The one movie event that matters is tomorrow, October 23, at the legendary Aero. I cannot wait! I’ll post more photos in a couple days from the event.
Crowd forming outside the Aero in Santa Monica for Sneak Preview of Malignant, September 9, 2021. Photo: Matt Average
Director: James Wan
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White
Tell me about it! Another one from the marquee at the Laemlee Royal. This one is referencing Mel Brooks comedy from 1977. A little bit of clever humor from the person putting these marquees together goes far these days. (MA)
More marquee mania greatness from the Laemmle Royal theatre. This one comments on the current situation with one of my all time favorite movies, Escape from New York (1981), and coming soon, one I’ve never seen before, What Happens in Vegas (2008). But the suggestion from that title gave me a much needed laugh. (MA)
While the movie theaters remain closed, The Laemmle Royal marquee remains active with weekly updates that offer commentary on what’s happening, sometimes with movie titles, as you will see in some future posts coming up soon.
It’s certainly a bleak time for those of us who love going to the theater, but these marquees give me a boost when I see them and make it slightly easier to keep on keeping on until the doors reopen and we can all sit down and shut out the world via the big screen. (MA)
So this is a couple weeks past due. and whatever. But the Aero Horrorthon really lasts for more than just one night. It becomes a way of life. It creeps into your mind and soul. Movies you may have seen many times before become more than a movie, they become this sort of experience. Yes, you may have seen The Thing, or Halloween III a few hundred times, but those viewings were never as great as they are on the big screen in at the Aero. Even bad movies like Ruby are somehow not so bad at 1 in the morning in a crowded room and your mind is starting to disintegrate. Months later you find yourself singing the song to the 1980s Census commercial, or looking up Dennis Parker on YouTube and thinking everyone should be in agreement that “Like an Eagle” is a great song. People who have shared the experience all have inside jokes, and “I’ll give you a ride” becomes a signifier that you are in the know. To not know who Corn Gorn is, or Wizard Cop, or Candy from Randy is is a life half lived. (MA)
This year’s line up was Critters (1986), Halloween II (1981), Ruby (1977), Lisa and the Devil (1972), Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981), Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1980), The Crazies (1973)
THE BOOGENS (1981)
Director: James L. Conway
Starring: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan
Director: Stephen Traxler
Starring: Alan Blanchard, Judy Motulsky, J.C. Claire, Hy Pyke, Win Condict, Rocky Fumarelli, John Hatfield,
THE DEADLY SPAWN (1983)
Director: Douglas McKeown
Starring: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Jean Tafler, Karen Tighe, James L. Brewster
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Judith Robert, Laurel Near, Jack Fisk
Cinematic Void launched its midnight screenings at the Aero August 9, 2019. In honor of the event the Aeor marquee miraculously turned black & white, casting it’s magical glow on the patrons and Montana Boulevard. Word is the next screening may be something filthy from Baltimore. Stay tuned!
CHILD’S PLAY (1988)
Director: Tom Holland
Starring: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent
Friday Night Frights kicked off the beginning of midnight movies at the Aero on August 2, 2, 2019 with a screening of Child’s Play (1988) in 35mm. Don Mancini, writer and producer, was there for the Q&A, and announced there’s a Chucky series in the works. See you next Friday, back at the Aero, when Cinematic Void screens David Lynch’s Eraserhead.
SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)
Director: Akira Akurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima,
THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
Played at the Aero on April 27, 2019 as part of their Cowboys and Samurai series that ends this Sunday.