Saturday, April 25, 2009

Godzilla,The Monsters of Mass Destruction, The Missing Beast Stalker and Cannibal Holocaust

At the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemapocalpse/Midnites for Maniacs event on April 19, they screened a trailer for an upcoming Shock It To Me event.

From August 21 to 23, Shock It To Me presents Godzilla and The Monsters of Mass Destruction, a Japanese Monster Movie Festival.

I was never a big fan of the Japanese monster movies of the 50's and 60's although I think the miniature models of city, ships, bridges, etc. that the monsters destroy was cool.


Shock It To Me also announced that their annual horror film festival is October 16 to 18. I saw the delightfully ridiculous Sugar Hill (1974) at their 2007 festival.


I also notice that the 4-Star has removed Beast Stalker from its Coming Attractions page. I hope it is still playing. If I had known this earlier, I would have purchased tickets to last night's screening at the 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF). I won't be able to catch the next two screenings at the festival.


Tyson and East Virtue, two films screening at the 2009 SFIFF open at the Sundance Kabuki on May 8 and 29, respectively. Departures, a Japanese film which one the Best Foreign Film Award at this year's Oscars is also opening May 29.

Ferlinghetti, also at this year's SFIFF, looks to get a one week run at the Roxie starting May 1.


The Landmark Clay is screening Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox at midnight on May 8 and 9, respectively. These two cult classics tell the story of unfortunate encounters between Westerners and cannibals in the jungles of South America. A faux documentary, a la The Blair Witch Project, Cannibal Holocaust has been a staple among the Faces of Death crowd for the past 20 years. It was banned in the US for a few years and actual animal killings are shown.

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