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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Tales of Poe

Bay of the Living Dead: Tales of Poe

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a twice a month column about the horror genre. Edgar Allan Poe wrote that "The boundaries which divide life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one…
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Film, Film Feature Schlock and Awe: A Festival of Flesh Piers, Ghost Cats, and Japan's First Nude Scene

Schlock and Awe: A Festival of Flesh Piers, Ghost Cats, and Japan's First Nude Scene

"Since last night it's been one horror after another," says a guy in Ghost Cat of Otama Pond, suggesting one possible tagline for the prolific Japanese film studio Shintoho, which cranked out some 500 mid-century B-movie sensations, including this classic,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Roger Corman Bought a Third-Rate Russian Sci-Fi Film -- and Turned It Into Three

Roger Corman Bought a Third-Rate Russian Sci-Fi Film -- and Turned It Into Three

When I was choosing a feature for the upcoming SF Sketchfest 2012 Bad Movie Night (Sunday, Jan. 29), I knew we were going to need a doozy of a stinker, a public domain oddity whose quality was obvious from the…
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Art House

Compiled by Michael Leaverton and Hiya Swanhuyser. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Castro Theatre. Third Annual 70mm Film Festival: Large films on the large screen. Through July 9. Little Shop of Horrors: Roger Corman and Steve Martin storm a…
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Culture, Stage A Delight in <i>Horrors</i>

A Delight in Horrors

Some shows are too spectacular and silly for a critic to touch. Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème was a good example. So was Moulin Rouge!, his movie. What can you say about a fat impresario with a mustache dancing around with…
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Range Rovers

Westerns lack the cultural cachet of film noir or even racy pre-Code movies, but the genre has shown surprising resiliency under the multiple assaults of camp, feminism, and spaghetti westerns, as demonstrated in Yerba Buena's well-titled "Strange on the Range."…
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Reel World

Two Thousand Maniacs! It's some kind of travesty -- if not a tragedy -- when a visiting film legend is completely ignored in cinema-crazy San Francisco. Ignored by everyone but Reel World, that is. We elbowed our way through the…
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Zoom Lens

"Kim Ki-Young: Master of Madness" In a just world -- or one with better international film distribution -- Korean auteur Kim Ki-Young would be ranked in the B-movie pantheon with Sam Fuller or Roger Corman, whose films recall Kim's in…
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Second Time Around

A Bucket of Blood The pompous pretensions of the beatnik scene circa 1959 get a thorough trouncing in this brief (66 minutes) black comedy by director Roger Corman and writer Charles Griffith. Corman prided himself on putting emerging social phenomena…
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