Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fantasmo Episode 61: Vehicular Mayhem

Hey Superfans!

We're off to a roaring start in the New Year, and we're continuing that trend with our next outing! This time around we're featuring a type of monster we've never dealt with at Fantasmo in the form of evil automobiles. It's one thing to try and deal with the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein, Freddy, or Jason, but how do you fight a car . . . especially when they are more or less invincible? Well courtesy of James Brolin and John Carpenter we're going to find out this February : )

Our first feature is an undersung 70's classic from the year of Star Wars called The Car, in which Brolin plays a small town sheriff who does battle with a mysterious gas guzzler. The titular villain turns up on lonely desert highways, menacing everyone it comes across. Unfortunately for The Car it picks on the wrong guy where Brolin is concerned, but you can't really blame it because The Amityville Horror hadn't come out yet and it couldn't have known any better. It likely thought he was a pushover after seeing him fall before a robotic Yul Brenner in Westworld a few years earlier.

The second film on our incredible bill is Stephen King by way of John Carpenter, as the horror maestro adapts King's Christine. Christine is often overlooked in Carpenter's oeuvre as it is not an original piece, and this is unfortunate as it is one of the best King adaptations. Not only do you get many of the elements you love about Carpenter (e.g. thumping music, great visuals, etc.), but it also features a great cast headed by Keith Gordon (in the performance of his career). Honestly Gordon's take on the lead role is enough reason to see this one. Later he caught the directing bug and we didn't see much of him after Back To School, but Christine makes you wish he had pursued the craft a little longer. Also worth mentioning is a brief but excellent appearance by Roberts Blossom (of Deranged fame) as Christine's previous owner.

So without any further ado here is your official Episode 61 lineup:

When: Friday, February 4th, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322


8:00 p.m.: The Car (1977)

9:45 p.m.: Christine (1983)

So there you have it, two outstanding entries in the evil auto genre! You dare not miss this chance to witness them rip across the big screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! VROOM!


Daniel said...

I love The Car! I remember when it premiered on NBC. I guess that was back in like 1980/81. Brolin is great in this one. This movie and Devil Dog: Hound of Hell seemed to air a lot back in the early 80's.

Jim Blanton said...

Same here, my cousin and I accidentally happened across the premiere on a Friday night as I recall. We had no clue what it was about, but The Car looked menacing and we stuck with it. Once we realized it was indeed a horror movie we were hooked : )

As for Devil Dog that is an underappreciated lost classic. Richard Crenna vs. a demonic German Shepherd is television gold! That movie creeped me out as a kid big time, especially when the dog goes into the full on supernatural mode. They don't make 'em like that anymore!