Friday, July 27, 2007

Episode 27: It Came From the 80's

Hot on the heels of our werewolf night, the next Fantasmo is just one week away on Friday, August 3. Having abandoned our regular first Friday schedule during the chaotic summer, Rob and I are looking forward to finally getting back to normal . . . and what better way to do so than a dip into the world of 80’s horror! This time around we’ve selected two undeniable classics, which both feature vampires (among other terrifying creatures). Here is our expertly chosen lineup:

8:00 P.M. – The Monster Squad (1987) – Rated PG-13
This one is as cult as it gets. Seen by a mere handful of people in its theatrical release, The Monster Squad disappeared from theaters quickly, and barely made it to video at all (it's been out of circulation for well over a decade). Only through the devotion of a rabid fan base has the film become one of the most beloved monster films of the era. The premise involves a group of pre-teens (think The Goonies) squaring off against the classic Universal monsters (led by Dracula), to prevent the end of the world. Although this could have turned into a cheeseball, kiddie movie, director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps) shaped it into a love letter to all monster movie fans (particularly in respect to the Universal horrors). Great stuff!

10:00 P.M. – Fright Night (1985) – Rated R
Our second feature is a Team Fantasmo favorite! The legendary Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes) plays an aging horror show host recruited by a terrified teen to do battle with his next door neighbor . . . a vampire (played by Chris Sarandon in the role of his career). Fueled by great performances, amazing special effects, and of course a terrific 80’s pop soundtrack, this is truly one of the greatest vampire films ever made! Hey, how can you go wrong with a film that features the invigorating sounds of Devo and the J. Geils Band?!?

So there you have it Superfans, another magical evening awaits you in the cozy confines of the Fantasmodome. See you there!

4 comments:

george said...

woo ha!

80s babies represent!

Jim Blanton said...

Well said : ) Especially if they're Solarbabies!

george said...

it was a pretty great double bill. i didn't know that shane black had a hand in writing "monster squad". his hypermacho, homophobic, hyperclever prose seems more natural in the mouths of pre-teens than grizzled cops (still love "lethal weapon" and "kiss kiss bang bang").

Jim Blanton said...

Yeah, Shane Black was a regular jack of all trades - who knew : ) And don't forget his delightful supporting role in John McTiernan's Predator. Maybe he should script a sequel to The Goonies . . . or better yet to The Monster Squad itself!