Another 12 days of cult movie bizarreness is in store for the lucky patrons of "Another Hole in the Head Festival", which changes direction starting Dec 6 through Dec 19 for a romp at the New People Cinema in Japantown San Francisco.
Known for featuring the best indie horror/sci-fi feature films and shorts from around the world, not only are the films mesmerizing and cataclysmic in life-altering popcorn loving spectator experiences, they are guaranteed to tip the Richter scale in ingenuity. Many of the films are brand new to the cinema from this year.
The festival is produced by George Kaskanlian Jr. and Eric Ringer who handpick each year's crop of films from around the globe. Their abilities have garnished them the distinction of the festival being pretty much in the top five of genre film festivals in the world.
By virtue of their special wide ranging subjects, the directors of indie sci-fi/horror turn the tables when it comes to the creative use of the camera and editing with no holes barred. This festival features many luminary examples and what's up for the coming week promises not to disappoint.
On Dec 12 "The Shining: Forwards and Backwards" is a screening within a screening of "The Shining" through a silent reverse projection of the cult classic. This cinema experience should help the devoted and the uninitiated unlock some of Stanley Kubrick's hidden secret messages. According to the festival, "You’ve seen lots of haunted-house movies, but have you ever seen a movie haunt itself? " This bold claim backs itself up.
Lloyd Kaufman, recently the mastermind of several cinematic "coup d'etat" at the Cannes Film Festival in May including a demonstration and an official lesbian wedding on the Croisette, brings "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1" to New People Cinema on Dec 8. The film is about a young couple going at the school glee club, which has mutated into a gang called 'The Cretins'. Only these very special young lovers can save Trom and more students from turning into mutants.
After your dinner plans on Monday, check out the double feature on Dec 9 of "Zombie Massacre", by Luca Boni and Marco Ristori (Italy, 2013), a sci fi look at a future with bacterial warfare creating zombies and "Cannibal Diner", a horror epic on a group of models trapped in a factory with a cannibalistic degenerated family, directed by Frank W. Montag (Germany 2012). The show features the appropriate "Leviathan Ages" by Jon Yeo.
The official festival site features clips of the films and more information for the upcoming week.