It’s taken us a while to lock it in, but we finally have a date set for our BIG June show. On Friday, June 20, your Team Fantasmo invites you to join us as we take a look into . . . the future! Being huge fans of films such as Planet of the Apes, The Omega Man, Soylent Green, Death Race 2000, etc., Rob and I like to visit the post-apocalyptic/dystopian sci-fi subgenre now and again. While there have been many takes on a dark future for mankind, perhaps none have been as influential as Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. Although the film was not initially successful during its theatrical release (when it competed against happier fare such as E. T.), its innovative design has since become the template for a host of sci-fi films over the past 25 years. One of the complaints critics had early on with the film was that it had some tonal inconsistencies, particularly a jarring happy ending forced on Scott by the studios. Scott has gone back to the editing room a number of times to adjust these issues, and has finally achieved his vision this year with the release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut. For this very special Fantasmo, we’ll be putting the film back on the big screen where it belongs, with a stunning new high-definition image. But that’s not all . . .
In addition to Blade Runner we’ll also be showing one of our favorite underrated sci-fi gems of the past few years, a cool little number called Equilibrium. Starring a pre-Batman Christian Bale, the film is a cross between Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix. Great stuff! Plus, we hope to be announcing the presence of a special guest very soon who was one of the co-stars of Blade Runner. Keep watching the blogs for exciting updates! Here are your official Episode 37 details:
When: Friday, June 20, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road
8:00 p.m.: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Rated R)
10:30 p.m.: Equilibrium (Rated R)
So there you have it! Two great sci-fi epics on our incredibly futuristic big screen . . . the way they were meant to be seen!