Wow! Chi-Town gets it's fair share of fun film events but the weekend of March 8-9 is looking off the hook. On March 8 TERROR IN THE AISLES kicks off with the BASKET CASE TRIPLE FEATURE. Director Frank Henenlotter will be on hand for free picture taking and autographs. Then on March 9 the serious eye glazing gets underway with the SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 7 24 Hour Marathon which will also offer fans the chance to meet the legendary helmer. Details are below.
My primary memory of Basket Case is of one night when my younger brother and I were clicking the remote like mad in the blind hope that there would be something worth watching late one Wednesday night. We stopped on a public access channel. That's right! A public-access-channel! Because whatever was playing looked like it cost all of a buck ninety-eight to make and within a few seconds we were hypnotized. Basket Case just plain shouldn't exist. It's gonzo in a way that shouldn't work at all but it has so much heart and such a weirdly moving relationship between it's two main characters that it not only succeeds but completely makes you forget that one of them can't possible, really, be alive. If you've never seen it....PLEASE come check it out.
Hope to see you there:
TERROR FANS: BASKET TRIPLE FEATURE at 7pm Friday, March 8 at the Portage for a mere $12! It's $5 with proof of SCI-FI SPECTACULAR ticket.
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 724 hours of Sci-Fi & Horror Movie Madness!
Doors Open at 11am - Noon 'til Noon
NOON - ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (Roger Corman!)
1:15pm - MATINEE (Joe Dante!)
3pm - THE HEART OF THE WORLD (Guy Maddin Short)
3:05pm - THE DARK CRYSTAL (80's Awesomeness!)
5pm - SOYLENT GREEN (Heston Hysteria!)
6:45pm - ROGER CORMAN 50's Trailer Competition!
7:15pm - DEAD-ISH (Short film)
7:30pm - BRAIN DAMAGE (with FRANK HENENLOTTER in Person!)
9:45pm - CAMERA (Rare Cronenberg Short!)
10pm - INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS ('78 Remake!)
Midnight - IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (Carpenter Craziness!)
1:45am - DARK CITY (Forbidden Futures!)
Daylight Savings Time
4:50 am - SHOCK WAVES (Nazi Zombies!)
6:30am - THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Vincent Price Classic!)
8:15am - SILENT RUNNING (70's Sci-Fi Stunner!)
10am - IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (Don Hertzfeldt Animation!)
11am - BATTLE ROYALE (Teenage Terrors!)
Plus Short film Don Hertzfeldt short REJECTED
Special Guests: FRANK HENENLOTTER (dir. of BASKET CASE, BRAIN DAMAGE,
FRANKENHOOKER)! And JAY BONANSINGA (co-author of THE WALKING DEAD:
RISE OF THE GOVERNOR & WALKING DEAD: ROAD TO WOODBURY))!
PLUS: Vintage Trailers, Dealer Tables, Tickets are $20 pre-sale
$25 at the door, day of show of show.
BUY PRE-SALE TICKETS
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60641
Pay once, Come and go as you like!
Free Parking in the Sears Lot Around The Corner.
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