Hot on the heels of our landmark 50th episode Zombieocalypse, we are returning to our first Friday schedule after a long summer/fall. This year’s holiday episode is also a landmark of sorts in its own right, as we break with our longstanding tradition of screening the ultimate crowd favorite Can’t Stop the Music. It was a painful decision to actually prove that we could indeed stop the music, but we figured a break was in order for this fine feature film that has served us so well over the years. So if you feel the need to celebrate the season with Steve Guttenberg, Bruce Jenner, and the Village People, it will have to be at your own personal home edition of Fantasmo : )
Even though our beloved standard will not be shown, we have come up with something very special for this breakaway Fantasmo. In what truly is a gift to you our loyal viewers, Team Fantasmo will be showing two big screen adaptations of Russell Thorndike’s Dr. Syn character. For the uninitiated Dr. Syn is a Revolutionary War era Robin Hood type vigilante based in rural England. Unlike Robin Hood however, Dr. Syn is a truly fearsome masked avenger not unlike The Dark Knight. The film versions, Night Creatures and Dr. Syn: Alias the Scarecrow, star Peter Cushing and Patrick McGoohan respectively. While both put their own spin on the character, each conveys a sense of threat and menace as they wreak havoc on the monarchy’s elite soldiers. Perhaps what is most interesting is that the films are produced by Hammer (Night Creatures) and Disney (Dr. Syn), which has to be one of the weirdest developments in the history of cinema! As one might expect Dr. Syn is not your typical Disney film, and remains one of the biggest cult titles in their catalog.
In this groundbreaking holiday episode, you can witness both of these classic precursors to the likes of Batman in all of their widescreen glory! Here are your full Episode 51 details:
When: Friday, December 4th, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
8:00 p.m.: Dr. Syn: Alias the Scarecrow
9:45 p.m.: Night Creatures
So there you have it Superfans, another great (if Village People free) holiday edition of Fantasmo! This year we’ll prove that we have the power to stop the music (much to the relief of cinema lovers everywhere : )