Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Behold . . . 1 Great Movie!

Hey Superfans!

We've been talking about this for a few months now, and the day is almost upon us . . . we're launching a new movie program called 1 Great Movie!  If you haven't heard us discuss it yet, let me fill you in on the pertinent details.  As you well know, at Fantasmo we are dedicated to bringing you the best (and worst) cult cinema has to offer on a monthly basis, with the often added value of delightful commentary, special guests, and related ballyhoo.  Typically we show a lot of horror, some sci-fi, occasional action, and other oddities which cannot be classified.  We recognize however, that there is a whole other world of movies out there that are not mainstream, but don't necessarily fit in with the mission of Fantasmo1 Great Movie is thus tailored to seek out THE BEST movies you've either never heard of, or that may have been unjustly dismissed/ignored by the critical community.

With that being said, we don't intend to serve you up a carbon copy of Fantasmo, so 1 Great Movie will feature a slightly different format.  One Friday per month, usually the week following Fantasmo, Fantasmo All-Star Tony Mercer (dramatically pictured below) and yours truly will host a screening of a movie we have decided is great.

 Fantasmo All-Star Tony Mercer

Your two self-appointed experts will open the screening by presenting our case (i.e. why we feel the movie is great) and then show you the film on the big screen (THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN).  Following the screening we will then open the floor for discussion, and let you tell us if we were right or wrong.  We hope to encourage a forum for cineastes to delve into a heady exploration of buried celluloid gems, and call us on our missteps (which are sure to be few and far between - you guessed it, we won't be showing Gymkata anytime soon :  )

For our inaugural edition, taking place on Friday, June 8 @ 8:00 p.m., we will be screening Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt.  When folks speak about Hitchcock, certain titles always are mentioned such as Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, etc.  However there are a number of outstanding titles that are mentioned far too infrequently for our tastes.  A little while back at Fantasmo we screened Hitchcock's Rope to an enthusiastic response, and were surprised at how many attendees had never seen or heard of it!  With this in mind Tony and I felt that a lesser known Hitchcock outing would be a great way to kick off the program, and hopefully get you in our corner/avoid scorn and contempt from the word go (Tony wisely talked me down from French Connection II for our kickoff session, but rest assured one day it will happen).

So without any further ado, here are your full 1 Great Movie: Episode I details:

When: Friday, June 8 @ 8:00 p.m.

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

Great Movie:  Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

As with Fantasmo the doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for pre-show discussions about all things cinema, and we'll make with the formal proceedings at 8:00 p.m.  We're looking forward to this next fantastic addition to our film offerings here at the library, and hope you'll join us for this historic first edition of 1 Great Movie!  See you there!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Want to See a Particle Accelerator?

Here's a little off-topic coolness for your Friday afternoon.  This came up at Fantasmo last week, and sounds like an amazing event!  The Jefferson Lab is having an open house tomorrow in which you can see everything from particle accelerators to powerful lasers in action.  If you get a chance to make it out it should be a one-of-a-kind opportunity . . . sort of like watching Razorback on the big screen June 1st (I'd say they're in roughly the same league right? :  )

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fantasmo Episode 71: Killer Critters

Hey Superfans!

Our summer season is in full swing, and what says summer better than a couple of killer critter movies?!?  Jaws gave you fair warning that it wasn't safe to go in the water, and our two classics will add idyllic coastal islands and the Australian Outback to the list!

The first killer critter movie we'll be featuring is the 1977 film The Pack starring the incomparable Joe Don Baker.  Directed by Robert "Gymkata" Clouse, The Pack finds Baker playing a marine biologist on an island resort battling a horde of wild dogs.  Let's just review that real quick.  The director of Gymkata, Joe Don Baker playing a marine biologist, and a pack of killer dogs.  If that doesn't equal B-movie gold I don't know what in the world does :  )

But that's not all!  The second feature on the bill is the 1984 thriller Razorback, starring television icon Gregory Harrison (Logan's Run).  Razorback was the feature film directorial debut from legendary cult director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander), and chronicles one man's battle against a giant, killer boar.  Mulcahy takes what could have been a run-of-the-mill monster movie, and turns it into one of the most visually interesting movies of the 80's.  If you remember how cool the cinematography and editing was in Highlander, imagine that level of artistry applied to a movie about a giant, killer boar.  Yep, pretty ridiculous, but also amazing.

So without any further ado here are your full Episode 71 details:

When: Friday, June 1 @ 8:00 p.m.

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


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

9:45 p.m.: Razorback (1984)

So there you have it Superfans, two outstanding killer critter movies back on the big screen . . . THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN!  See you there!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dillzilla Strikes!

Check this out! Longtime friend of Team Fantasmo and local filmmaker/puppeteer extraordinaire Elizabeth Pasieczny has just posted the official teaser for her upcoming film project Dillzilla: Titan of Terror! If you look closely you will spot Fantasmo All-Stars Craig T. Adams and Debra Burrell, and if you look even closer you'll note this was shot in none other than Smithfield, VA!

Stay tuned to Pickleman Productions for the latest developments, and catch Elizabeth at FantaSci this summer!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fantasmo Episode 70.5: Team Fantasmo Vs. Dracula's Family

Hey Superfans!

True to our word, your Team Fantasmo has rescheduled the awesome movies we had planned for our delayed March show!  How better to kick off our summer season than with two classic Universal horror sequels: Dracula's Daughter and Son of Dracula!  You've heard this one before, so we'll skip right to the pertinent details :  )

When: Friday, May 11 @ 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 wash away the aftertaste of our Schlock-O-Thon. 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!