Current & Upcoming Films
Friday, October 28 – Wednesday, November 2
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and once again we’ve prepared a bowl of poisoned treats and spiked punch to help you celebrate of the most sinister of seasons. PLEASE NOTE: Our candy is not really poisoned, but the punch might be. Click on the days for further ticket information.
Friday, October 28:
Presented in conjunction with SF MOMA
ANN MAGNUSON IN PERSON! David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve are an ageless vampire couple, and Susan Sarandon is the doctor caught between them in this hot-blooded/stone-cold 1983 erotic goth classic. All that, and Bauhaus, too! Dir: Tony Scott. Starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon & Ann Magnuson. 1983, USA, Digital, 97 mins., 7pm
Trading ‘80s high-fashion Goth sway for ‘90s narcoticized Shoegaze, the stylish and oddly touching New York City vampire film NADJA is an absurdly underappreciated gem from Michael Almereyda. Indebted equally to David Lynch (who produced the movie) and Hal Hartley (whose AMATEUR stars Elena Lowenstein and Martin Donovan also top the bill of NADJA), the film centers on a family of vampires coming to terms with the death of their patriarch. Meanwhile, Dr. Van Helsing (fresh out on parole after putting a stake through Dracula’s heart!) has his sights set on them, and is closing in. NADJA also stars Peter Fonda (as Dr. Van Helsing!) and David Lynch (as a morgue attendant!). It was partially shot on a Fischer-Price Pixel Vision camera. The soundtrack has just a metric ton of My Bloody Valentine on it. Can you believe you haven’t seen this thing?! Dir: Michael Almereyda, Starring: Elena Lowenstein, Peter Fonda and Martin Donovan. 1994, USA, 35mm, 93 mins., 9:30pm
Saturday, October 29:
20th Anniversary Celebration for David Lynch's TWiN PEAKS
Co-presented by MIDNiTES FOR MANiACS
In 1988, David Lynch & Mark Frost pitched the concept to create a decade defining TV series that many consider the show that started this new golden era of serial-TV! Calling all fans of David Lynch and the TWiN PEAKS series as well as those of you who've been meaning to get around to it: DO NOT MiSS THiS ONCE iN-A-LiFETiME EVENT! $15 for one or all three films! Advance tix available and buy them quick for this is gonna sell out fast!!
Kick off MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS tribute to TWiN PEAKS with this quintessential film noir that was not only picked by the National Film Registry for it's importance to cinephiles worldwide, it is the movie that started the whole idea for David Lynch & Mark Frost's TV masterpiece. This 1944 thriller follows a New York City police detective as he investigates the murder of a beautiful young woman named Laura. As he interviews her friends and family as well as rummaging through her old letters and secret diary, the detective starts to unravel a mystery that will still have you guessing til the cows come home. Sound familiar? Did I mention how the song from the film "Laura's Theme" is one of the most recognized & celebrated soundtracks in cinema history?! Preceded by trailers for upcoming M4M events. Dir: Otto Preminger, Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price & Judith. USA. 35mm print courtesy of Fox. 1944. 88 mins. 7pm
TWiN PEAKS: The Pilot
This 90-minute pilot changed the face of TV forever. Following BLUE VELVET (1986), David Lynch & Mark Frost delivered this stunning and hypnotic peek into a small town in the Pacific Northwest. By designing a show jam-packed with kooky characters, soap-opera melodrama, film noir mysteries and some good ol' fashioned avant garde surrealism, this priceless TV movie is as addictive and terrifying as it was 20 years ago. Keep your cherry stems crossed! This event is simply worth living for. 90 minutes. Preceded by trailers from other David Lynch-ian films. Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch, Dir: David Lynch. Starring Kyle MacLaughlan, Michael Ontkean, Dana Ashbrook, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Joan Chen & Jack Nance. USA. 1990. 90 mins. 9pm
TWiN PEAKS: FiRE WALK WiTH ME
Overlooked & dismissed upon it's original release in 1992, David Lynch's sequel/prequel to the TWiN PEAKS series could be the closest thing he's ever made to an-all-out horror film. Breaking off the shackles of TV censors, this surreal nightmare finds Lynch creating some of his most ethereal and poetic images. With a tour-de-force performance by Sheryl Lee as the legendary Laura Palmer, keep your eyes glued for cameos galore from both the TV show as well as newly introduced characters (David Bowie!). WARNiNG: By attending this screening, you will be spoiling a major plot from the TV series. Dir: David Lynch. Starring: Sheryl Lee, Chris Issak, Kiefer Sutherland & David Bowie. USA. 35mm print courtesy of Warner Bros. 1992. 135 minutes. 11pm
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks has curated and hosted MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS for 10 years. Contact him with questions, complaints and curiosities at email@example.com
Sunday, October 30 + Monday, October 31:
In Italy, it was considered the 'unofficial sequel' to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was released as ZOMBIE but also pretty commonly referred to as ZOMBI 2. Anyway - an abandoned yacht drifts into New York Harbor, and the investigation leads back a cursed tropical island. Over the course of ZOMBIE, you will see a zombie fight a shark. The Roxie and Blue Underground are proud to present ZOMBIE in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. Dir: Lucio Fulci. Starring: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, and Richard Johnson, Italy, 1979/2011, Digital, 92 mins. 10/29 at (3pm) & 5pm, 10/30 at (3pm), 5pm, 7pm & 9pm, 10/31 at 7pm & 9pm
Tuesday, November 1:
SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE
Q&A with filmmakers after the 7pm show! Ken doesn’t have much of a life, but that’s largely due to his accommodations for the past several years – namely, a padded room in a mental hospital. Upon release, he moves back in with his mom and reconnects with the daughter he didn’t know he had. Also, folks from his past start turning up brutally murdered. The film, deftly balancing comedy and gore, is packed with great performances by a litany of well-loved character actors. Dir: Jack Perez. Starring: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Lucy Davis, Leo Fitzpatrick and Ariel Gade. USA, 2011, Digital, 97 mins. 7pm & 9pm.
Wednesday, November 2:
MINDGLOW with BRONZE + LIMOSINE
WORLD PREMIERE! A tainted burrito leads to a pregnant man leads to INS troubles in this surreal comedy that could serve as an extended warning about dental health. If that’s not trippy enough for you, the movie will be bracketed by live performances from two of the finest musical outfits in the Bay Area: BRONZE (locked-groove panic jams) and LIMOSINE (ritualistic face-melting). Plus DJs! Infinite ups to Sarah Bernat for making this happen! MINDGLOW: written + directed by Sam Wohl & Eric Svedas, 2011, USA, Digital, 17 mins. Event starts at 7:30pm.