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Another Hole In The Head: 8 Nights of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Horror freaks unite!

Horror films have experienced a renaissance in recent years with a plethora of “reimaginings”: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, The Omen; and “originals”: Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil, and Silent Hill. Many of these “reimaginings” and “originals” have fallen short in the eyes of critics.

Despite the general lack of critical support, studios continue to churn out mediocre horror films as moviegoers thirst for gore, blood, and depravity seems nigh on insatiable as evidenced by box office receipts.

Fortunately, San Francisco horror fanatics have an opportunity to indulge their bloodlust this summer with the Another Hole In The Head film festival. While not strictly a horror film festival, the lineup of films is comprised primarily of blood-drenched celluloid. Many of the flicks on the schedule will likely never see a multiplex and virtually all of them are uniquely original and imagined. While this does not necessarily guarantee quality, there are more than a few that are head and shoulders above the most recent videogame to film translation.

Here are a few warped ones worth taking in:

The Hamiltons
Growing up can truly blow chunks sometimes. Imagine how challenging your adolescence would be if your parents died and your remaining siblings and yourself are left with a gruesome legacy? Stealing a page from long-established films in the horror pantheon, but injecting some distinctive twists, The Hamiltons is one of the best horror films in recent years. For anyone with a dysfunctional family this film is a must see.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Gravedancers
A reunion of old college buddies at the funeral of a friend spawns a late night drinking binge in a graveyard and…you guessed it…gravedancing! Despite the fact that these inebriated mourners couldn’t dance their way out of a cardboard box, they manage to piss off a bevy of the peacefully resting residents. Naturally, these folks manage to dance on graves containing some of the most reprehensible people who ever lived and next thing you know their spirits decide to take up residence in the homes of the gravedancers. Needless to say, a grave situation ensues.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Dark Remains
Some of the best horror films start with a horrific tragedy to immediately set a painfully dark tone. In the case of Dark Remains, said tragedy involves the brutal murder of the daughter of a young couple in her sleep. In an effort to find some peace and let the healing begin, the mourning couple retreats to a rustic cabin in a forest out in the middle of nowhere. The beauty of opening a horror film with a horrific tragedy is that you immediately question the sanity of the person subjected to the tragedy once weird shit starts happening. In short order, the dead start walking and showing up in the bereaved mother’s pictures and things get really scary from there.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Feed
Without a doubt, there is no horror film quite like Feed. While not overtly gory, Feed is NOT a film for those with a weak stomach. Welcome to the wonderfully warped world of “feeders” and “gainers”. Not surprisingly, the former get off on feeding, while the latter get off on gaining. The twist here is that the “gainers” are grossly obese women who weigh so much that they are incapable of getting out of bed without mechanical assistance. Richard is an ardent feeder who has a veritable harem of gainers. His “hobby” includes filming his gainers as he force feeds them weight gaining smoothies. Lunch anyone?
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Above and beyond the twisted flicks, AHITH offers a live production of “The Chainsaw Massacres”, a play inspired by real events and some of your favorite horror films. Replete with buzzing chainsaws, red dye #5, and plenty of corn syrup, it won’t be long before this one is picked up by A.C.T.

Another Hole In The Head will screen 8 days of the bizarre, bloody, and brain-rending at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco from 6/8 though 6/15. For program details, schedule, and ticket information, just go to the Official Web Site above.