Monday, November 15, 2010
Fantasmo Episode 59: Can't Stop the Music Vol. 4
It's that time of year again and once again time for our annual holiday show which can only mean one thing . . . you can't stop the music! This year we're taking a little break from the title film (sorry true believers there will be no Bruce Jenner) and screening two musicals new to Fantasmo. Fear not Village People and company will return, it's just that we're really excited to finally be able to show these two movies.
First on the bill we have one of Rob's all-time favorites, a classic to be sure, in the form of Phantom of the Paradise. Directed by Brian De Palma (Carrie, The Untouchables), this 70's riff on Phantom of the Opera starring Paul Williams (Smokey and the Bandit, Battle for the Planet of the Apes) must be seen to be believed. Great music and wild imagery abound. It also features cult favorites Jessica Harper (Suspiria), William Finley (Silent Rage), and Gerrit Graham (Terrorvision). How can you go wrong with that cast?!?
Our second feature also stars Harper as well as Cliff De Young (F/X) and some faces very familiar to film buffs. You see Shock Treatment just happens to be the sequel to the most famous cult movie of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Some of you may be saying to yourself "I didn't know there was a sequel." The fact is it was mostly ignored upon initial release because it is a MUCH different experience than RHPS. Over time it has developed its own following, perhaps out-culting in the truest sense its predecessor. The songs are catchy, the ideas interesting, and the style pure Richard O' Brien. If you enjoyed Rocky you owe it to yourself to check this one out on the big screen!
Without any further ado here are your full Episode 59 details:
When: Friday, December 3rd
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
8:00 P.M.: Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
9:45 P.M.: Shock Treatment (1981)
So there you have it Superfans, two fantastic holiday musicals on our big screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! You dare not miss it . . . and remember you can't stop the music so don't even try!