Tonight: Witchcraft Double Feature At SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2016 04:36pm | Post a Comment

Black Sunday

-- By Brett Stillo

1960 was a year of change for the horror film. Alfred Hitchcock drove a knife into the collective Black Sundayconsciousness of movie audiences with Psycho, and movies soon followed that twisted the blade. Peeping Tom, Eyes Without a Face, House of Usher...these films took a darker, twisted path, going further than most contemporary horror movies of the era. Two standout films of this seminal year, the supernatural thrillers Black Sunday and City of the Dead will play Tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre at 7pm.

Black Sunday is the stunning directorial debut of legendary Italian director Mario Bava It’s an old-fashioned tale of witches, ghosts, and vampires set amid rotting Victorian splendor, but Bava conjures a grisly visual style that’s bold and shocking. It's a bit ironic that this master of vivid color cinematography launched his directorial career with a black and white movie, and yet the color seems abundant in this gothic-goes-to-the-Drive-In opus. Bava crafts a tapestry of shadows, layer after layer of dark images from a palette that ranges from thick walls of black to opaque shades of pale grey. These monochromatic Horror Hotel, City of the Deadlayers create a weird pseudo-3D effect that makes the backgrounds seem to reach out beyond the screen. Add the haunting beauty of a 23-year-old actress named Barbara Steele and you have one of the true classics among horror films.

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Danger Diabolik Screens at SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 13, 2015 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Danger Diabolik

By Brett Stillo

Diabolik, international super-thief, jetsetter, and iconic anti-hero of the Fumetti (aka Italian comics), is Danger Diabolikcoming to town for a rare one night screening at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 pm, thanks to Super Shangri-La Show.

Danger Diabolik is an all-out assault of 1960s pop art/comic book pulp from the legendary master of B-movie exploitation-as-art, Mario Bava. Picture a 105-minute episode of the old Batman TV series, but the “Special Guest Villian” ends up being the guy you root for. John Philip Law’s Diabolik is the ideal cinematic scoundrel, a cooler-than-cool criminal mastermind fighting the system and breaking the bank for his own personal kicks. Diabolik has it all: money, cars, a swingin’ underground pad, and an ultra-sexy accomplice played by the stunning Marisa Mell.

Danger Diabolik was a low-budget production (the film had a $400,000 budget in 1967 dollars), but Bava makes it all look like a multi-million dollar epic. He keeps the action twisting and turning at a steady pace on curving Italian roads, creating a visual world that jumps off the screen like panels out of a comic book filled with heists, explosions, jaguars, gangsters, and submachine guns. The action is accented by a supercool soundtrack by the one and only Ennio Morricone. It’s silly, sexy, sleek, and stylish! In an era known for spoofs and romps, Diabolik out-romps them all.

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October at Balboa Theatre: Vampires, Hell Houses, and Yokai Monsters!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 11, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

Yokai Monsters

San Francisco's Balboa Theatre and the mysterious forces at Super Shangri-La Show bring you an October to remember with three weeks of Wednesdays of super weird Halloweeny viewing!

Yokai MonstersThe fun starts Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30pm with Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), the second in the Yokai Monsters movie trilogy. A Babylonian demon is awoken and flies to ancient Japan to take over the body of the local Magistrate. The small country yokai monsters must team up to defeat him. It's a classic little monsters vs. evil big monster scenario and is not to be missed! In Japanese with English subtitles.

What's a yokai? According to Wikipedia: "Yokai (ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. The word yokai is made up of the kanji for 'bewitching; attractive; calamity' and 'apparition; mystery; suspicious.'" I'm sold. RSVP on Facebook for entertaining updates.

Wednesday, October 21st unleashes Mario Bava's 1965 sci-fi/horror classic Planet of the Vampires. This movie features two great tastes that go great together: space and the undead. Its a stylish adventure with hot Italian chicks in space suits, and many critics say that it inspired Ridley Scott's Alien. RSVP on Facebook, invite your friends and family.

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Viking Massacre

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The Invaders

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