Another Hole in the Head: Violence, Depravity, Children's Cartoons

Another Hole in the Head And why not another hole, anyway? Maybe it's just five-hole chauvinism that suggests that a sixth is unneeded — and there's probably been a film about the joys of trepanation at the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, now entering its 10th year of splattering the best in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy fare across local screens. The fest's Decennial (the tin/aluminum anniversary!) plays at the Balboa Theater from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, then continues at the New People Cinema from Dec. 6 through Dec. 19. Highlights out of the dozens of features and shorts include Dec. 7's screening of Josh Laner's My Other Me, an unusually sensitive documentary about the frequently maligned cosplay subculture, as well as Dec. 12's showing of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining played backwards and forwards simultaneously. (It makes sense if you've seen Room 237, though The Shining also plays forwards-only in 35mm on Dec. 5 for the traditionalists.) But perhaps the greatest horror to be found comes on the afternoon of Nov. 30, when the Balboa plays more than three hours of Saturday-morning cartoons from the 1980s and 1990s, including the sublime (the timeless Looney Tunes) and the ridiculous (the quintessentially '80s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe). Kids are admitted free, and cereal will be provided for everyone's mouth-holes.

 
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