In a mere two days, while most of society will be getting up early to battle the crowds of crazed shoppers out to save a few bucks, sometimes fighting to the death (or so I’m told), there will be a smaller gathering here at the Krypt to celebrate another type of holiday….Turkey Day! Followers of the Krypt probably know exactly what I’m talking about, but if you’re knew here, let me explain. On the Black Friday ever since 2003, I have chosen to spend that day in front of the TV, watching some of the finest in cinematic shipwrecks known to man. Now on our 13th year, having watched over 80 features in that time, with the number of participates growing like Lt. Col. Glenn Manning in The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), we will sit down to view another seven features that will test our strength, endurance, and good will towards mankind. But have no fear…we’re professionals here.
But why have we done this for well over a decade? Simple. Because we have a passion for cinema. And even though the titles that we view here will never be called out at the Academy Awards, that doesn’t mean that they are not only entertaining, but should be enjoyed and experienced, the same as any other film. In fact, even more so. These films might not have had the billion-dollar budgets, with all the state-of-the-art technology, but what they did have was desire and passion. Sometimes something as simple as that, can make a whole lot of difference!
While there might be some joking or laughing at these flicks, we still treat them with respect, as well as the people that helped create them. Sure there are sequences that just boggle the mind that somebody actually thought it was a good idea to do it this way, or thought the monster really looked scary, or even that their dialogue is beyond comprehension. But we look past all of that (or at least try) and find the entertainment hidden in there…somewhere.
Maybe the reason we put ourselves thought this twice a year could be best explained by a quote from a character from one of the greatest Turkeys of all time, the immortal Ro-Man from the 1953 film Robot Monster.
“I cannot – yet I must. How do you calculate that?
At what point on the graph do “must” and “cannot” meet?
Yet I must – but I cannot!”