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Another Hole in the Head unleashes multiple malevolent ghosts. Plus: our guide to the film fest's horror highlights

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HoleHead includes some OK faux-docs -- and locally-filmed vampire amnesia mystery Apocrypha

After the four-person crew's initial visit to the hospital, director Andrew (Andrew Lau, also credited as Haunted Changi's director) becomes obsessed with the place, returning again and again to shoot more footage and hang out with a mysterious woman he encounters there. Meanwhile, uptight producer Sheena (Sheena Chung), dreadlocked sound guy Farid (Farid Azlam), and "I am filming myself at all times" camera guy Audi (Audi Khalis) feel the after-effects in different ways — all of them bad.

Haunted Changi features a scene where a group of paranormal investigators use a little kid as their supernatural-activity barometer, like a canary in a coal mine. Way creepy, and one of the few novel ideas in a film that's solid without being particularly original. Still, Old Changi Hospital has plenty of built-in atmosphere; a real-real documentary on its history would probably be just as scary as Haunted Changi's paranormal fantasy.

ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL

June 2–17, $11

Roxie Theater

3117 16th St., SF

www.sfindie.com

 

NUGGETS OF GUTS: SHORT TAKES ON ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD 2011

Absentia (Mike Flanagan, U.S., 2010) Daniel has been missing for seven years. His wife, Tricia (Courtney Bell), has dutifully done all the right things, distributing missing-person posters, mourning, seeking therapy, and filling out the paperwork to have him declared dead in absentia. But — heavily pregnant by a new suitor — she's more than ready to move on with her life. In town to help with this task is her younger sister, Callie (Katie Parker), a former drug addict who nudges Tricia to look for new apartments and work on her social life. But is Daniel really dead? Tricia's been having freaky visions that suggest he's still ... somewhere. And what, exactly, is haunting that tunnel down the block from Tricia's front door? Absentia is an indie-horror find: Bell and Parker are totally believable as sisters who stick together despite their complicated relationship, and writer-director Mike Flanagan conjures serious menace from a benign suburban streetscape. Mon/6, 9:20 p.m.; June 12, 5:20 p.m. (Cheryl Eddy)

Apocrypha (Michael Fredianelli, U.S., 2011) Vampires are about as ubiquitous and tired a pop cultural fixture as the Kardashians and it's getting harder and harder to come up with an original twist on such a shopworn staple. That's all the more reason why I wanted Apocrypha, a modestly-budgeted, locally-made indie premiering at HoleHead, to make good on its promising premise that vampires aren't just bloodsuckers, they're also amnesiacs. Unfortunately, director Michael Fredianelli (who also coproduced, edited, cowrote, and stars in the film) makes a hot mess out of this neat idea thanks to weak dialogue, inept direction, lackluster performances, and a virulent misogynistic streak that's far more unsettling than the inevitable torrents of blood. Fredianelli plays Griffith Townsend, a man at wit's end to understand his growing compulsion to bite the women he takes home. Eventually, his path crosses with Maggie (cowriter and coproducer Kat Reichmuth) — an equally confused woman trying to find out how she woke up in Golden Gate Park — with whom he shares a dark, and somewhat obvious, connection. When Townsend's job as a senior editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, rather than all the neck-biting, requires the greatest suspension of audience disbelief, you know it's time to go back to the drawing board. June 11, 3:20 p.m. (Matt Sussman)

Comments

I have been on the set of GAC and the Host Zak Bagans (former film student by the way), came in and asked if he could use some of the space in the room...to do what I thought...he was rehearsing! Everything on that show was crap...thougth it was a cool halloween gig, till I found out it was all fake. We set our cameras up and watched the smoke and mirrors show. The guys were cool, but total frauds. We were introduce to the "stunt quardinator"...why would we need him, unless ohhh that's right, the falls, jumps, runs and screams are all fake...he makes sure that they don't get hurt and the make up artist makes sure that when they do...it looks real. From start to finish its a short movie...done quick and ad-libbed I was hoping for the real deal, instead it was BS!

