Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another Hole In The Head, 2009 - Days 12, 13 and 14 (Closing Night)

Another Hole In The Head, two weeks of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, runs June 5th through June 18th, with screenings at the Roxie Film Center, 3117 16th Street (at Valencia) and live performances and events at CellSpace (2050 Bryant) and Great Star Theater (630 Jackson). Tickets and additional info at WWW.SFINDIE.COM.

Another Hole In The Head heads into the home stretch on Day 12 (Tuesday, June 16th) with it's last festival premiere.

BLOOD RIVER (dir. Adam Mason, US, 2009, 104 mins.) What starts off as a formula "young couple versus evil stranger" (ala DEAD CALM) becomes so much more, I do NOT want to spoil it. I am rather excited to hear how audiences speculate about the film's realities. The script by Simon Boyes and director Adam Mason is so deceptively simple, at first, that I found myself as sucked in to the situation as the young couple. When things start going awry, I found my suspension of disbelief challenged and then... well, that's the point! The mental exercise at the end of the film is fabulous! Mason has cast three able performers, with Andrew Howard delivering a deceptively, stereotyped performance as the stranger, and Ian Duncan and Tess Panzer as the "innocent" couple. Panzer in particular is called upon to take an unusual emotional journey as the pregnant wife. Ian Duncan gives a credible performance in the film's most thankless role, playing the bullying, yuppie husband. The script cleverly allows a certain amount of hedging in production values, as there are some continuity issues and the setting isn't really cohesive, but in the end, it needn't be. The pace and editing never really slack, but only in retrospect. Upon the first viewing (and it deserves to be seen multiple times!), there were moments of apparent wasted space. However, and again, all those issues are resolved (as are all 'things')... in the end...

Day 12 continues with two encore screenings: THE DEAD OUTSIDE, and I again suggest that you use this time as a dinner break, before heading back into the theatre for NINJA PUSSY CAT, which is a hoot!

Another Hole In The Head then wraps up another year with its final two days of encore screenings.

On Wednesday, June 17th:
The final screening of Takashi Miike's DETECTIVE STORY, then the necrophilia farce MORGUE STORY, followed by the amazing BLOOD RIVER.

And on Closing Night, Thursday, June 18th, the final three screenings are:
the werewolf comedy AUDIE AND THE WOLF, the Thai "fan letter" to horror movies COMING SOON, and finally, that obscene, little puppet - BLACK DEVIL DOLL!

Maxxxxx says
re BLOOD RIVER: "Bless you!"

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