Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fantasmo Episode 64: The Urban Fables of Walter Hill

Hey Superfans!

Summer is in full swing at Fantasmo HQ, and we’re rolling on with a truly awesome June show. For this very special episode we’re focusing on the fantastical works of director Walter Hill. A few years back we screened what many consider his best film, the 1979 cult favorite The Warriors. The version we screened however was a re-envisioned cut, featuring some dramatic artistic choices that altered the flow of the film (in a way a lot of folks didn’t warm up to). So in the spirit of satisfying fans, and as an excuse to see The Warriors on the big screen again, we’re holding an encore that will feature the original cut of the film! But that’s not all . . .

First up we’ll be showing one of Hill’s most underrated works, the 1984 “rock & roll fable” Streets of Fire. This movie was intended to be a huge summer blockbuster, but its quirky combination of action, sci-fi, and rock failed to catch fire at the box office. The fact is that the film is a wildly original, one-of-a-kind experience that deserves to be rediscovered. It features great performances from an all-star cast led by Michael Pare and Willem Dafoe, incredible production design, and of course an amazing soundtrack (we guarantee you’ll know several of the songs). If you’ve never seen this one before you owe it to yourself to make it to this screening!

So without any further ado here are your full Episode 64 details:

When: Friday, June 3rd, 8:00 p.m.

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


8:00 p.m.: Streets of Fire (1984)

9:45 p.m.: The Warriors (1979)

So there you have it, a rocking double-bill for your June Fantasmo. You dare not miss these urban fables from the legendary Walter Hill projected on our BIG screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! See you there!


Clay said...

Wow, I've never seen that poster before... I love that movie, it should be a heckuva double feature.

Jim Blanton said...

It was the teaser poster for the film, which I agree is pretty awesome. I guess it didn't do the trick in terms of selling the film to audiences, but cool nonetheless (I love a minimalist approach like this myself).

Definitely a very cool movie, and promises to be an amazing double-feature!