Original Uncut Suspiria, Monster Squad Turns 30

Before the remake of Suspiria comes out, catch one of Edgar Wright’s favorite horror films in the Italian soft-subtitled but uncut original. Yes, you have to brave the Roxie Rush Line for a chance to see this rare print of Suspiria, but this is one of those films that’s worth the effort.

Also showing this week, a film about a special weekly beauty pageant and a special screening of a kids’ adventure classic.

The Monster Squad 30th Anniversary Screening

The 1980s kids adventure classic celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! For those who haven’t seen it, the film concerns Dracula’s descending on a small town in search of his nemesis Van Helsing’s diary. The old book has the power to let the forces of darkness eternally rule the universe…or to send them back to Limbo. When young Sean (Andre Gower) comes into possession of the diary, the forces of darkness target him and his group of friends. But the kids are not helpless. They’ve got stakes, some silver bullets, lots of snark, and even the unexpected help of Scary German Guy.

Screens 7:00 PM on August 14, 2017 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Film stars Andre Gower, Ryan Lambert, and Ashley Bank will be present for the screening.

Sunday Beauty Queen

In Hong Kong, nearly 200,000 Filipinas serve as 24/7 domestic workers for their employers six days a week, with only Sundays off. On those Sundays, a special beauty pageant takes place. Five Filipinas give themselves glamorous makeovers to reclaim the dignity lost to unending drudgery. Screens as part of the New Filipino Cinema Festival.

Screens at 7:30 PM on August 17, 2017 and 2:00 PM on August 27, 2017 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The film’s director and producer will be present for the August 17 screening.

Suburban Paranoia Double Bill: The ‘Burbs and Get Out

This double bill will re-assure you that yes, there is something sinister lurking in suburbia. In Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Tom Hanks and his barbecue buddies start investigating when Hanks’ night-roaming, trash-bag burying neighbors start hitting high weirdness behavior levels. In Jordan Peele’s hit Get Out, an African-American man’s visit to meet his white girlfriend’s suburban parents turns deadly after he learns her family’s horrifying secret.

Screens 7:00 PM on August 14, 2017 at the Castro Theatre


The 1977 giallo masterpiece from Dario Argento returns to the big screen in an uncut 35 mm print! Despite the age, the print’s in great shape but soft subtitling (English subtitles projected on the screen) will be provided. Jessica Harper stars as Suzy, the new student at a German ballet school. But lots of ill omens suggest Suzy will have more on her mind than balancing on her toes. A fellow student gets murdered the night Suzy arrives at the school. There are weird noises in the school building and more students start dying in terrible ways.

Screens 8:30 PM on August 13, 2017 at the Roxie Theatre. Advance tickets are sold out, but you can try your luck on the Rush Line. If you do get in, pray that some idiot hipster’s bad snark doesn’t ruin the experience.

What Have I Done To Deserve This?

Pedro Almodovar’s film shows what happens if a social realist drama were blended with a John Waters dark comedy. Gloria (Carmen Maura) may appear to be an ordinary suburban housewife dealing with the familiar headaches of deadbeat husbands and insane in-laws. But her solutions, such as helping the dominatrix next door or selling off her son, are definitely not your typical answers. Screens as part of the film series Women Troubles: The Films Of Pedro Almodovar.

Screens at 7:00 PM on August 16, 2017 at the Pacific Film Archive

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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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