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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sci-Film Series and Screenings

The Clay Center’s Science-Fiction Film Series returns this week with Fahrenheit 451 on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at 7:30pm at the electric Sky Theater.  The movie, based on the Ray Bradbury novel, follows Guy Montag whose job is to burn all books till he starts to read some and question the world he lives in.  The movie has a runtime of 112 minutes.

They will have another showing in December with The Brother from Another Planet.  Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th at 7pm.  The movie follows an escaped alien slave who crash-lands in New York Harbor and flees two Men in Black.

Both are just $6 each per person.

They are also doing a special free screening on Halloween with the silent 1922 Nosferatu at 11:30pm, Friday October 31st.  The film is considered a Masterpiece of silent cinema.  The earliest screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula follows Count Orlok.  The movie runtime is 94 minutes.


Another screening you might want to go it up in Sutton at the Elk Theatre they will be showing John Carpenter’s Halloween on October 28, 29, 30, and 31 at 7pm each night.  Admission is $5 per person.  Halloween is the original 1978 slasher film to feature Micheal Myers stalking a young Jamie Lee Curtis and being followed by his psychiatrist Donal Pleasence.  The Elk Theater is a one screen 1930’s movie theater that was put on The National Historic Registry in 1987.


Let us also not forget the Rifftrax live screening of Anaconda on Thursday October 30th at 8pm and re-broadcast on Tuesday November 4th 7:30pm.  This will be your only chance to see the movie get riffed.  The movie has Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, and more fighting a giant snake in the Amazon.  The movie will be shown at theaters in Bridgeport, Morgantown, Nitro, and Barboursville at about $12.50 a ticket.


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.


Two Ways to See Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead by George Romero and John Russo is a classic of zombie movie horror and now is your chance to see this story in two different ways.

It is Night of The Living Dead live from the Kanawha Players Theater in Charleston.  A theatrical version of the movie where the actors, props, and sets will all be black and white except for the blood.  Tonight’s performance will feature Jeremy Ambler, from the Walking Dead.  It will be directed by Devon Nuckles and Ginger Workman.
Show dates are October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th all at 8pm and on the 20th at 2pm.  Tickets $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, kids under 18, and students with ID.

Fall out from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.


Come see RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead in a theater near you!
RiffTrax is doing one of their live shows on Tursday October 24 with their riffed version of Night of the Living Dead.  I think this version is going to be different from their earlier riff version.  The movie is only about 90 minutes long, but they always use about two hours.  Which means there should be several shorts before the feature to check out.  Plus arrive early for the pre-show “trivia.”

Check your area for a showing.  I will be in Barboursville again myself.  Tickets are still available.

More RiffTrax Screenings

The MST3K alumni guys of RiffTrax are doing another live riffing streamed in theaters across the US and for the first time Canada.  It will be this Thursday August 15 at 8pm.  They will be riffing the modern campy sci-fi epic Starship Troopers.

This was original going to be Twilight, they held a Kickstarter to get the rights, but they were unable to obtain the rights to mock Twilight live.  If you really want to hear them though you buy their MP3 commentary for it though.  They were able to get Starship Troopers instead.  Which is better if you think about, cause it means we are not giving more money to Twilight.  The event will be a little over two hours since the movie is so long I feel that means we will not get to see the guys do any shorts before the movie, but who knows.

There is also a Trivia Sweepstakes for this event.  It is a chance to test your Starship Troopers knowledge for one of three prize packs including a poster signed by “the guys” and a Starship Troopers Blu-ray.  Answer nine questions about trivia from the movie to be automatically entered.  Increase your chances of winning by sharing the sweepstake with others.

Tickets are $12.50 when I got mine and can be ordered online or at the theater.  Locations in state include: Cinemark 10 in Bridgeport, Stadium 12 in Morgantown and Nitro, plus at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville.  I will be at the Barboursville one.  I will be the one wearing my “Doctor Horrible is My Master Now” shirt.

About Starship Troopers
This 1997 giant-bug-alien war flick is an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s classic 1950s giant-bug-alien war novel of the same name, but with bigger, juicier bugs. Director Paul Verhoeven brings the same insane glee to the screen as he did for the classics RoboCop and the original Total Recall.

