Another Hole in the Head, Nov 28-Dec 9
Attention freaks: ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL is back for its 9th year of psychotic savagery and bloody pandemonium. San Francisco’s original genre film festival will screen 54 films in 11 days, November 28 through December 9, 2012, at Terra Gallery, Victoria Theatre, Roxie Cinema and Vortex Room.
You will be soul-sickened and morbidly offended as you watch murderous maniacs, evil ghosts, Nazis in space, a werewolf President, and zombies galore! 28 features and 26 shorts from here and abroad screened at four venues in the Mission and SOMA. If you’re truly hard core about horror, if you’re a dork for dark fantasy, or if you’re a freak for crazy sci-fi, then you can’t miss ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD #9
HoleHead 2012 Opening and Closing Nights
On Wednesday November 28, ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD #9 kicks off opening night with the newly remastered 30 year anniversary of “FORBIDDEN ZONE IN COLOR” with Richard Elfman and the Beautiful “Frenchy” (Marie-Pascale Elfman). Both will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. The event will be held at the grand Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco. Doors open at 7pm and film screens at 8pm followed by a Q&A. After q&a there will be one hell of a party that will go until 1 am with “Only A Lad”, a one man Oingo Boingo coverband and “For The Masses”, a Depeche Mode tribute band keeping the music rocking.
In an absurd, cartoony world, a dufus family’s basement leads to the Sixth Dimension. Beautiful young “Frenchy” (Marie-Pascale Elfman) doesn’t heed her father’s admonishment and slides through cosmic intestines into a subterranean underworld ruled by horny midget King Fausto (Herve Villechaize) and his jealous Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell). ”Chicken-boy” (Matthew Bright) comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself (played by Danny Elfman, accompanied by the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo). Frog butlers, topless princesses, and rioting school kids sing and dance in a variety of musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and others.
The closing night film at ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD #9 is a 2012 German documentary on death and fantasy called ZERO KILLED. Have you ever thought what it would be like to murder someone? In ZERO KILLED you’ll watch ordinary people’s twisted fantasies come to life on the big screen! This will be one of the most intense and anxiety-inducing films you will ever see. “ZERO KILLED” will screen at the Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison, San Francisco Sunday December 9th at 7pm. Since 1996 film director Michal Kosakowski has been asking people with different backgrounds about their murder fantasies. He offered them the chance to stage their fantasies as short films. The only condition was that they had to act in these films themselves, either as victims or perpetrators. More than a decade later, Kosakowski met these people again to ask them about their emotions during their acts of murder or victimization, and interviewed them about current social topics such as revenge, torture, war, terrorism, media, domestic violence, the death penalty, suicide etc.
International Indie Horror
HoleHead #9 has moved from summer to late fall this year so it could gather all the year’s best horror from home and abroad. We at ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD hopped on our 747 of Terror and cruised around the world to find the best indie horror this planet has to offer. First stop Canada (damn are those people twisted) where we found four crazy films.
“THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH” (Rue Morgue Cinema) is the story of Leon Leigh, an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother, only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult of angels. “THE KILLING GAMES” (programed by Bruce Fletcher of the Calgary International Film Festival) is the story of a man whose wife is dying of a mysterious illness. After his daughter witnesses a double homicide and narrowly escapes two serial killers, the man does what we’d do and takes the law into his own hands! This film has been banned from other festival because it is excessively violent and twisted. “A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE” is a zombie comedy mixed with a marriage plot. Not just funny, this film’s also got Brains! And, MON AMI is the last Canadian flick on the list: It’s a horror movie disguised as a buddy comedy.
From Canada we flew the Terror Jet to Europe, which had a ton of demented films for our enjoyment. “SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER” (UK) is a documentary which takes an irreverent look at this much-maligned, and frequently misunderstood slasher genre, with commentary from Tom Holland (CHILD’S PLAY), Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE) and many more. “PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE” (Ireland): You won’t find any leprechauns in this sick and twisted pile of meat. Here a working class Irish family gets caught up in the horrific zombie invasion of Dublin! And at the end our 2012 European tour we stopped in Germany, and stumbled on a film that had Closing Night written all over it: “ZERO KILLED” a documentary about murder fantasies, is so out there and over the top that your anxiety level will shoot from Zero to 100 in no time.
