Monday, January 5, 2009

Fantasmo's Doppelganger?


One of the things I'm always on the hunt for are grand old movie palaces (or at least bona fide theatrical venues) that do what we do at Fantasmo. There's nothing cooler than finding revival screenings of cult films on the big screen, projected from actual film. From time to time I highlight these on here, with past examples including the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, and more recently the AFI Silver Theatre in D.C. What's even better is when I come across one that is agonizingly close, to the extent that I might just overcome my sedentary lifestyle and trek to the site. Well, over the holiday I had some time to search a bit and found one that is shockingly close in name and purpose to Fantasmo! It's actually called RetroFantasma, and it's a (gasp!) double-feature of cult/horror held monthly at Durahm's Carolina Theatre!

The show has been going on for 10 years (to Fantasmo's 4), and has actually featured a number of the films we've shown including: Fright Night, Clue, Xanadu, From Beyond, Motel Hell, and Night of the Comet to name but a few. They even showed Mighty Peking Man!! They've also done some rather obscure titles such as Dead & Buried, Equinox, The Manitou, Blood Beach, Deep Star Six, etc. This place really has good taste : ) And this month is an awesome looking double-feature which may require a road trip. They're screening John Carpenter's The Thing and the uber rare 1979 alien invasion film The Visitor (which to my knowledge is unavailable on video at this time), both in 35 mm.

In summary, great name, great films, and very much worth checking out (although from what I can tell they have yet to have a Seagal night . . . hey, nobody's perfect)!

8 comments:

Fantasmo All Star Craig said...

Sems Chesapeake Library truly has superior attitude, superior state of mind!

Jim Blanton said...

Indeed! I've gotta give Durham credit too though. Even if they are short on Seagal, they've been very Atkins friendly in showing both Halloween 3 and Night of the Creeps : ) They've even had Henry Silva by way of Alligator!!

fantasmo all star craig said...

Well, at some point you have to pay homage to Atkins, because if you don't...as we all know:

ATKINS+SPITE=CONSEQUENCES!!!

Jim Blanton said...

So very true my friend : )

Chris Johnson said...

I've seen some movies at this theater before. I got to see a film print of Transformers The Movie there in 2001. They have even shown Mighty Peking Man before!

Jim Blanton said...

Wow! I would have loved to see Transformers (1986) on the big screen!! The fact that they would show that, not to mention Mighty Peking Man, speaks volumes about how on target their instincts are.

They do have "the touch." They do have "the power" : )

Anonymous said...

As far as my memory goes, while I have requested it early and often, we have NOT shown "Night Of the Comet." Especially NOT on a double bill with "Eating Raoul."

When??????

Jim Blanton said...

We did show Night of the Comet at one of our all-nighters, but I'm blanking as to which year that was (it is all starting to run frighteningly together : ) That said, I would be game for an encore presentation as that is one of the best from the 80's!

Eating Raoul would be a great choice given Beltran's presence for certain, and that's also just one of the 80's greats! On a Paul Bartel/Mary Woronov note, look for Chopping Mall to show up in the very near future!