Help RiffTrax Riff Twilight

RifftTrax has a dream.  To do a live riffing of Twilight screened through out the country to all their fans.  Now to do this they will need to get the rights to screen Twilight in theaters.  So they are asking their fans for a little help by way of Kickstarter.  I bring you this as something for nerds everywhere and besides it will most likely been show in theaters in WV anyways.

RiffTrax is the brainchild of three alumi of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  They create comic riffs for all kinds of movie and shorts that you can buy on DVD or as MP3s.  Since 2009 they have done six live shows from Nashville that are simulcast in movie theaters all over the country.  So far most of these movies have all been public domain B-movies.  Now they want to do a more recent Hollywood movie for a live show.  So why not the winner of their Worst Movie of All Time poll, Twilight.

They have already done a riff you can download as MP3.  Now they want to approach Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate to a license of Twilight.  That is why the are crowd sourceing thorugh Kickstarter.  If they are unable to work out a deal for Twilight they will choose another movie from their Worst Movie List.  Twilight is their first priority, but whatever happens there will be a good night of riffing in the future.  The more money they get the more they can offer to get it.  Any left over money from getting the license will got to production values for the show and/or bringing in celebrity guest or two.

The reward levels for donating include great things at low prices like: digital download of the live show, one of (or all) three different shorts including a re-reffed MST3K classic Mr. B, Natural, full length RiffTrax Mp3 of your choice, digital signed reherasal script copy, thank you photo of the crew, view the planning session online, signed poster, t-shirt, your name or face onscreen during the show, or even attend the show as a VIP guest.  All the $200-$2,000 levels sold out so fast they went back and added some new ones.  All the lower prices award levels are unlimited so do not worry about it.

Now when I said they needed help, it was kind of not that dire.  Within one day of starting this they reached their original goal of $55,000.  As of this writing they have raised $194,058.  Let’s see if we can hit a new high for Kickstarter with this.  There is still 22 days left on it.  The show is planned for this August.  Now on to a few notes about Kickstater. 

When you pledge money to a Kickstarter project the money will not be collect till the end of the projects time limit and then only if it has met its goal.  You can donate as much money as you want to an project, but to recieve a reward level you must give at least that much and secify which level you want.

Riffing Movies and Steampunk Bands

Mystery Science Theater 3000 ended several years ago, but the cast and did not let that end their mocking of movies, both good and bad.  Three of them Kevin Murphy (second Tom Servo), Bill Corbet (Crow v.2), and Michael J. Nelson (Mike) have formed Rifftrax, a site that you can download mp3s of their work to play along with movies and even buy DVDs of their work on Public Domain movies and shorts.  They also do live riffing events that are streamed into theaters around the country.  Today and nest week they are showing some of the Best of RiffTrax Live.

Best of RiffTrax Trivia Sweepstakes

Tonight, Thursday January 24, at 7:30 pm you can go to certain movie theaters to see one of the worst movies ever made, Manos Hands of Fate.  Now this a re-broadcasting of the original event.  In addition to the main feature, two shorts will be played and mocked.  One showing the Riffers favorite loveable loser, Norman.  Availbe theaters in state include: the one in the Huntington Mall, Nitro Stadium in Cross Lanes (where I will be), and Cinemark 10 Bridgeport.  Ashland KY, Athens OH, and Pittsuburgh are all having showings too.

Thurday January 31 it is Plan 9 From Outer Space turn for the roasting.  This one only has one short, a musical performance by Jonahtan Coultron.  Everything else, like time and locations, are the same.

You can also win one of three RiffTrax Prize Packs by showing off your knowledge about Maons and Plan 9.  Answer the questions in their Trivia Contest to enter.  You have until 10pm tonight.


Tonight at 10pm in Charleston’s at the Empty Glass steampunk circus band Ford Theatre Reunion, along with WV’s gypsy punk band Qiet, will be rocking out.  Besides playing unquie original songs, Forth Theatre are know to have on stage feats of human endurance, exotic dances, magic tricks, and unicorns.  Though I think they maybe screwing with us on some of those.

They will be in Huntington at the Vclub on Friday.  This will be Qiet’s last show for three months, so be sure to catch them.  Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 10, and it is 18+.

So plenty to do this week and next.