A gleeful, gory return 

The seventh Another Hole in the Head Film Festival — San Francisco IndieFest’s annual celebration of slasher flicks and sci-fi fantasies — kicks off Thursday at the Roxie Theater with the West Coast premiere of “Death Kappa,” a deliciously campy Japanese import about an atomically enhanced, city-stomping water goblin.

The following is a list of highlights, not including “Future X-Cops,” director Jing Wong’s “Terminator”-like tale of cyborg assassins traveling back in time to kill the world’s foremost proponent of solar energy.

“X-Cops,” along with “Death Kappa” and the splatterific “Mutant Girls Squad,” close the fest at VIZ Cinema July 29.

“American Grindhouse”: Featuring interviews with big-name Hollywood directors like Joe Dante and John Landis, Elijah Drenner’s documentary explores subgenres of American exploitation movies (soft-core porn, film noir and blaxploitation) and their impact on mainstream cinema. [5 p.m. July 18, 25 and 27]

“Dr. S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies”: Inspired by the cult hit “Reefer Madness,” “Zombies” chronicles the fallout from a batch of tainted dope that transforms midnight tokers into raging psychopaths. Alicia Shaddeau of TV’s “Friday Night Lights” stars as an all-American sweetheart under siege. [7 p.m. July 23, 9 p.m. July 26]

“The Exterminator”: One of the few films to receive Roger Ebert’s less-than-coveted no-star rating, the 1980 movie follows a crazed vigilante determined to clean up New York by mutilating one criminal at a time. Improbably, it returns to the big screen for its 30th anniversary, allowing a new generation of moviegoers to witness what Ebert called an “exercise in shame.” [11 p.m. July 11]

“Metropolis 1984 Redux”: Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent classic gets an extreme makeover — with colorization, edits and an ’80s soundtrack featuring Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant and the rock quintet Loverboy — in this long-forgotten but lovingly restored relic. [7 p.m. July 24, 26]

“Nightmares in Red, White and Blue”: Tracing the evolution of American horror films from 1910’s “Frankenstein” to the present, Andrew Monument’s fascinating, exhaustively researched documentary examines the psychology that drives the genre, as well as social conditions in which our nation’s most infamous “Nightmares” have thrived. [5 p.m. July 11, 14; 9 p.m. July 12]

“Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives”: Israel Luna’s controversial homage to the grindhouse cinema of the ’70s finds a crew of blade-wielding divas out to avenge a savage beating. The resulting mayhem is delightfully dirty, gratuitously gruesome and definitely not for the faint of heart. [7 p.m. July 23, 9 p.m. July 23]

“Shadow”: A solider returning from Iraq for a leisurely mountain-biking tour of Europe discovers unimagined terrors at the hands of a twisted butcher, in Federico Zampaglione’s bruising thriller. [7 p.m. July 16, 19; 5 p.m. July 23]

Hole in the Head films will be complemented by live performances in an associated event, MusicFest. Running July 9-13, it features 22 local bands (12 from The City) playing at Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill.


IF YOU GO

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco

Where: Thursday through July 22

Tickets: $10 to $11.50 per screening; passes are $50, $90 and $130

Contact: (415) 820-3907; www.sfindie.com

Note: Screenings also are July 23-29 at VIZ Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.

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