Monday, February 27, 2012

Freeplay Returns . . . Again!

Hey Superfans!

March is a busy month here at Fantasmo HQ. Not only do we have our Universal horror double-feature on the 16th, but we’ll also be hosting the second annual Freeplay gaming event. The program will take place at Chesapeake Central Library (298 Cedar Road) on Saturday, March 31st. You may remember Freeplay 2 was scheduled back in August, but a pesky hurricane got in the way. Well that old hurricane may have won the battle, but it did not win the war. Freeplay is back stronger than ever!

For those who did not make it out to our inaugural event, Freeplay is a full day and evening filled with classic video game consoles, arcade machines, movies, and guest speakers. If you miss the experience of going into the arcades of the 80's, it will be a true trip down memory lane . . . and if you missed it the first time around you can now experience what all the fuss was about!

The fine folks of South Eastern Virginia Gaming make this event possible, and this year expect to be bringing even more machines than last time. In particular, due to their popularity at the first Freeplay, they are making a special effort to get more pinball machines!

Here is just a sample of the games to expect:

Arcades: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Robotron: 2084, X-Men (4-player), Police Trainer, Fighting Vipers, Cruis’n Exotica, and more!

Pinball: Tron Legacy, The Dark Knight, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hook, and more!

Consoles: Pong, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari Jaguar, NES, Super NES, Colecovision, Intellivision, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Playstation, 3D0, NEC, and more!

Computers: Commodore 64, Tandy, Atari, Apple II, Texas Instruments, and more!

Special video game movie screenings during the day include:

11:00 a.m.: Mortal Kombat

1:00 p.m.: Final Fantasy: Advent Children

3:00 p.m.: Double Dragon

Panel discussions will include:

Arcade & Pinball Repair

Gaming Comedy and History

Competition & High Score Gaming with Dave Hernly of Auric Arcade

The gaming and programs will run from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., after which there will be a special evening Fantasmo featuring Tron Legacy at 8:00 p.m. and Scott Pilgrim at 10:00 p.m.

So come out and join your Team Fantasmo for a full day of free gaming, free game movies, and free game programs . . . you can leave your quarters at home! You can also share your thoughts on the Freeplay 2 Facebook page! See you there!

And for those of you attending Galaticon that Saturday, come on over afterward there will still be plenty of action during our second half : )

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fantasmo Episode 70: Team Fantasmo Vs. Dracula's Family

Hey Superfans!
Hard believe though it may be, we are rapidly approaching our 7th year anniversary in April. This of course means we will once again be gathering the most outrageously bad movies we can lay our hands on for our mini-marathon, and let me assure you we have some great stuff lined up! Before we hit you with all that cheese, we thought it only right and proper to give you a really great double-feature to brace you for what's to come. With that in mind for our March show we'll be screening two classic Universal horror sequels to the one and only Dracula (which incidentally we have never shown believe it or not)! A favorite trick for these sequels was having a relation of the monster carry on the legacy, be it a son, daughter, bride, cousin, etc. In the case of Dracula we'll be highlighting the antics of his son and daughter.

Always the gentlemen we believe in ladies first, and as such our first feature is Dracula's Daughter. It's a terrific sequel that carves its own niche apart from the original, as Professor Van Helsing squares off against a Hungarian countess seemingly under the spell of the late Count Dracula. In Son of Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. takes on the title role playing one Count Alucard (wink, wink), brought to America to help make an heiress immortal. Those are the facts, and without any further ado here is your official Episode 70 lineup:

When: Friday, March 16 @ 8:00 p.m.

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


8:00 p.m.: Dracula's Daughter (1936)

9:30 p.m.: Son of Dracula (1943)

So there you have it Superfans, two outstanding horror classics to tide you over until our April extravaganza. You dare not miss this rare opportunity to see them back on the big screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN! See you there!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Galacticon Returns!

This just in! Galacticon, the sci-fi convention organized by the Tidewater Alliance and Virginia Beach Public Library, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31st from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A full day of panels and programs, as well as local fan groups and vendors awaits! If you like sci-fi and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Star Trek, you definitely want to check it out!