Dougherty's (Trick 'r' Treat) announcement that he'd be returning to horror on a new holiday marked the first time they'd even come across the name Krampus. And for those who had been aware of the anti-Santa for years either became weary that their well kept secret was about to be exposed to the masses or incredibly happy that someone was finally taking advantage of this ripe horror appropriate mythology. I found myself in the latter. I thought of Krampus as a child abducting rapist, who often whipped people with hooked chains and figured Dougherty wouldn't touch those themes with a 10 foot pole, but also thought he was creative enough to maneuver around them in a way that would please 90% of fans. And he sure did, recreating the mythology of Krampus to read like a dark fairytale. Dougherty's Krampus avoids all the darker tropes of our Krampusploitation genre and replaces them with an Amblin vibe and a slew of dark creatures to be entertained by. Seriously, I never thought I'd be excited by elves but the Satanic cult of Elves in this film are something else. And still none of this would matter if Krampus himself didn't herald his own visual achievement. I mean, I still argue whether we see his actually face in this film or if he's wearing a mask like his elven worshipers. At the end of the day, Dougherty's 2016 Krampus film had a budget that dwarfed the combined totality of all other films on this list cmbined, coming in at $15,000,000 (I couldn't find a budget for A Christmas Horror Story but I'm guessing it cost around 5 million).
And there it is, Lord Battle's Half-Christmas Krampus Round-Up. Again these choices were made solely by me but if you're interested in what the other creatures thought, I've added a link to each review below each poster. If you have any questions, comments, or arguments please share them, interaction with humans is the only thing I get out of making these posts and I enjoy it very much. And if you know of any films I missed please let me know!

- Lord Battle

Friday, June 23, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Monday): Scum, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jaws

It's just as well that there isn't too much going on in the city, as far as movies as concerned. With Pride 2017 already blocking off streets in downtown, you would probably have a hard time getting to the movies anyway! But for any adventurous types out there...
Both of the new titles on here, The Bad Batch and Scum, are not exclusive to this weekend, but I'm sure it would help them both out if they had successful opening weekends. Well, Scum is actually from the 70's so it could probably care less.
I'm not discouraged by this light weekend, because we have a lot to look forward to next week! The lineup includes a double feature of Logan Noir and Max Mad Black and White, Ringu, and the return of the Super Shangri-La Show! 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Opening This Week

Limited Release Friday 23rd (1hr 58min)
Sci-Fi/ Drama (Google)
A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

Playing All Weekend (1hr 38min)
Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
SCUM tells the story of Carlin, a new reform school inmate with a reputation as a hard case. The authorities encourage gang leader Pongo to humble Carlin, but he beats Pongo down and takes over the mantle of Daddy. The guards institute a reign of terror and neglect, with Carlin emerging as an unlikely leader. One of the most important British features of the last 35 years, SCUM still packs a wallop.

Midnight Madness

Saturday 24th @ 11:55pm (1hr 41min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Musical/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet. With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation -- a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid.

Jaws (1975)
Saturday 24th @ 6:20pm (2hrs 4min)
Sunday 25th @ 5:20pm
Action/ Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Screening All Weekend (2hrs 2min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Desperation Rising

2 of 5 viewers "Liked" "Desperation Rising" (1989, USA)
Here's what the creatures had to say:

The Ascendant - "Jason Holt’s 1989 film, Desperation Rising, is a disjointed cornucopia of ideas. Nevertheless, its crooked-middle finger approach to filmmaking is still vastly entertaining in a large (preferably drunk) group setting (in this case The Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco, California). It’s worth the price of admission for a (Prostitution/Sex Slave) Red Room that only plays second-fiddle to Daisuke Yamanouchi’s (sadistic) 1999 film and a finale that will make you realize why Architectural Drawings/Blueprints exist. Desperation Rising isn’t a masterpiece but it’s a reminder of just how much trashy film there is to discover out there." - 2 Stars

Huntress - "This was a bizarre 90 minutes filled with too many people and too much over-dubbing. Watching it was not necessarily enjoyable but still weird enough to be fun (for a lot of it). Although, I still don't really know what was going on." - 3 Stars

Lord Battle - "Desperation Rising is a sometimes sleepy, always nightmarish micro budget dreamscape of late 80's L.A. Micro budget fans will enjoy the casting of real gang members and their failure to intimidate (and act), the exploding cocaine/round house kicks in the 3rd act, and the breakout performance of Nick Cassavetes. Hey, we all gotta start somewhere." - 2.5 Stars

Math Mage - "A nonsensical "film" that has the ego and bad writing/acting of The Room but none of the charm. It's not as terrible as The Room but it would have been more interesting if it was. The story of a stockbroker who hires a prostitute to reassure himself of his sexual prowess and is captured by crack dealers/slave traders. There are many pointless scenes ("insured municipal bonds") and Nick Cassavetes appears as Vanilla Ice but interacts with no other characters." - 1 Star

Trash - "This movie is a treasure. As a fan of insane things that barely make sense to exist, Desperation Rising deserves a trophy for battling through the harsh garbage fire of real life to be an actual movie that you can watch. It's almost hypnotic, how strange it is, the volume of the dialogue totally inconsistent, crazy lines like "FUCK YOU!" suddenly boom in the forefront then disappear behind the bizarre synth soundtrack. Who are these people?! I'm not even sure! There's a gang-war and some girls being forced into prostitution in a horrible red room! There's a blue hallway! There's a yellow crack-den! And there's a stock broker convention. What the fuck!" - 5 Stars

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

So DESPERATION RISING is like an experimental video artist decided to make an 80's action movie, but on his way to set he fell down a flight of stairs. Does he have a concussion? Yes. This movie is jam-packed with nightmarish Prostitution rings, too many drugs, phone sex (call 967-HOT), gang wars with real gangsters, and my favorite topic of all, the one that drew me into this movie, finance. That's right, this film teaches you about the grim side of investing, with a moral tale of what happens when you're an investor, and you aren't satisfied with you wife, maybe? I think that's the lesson here!

Son of John Cassavetes and director of THE NOTEBOOK, Nick Cassavetes also has a role in this file. His scenes rule, and are the only time it feels like you're watching a real actor! Because everyone else in this movie is a real life gangster, participating for credit in a rehab program! Damn! 

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Either way, this movie is bonkers and I'm obsessed with it. The soundtrack especially, as the director is an experimental electric jazz musician. 

I've been trying to hunt down director Jason Holt online, with very little success... but my persistence lead me to this website, named after his most recent film TUESDAY NEVER COMES. That's already an incredible title! He's made a handful of movies in California, and they all look pretty fantastic and I have every intention of hunting them down. Anyhow, I have no reason NOT to believe, this is his website, and he participates in some of this music, which is all crazy electronic noise stuff, and completely worth checking out.

And, if you, reading this, are Jason Holt: please let me know. I gotta know what's going on in your crazy brain!


The Overlook Theatre materialized in the New Mission theatre for a screening on 6/15/2017
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