Friday, October 7, 2011
Fantasmo Episode 66: 80's Action Cheese Festival
A BIG thank you from your Team Fantasmo to all who came out to support our 8th(!) annual Monster Fest event! It was a blast for us to put on, and we hope you had as much fun as we did :) For November, we thought we'd switch gears from horror and have our first ever 80's action night. For the record we did celebrate Chuck Norris specifically, but this is more of a general, loving tribute to that decade. There are certainly plenty of titles to choose from, and many outstanding ones to be sure, but we thought we'd focus on two films that include every cheesy cliche the 80's had to offer: Commando and Cobra!
Everyone is familiar with Schwarzenegger and Stallone, and the many iconic characters they have portrayed over the years (e.g. The Terminator, Conan, Rocky, Rambo, etc.). Along the way they also found themselves in starring vehicles that, while less iconic, weaved their way into the hearts of action fans around the world. Commando was Schwarzenegger's first film in which his very presence (not the character he played) sold the film. It was a movie where Schwarzenegger played Schwarzenegger, and it cemented his as a bankable star. It's also perhaps the most outrageously over-the-top movie in his long career of over-the-top movies! Here is where the one liners became a trademark, and where moviegoers experienced their first brush with The Matrix (John Matrix that is).
Where Commando was a certified box office hit, Stallone's Cobra was not quite so successful in its initial run. The Italian Stallion was at the height of his Rambo power, and chose a project in which to work with his significant other Brigitte Nielsen. It was roundly dismissed by critics, and failed to be embraced by audiences. Even so the character of Marion Cobretti has earned a special place in the pantheon of cult cinema, and we feel Cobra is long overdue for reconsideration! Believe us when we tell you there are enough needless explosions, cheesy one-liners, ridiculous villains, and scenery chewing performances to fill several 80's B-grade action films. Crime is the disease, and he's the cure!
So without any further ado, here are your full Episode 66 details:
When: Friday, November 4, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
8:00 p.m.: Commando (1985)
9:45 p.m.: Cobra (1986)
So there you have it Superfans, our first ever tribute to 80's action. At the risk of overstating the case, this may very well be the greatest episode in the history of Fantasmo! You dare not miss these bigger than life titles on our bigger than life screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN!