Sometimes a film comes along that is too niche for a an extended run and multiple screenings at the State, but is still too fabulous or fascinating to not show. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a series of movies you need to see, showing late night each Saturday from February 22 through March 21. What are they? We’re glad you asked:
To begin, that movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical "Cats" (Saturday, February 22) can’t be that bad, right? Well, it depends on how you define bad. But yeah, it’s pretty bad. But it’s also really fun (if you embrace how bad it is). We’ll be selling libations (cocktails, beer, and wine) for you to color your journey to the heavenside layer, whatever the heck that is.
Based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, “Color Out of Space” (Saturday, February 29) is is latest installment in the canon of Weird Nic Cage movies (the most recent being 2018’s "Mandy" and I first, arguably, being 1997’s "Face/Off"). When a mysterious meteorite lands on a Massachusetts farm, things quickly take on sinister hue for the family who lives there. And since this is a Lovecraft joint you know there’s going to be tons of horrific mutilations and insanity!
And speaking of actors taking on strange roles that go against what they are mostly known for, Frodo Baggins himself stars in our next film in this series. “Come to Daddy” (Saturday, March 7) is about a man reuniting with his estranged father only to discover himself embroiled in a sinister kidnapping plot. You’ll never look at check spindles the same way again (after you google “check spindle” to learn what that a check spindle is.)
“VHYes” (Saturday, March 14) is the latest from Jack Henry Robbins - who brought his short "Hot Winter: a Film by Dick Pierre” to TCFF 2018. Shot entirely on VHS and Betamax tapes, the film encompasses all the strange things that a twelve year old named Ralph records off of late night TV onto his parent’s wedding video. But what starts out as just kid’s mixtape of weird clips soon turns deeply strange.
Lastly, we wrap up the Let’s Get Weird series with a truly strange and unique vision, “Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear” (Saturday, March 21), a movie about a teen, who is a surfer, who confronts fear. That’s really the best way to describe it. Built around a father’s footage of his son surfing, it’s a film that is being called a spiritual successor to “The Room,” but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
That’s it! Ready to get weird? See on Saturday!