Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fantasmo Episode 51: The Two Faces of Dr. Syn (AKA We Can Stop the Music)

Hey Superfans,

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 : )


Pamela K. Kinney said...

Wish I could see it, but alas won't be able to. I used to watch the Disney show.

Jim Blanton said...

It's a fantastic movie, and McGoohan is great as always!

Daniel said...

I have not seen either one so I am going to try and get out there this weekend!

Jim Blanton said...

I know I say this regularly, but it has never been more true than in this instance - you definitely don't want to miss this! Dr. Syn in particular is just flat out amazing, and unlike any Disney movie you've ever seen. It is more along the strange lines of something like The Black Hole or Watcher in the Woods. Great stuff!

Night Creatures is terrific as well. Great Cushing performance, and very well done. McGoohan's Syn is more intense, but Cushing certainly holds his own.