Grrrr. Connery as barbarian.San Francisco needed another film festival like it needed a hole in the head, and now it's got yet another one: such was the rationale for the naming the all-midnight movie, all the time (Yet) Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. Running June 8-15 at the venerable Roxie Theater, with its authentic grind house atmosphere (the bathroom there alone is practically a national historical site), the highlights include chop-'em-ups Defenceless: A Blood Symphonyand Broken, both in the amputation-chic style of Hostel. (Was I the only one that thought that Hostel was basically a gore remake of the Donkey Island sequence from Pinocchio, just like 2000 Maniacs is a splatter version of Brigadoon?)

The press got a chance to preview The Hamiltons, The Butcher Brother's shot-in-Petaluma film, made among small-town settings that once backed up American Graffiti. It's a vamp-version of Party of Five: A young man dealing with his motherless and fatherless blood-drinking family, and their efforts to try to hide themselves in plain sight ... but a Gothic streak is breaking out among the adolescents, making concealment more difficult. It was nothing we hadn't seen before, and better, but the effort to tie vampirism into everyday life recalls happy memories of George Romero's Martin. And there's more. ...

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