2015 Mothman Festival

The Mothman Festival in Downtown Point Pleasant is back for a 14th year, Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th.  It is the cross between a con and a fair.

There will be speakers on all things paranormal at the historic State Theater.  Speakers include Bill Brok (show host of Monsters Underground), Ken Gerhard (History Channel Host, acclaimed author), Neal Parks (Paranormal Award Winning Author), Joedy Cook (Bigfoot investigator and cryptologist), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (paranormal expert and author), Susan Sheppard (executive producer and author), John Frick (paranormal investigator and enthusiastic), Lyle Blackburn (cryptid researcher and acclaimed author), Chad Lambert (comic creator and award-winning editor), and others.  There will be a guest roundtable discussion on Sunday.

Events you can check out are live bands at the Riverfront Park, kid activities and games, a Mothman 5k, a Miss Mothman Pageant Children’s Pageant, check out the Mothman and Men in Black costumers, visit the Mothman Museum, see the Mothman Prophecies at the Historic State Theater on Saturday evening at 8pm, hang with the WV Ghostbusters Division, go down on a 200ft zip line, eat at the Harris Steak House (The Mothman Diner), take a narrated tram ride through downtown Point Pleasant, a narrated tour of the TNT area, hayrides, tour the historic (and maybe haunted) Lowe Hotel, visit the Silver Bridge memorial, check out the Mothman Statue, aerial tour over the TNT area, take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Main Street, check out the river murals and statues, and other historic sites in and around Point Pleasant.

On Friday night September 18th, they will hold the Miss Mothman Pageant Queen Pageant if you want to come up early.  There will also be a showing of the documentary “Eyes of the Mothman” at the State Theater at 8pm with concessions.  Admission is free.

There will be several vendors set up in the streets, selling Mothman merch, food, and more.

If you can go I personally suggest checking out this event at least once.

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Nerdy Movies from Fathom

Fathom Events has a lot of movies and events coming up in the next few months.  Here is a listing of some to take a look at.  You will have to check for what theaters near yourself who might be doing any showings.

On Thursday July 16th at 7:30pm RiffTrax presents the re-broadcast of their live riffing of Sharknado 2: The Second One.  Another chance to see this bizarre shark weather movie get the skewing it deserves.

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On Tuesday July 21st at 8:30pm watch a special on the world of pro-gaming, All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory.  There will be a rebroadcast on Thursday July 30th at 7:30pm.

It features a panel discussion with some gaming legends and a StarCraft II battle.

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On Tuesday August 4th and Wednesday August 5th at 7:30pm watch the latest Dragon Ball Z movie Resurrection ‘F’.  There will be repeats on August 8th and 11th as well.

This movie, supervised by Akira Toriyama himself, is a sequel to last year’s Battle of Gods and features the return of Frieza.

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Saturday August 8th at 5pm check out a live showing of The International 2015 Dota 2 Championships.

The top two Dota teams compete for the largest cash prize in eSports history ($15 million) at Seattle’s KeyArena.

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Sunday September 20th at 2pm and 7pm watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic psychological thriller Psycho shown in its originally aspect ratio presented by TCM.  Repeat on Wednesday September 23rd at 2pm and 7pm.

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Wednesday September 30th at 7pm show up for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, a re-mastered and enhanced movie with two all-new scenes.  Encore presentation on Sunday October 4th at noon.

The Annie Award winner is described as E.T. with a giant robot stars Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, and Vin Diesel as the giant robot.

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RifTrax returns Thursday October 1st at 8pm, and Tuesday October 6th at 7:30pm, with Miami Connection.  A movie so 80s no human words can describe it.  Though it does feature motorcycle-riding ninjas versus a rock band.

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And finally for this update, a double showing of Dracula on Sunday October 25 at 2pm and 7pm and Wednesday October 28th at 2pm and 7pm presented by TCM.  Watch the classic 1931 vampire film Dracula with Bela Lugosi and then watch the Spanish version shot at the same time at night with a different cast.

Flashback Fright Fest

Fountain Place Cinema 8 in Logan is holding a Flashback Fright Fest throughout October.  Every Sunday at 4pm and Monday at 4pm and 7pm come see a different horror related movie.

