Our first episode of the New Year is now under our belt, and the Fantasmo train is picking up speed as we barrel toward our all-night Schlock-O-Thon in April! For our sure-to-be legendary 34th entry, we’re going to be doing something a little different. Here’s what’s in store . . .
First off, the theme for February is films that were overlooked upon initial release, only to later become huge cult favorites. This is not only a good excuse to show some great hidden gems, but it also is a way for Rob and I to show a couple of films we really want to see without having a well-reasoned link between the two. The first film on the bill is the 1985 adaptation of the board game Clue. Clue tanked in theaters upon its initial release (which featured different endings depending on which theater you saw it in), but is an incredibly fun (not to mention unusual) take on the admittedly thin premise. What will they do next, a film adaptation of trading cards . . . Garbage Pail Kids anyone? Our second film is the 1991 Bruce Willis bomb Hudson Hawk. This mega-budgeted cult film nearly ended Willis’s career, but is actually an amazing film. The problem was that folks went in expecting Die Hard, and got a totally oddball ride that is impossible to characterize. Great stuff! But wait, there’s more . . .
In addition to showing these two films, we’re employing our first gimmicks of the New Year. In honor of Clue’s 23rd anniversary (why not), we’ll be holding a Clue tournament prior to the film (with fabulous prizes to be awarded to the winners). This will mark a Fantasmo first as we open the doors at 6:00 p.m. to roll out the games (which will feature numerous varieties of Clue ranging from Scooby-Doo to The Simpsons)! Not to leave any Hudson Hawk fans feeling left out, we’ll also be doing something special prior to that screening. As fans know, Hudson keeps trying throughout the movie to score a cappuccino without much luck. Fortunately, your Team Fantasmo will help you out on that front. We will have a cappuccino bar on hand to quench your thirst (and keep you awake) into the evening hours! Who could ask for more?!?
Here are your Episode 34 details:
When: Friday, February 1
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
6:00 P.M.: Clue Tournament
8:00 P.M.: Clue (1985) – Rated PG
9:45 P.M.: Hudson Hawk (1991) – Rated R
So there you have it Superfans, another landmark Fantasmo entry! I’ll be posting some detailed analysis on our features leading up to February, so keep watching for that and more exciting news!