Another Hole In the Head

Another Hole In the Head 2011 Film Festival runs June 2nd through the 16th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Check out the Festival Genius site for film schedules and tickets. I Am Nancy Directed by Arlene Marechal The question on everyone’s lips since 1984′s A Nightmare On Elm Street premiered has always been “Who is Nancy?” And by “always” I of course mean never. It’s not a question that anyone has ever been concerned with… until now. Nancy Thompson of course is the heroine of three of the films in the Elm Street series, and she’s played by Heather Langenkamp. The one constant throughout all of the original films is and will always be Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), the razor-wielding, burned, revenge-seeking kiddie killer (or diddler depending on your interpretation). He is the icon of the series for obvious reasons, but Langenkamp and filmmaker Arlene Marechal are wondering why Nancy never reached those same heights. The answer seems pretty obvious, but let’s give them seventy plus minutes to explore the question anyway.

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Another Hole In the Head 2011 Film Festival runs June 2nd through the 16th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Check out the Festival Genius site for film schedules and tickets. Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show Directed by Gabriele Albanesi Tue, June 14th @ 520pm Alessio Rinaldi (Giuseppe Solari) is a young director who loves his horror wet, red, and slathered across naked women. Sadly, he can’t find a market for his interests and the studio won’t work with him anymore if he insists on making movies in that splattery vein. He concedes and accepts the screenwriting help of a well known author of artistic, plot-driven horror novels named Ubaldo Terzani (Paolo Sassanelli). He’s soon besieged by graphic nightmares, and as the two begin their collaboration the source of Ubaldo’s horrific inspiration comes clear. And by clear I mean barely visible behind a crimson shower of blood.

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Another Hole In the Head 2011 Film Festival runs June 2nd through the 16th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Check out the Festival Genius site for film schedules and tickets. The Moleman Of Belmont Avenue Directed by Mike Bradecich & John LaFlamboy Jarmon (John LaFlamboy) and Marion (Mike Bradecich) aren’t the brightest bulbs in the silverware drawer, but they mean well. That’s not true. They don’t really mean that well at all and are really only interested in doing what they have to do to keep their tenants from leaving. The apartment building they inherited was once a respectable place, but they’ve let it fall into ruin in a record amount of time. The handful of tenants that remain are hardcore and can live with the lack of proper maintenance, the electricity “borrowed” from the church next door, and the absence of much-needed repairs, but they have to draw the line someplace… and that line is apparently a creepy, flesh-eating creature living in the basement.

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Another Hole In the Head 2011 Film Festival runs June 2nd through the 16th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Check out the Festival Genius site for film schedules and tickets. Eaters Directed by Luca Boni and Marco Ristori Fri, June 3rd @ 1130pm Tues, June 14th @ 920pm Americans may have started the zombie craze by way of George Romero’s Living Dead series, but we no longer corner the market. Germany, Norway, and France are just some of the countries that have released zombie films in recent years, but there’s one other nation that has been at it for years. Italy’s been dabbling in the shambling dead for almost as long as the US has, and thanks to the likes of Lucio Fulci and Michele Soavi they’ve actually churned out some some stellar entries. It’s been a while since they’ve made an effort to return Italian flesh-eaters to the big screen, but apparently they were just waiting for the right producer to come along and lower their standards. And before your soon to be devoured tongue can even begin to utter ‘dannato non Uwe Boll!’… it’s time for a zombie apocalypse!

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Another Hole In the Head 2011 Film Festival runs June 2nd through the 16th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Check out the Festival Genius site for film schedules and tickets. Haunted Changi Directed by Andrew Lau Fri, June 3rd @ 520pm Thur, June 9th @ 720pm The old Changi Hospital in Singapore has seen better days, but it’s also seen far worse ones. It was closed for good in 1997, and the locals have viewed it as a haunted building better off avoided ever since. Before becoming a civilian hospital the building was occupied by the insane, the incarcerated, and several hundred prisoners of war who were abused, experimented upon and beheaded by the Japanese occupiers. A documentary crew arrives thirteen years after the hospital’s doors were closed to explore the halls and discover the truth of the building’s blood-filled history. I think we all know where this is heading right?