October 5th and 6th will be The Mothman Prophecies.  The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 psychological thriller based in Point Pleasant. The movie is based on the 1975 book of the same name, written by John Keel. The film stars actor Richard Gere, a reporter that investigated sights of “Mothman,” a legendary moth-like creature reportedly seen in Point Pleasant in the late sixties.  Author and Bram Stoker Award Winner Editor Michael Knost will be signing copies of his book Return of the Mothman before and after each showing.

October 12th and 13th will be The Shining.  1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers.  The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name.

October 19th and 20th will be Beetlejuice.  1988 comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton (as Beetlejuice), Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder.

October 26th and 27th will be Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.  The 1987 slasher film and third Nightmare on Elm Street movie.  Written by Wes Craven starring Robert Englund and Patricia Arquette in her first role.

Tickets are only $5 for each showing.  They have unlimited popcorn and soda at the concession stand.

The theater has stadium seating in all screens.  Fully handicap accessible seating, hight back loveseat chair with cup holders, state of the art Dolby Digital Sound, and DLP Digital screens. 

Good chance to see some great horror movies on the big screen and meet a great author.

More Screenings Again

Time for more news on special screenings going on across the state.

For those of you who missed the Doctor Who season première yesterday, or just want to see it again, it will be in theaters tomorrow Monday August 25th at 7pm, or 9:30pm in select locations so check with your local one.

This showing will feature not just the twelfth Doctor’s first story, but will also have an exclusive prequel scene and a behind the scenes making of feature.

It is through Fathom so it should be through all the regular theaters you see Rifftrax and other special events through.

Clara is alone in Victorian London with a man she doesn’t know, a dinosaur in the Thames, and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustion. The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.

You can dress up for the event, but they ask that you do not wear anything that covers your face, bring a prop weapon, accessories (including sonic screwdrivers), or anything that conceals what you are carrying.

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On Tuesday, the Marshall Campus Activities Board is holding their First Outdoor Cinema event at Buskirk Field  They will be showing, I think, the new Godzilla movie starting at 7pm.  

You will need to bring your own blankets and/or chair to see the movie.  It is free with a Marshall Student ID.

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And I have been able to get some info on the Ghostbusters return to theaters for its 30th anniversary.  It looks like it will only be showing in WV in Nitro on August 29th and 30th.  It will play several times throughout the day so plenty of chances to catch it.  The WV Ghostbusters Division will be there as hosts and to raise money for charity so stop by for a chat and some pictures.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

Shockacon Assessment

Last weekend was Shockacon’s first year (the con chair says not to count last year really).  The con had a great atmosphere, but there were still some rough edges.

The con’s primary site was at the Haunted Barn.  Inside they had the vendors rooms with the guests and the Barn ran several of their haunted tours upstairs.  Outside was more promotional tables, the main stage, and on the side a some hearses.  Two blocks away at the Kanawha Players Theater was the panels and screenings.  Splitting the con into two places worked against them. Going back and forth was tiring and annoying.  I do not think the neighborhood appreciated the noise from the con either.

All the people there seemed to be having fun.  Vendors had a nice cross-section of things to buy: games, movies, shirts, make-up, comics, jewelry, art, toys, books, and more.  The guests were friendly, polite, and happy to meet fans.  I saw a number of really great costumes throughout the weekend.  Really great event if you are a fan of zombies, horror movies, or make up and costuming.

I checked out two of the panels: prepping for a zombie apocalypse and one on exorcisms.  I felt they were both good, just the room they were held in was not all that good for presentations with bad acoustics and with some junk in the back.  Big enough for lots of people though.

The problems with the cons fell a bit like nick-picking, but are things that can be easily fixed and will make things even better.  The con lacked any kind of program guide for people to carry around, meaning they had to keep asking for directions and having to go back to check the posted schedules.  Splitting the con into two places worked against them.

It was hot on Friday with very little AC for the vendors room and then it rained for part of Saturday causing some shuffling of events without much announcement.  There were problems with the videos playing, stuff was late or just skipped.  The events at the Main Stage were often a little later than scheduled, which is just Con Standard Time (CST) so that was expected.

They have the crowd and the passion for the event.  I just think it would be better overall if they move things indoors, like a hotel or the civic center.  The Kanawha Players Theater looked like a place that might work out to move everything into from what I saw.  I wait to see what they are able to do in the future.