October is Full of Weird Wednesdays at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 30, 2019 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Anton LaVey

Not only is October the kookiest, spookiest, and ookiest month of all, but at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco, it's also the Weirdest. Amoeba Music is thrilled and chilled to continue partnering with Alamo Drafthouse into the witching month for these five bitching Weird Wednesdays this October:

Wednesday, October 2. 10:15pm
The Love Witch is a breath of fresh air for twenty-first century horror. Meticulously crafted on 35mm film by genre revisionist Anna Biller, this is both a salute to -- and an attack on -- decades of exploitation tradition. When a witch named Elaine (Samantha Robinson) moves to a new town, she wastes no time in using spells to line up lovers. And also corpses. Soon, Elaine finds her haunted libido in a psychotropic battle against an entire town of weirdos. Combining the hyper-stylized aesthetic of Jacques Tati, the surreal melodrama of Nicholas Ray, and the pop-art violence of Doris Wishman, The Love Witch drips with day-glo pulp while challenging gender expectations in horror. Smart, timeless, and unmissable.

Wednesday, October 10. 10:15pm
Before Hail Satan, there was Satanis: The Devil's Mass! This is the unseen and unbelievable exposé documentary on Anton LaVey, America's favorite leader of the Church of Satan. Feeling like a bedtime story as told by Kenneth Anger and Russ Meyer, this is a wild glimpse into the witches, black masses, and sex lives that built San Francisco’s most infamous cult. From LaVey’s daughter ("I think they're nuts!") to a woman who performs a satanic rite with a Boa constrictor, you’ll meet numerous proto-goths, midnight maniacs, and daytime Draculas -- and even a pet tiger named Togare! In the words of LaVey, “If you’re going to be a sinner, be the best sinner on the block.”

DRAGNET (1987)
Wednesday, October 16. 9:30pm
At the cusp of the TV-to-movie boom that erupted in the late '80s/early '90s stands Dragnet, a buddy cop mish-mash that pairs Dan Aykroyd's uptight Joe Friday (nephew to Jack Webb's O.G. Friday) with wiiiiild cop Tom Hanks (knee-deep in his early comedy run). The modern state of crime is enough to sharpen Friday's buzzcut, so how do you expect him to react to a real-deal murder cult that threatens to wreak havoc in the City of Angels? See Hanks and Aykroyd battle giant snakes, televangelists, and city bureaucracy amidst a beautiful friendship in this bona-fide dose of Hollywood oddity. Oh, and did we mention that Hanks plays a character named PEP STREEBEK?!

Wednesday, October 23. 10:15pm
What can one possibly say that hasn’t already been said about the legendary, epic misadventure that was the Exorcist II: The Heretic? Too ludicrous to frighten, yet too hallucinatory to look away, the most debated sequel of all time alternately dazzles with ingenious special effects, then stupefies with long drawn out sequences. Ennio Morricone’s score is a mix of a demented children’s choir backed by proggy synth and a cracking whip. Set four years after the explosive climax of The Exorcist (1973), this time it’s Richard Burton who steps into the tortured priest role. He’s investigating the death of Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) during the exorcism of Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). He discovers the demon has a name and it’s….Pazuzu. Regan is now a blossoming teenager living in New York City and being treated by a psychiatrist, Dr. Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher), whose practice is in a lab designed as a type of glass honeycomb. Although Regan thinks her possession is behind her and her life is all jazz-tap recitals, we discover it’s still lurking within! Pazuzu!

Wednesday, October 30. 10pm
After a time travel-aided history presentation created Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan's sonic utopia, everything should've been fine, right? Would be despot De Nomolos has another idea: send a pair of evil doppelganger robots to kill our heroic duo before they can win their battle of the bands! A wyld adventure that astral projects our head-banging heroes through Heaven & Hell, Bogus Journey stands as one of the rare sequels that equals (and to some, surpasses) the original. STATION!!!

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