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Weird Wednesdays this November at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2019 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco team up for another month of mammoth movie hits with this November's Weird Wednesdays! Join us at the Alamo's beautiful movie palace in the Mission District for these weird, wacky, and wild classics:

TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994, 4K RESTORATION)
Wednesday, November 6. 10pm
Directed by Stewart Raffill (Mac and Me), Tammy and the T-Rex is a love story as old as time. This post-Jurassic jam stars Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Wild Things) and the late Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from Weekend at Bernies’ is the villain? Originally filmed as a gorefest with impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, Tammy’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video, and inexplicably marketed as a kids’ film. Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your ganglia into dust!

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Lighthouse Horror Films Galore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"It's bad enough to accept a musician into this family, but a jazz musician is asking too damn much."
~ from Bert I. Gordon's 1960 cult classic, Tormented

If Robert Eggers' new film The Lighthouse left you intrigued to see more eerie lighthouse flicks, let me humbly suggest you watch or re-watch these classics before you lazily settle your craving by watching the evil tooth fairy in Darkness Falls.

The Monster of Piedras BlancasThe Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Why are the rocks white you ask? Maybe Sturges the lighthouse keeper should have worn a "Damn Seagulls" hat in the movie. Filmed in Cayucos, California (south of Der Tinkerpaw's Nitt Witt Ridge and just north of Alex and Phyllis Madonna's world famous Madonna Inn), the movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas sits close to my heart. The monster had a fantastic look and would have been a great tag team partner with either the Gill-Man from the Creature of the Black Lagoon or the monster from It! The Terror from Beyond Space. The Piedras Blancas monster would return in 1965 on TV in an episode of Flipper...not to be confused with the punk band Flipper, however many of you may recognize the monster from the Angry Samoans' 1982 album cover, Back from Samoa. Personally I never listened to either of those bands, because I'd rather listen to CRIME!

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Us at Marienbad

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 25, 2019 07:17pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases.

Us, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment:
Jordan Peele has done it again. Just as Get Out was the most interesting movie of 2017, his new film Us may be the most thought provoking mainstream movie released in 2019. I don't tend to review a lot of contemporary films in this column, but that's not because I have anything against them. I watch a new release movie almost weekly and while many are good and perfectly entertaining, there are few great ones. The main reason for this is that movie production is so expensive these days that the studio accountants don't let directors take too many chances. Too much money and too many jobs are on the line, so the studios stick with formulas and franchises these days. Sure, I loved the new Avengers movie, but it was really just another superhero movie. Recent films all have the same general structure. It's like you can almost look at your watch an hour and fifteen minutes after the opening credits and realize that it is time for the big budget special effects to start showing up. Even when a new director has some kind of "vision," the studios rarely let them pursue it. Jordan Peele seems to be kind of an exception to this trend. Part of the reason for that is that despite being quirky, his films still do well in the mainstream marketplace. Us is no different. On a certain level, it is a straightforward horror genre picture or at least that's what it feels like for the first two thirds of its run time. Even if it was "just" a horror movie, it would have been one of the best horror films of the past two years. I was trying to eat my dinner while watching it, and it was such a gripping and suspense-filled ride that I kept having forkfuls of food get ice cold as I sat there for twenty minutes at a time, too engaged in the movie to even take another mouthful. 

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: The Reptile with a Side of Quatermass

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 4, 2019 07:43pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases. If you're a Hammer movie fan Shout Factory really opened the floodgates for you in August when they released some of the best films the studio ever produced including one that is arguably their very best.

The Reptile, Shout Factory:
This has always been one of my very favorite Hammer films. The studio was mainly known for redoing all the classic Universal monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the Mummy in their own unique and luridly colorful British style. What sets The Reptile apart is that it is their own original creation. There are mild elements of the werewolf in the film but the script goes to new and unexpected places. The movie is kind of a slow burn but when the monster does finally reveal itself it is as good as anything Jack Pierce created. This was a later Hammer film so everybody who worked on this was at the top of their game when it was made. It's just a good story that is well told. Everything on the movie works flawlessly, the cinematography, directing, script, music, acting, so that when all these elements are put together they make a perfect whole. On many levels, this film is the essential embodiment of Hammer and their style.

It starts with a murder like many of the best Hammer movies do. After Charles Spalding is killed in this opening scene his brother Harry and his new bride, Valerie, inherit his cottage and move to the rural town of Clagmoor Heath in Cornwall. They find the town living in terror due to a rash of recent deaths caused by a mysterious and unexplained ailment the locals refer to as the "Black Death." The corpses left behind by this ailment are all foaming at the mouth with blackened and swollen faces. At first the locals shun the couple, but Harry eventually befriends Tom Bailey who owns the local pub and offers to help Harry solve the mystery of the recent deaths. Tom and Harry have only seen similar symptoms in people bitten by king cobras in India. Their investigation leads them to the nearby home of the sinister Doctor Franklyn who recently moved to the area with his daughter Anna. Franklyn is a professor of theology who has traveled the world studying mysterious and hidden cults and religious groups. To describe Doctor Franklyn's relationship with his daughter as "dysfunctional" is putting it lightly. Every scene with these two is profoundly disturbing on a number of psychological levels. You know something weird is going on with these people you just don't know what it is. John Gilling does an excellent job directing and he keeps you guessing at the true nature of what is going on right up until the final act. The ending really delivers and the movie is as good as any of the classic monster films Universal made.

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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:

THE LOVE WITCH (2016)
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.





SATANIS: THE DEVIL'S MASS (1970)
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.”

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