Posted by Bob T on Jun. 01, 2011 @ 7:19 am

The more I think about it, the more I'm certain that show exists only to fuel drinking games!! Hilarious that they have a stunt guy on-set.

Posted by cheryl on Jun. 01, 2011 @ 10:52 am

Are you sure he wasn't doing this for stunt work or the cheesy "re-enactment" sequences? I had a friend who was on the set on their Niagra episode (filmed on the Canadian side at an old fort) who reported literally the opposite experience as yours.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 01, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

the "rehearsals" they film are for the interviews you see before they investigate and BoB T your just a jealous liar... keep hating on them cause this show is the best...dork LMAO

Posted by Guest on Jun. 02, 2011 @ 12:00 am

all you bastards hatin on Ghost Adventures including you Bob T with your little make up story abou being on the "set" of Ghost Adventures I was a guest investigator on their show and they are the MOST realistic paranormal team on TV...they have NO ONE in these locations except for them. So heres a message to all you trash talking JEALOUS haterz. They are the #1 paranormal show on televisiom that gets the best evidence of any tv shows. So do you think with all that success they would have haters???? Keep hatin folks for biggest bad asses in the paranormal. Bob T you will be cursed for makin up your stupid ass story

Posted by Bob T nice fake name dum ass on Jun. 01, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

they DO rehearsals and stuff for the reenactments for the interviews BEFORE the lockdown...I filmed with them as guest investigator on an episode....during the "Lockdown" its just the 3 of them and they are the most authentic investigators on television....Ghost Hunters is the show that has the "scenes"....and here's a message to all....being the #1 Paranormal Show on telelvision and all their success in the spotlight...if you dont have haters like the writer of this stupid blog....then you dont have success KUDOS to Ghost Adventures and we look forward to seeing many more seasons....shit they even have movies copying them!!!!!!!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 01, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

UR AWESOME! U calmed me down so thanks(:

Posted by AW YEA! on Jun. 07, 2011 @ 5:04 am

Zak had a stunt coordinator for a stunt he did for fun at Bonnie Springs Ranch....I laughed when the Bob T guy commented and made up the story funny dude.... they are super legit my friends dad owned one of the locations they filmed at and when they get locked down they actually have the owners watch the outside of the building proving they are in there by themselves... Ghost Adventures are awesome and go to their events they they will show you to your face its not a "smoke-n-mirrors" show like the loser said at the top comment

Posted by Guest on Jun. 02, 2011 @ 1:14 am

wow zak got pissed

Posted by chelsea on Jun. 02, 2011 @ 8:16 am

Ghost Adventures is a compelling show and I can personally attest to the presence of paranormal entities. Articles like this are the reason I only pick up the SF Bay Guardian for the weed ads in the back!

"If these films are fake-real, then shows like Ghost Adventures, which follow regular people through actual abandoned prisons, sanitariums, and the like, are real-fake."

No. The authenticity of people's experiences and life-changing encounters with unexplained phenomena are the inspiration to many of these "fake-real" films. To the writer of this article, I suggest you enter the abandoned USS Hornet docked in Alameda. Spend the whole night there and let me know if your opinion has changed.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 04, 2011 @ 8:53 am

Ghost Adventures is a compelling show and I can personally attest to the presence of paranormal entities. Articles like this are the reason I only pick up the SF Bay Guardian for the weed ads in the back!

"If these films are fake-real, then shows like Ghost Adventures, which follow regular people through actual abandoned prisons, sanitariums, and the like, are real-fake."

No. The authenticity of people's experiences and life-changing encounters with unexplained phenomena are the inspiration to many of these "fake-real" films. To the writer of this article, I suggest you enter the abandoned USS Hornet docked in Alameda. Spend the whole night there and let me know if your opinion has changed.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 04, 2011 @ 8:56 am

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