Well, dear readers, it would appear that with this week's column, we've truly arrived at the calm before the storm.
To the best of Film Scene's knowledge, there are no notable independent cinema events in town over the next seven days.
However, starting with the Oct. 2 Psychotronic Film Society presentation of the beloved 1966 Bert I. Gordon chiller "Picture Mommy Dead" (the "King of Schlock" produced and directed this wickedly enjoyable drive-in hoot starring Don Ameche, Zsa Zsa Gabor and his very own daughter Susan Gordon as the young girl who's forced to ... well, it's right there in the title), perhaps the single busiest season for area film buffs kicks off with a bang and doesn't slow down for well more than a month.
That time span, which runs roughly through the first week of November, includes a whopping eight little-known horror flicks at Forsyth Park's Sentient Bean in October (in honor of Halloween, natch) courtesy of PFS, a half-dozen crowd-pleasing classics via state-of-the-art projection systems across the huge screens of both the Lucas Theatre and SCAD's Trustees Theater, and one high-profile foreign film at Muse Arts Warehouse, presented by CinemaSavannah.
Oh, and did I mention the Savannah Film Festival? That spectacular, nine-day showcase of some of the most worthwhile features, documentaries, shorts and student films of the year runs from Oct. 26-Nov. 2 at the Trustees and the Lucas. Gold Passes, which allow the bearer access to every screening (plus all the workshops, lectures and private evening receptions), are still available through the Savannah Box Office, and individual tickets to specific screenings will go on sale in the next few days.
In other words, this is an absolutely great time to be a movie lover in the Coastal Empire.
A decade ago, the Psychotronic Film Society launched at The Bean with a showing of beleaguered Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's then-rare European edit of George A. Romero's 1979 cult classic "Dawn of the Dead," and ever since, thrillers and horror titles have been a regular staple of the PFS' eclectic offerings. In years past, the organization has focused on those genres in October, and this year they've added several Sunday night shows to their standard Wednesday night schedule.
Each PFS selection in October is considered a strong (if perhaps underrated) example of the genre, and is recommended for mature audiences. All shows take place at The Sentient Bean, start at 8 p.m. and cost $6.
In addition to "Picture Mommy Dead" on Oct. 2, this spate of fright flicks includes:
Oct. 6: Ray Milland's 1944 B&W haunted house gem "The Uninvited"
Oct. 9: The uncut version of 1971's lesbian-themed French vampire film "Daughters of Darkness"
Oct. 13: The eerie and claustrophobic, Stephen King-esque 1981 shocker "Dead and Buried"
Oct. 16: The infamous, unforgettable, spine-tingling 1975 made-for-TV movie "Trilogy of Terror" (starring the late, great Karen Black, written by sci-fi/horror scribe Richard Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis of "Dark Shadows" and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker")
Oct. 23: 1991's highly influential but unjustly overlooked postmodern slasher flick "Popcorn"
Oct. 27: A special Mystery Memorial Screening of a terrific Vincent Price star vehicle (the exact title of this spooky treat will not be announced until showtime)
Oct. 30: The enormously creepy 1958 tale of a cemetery director who fears he has supernatural powers, "I Bury The Living"
Meanwhile, the Lucas Theatre will offer two dark and quirky fan faves from director Tim Burton: "Beetlejuice" on Oct. 4 and "Edward Scisorhands" on Oct. 11.
On. Oct. 12, the Lucas will screen director Jonathan Demme's 1991 Academy Award winner "The Silence of the Lambs," which took home Oscars for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture. All these Lucas screenings take place at 7 p.m., with an admission cost of $8.
The newly renovated Trustees Theater continues to host the SCAD Cinema Circle's just-launched series spotlighting "Dynamic Duos" of the Silver Screen. Look for 1976's bona fide classic of political intrigue, "All The President's Men" (starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford and based on the bestselling book of the same name by reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward) on Oct. 5. Showtime is 7 p.m., with an $8 admission.
Hopefully this sneak peek will come in handy when making movie plans for you and yours. Keep watching Film Scene for more details on these and other area screenings, and don't forget to turn off that cellphone!
Jim Reed directs the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah - presenting indie, foreign, classic and cult cinema year-round. Read more from Jim at filmsavannah.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Psychotronic Film Society presents "Picture Mommy Dead"
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 2
Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.
Cost: $6, mature audiences only
Info and trailer: www.sentientbean.com