Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fantasmo Episodes 43 & 44

Hey Superfans!
January is just around the corner, so it’s time to talk about what’s in store for Fantasmo 2009! Those of you who made it out to our unstoppable holiday show may recall Rob and I talked a little about the schedule for the next few months . . . well disregard all of that! Some late breaking releases have made it necessary for us to switch up our lineup for the next few months, but it’s all for the best (we know you’ll agree when you hear what’s in store)!

First off, let’s have a look at January. There are a lot of holidays in January, which means we won’t be able to do the first Friday of the month, nor several after. In fact, we’re going to have to hold Episode 43 on the last Friday of the month, January 30th. But the wait will be absolutely worth it, because Episode 43 is our first ever zombie night! Of course there’s a lot to choose from there, so we’ve decided to go with a couple of foreign zombie films that you may not have caught during their ever so brief theatrical runs. First up is a 2003 zombie fest from Australia appropriately titled Undead, in which a meteorite shower turns the peaceful citizens of a rural town into ravenous zombies! We’re following that with one of the all-time greatest zombie films, Peter Jackson’s 1993 masterpiece Dead Alive. Before he did Lord of the Rings, Jackson was making some of the wildest horror films ever conceived in his native land of New Zealand, and Dead Alive is perhaps his crowning achievement (for my money I like it a lot better than anything he’s done since).

So here are your official Episode 43 details:

When: Friday, January 30th

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322


8:00 P.M.: Undead – Rated R

9:45 P.M. Dead Alive – Unrated

Okay, so that’s our supercool lineup for Episode 43 . . . but there’s more . . .

We had originally announced that we were going to screen Friday the 13th 1 & 2 as our January show in anticipation of the forthcoming remake being released on February 13th. Well, we just recently found out that on February 3rd three new editions of the first Friday films will be released that we just had to wait for. First off, the original Friday the 13th will be released for the first time in America in its uncut form. For years this version has been available overseas, and now almost 29 years after its release we will be able to see it on the big screen at Fantasmo. If you’re a fan of effects legend Tom Savini (and who isn’t) you don’t want to miss this. As awesome as that revelation was, we also learned that on the same day the third film in the series will be released in its original 3-D format. That’s right, we’re going to screen part 3 in 3-D! And rounding things out, we’ll also be screening a spiffy new edition of the 2nd film, which is actually my personal favorite of the Fridays (I consider it to be The Empire Strikes Back of the Friday the 13th films, a crown jewel if you will).

In addition to the above (yes there’s still more), we’re also working on getting a special guest for this one who played a pivotal role in the series . . . stay tuned for updates. This truly has the potential to be one of our best episodes yet, so mark your calendars now. Your official early details for Episode 44 are as follows:

When: Friday, February 6th

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322


8:00 P.M.: Friday the 13th: Uncut Edition

9:45 P.M.: Friday the 13th Part 2 – Rated R

11:30 P.M.: Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D – Rated R

For those of you crunching the numbers at home, you’ll note that we’re back on the first Friday schedule in February . . . which means back to back Fantasmos in January and February! Can you say Happy New Year?!? Two great Fantasmos to kick off 2009! And there’s more where that came from! We’ll be rolling out the news shortly for the upcoming months, including our all-night April anniversary show, but let’s just say this is just the tip of the iceberg. In particular, we have two contenders for our April show that could rival previous greats such as Can’t Stop the Music, Gymkata, and Shark Attack 3 (yes, it’s true : ) Viva la 2009! Viva la Fantasmo!


Sonar4 said...

I look forward to hopefully attending one of these showings soon!

Jim Blanton said...

These are both going to be a lot of fun, but if I had to tell you which to choose I'd say go with February! Friday 3 in 3-D is going to be great, and if our special guest works out you definitely don't want to miss it!