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Another Hole In the Head 2011 Film Festival runs June 2nd through the 16th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Check out the Festival Genius site for film schedules and tickets. Auschwitz Directed by Uwe Boll Fri, June 10th @ 920pm Mon, June 13th @ 720pm If nothing else, Uwe Boll means well. The self-acknowledged purpose of his new film Auschwitz is to remind people of the atrocity that occurred in the infamous concentration camp almost seventy years ago. Does the world actually need reminding? Boll says yes as not only have the details faded over time but genocides are still a modern day reality in places like Rwanda and Bosnia. He’s right of course on both counts, but does that mean he’s the best man for the job? It’s easy to criticize any (and all) of Boll’s films, but that task is made even simpler with a movie that begs to be taken seriously yet has no qualms about showing babies shot in the head, a young boy graphically burning in a furnace, and lengthy scenes of naked men, women, and children choking to death in suspiciously dry showers. Not to mention an extended shot of a bored Nazi guard, played by Boll himself, standing idly by while people slowly and painfully die in the room behind him. Tough to argue against accusations of exploitation when you cast yourself in such a role. So yes, he may mean well, but…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre – directed by Julius Kemp, Iceland; upcoming screenings 7/25 9pm, 7/28 7pm Synopsis: A group of tourists from varied backgrounds arrive on a dock in Iceland for the whale watching trip of a lifetime. Or will it be of a deathtime! Dun dun dun! Anyway, their boat arrives and the group hustles on-board to begin their adventure. Do any of them notice that their ship is being captained by Gunnar Hansen, aka Leatherface? Not a one, which almost makes their fates well deserved doesn’t it? One of the tourists gets drunk and disorderly and causes a tragic accident which leaves them stranded in the cold waters. Lucky for them a nearby fishing boat hears their distress and comes to their aid… unlucky for them the family on the fishing boat have a collection of weapons and other implements just waiting for fresh meat. Knives, guns, and deck-mounted harpoons will be put to good use as everyone’s vacation turns into a slaughter on the high seas. Check out […]

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Jimmy Tupper vs The Goatman Of Bowie – directed by Andrew Bowser, USA; upcoming screenings 7/23 11pm, 7/26 5pm Synopsis: It’s just another normal weekend in Bowie filled with partying, drinking, and Jimmy Tupper acting like an a-hole. His friends grow tired of his drunken antics one night after he passes out and decide to play a prank. They take him to the woods outside of town and leave him unconscious in the grass, but they’re surprised when he doesn’t show up to work the next day and head back to the woods to find him. Jimmy’s understandably angry when they find him, but he’s also frightened and slightly battered. It seems something attacked him in the middle of the night… something part man and part goat. No one believes him of course, so Jimmy camps out the next three nights with the camcorder in the hopes of catching the creature on film. But Jimmy Tupper’s nights don’t quite go according to plan… Check out our review after the jump…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Shadow – directed by Federico Zampaglione, Italy; upcoming screenings 7/19 7pm, 7/23 5pm Synopsis: A soldier finishes his tour of duty in Iraq and heads to the Alps to decompress with some mountain biking. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman in a cafe brings the wrath of two local hunters onto their heads, and soon the couple is being chased through the woods by murderous men with rifles. But the hunters and their prey quickly realize there’s something even more evil than drunken, euro-trash rednecks. There’s a fifth player in this game, and his toys include scalpels, acids, and tables suitable for autopsies. Check out our review after the jump…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Grotesque – directed by Koji Shiraishi, Japan; upcoming screenings 7/16 5pm, 7/18 7pm, 7/22 5pm Synopsis: A physician in serious risk of breaking his Hippocratic oath kidnaps a young couple and proceeds to torture them physically, sexually, and emotionally. No, really. That’s pretty much it. Check out our review after the jump…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Death Kappa – directed by Tomo Haraguchi, Japan; upcoming screenings 7/17 7pm, 7/29 7pm Synopsis: Who’s up for a giant monster movie? And by giant monster of course I mean old school style with a man in a suit trashing his way slowly through a miniature set… but let’s rewind. A young woman returns to her home town just in time to witness a car full of drunken punks run down her grandmother. As if that’s not bad enough the fools also knock the town’s Kappa shrine into the water. (What’s a Kappa? It’s a cucumber-loving goblin with a turtle shell, a beak, and a bald plate on his head. Oh, and they love sumo wrestling.) Unsurprisingly, this brings the Kappa to life, and after a brief detour into violence to dismember the punks the Kappa settles in for some singling and dancing with our heroine. Until a mad scientist’s granddaughter shows up with her plan to create an army of half fish/half human super soldiers and inadvertently detonates an atomic […]

