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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: The Genius of Dan Curtis

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray Trilogy of Terrorreleases. This month I review three movies created by the brilliant Dan Curtis.

Dan Curtis was one of the most successful director/producers in the history of television. History will always remember him as the creator of the long running TV show Dark Shadows but that was just one of many major achievements. He also produced and/or directed some of the biggest movies in the history of television. Three of these films just got deluxe Blu-ray releases. One of his two biggest films was Trilogy Of Terror, (Kino Lorber Studio Classics). This is a fun little horror flick but no one could have predicted that it would be one of the most watched TV movies of all time. It held the record until Roots was televised later that decade. The movie tells three horror stories that are connected by the main star of the film, the magnificent Karen Black. She pretty much makes this movie. She is the main character in all three vignettes and chews up the scenery so mightily that everyone else in the picture is little more than a bit player. In the first segment she plays a mousy professor exploited by a blackmailer, in the second she's a pair of polar opposite sisters, but it's her role in the third segment, "Amelia," that history will remember her for. "Amelia" is one of the best little horror movies ever made and it scared the viewing public to a degree that few could understand in this jaded day and age. Karen Black's portrayal of the vulnerable, psychologically fragile Amelia makes the horror she suffers even more visceral. The story is fairly simple and all takes place in one tiny apartment. Amelia finds a Zuni fetish doll in a second hand store and buys it as a gift for her anthropologist boyfriend. The doll comes with a curse and, when she gets back to her apartment, Amelia unwittingly brings it to life. What ensues is one of the scariest things I've ever seen on television. This segment really holds up even after all these years. It's tense, harrowing, and genuinely scary. Being attacked by a doll could easily have been laughable, but in Curtis's skilled hands the story becomes utterly terrifying. This was one of the most memorable movies of the seventies and it left an indelible mark on everyone who saw it.

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Noir City 17: Film Noir In The 1950s, January 25 - February 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 6, 2019 05:57pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 17, San Francisco

Dive into NOIR CITY 17 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3 to Trappedexperience (through a lens, darkly) the 1950s -- a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema. Nothing would ever be the same. Film Noir Foundation president and the man known internationally as the "Czar of Noir," not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' popular weekly series Noir Alley, Eddie Muller, will once again lead audiences on a ten-night excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement." Strap in for danger, desire, and despair!

This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

“I call it curated time-travel," says Muller. "We start out in the classic era at the peak of the noir movement and with each successive show we move relentlessly toward revolution—a 1960 double bill of Psycho and Breathless, two movies that effectively changed noir, and movies, forever.”

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Something Weird This Way Comes

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Something Weird's Greatest HitsBy Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

 "Don't tell me you believe those ridiculous stories about evil spirits and witch doctors that turn themselves into giant alligators and all that rubbish"

"I'm sorry but I'm afraid I do."

~ from Death Curse of Tartu, 1966

Do you remember your body being possessed by a "Dancing Demon" in your living room after the first time you heard "Pass the Hatchet" by Roger and the Gypsies on a Las Vegas Grind LP? This is the same feeling my body parts got when I first heard Syd Dale's "The Hell Raisers" on Something Weird's Greatest Hits double LP.



Death Curse of TartuSince the early 1990's, Something Weird has been re-releasing such delightful bottom-shelf flicks as Blood Feast, Night of the Bloody Apes, Nude on the Moon, and one of my personal favorites, Death Curse of Tartu, in which some unthoughtful students have a dance party on the burial site of an ancient Indian medicine man who gets steaming mad and returns from the beyond for revenge!

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Noir City Xmas, 12/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 9, 2018 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule! Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 19, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. This year's feature is Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at Noir City Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming Noir City 17 festival, which runs January 25-February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have Noir City 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.

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Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival in SF, 10/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2018 11:12pm | Post a Comment

The Super Shangri-La Show, the mysterious entity that brought you the hit fringe film events Bigfoot Bonanza and The Space Visitors Film Festival, presents Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival -- a whole day and evening of witchcraft films at San Francisco's haunted Balboa Theater on Saturday, October 13th! See nine films dealing in the dark arts, as well as special guest speaker author Maja D'Aoust and a burlesque performance from The Devil's Debutante, Szandora LaVey. Additionally, cosmic artist Rocky Angel will be on site providing magical face painting!

Gaze upon the bewitching schedule for the day:
11:50am - Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
12pm - In Search Of - "Salem Witches" (1980)
12:45pm - City of the Dead (1960)
2:30pm - Incubus (1966)
4:15pm - The Witches (1966)
6pm - Special Guest Speaker Maja D’Aoust
7:10pm - The Witch: A New England Folktale (2015)
9pm - The Love Witch (2016)
11:20pm - Season of the Witch (1972)
11:30pm - Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Get your tickets now HERE before they vanish into thin air...

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