Tired of crumpets, potatoes and sauerkraut, we flew to the land of Godzilla and Machine Girl: Japan!!! Japan has been amazing to the ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD festival over the years, and this year things got even better: “DEADBALL” is a hilariously offensive, politically incorrect sports splatter comedy. This is Yudai Yamaguchi’s follow-up to zombie baseball classic BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL. A riotous, over-the-top epic of excess, DEADBALL is the movie for the psycho sports fan in all of us, and more fun than a prison cavity search! After the quick stop in Japan we skipped over to Australia, where after getting jumped by a pack of wild dingoes, we stumbled onto this wonder from Down Under: The 25th Reich is a genre mashing, tongue-in-cheek homage to 1950s sci-fi and WWII films. Five US soldiers stationed in Australia in 1943 are catapulted 50,000 years back in time to retrieve a spaceship, which the Allies need to defeat the Nazis. But…(you will have to come to the Roxie and see what happens.
Local Indie Horror
HoleHead #9 is proud to have 4 feature films with Bay Area connections, including “ROAD TO HELL”written by local writer Cynthia Curnan, who was born and raised in San Francisco, and will be in attendance. ROAD TO HELL is about a soldier who has been fighting a long war and is driven mad because he no longer believes in any purpose or righteous truth behind the killing. He comes home to a surreal world looking for his first and only love from his youth, believing she will rescue him from his demons. On the road to Edge City he encounters two seductive spree killers who oppose his efforts to find his love and the redemption he desperately seeks.
Local director Charles Webb with cast and crew will be in attendance for World Premiere of “THE G-STRING HORROR”. When a production company starts shooting a horror film in a 100 year old…and actually haunted…Sid Grauman built movie palace turned strip club in San Francisco, the ‘inhabitants’ revolt and take over the movie for their own purposes with bizarre and shocking results. The G-string Horror has been described by one blogger as ‘an independent, European-style surrealist film with great horror exploitation values’. ‘Magical realism meets cinema verite meets George Romero’, said another. A disclaimer before the main titles warns that…’Parts of the film…may induce unpredictable paranormal states.
San Francisco Bay Area artist, Dave O’Shea with cast and crew will be on hand for his debut film, “DAY JOB”, Shot guerrilla-style throughout the greater Bay Area over four grueling years on a shoestring’ budget, DAY JOB is a slow-building and uniquely disturbing story, shining light on the terrifying reality that you never can be sure exactly who you’ve invited into your home. You’ve been warned.
Local Director Spain Willingham with cast and crew will be in attendance for “FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS”. People Persons, mega-movie star, is having issues with his current Godlike fame status. He calls on his old friend, Sherman Firecracker, to help him get back to his normal self and try to shed his huge ego. After repeated film and theatrical production failures (The Color Purple ‘On ICE’ , The Killing Fields: Cirque du Soleil edition) They agree to make an indie film together without Hollywood influence in San Francisco, but when the cameras start rolling we see that People Persons is having a VERY hard time telling the difference between reality and the film itself. As cast members start to die, and the film crew begin to disappear, Sherman loses control and fears for his life. The cast and crew begin to slowly become infected by People Person’s ego and fame…literally! Or is this just all part of the movie? Is this real, or just part of the reel?
Tickets and General information
ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL 2012 runs November 28th-Dec 9th, 2012 at four venues this year: Terra Gallery (511 Harrison St), Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St), Roxie Cinema (3117 16th St), and Vortex Room (1082 Howard Street), all in San Francisco.
Advance online tickets prices are $10.00 for films and $12.00 at the Box office.
There are two Hole Head Passes this year.
“THE $100 PASS” which gets you into everything from November 28th-December 6th.
“The $140” PASS” which gets you into every damn thing from November 28th-December 9th and you get an Another Hole in the Head 2012 poster.
All $10.00 advance tickets are available online at www.sfindie.com. Same day Box Office tickets are $12.00 and only available at the theater. A five-film voucher is $45.00 and a ten-film voucher is $90.00. Pass holders get first priority on seating. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. For all screenings, please arrive 15 minutes before show time to assure seating.
For more information please call (415) 820-3907 or click on www.sfindie.com.
Check out the line ups of our past festivals in our Archives