Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fantasmo Episode 69: Team Fantasmo Vs. The End of the World


Hey Superfans!
The New Year is off and running, and we're not slowing down one bit! Following hot on the heels of a special presentation we just did at MarsCon, your Team Fantasmo will be screening films of the post-apocalypse for our February edition. There's a lot to choose from under this heading, so we've picked out one of the cheesiest films, as well as THE movie which arguably is the highpoint of the genre. Of course I'm talking about Damnation Alley and The Road Warrior! That's right a night that runs the spectrum between Jan-Michael Vincent and Mad Max . . . should be one to remember that's for sure :)

Damnation Alley, for those who may not know, was supposed to be the big movie from 20th Century Fox in the summer of 1977. They poured most of their effort into it, while virtually ignoring another little movie coming out in May called Star Wars. On paper I guess giant scorpions, flesh eating cockroaches, and a wicked battletruck seemed more exciting that droids and Wookies, but we all know how that turned out. The Road Warrior on the other hand really launched the post-apocalyptic craze of the 80's, and made Mel Gibson an international star. His Mad Max character became a full blown icon which would spawn a third film to complete the trilogy, as well as a host of imitators (but few equals). So without further ado, here are your full Episode 69 details:

When: Friday, February 3rd @ 8:00 p.m.

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

Films:

8:00 p.m.: Damnation Alley (1977)

9:45 p.m.: The Road Warrior (1981)

So there you have it Superfans, the ultimate post-apocalyptic lineup! You dare not miss these cautionary tales back on the big screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! See you there!

11 comments:

Sitting Duck said...

I enjoyed your Films of the Apocalypse feature at MarsCon. Are to planning to go to RavenCon again?

Jim Blanton said...

Absolutely! Thank your for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the presentation!

I'm not sure what our specific topic will be for RavenCon, but we'll of course cook up something fun and unusual :) It looks like this year we will also participate in a live riffing event the night before which is always a blast! As soon as we have more info I'll be sure to post it here on the blog.

CoffinDan said...

What a great team up with these two features! I love both of them and have many fond memories of taking my g.i.joe figures and re enacting the famous truck sequence from Road Warrior with a Hess Gasoline truck that I got as a Christmas gift. It wasn't quite to scale but it worked pretty good......and of course the road warrior (i.e. g.i. joe) always won!

Jim Blanton said...

That is awesome! You know Road Warrior would've made a great Hot Wheels tie-in franchise . . . they could've had special tracks and everything. Interestingly only one year later they (or maybe it was Matchbox) partnered with Megaforce for vehicles and playsets. I think history has shown the folly of that decision :)

Sitting Duck said...

If you're still stuck for a panel topic for RavenCon, a possible idea could be MST3K and the Bechdel Test. What's the Bechdel Test? Quite simply, it's a method of determining feminine presence in a film. To pass, a movie has to, at some point, have a conversation between two female characters about something other than a male character. Sounds easy, right? But if you were to take a random selection of films from the last ten years, the majority would likely flunk it. So it seems obvious that the movies of MST3K (which predominently come from a more chauvanistic time) would fare even more pathetically. Well I went through every MST3K episode I currently have on DVD, and the results were unexpected.

Jim Blanton said...

That is a great, not to mention culturally fascinating topic! It would be pretty interesting to see how even a year's worth of Hollywood blockbusters fare vs. the MST3K films.

We actually already submitted a topic, but will definitely keep this in mind. This year, in anticipation of our April bad movie marathon, we're going to be discussing the worst cult films of all time :)

Sitting Duck said...

It gets better. I just did a decade-by-decade breakdown and here are the results:

Forties: 3 Pass, 1 Fail

Fifties: 8 Pass, 9 Fail, 2 Ambiguous

Sixties: 12 Pass, 8 Fail

Seventies: 4 Pass, 0 Fail

Eighties: 2 Pass, 6 Fail

Nineties: 2 Pass, 3 Fail

Jim Blanton said...

The spike in the 50's is not unexpected, but it looks like the 80's gave the 50's a run for the money!

Sitting Duck said...

One more question regarding RavenCon. Do you know what the timeslots for your presentations are going to be yet? I've just gotten a call from RavenCon's Game Mistress and want to be sure that any games I schedule won't coincide with your stuff.

A game I intend to run which may interest you is Road Kill Rally. If you're not familiar with it, it's essentally a board game version of Death Race 2000. I'm thinking either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Jim Blanton said...

We haven't received final word yet. I know we are doing a movie riffing event on Friday night for certain. Outside of that we are expecting to be either on Friday and Saturday for our panels (definitely not Sunday though).

That game sounds very cool! A board game version of Death Race 2000 - who would've thunk it :)

Jim Blanton said...

We haven't received final word yet. I know we are doing a movie riffing event on Friday night for certain. Outside of that we are expecting to be either on Friday and Saturday for our panels (definitely not Sunday though).

That game sounds very cool! A board game version of Death Race 2000 - who would've thunk it :)