Troma Re-Release and Special Reunion Screening of Daniel Boyd’s “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers”

There is a special screening of Strange Dreams (Space Preachers) at Park Place Cinemas on Monday June 23rd at 7pm as part of FestivALL in Charleston.  This will also serve as a reunion of cast and crew.  This is a celebration of the new Troma re-release of the movie.  Originally slated to be out already, but there was an error in printing the disc, or something.  Discs may or may not be ready by time for the show.

Strange Dreams (Space Preachers) is a comedy film from 1990 that received national and international recognition. A heartwarming, science-fiction adventure, its “an exciting, bizarre, and extremely funny sci-fi parody, in the tradition of John Waters and Mel Brooks.”  Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.

Danny Boyd, creator of the movie, will be set-up in the lobby of the theater selling mini-posters, Chiller graphic novels, and his new book CARBON.


Also Friday June 20th, there is another movie screening at the Kanawha Players Theater.  This time the movie is Spider Baby (or The Maddest Story Ever Told) about a man taking care of three demented adults after their father’s death.  This film is Lon Chaney Jr. last film as well.  Plus there will be a film by Sid Haig of Devil’s Rejects fame.

The movie starts at 10pm and it does not say how much but I am going to guess $5 plus a concession stand.


In other movie news, RiffTrax reached their goal of $250,000 on their Kickstarter so will be doing a live riffing of Anaconda on October 30th.




JediCon XI

West Virginia’s original Star Wars convention dedicated to the fans and raising money for Children’s Miracle Network JediCon WV XI is Saturday June 21st at the Matthew Barker Memorial Complex in Paden City from 9am-4pm.  Admission is just $1 for everyone six and up, free for five and under.  If they still have any table space left they are just $5.  There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and guest speakers.

Panelist for the con are Blind Wave Productions two-time winner of the  LCC (Lightsaber Choreography Competition), Bryan K Prosek author of Earth United, Brian Stillman producer of the documentary Plastic Galaxy, and Bill McBride curator of the Darth Vader Toy Museum. Also members of the costuming groups Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs will all be around for photo ops.  Other special guests include Kim Simmons the photographer of Kenner Star Wars toys,  The Science Fiction Alliance of Pittsburgh and the West Virginia Star Wars Collectors Club will also be there.

Besides panels and the convention supports the Children’s Miracle Network with the proceeds from their silent auction.  The auction has items donated from the vendors, present and past guests, and different companies.  There will be a video game area with a lineup of vintage video games.  Food will be provided by Christy’s Cakes and Catering.  Plus tables and tables of Star Wars toys and merchandise, and many other fandoms and series will be represented, to buy, sell, or trade.

I plan to make the trip up for the day to check out this event.  Those who want to come up and hang out on Friday with the crew when they go out for food after set up might want to look into a nearby hotel.  Though all the real close ones are already full.


Save Kanawha Players

Kanawha Players Theater is the official state theater of West Virginia and is the second longest community theater in the United States.  They are in need of some funds to keep their building, so they are running a number of fundraiser events this month to help out.  All events are at their theater in Charleston.

Friday June 13th (tonight) they are doing a double feature of Ed Wood Jr movies.  They will be showing Plan 9 from Outer-Space and Jail Bait.  Plan 9 is that reallllly bad one you have heard of with aliens rasing zombies with Bella Lugosi, Tor Johnson, and Vampira.  Jail Bait involves a young man’s descent into crime and getting plastic surgeon to evade the cops.  Films start at 8pm, tickets are $5, and concessions will be sold.

On Saturday June 14th they will be throwing a 80’s Party.  There will be retro gaming, photo booths, and a dance party.  A costume contest for best 80’s outfit will be held for prizes.  Things start at 8pm.  Tickets are $10 solo or $15 for couples.