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Samurai Princess – directed by Kengo Kaji, Japan; upcoming screenings 7/15 5pm Synopsis: Tokyo Gore Police screenwriter Kengo Kaji makes his directorial debut with this tale of samurais, androids, and body modification gone awry. A mad scientist (as if there’s any other kind) is harvesting bodies for parts and organs used to create fighting machines designed for slaughter. A disgraced monk fights fire with fire mechanized flesh with mechanized flesh and designs his own superior samurai in the body of a Japanese porn star. As an extra bit of oomph he infuses his creation with the souls of eleven women who had been raped and murdered to help make this particular samurai princess a vehicle bent on revenge. Of course, just because your primary goal is retribution doesn’t mean you can’t take time for a long, slow, naked, flesh-filled sex scene. Right? Check out our review after the jump…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Phasma Ex Machina – directed by Matt Osterman, USA; upcoming screenings 7/24 9pm, 7/28 9pm Synopsis: Two brothers are left alone after the death of their parents in a car crash, and they struggle to go on with their lives. The older brother’s custody rights are challenged as his inexperience and grief leads to some irresponsible decisions. That same grief leads to something even more dangerous as he applies his mechanical and electrical abilities to a theory of his own design… an electrical device that can return the dead to the land of the living. The good news is the machine works (kind of). The bad news is his parents may not be the ones coming back. Check out our review after the jump…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Future X-Cops – directed by Jing Wong, Hong Kong; upcoming screenings 7/21 9pm, 7/29 9pm Synopsis: It’s the future! And mankind no longer has energy concerns thanks to a brilliant scientist who developed a genius method of harnessing the sun’s rays to provide power to the world. That doesn’t sit well with BP and other energy giants though, so they decide to send a gang of killer cyborgs back in time to 2010 to kill the scientist before he finishes his discovery. The future of mankind and cheap energy bills rests in the hands of a policeman named Andy played by superstar Andy Lau. But to fight cybernetic assassins Andy may need to become one of them. Or something. Check out our review after the jump…

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The seventh annual Another Hole In the Head Film Festival is currently running in San Francisco from July 8th through the 29th. It’s a genre fest featuring domestic and international horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films, and it just may be the first and last chance to see some of these on the big-screen. There are thirty-two films at the fest this year, and we’re trying to see and cover as many as possible. (And by we I mean me…) Alien vs Ninja – directed by Seija Chiba, Japan; upcoming screenings 7/21 5pm, 7/25 7pm, 7/28 5pm Synopsis: Ninjas battle in feudal Japan (or at least what appears to be feudal Japan), but a fireball across the sky signals the arrival of a much more dangerous enemy. An alien creature has arrived and he’s hungry… for sushi! See, they’re uncooked Japanese people. Anyway, humanity’s future rests on the skills of the Ultra Ninja gang, but they’ve never faced a foe like this before. Check out our review after the jump…

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