Fans of unabashed horror, science fiction and fantasy films can celebrate once again as the film festival entitled, “Another Hole in the Head” invades San Francisco, California. The much anticipated film festival enters in ninth year and will screen an incredible fifty-four films over a span of eleven days!
The venerable and classic film theater called “The Roxie” will host the festival which boasts, “Our annual festival of horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy and exploitation cinema defies convention to bring you the most outrageous genre films from both emerging and established filmmakers. Two weeks of celluloid mayhem not usually found in your local cineplex!” It is an ambitious mission statement and an examination of some of the titles and past festivals live up to the confident hype.
Examining the many titles that will be screened, several immediately grab the attention and imagination of any who peruse through the schedule. Nazism will always be a subject exploitation filmmakers will visit time and time again. “The 25th Reich” appears to be destined for cult envy as the film will mix robots, Nazis, time travel and other genre trappings. “Day Job” might prove to be one of the films that truly has viewers running for the exit doors from the horror unfurling on the screen. San Francisco filmmaker, Dave O’Shea apparently was inspired by his day job as a cable installer to bring to the screen a tale of inviting strangers into your home. An interview with Dave O’Shea will appear in this column in the future.
“Deadball” will surely be an audience favorite as director, Yudai Yamaguchi has combined elements of baseball, Nazis, zombies and kinky girls in an all out blood soaked film that takes pride in exploiting all of these subjects. This rootshed.com spent a day on the set of director, Charles Webb’s film, “The G-String Horror” and witnessed the disturbing atmosphere that is present in some areas of the strip club known as “The Market Street Cinema.” Webb’s film which has elements of the celebrated films of the late, celebrated director, Jean Cocteau makes it debut at the festival. It should be fascinating to witness the reaction the film will receive in light of the quasi-documentary approach, Webb employed.
“Zero Killed and Closing Party” valiantly tackles the theme of murder fantasies. Director, Michal Kosakowski has documented the responses of everyday individuals and their secret murder fantasies. The film will probably generate controversy and possible revulsion because of the frank nature of the final product.
Mixing desirable women with extreme violence is not a new concept, but the film entitled, “Among Friends” is surely going to raise the old argument of exploitation and women in said films. Actress and now director, Danielle Harris is the director of the film that set in the 80’s during a party that goes awry. The film stars Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and an ensemble cast of familiar genre talent. The argument that horror films in particular are misogynistic is common misconception that many have of the genre. Women such as Danielle Harris and Jennifer Banc-Biehn have been able to empower themselves with this world and prove that this is indeed a misconception. An interview with Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will be featured in a future article in this column.
It is always better to be given the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of items at a buffet than not. Fans will be tempted by all that is on cinema plate at the Roxie. The festival runs from the 28th of November through the 9th of December.