Sure, this might not be the first time I’ve waved this flag, but there are a couple of events coming up that I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention. As I’ve posted before, next weekend the Kitley crew will be heading down just south of Indianapolis, to the Skyline Drive-in in Shelbyville. The are holding their annual 3-night all night monster movie marathon. We won’t be leaving until late on Friday but am still hoping to catch the last 3 titles scheduled. Then we will be staying over night and catching all 5 titles on Saturday night. Having the opportunity to see films like Tarantula, Horror Express, Island of Lost Souls, not to mention the original King Kong, really is like dream come true for a movie nut like me. But the drive-in is so much more than just the movies. Yes, it is a great time, but it is also that step back into time, when going to the drive-in really was an experience and one that is remembered for years to come. You can get all the information about this even HERE.
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.
Sharing the Scare…what exactly does that mean? Well, it was a term that I believe my good friend Aaron Christensen started, which means that a bunch of like minded horror movie fans get together to watch and enjoy some flicks. Which is what I did yesterday with him, and a multitude of other good friends. I know I hold our annual Turkey Day Marathons every November, as well as other little movie events throughout the year. But honestly, this is really more than just a bunch of friends sitting around watching movies. It really becomes more than that. Depending on the movies, they can be more enjoyable, and in some cases more bearable when watched in a group.
Perfect case in point was one of the films we watched yesterday. It was Italian cult director Bruno Mattei’s last film, Zombies: The Beginning (2007). If I’d been watching that one by myself, there would have been a good chance that I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it that much, other than just being amazed at how much they ripped off James Cameron’s Aliens. But because of the enthusiastic group I was with, it transcended it’s lack of budget and originality and became pretty entertaining.