ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD : 7 NIGHTS OF UNRELENTING TERROR
March 19 - 25, 2004 at the AMC Kabuki 8 Cinemas in San Francisco
The SF IndieFest offers a week's worth of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, monsters, madness and mayhem
ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD running March 19 - 25, 2004 at the AMC Kabuki 8 Cinemas, 1881 Post Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $9.00 for Evening screenings and $7.00 for Matinees. For tickets or more information please call (415) 820-3907 or click on www.sfhorror.com or www.sfindie.com
If the myriad traumas of daily life in the big city get to be too much, and it seems that only blood-curdling screams will ease your mind, then ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD: 7 NIGHTS OF UNRELENTING TERROR is just what the (mad) doctor ordered. ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD presents the finest in contemporary horror, horror-comedy and dark fantasy from America and abroad.
The Festival gets off to a rollicking start with three films on Opening Night: the first is an extremely rare revival screening of Robert Young's VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1971) starring Adrienne Corri, a classic from the Hammer studio about a demonic carnival arriving in a village wracked by plague. The official Opening Night Gala film is Michael and Peter Spierig's UNDEAD. This gory comedy (Splat-stick perhaps?) is a tremendous mix of horror, science fiction, spaceships and zombies. Already considered a cult classic in its native Australia, audiences were rolling in the aisles at its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The late show is the US Premiere of A LIVING HELL from writer/director/star Fujii Shugo. Already notorious in the video bootleg underground, and definitely not for the faint-of-heart, this is a hard-core horror family portrait from the demented underbelly of the Japanese Independent scene.
Six troubling days later the Festival roars to a close with cultists, zombies and a killer American indie: Marcus Adams' surreal blood-cult road movie OCTANE, starring Madeleine Stowe, Jonathan Rhys-Myers, and Mischa Barton; DEAD AND BREAKFAST, our official Closing Night Gala film, is the latest from San Francisco native (and IndieFest alumnus) Matthew Leutwyler, this zombie rampage stars David Carradine, Jeremy Sisto, Diedrich Bader and Portia de Rossi; and the Festival ends with a revival screening of Abel Ferrara's debut feature DRILLER KILLER (1979), a punky New York ode to power tools and noisy neighbors starring Ferrara, Carolyn Marz and Baybi Day.
In between, the Festival offers some of the creepiest creations that you can drive a stake through, throw holy water on, shoot at with a silver bullet, or just run away from in abject terror. Included in this year's slate is the World Premiere of I PASS FOR HUMAN, Chris D.'s harrowing tale of heroin-addicted ghosts haunting living junkies featuring a soundtrack by Danny Carey of Tool, Foetus, The Birthday Party and Lydia Lunch. Producer Lynne Margulies is best known for being portrayed by Courtney Love in MAN IN THE MOON. Also on the bill are Brian Avenet-Bradley's serial killer chiller GHOST OF THE NEEDLE; the US Premiere of GINGER SNAPS II: UNLEASHED with Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle, biting at the heels of the globally successful feminist werewolf saga, this is the rare sequel that surpasses the original in almost every way; Christopher Coppola's monsterific drive-in homage THE CURSE OF BLOODHEAD features an amazing cast of 70'cult TV stars including Lynda Carter, Frank Gorshin, Shirley Jones and Bernie Kopell; BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL, the debut feature from Yudai Yamaguchi (writer of Ryuhei Kitamura's VERSUS and ALIVE) features undead high school students playing baseball, breaking into song and impaling each other on spikes in this delirious and bizarre Japanese box-office smash; Elza Kephart's campy post-feminist GRAVEYARD ALIVE: A ZOMBIE NURSE IN LOVE examines truly undying love in a remote hospital; the US Premiere of SKINNED DEEP is the feature debut of special effects master Gabe Bartalos, and resembles a remake of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE by a hallucinogen-addled David Lynch; Stefan Avalos, the director of the cult hit THE LAST BROADCAST returns with THE GHOSTS OF EDENDALE, it's old-school Hollywood horror – Tom Mix style; myth meets science in Jon Cunningham's DEMON UNDER GLASS as a team of government agents capture a vampire for scientific studies; Law Chi-Leung's INNER SENSES features the final screen appearance of Hong Kong superstar Leslie Cheung (FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE, A BETTER TOMORROW), and eerily mirrors his tragic suicide in 2003; Jeffery Lando re-imagines THE HILLS HAVE EYES on a remote Canadian SAVAGE ISLAND, which stars Don S. Davis (TWIN PEAKS) and Winston Rekert; animal rights activists become lab rats in Simon De Selva's LETHAL DOSE (LD 50) starring Katherine Towne, Melanie Brown (of the Spice Girls ) and Tom Hardy; and Jim Van Bebber's brutal and uncompromising THE MANSON FAMILY (a.k.a. CHARLIE'S FAMILY) will premiere after a troubled ten-year gestation, and it was definitely worth the wait.
Also featured will be two programs of great short films, COMEDIES OF TERROR: TALES FROM THE LIGHT SIDE headlined by the featurette THE HUMAN BEEing, a brilliant homage to 50's B-movies, and SHORT (BUT SCARY AS HELL) headlined by the Bay Area premiere of local filmmaker Kirk Henderson's featurette THE VISAGE, a nightmarish ghost story that might make you sleep with all the lights on.
The IndieFesters have always loved children's matinees, so we have a couple of programs for the kid in us all. The Saturday Matinee is the only existing 35mm print (dubbed in English so bring the kids) of Shusuke Kaneko's GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK! Released in 2001, this is now considered to be one of the greatest Godzilla movies ever made. The Sunday matinee is Mel Stuart's classic goofy cautionary tale of greed and mean midget sweatshop workers, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) starring Gene Wilder with a screenplay by Roald Dahl.
The 2003 San Francisco Independent Film Festival presented an immensely popular sidebar of new and classic horror and fantasy films from around the world. While that Festival has always (and will continue to) present a selection of new and interesting genre titles in the program, the audience's response to last year's sidebar was immediate and vocal – more horror and fantasy please. Give the people what they want is an IndieFest policy. ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD is both a tongue-in-cheek reference to the gross bodily harm inflicted in these films, and to the firm belief of the IndieFest staff that “San Francisco needs another film festival like it needs…”.
ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD: 7 NIGHTS OF UNRELENTING TERROR, presented by the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, runs March 19 - 25, 2004 at the AMC Kabuki 8 Cinemas, 1881 Post Street in San Francisco. For tickets and more information call (415) 820-3907 or click on www.sfindie.com or www.sfhorror.com.