Close the laptop, drop that tablet, pause the smartphone and join your fellow humans in Bay Area theaters this week with recommendations from our film critic Michael Fox.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco
It may have escaped your notice that the pioneering filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis died Sept. 26 at his home in Florida. Lewis was notorious for inventing the low-budget splatter film with the grindhouse hits Blood Feast (1963) and Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), which won new fans in the '70s on the college and midnight movie circuits.
The Godfather of Gore, as some wit dubbed him, went on to a decades-long career as the dean of direct-mail marketing. (No joke. Your trusty correspondent corralled him for a brief interview at Moscone Center in the early 2000s after Lewis finished leading a seminar at a direct-mail conference.)
It’s no leap at all from H.G. Lewis to the multiplicity of Halloween horrors that shroud our screens and invade our dreams this time of year. As a “gentle” lead-in to the rivulets of crimson and revelations of depravity coming to theaters later this month, Alamo Drafthouse screens indie up-and-comer Alex Ross Perry’s little-seen 2015 crack-up drama Queen of Earth this Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10:15pm. (Steal a nap at work the next day.)