It has been a while since we’ve been to a movie marathon so I think it is about time. This Saturday, we’ll be heading into Chicago to the Patio Theater for this year’s Sci-Fi Spectacular, which features “16 Hours of Sci-Fi and Horror Madness”, though according to the lineup, it only goes to about 2:30am, which is about a feature short of 16 hours. But no worries, because they have a great lineup of titles that will be great to see on the big screen, no matter if they are DVD projection or from a film print.
They also have a couple of guests that will be there, but will also be signing FOR FREE! See that…it is possible to get some guests for an event that don’t charge. Plus, along with that signature, you can get your picture taken with them, again FOR FREE! Jack Sholder, director of The Hidden, Alone in the Dark, Nightmare on Elm Stree 2, almongst other titles, will be there, along with actress Jennifer Rubin, who appeared in Screamers, The Wasp Woman, Bad Dreams, Nightmare on Elm Street 3, as well as a few other titles out there. Plus there will be vendors, short films, and plenty of other cool stuff to keep you awake and entertained.
As for the films, anytime you have the chance to see Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902) in a theater, with a live organ accompaniment, you need to do this. Méliès was one of the founding fathers of fantastic cinema so his work needs to be seen as well as remembered. But then we also have a screening of another master’s work, Ray Harryhausen, when they screen 20 Million Miles to Earth. Once again, anytime you have the chance to see Harryhausen’s work on the big screen, jump at it. We’ll be there, though not sure how long will be staying. I’d love to stay for Alien and The Thing, but just don’t know if I’ll make it. Guess we’ll wait and see. But hopefully we’ll see you there.
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Below is the complete list of films and their start times.
11:45am – A Trip to the Moon (silent short with live organ by Jay Warren)
Noon – Eclipse (silent short with live organ by Jay Warren)
12:15pm – 20 Million Miles to Earth
1:45pm – Lessons Learned – (Toby Froud puppet short)
2pm – Labyrinth
3:50m – The Fifth Element
6pm – Shorts Program
6:30pm – The Hidden – Jack Sholder director’s Q & A after the film.
8:30pm – Screamers – Jennifer Rubin, star Q & A after the film.
10:30pm – Alien
12:30am – The Thing