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Pass the Remote: Another Hole in the Head brings blood-curdling thrills to the cinema and your couch

Original Article written by Randy Myers Bay City News foundation



If you’re hankering for Halloween already, here’s something to tide you over that might help give your spooky spirit an extra boost.

The annual Another Hole in the Head film festival screams its way into the Bay Area this week, prepared to scare the dickens out of fans with more than 30 feature films and 200-plus shorts.

Many are rife with Bay Area talent, with all entries slapping a big high-five to genre-filmmaking specializing in twisted sci-fi, horror and/or fantasy fare.


Pass the Remote plucks out a few prime pickings from the slate, most of which is being made available online. All in-person screenings will take place at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown and cost $15 a ticket. Proof of vaccination is required along with a firm commitment to mask up throughout the program.

The 10-day festival curdles the blood starting Wednesday and polishes things off Dec. 15. There will be lively Zoom conversations with key filmmakers, along with some cast members and creators popping in at in-person screenings.


Speaking of in-person screenings, they kick off Friday with director Samuel Tressler IV’s trippy reinterpretation of Greek mythology’s “Leda and the Swan.” Titled “Leda,” the B&W drama will be shown in 3-D. (Both 3-D and 2-D will be available to stream).

The 18th iteration of the fest closes with the theater-only screening of four films curated by Bay Area filmmaker Christopher Coppola. That event sports a tongue twister of a title: “Christopher Coppola, the Carny of the Coppola Clan, Presents a Crazy Evening of Clownhead Cowboys, Demon Fireplaces, Living Headless Chickens and Lunar Sexpots.”


Double-dog dare you to say it 10 times and in front of a mirror. You might want to keep the kids tucked at home for that one. Showtime for this collection of off-the-wall shorts commences at 9 p.m. Dec. 12.

Here are a few diabolical delights.


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