As we close out the summer here at Fantasmo HQ, your Team Fantasmo felt a great way to go out with a bang would be a little 70's horror. With that in mind we've settled on a double-feature from one of the great B-horror series of all-time, the It's Alive films from auteur extraordinaire Larry Cohen (Q: The Winged Serpent, Return to Salem's Lot). Cohen shocked audiences in 1974 with the initial entry which introduced a monstrous newborn that mutated as a result of inadequately tested prescription drugs. The film functioned both as entertainment and an exploration of parental fears. Plus it had cool effects from future Oscar winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London). It Lives Again expanded the concept by having an all-out conflict between rival groups attempting to protect or destroy the mutant newborns which are popping up all over the country. While there was an apocalyptic third entry, It's Alive 3: Island of the Alive, your Team Fantasmo is going to let you discover that one on your own : ) We can safely say that it's better than Smokey and the Bandit Part 3! On that note here are your full Episode 48 details:
When: Friday, August 14th
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
8:00 p.m.: It's Alive! (1974) – Rated PG
9:45 p.m.: It Lives Again (1978) – Rated R
So there you have it Superfans, another perfect lineup! But that's not all! The next several months are going to be VERY special Fantasmos. For September we're aiming to attempt a bold "environmental" change to recapture a unique filmgoing experience from a bygone era, in October we've got Monster Fest on deck, and in November we'll be launching a regularly occurring event celebrating all things zombies (films, games, costumes, etc.). So prepare yourself for a fall lineup that is going to be nothing short of mind-blowing!