On Friday June 20th the Wayward Girls School of Burlesque is holding workshops on the subject of burlesque.  Workshops include: Why Burlesque?, Burlesque Accessories, Acting and Character, Burlesque Beauty, and Burlesque Dance Basics.  Each one is thirty minutes long.  Individual workshops are $10 or book all five for $40.  Burlesque Accessories and Burlesque Beauty have an additional material fees.  First workshop starts at 5:30pm.

The big fundraiser is Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd.  Information available about the moment include a silent auction, vendors of various items, music from bands like Harrah, Black Skull, Miniature Giant, and the Renfields, also acoustic music from Brandi Good and Little Nomad, zombie Jeremy Ambler from the Walking Dead and other horror projects will be signing autographs, performances by Famous Superstars, comedians, and a variety of entertainers.  Vendor tables for crafts and artwork is $35 for both days.  The event goes from 10am Saturday till late and Sunday 10am till 8pm.

Marx Convention 16th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention

The Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention (I think they win longest con name in the state) was started in 1998 by the owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum.  It is a way to preserve the history of the Louis Marx & Company who made toys in the Ohio Valley.  This year’s con is Friday June 20th and Saturday June 21st at the Kruger Street Museum in Wheeling.

They have already sold out of vendor tables for this year, but non-table holders who wish to register should call 304-242-8133.  Your pass to the con will also serve as your pass to the museum.

Thursday night will be for set-up and regular museum tours.  Anyone in town can stop by to pick up registration and tour the museum.

Registration opens up at 9am on Friday and table holders may unload and set up at this time.  The swap meet opens at 10am and goes till 4pm, this will be open to attendees only.  At noon a group photo of everyone will be taken in front of the museum and copies will be made for purchase afterwards.  There will be a workshop at 3pm.  At 6pm an informal get-together/dinner will be held.

On Saturday the swap meet will be open from 9am to 3pm, for attendees and museum visitors this time.  A workshop on Unusual or Rare Marx will run at 11am.  At 1pm Bill Felege a former artist/toy designer from the Marx plant will speak.  Another to be determined workshop will be at 2:30pm. From 3-5pm will be pack up and last tours of the museum.

Another fun looking show for collectors of old toys and those interested in the history of them.  Anyone who is a Marx enthusiasts will want to be here.  Unfortenatly I have other plans that weekend.


Special Screenings in Theaters

This summer and into October there will be a number of special screenings in theaters for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and the usual nerd genres.  Here is a quick list of what I know of.

A two night David Tennant event.  Frist on Monday June 16th, the Doctor Who two parter, Rise of the Cybermen and Age of Steel with a special interview at the end with Tennant.  On Tuesday June 17th at 7:30pm the documentary about birds in flight Wings in 3D narrated by Tennant.


At the Park Place Stadium Cinemas in Charleston a screening of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth will be screened Sunday July 6th and Monday July 7th at 4pm.  Tickets for this is just $6.


RiffTrax returns to theaters Thursday July 10th at 8pm with Sharknado with a rebroadcast on Tuesday July 15th at 7:30pm.   They are also running a Kickstarter to raise the funds to riff the 1998 Godzilla movie.  They have already met their goal of $100,000 for this, but now if they get $250,000 they will also do a riffing of Anaconda (as of this writing they are at $232,000).  Godzilla will shown in theaters for one night on August 14th and if they get the money for Anaconda it will be shown on October 30th.


Monty Python Live (mostly), the reunion show of the Python cast, will be broadcast on to the screen Sunday July 20th at 2:30pm with rebroadcast on Wednesday July 23rd and Thursday 24th.  For three hours watch John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Pain will perform your favorite skits and with new material.


The original Ghostbusters movie will be back in theaters for a limited run this October.  Places have not yet been finalized, about 500 theaters across the US so let us hope we get at least one in state, but the dates are known.  It will be on Thursdays October 13, 20, and 27 with one showtime each day.

Now I did bother getting ticket prices for each event, but expect at least $10 and probably over that.  That is just the price of special showings.  Also check each one for what ones are close to you.

The Clay Center’s Sci-Fi Film Series should have another screening some time this summer too.  Keep an eye on that.