With all the discerning purveyors of schlock, genre, and exploitation cinema in the Bay Area, do we really need some dudes from Texas to show us a good time? Hell, no. But San Franciscans are hospitable types, and two local exhibitors have opened their doors to the deviates of Austins Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, known for its long-running Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesdays. Cinemapocalypse, as this 10-gallon tour is dubbed, launched April 18 with the enjoyable mid-70s Italian crime comedy Mister Scarface (featuring Jack Palance) and the raunchy babes-in-prison classic Chained Heat (with Linda Blair and Stella Stevens) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. A mere appetizer, that, for todays bug-eye marathon of 80s breast-baring and bloodletting presented with Midnites for Maniacs. John Carpenter (Escape from New York) is the, um, classiest name on a bill that also features Robert Forster as the titular Vigilante, Cameron Mitchell in the sleazy zombie riot Raw Force, and one-hit wonder Barbara Anne Constable as nympho Lady Terminator. Lest we forget, these were the very flicks that once graced the marquees of rundown movie palaces on Market Street and perhaps East Sixth Street in Austin.
Sun., April 19, 2 p.m., 2009