10 Films To Watch At AHITH 2016

It’s Halloween weekend 2016. One San Francisco way to celebrate is by catching this year’s edition of the Another Hole In The Head (hereafter AHITH) Film Festival. AHITH brings two weeks of horror, science fiction, and fantasy films as well as unusual films which loosely fit into those genres.

This year, all AHITH films will screen at the New People Cinema (1746 Post, S.F.). The theater itself is located in the basement of the New People World building, located in the heart of Japantown. So check out the following AHITH selections and then relax afterwards at a nearby ramen shop or izakaya…if you can.

Always Shine

Sophia Takal (Gabi On The Roof In July) ventures into psychological horror turf with her new film. Anna (Mackenzie Davis) and Beth (Caitlin Fitzgerald) are two actresses and friends living in Los Angeles. One is steadily successful while the other is struggling. The two women go on a weekend trip to Big Sur to re-connect. However, simmering jealousies and suppressed resentments soon surface with nasty results.

Screens November 2 at 7:00 PM

Atmo HorroX

It’s a world where Big Pharma calls the shots on everybody’s lives. Two weird creatures named Catafuse and Molosstrap hunt humans. Yet in this place where reality is hard to discern, maybe being insane is the way to go.

Screens November 4 at 11:00 PM

Drugs In The Tenderloin

This selection may be an odd choice to play AHITH unless we want to expand the definition of horror to include the horror of drug addiction. But this is a rare screening of a 1960s documentary filmed on the streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Rather than going for the usual outsider sensationalism, the film paints a sympathetic portrait of the people drawn to the ‘Loin. Whether it’s to seek drugs or to find some refuge from the homophobic tenor of the times, the people portrayed here are survivors.

Screens November 6 at 9:00 PM and November 9 at 7:00 PM

Female Werewolf

An unnamed woman (Carrie Gemmell) is trapped in a waking fever dream. She’s been having sexy bloody fantasies more alluring than her boring daily grind. As her mind slowly deteriorates, she begins worrying that she’s turning into a monster. Director Chris Alexander shot the film on several iPhones. The moody score comes from Alexander and the Gotham City Drug Store.

Screens November 8 at 7:00 PM

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Not all the Halloween films involved women being stalked by Michael Myers. This third installment involves the nationally popular Silver Shamrock Halloween children’s masks. But an ER doctor accidentally discovers the owner of the Silver Shamrock mask company has more than collecting candy on his mind.

Screens October 31 at 9:00 PM

Let Her Out

After a traumatic accident, bike messenger Helen starts getting black-outs and night terrors. The cause of these problems is a benign tumor, the product of a “vainshing twin” absorbed in utero. But there’s nothing benign about the tumor’s manifestation as a evil demented stranger who’s causing Helen to have dangerous psychotic episodes.

Screens November 5 at 7:00 PM

Mad Max: Silent Fury Black And White

One of the perks of AHITH is the opportunity to see rare films such as this one. You’ve heard about a black and white version of the amazing Mad Max: Fury Road over the Internet. Don’t miss your chance to see this film on the big screen. It’s a silent film version, with a live electronic score provided by The Firmaments.

Screens November 7 at 9:00 PM

Seoul Station

If you were one of the many people who flocked to see Train to Busan, here’s your chance to see the animated prequel to that film. Teenage runaway Hae-sun is stuck at the titular station. She thought finding a flaky boyfriend was the biggest problem she’d face today. But that’s before the zombie viral outbreak hits hard. Director Sang-ho Yeon mixes social commentary with zombie apocalypse chills in the best George Romero tradition.

Screens November 5 at 9:00 PM

This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy

Love those old Grade B science fiction movies from the 1950s? You might want to re-think that after watching this comedy. Three ordinary guys watching an old 1950s cheeseball space opera suddenly find themselves stuck inside the movie’s world. They’re going to have to adapt fast if they want to have a chance of returning home.

Screens October 28 at 11:00 PM

Weapons Of Light

This documentary is a portrait of San Francisco Bay Area art teacher and art therapist Philip Lawson. The filn follows Lawson as he works on a new project involving Kalashnikovs. Those notorious weapons form the basis for translucent sculptures which shoot light, not bullets. The aim is to use them to illustrate the virtues of peace and tolerance.

Screens October 28 at 7:00 PM

About the Author

I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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