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Comics 101 for 10/12/2006
The Incredible Two-Headed Marathon III: Horror Hosts Gone Wild!
For all of this month and just in time for my favorite holiday, Halloween, Comics 101 will be featuring articles of the more macabre variety as we focus on the theme of "horror" (one of my favorite genres of comics and film). So here each week in October, sink your plastic fangs into a horror flavored Comics 101 feature!I invite you to join me next weekend as I'll be attending The Incredible Two-Headed Marathon III: Horror Hosts Gone Wild!, a fourteen hour plunge into caffeine induced dementia at the Drexel Grandview Theatre here in Columbus, Ohio! For the third straight year, Bruce Bartoo and Joe Neff join together their collective legacies of round the clock terror for a night of ghoulish delights and sadistic surprises. The premiere all night celebration of cinematic excess begins 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 21st and continues with blood chilling precision until Noon on Sunday, October 22nd.
The slate of celluloid nightmares for this year's Nightmarathon includes:
The Ohio Premiere of Evil Aliens - A television crew investigate claims of alien abduction in rural Wales and as said reports seem to appear true, tensions rise and come to a head as the aliens arrive... and they aren't friendly. In fact they are pure evil! To survive, the eclectic team of characters tool up with whatever weapons they can find, ranging from hammers to machetes, chainsaws to rotary tillers and even a combine harvester! Will they survive the alien threat? And who will be abducted, mutilated, probed, and decapitated? Total Film calls it "fast, furious and peppered with genre in-jokes, this hilarious censor baiter packs more gore than a bomb in a butchers shop".
Rabid - Behind the Green Door's Marilyn Chambers stars as a young woman who develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery. Her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty, zombies whom proceed to infect others which turns into a city-wide epidemic in this rarely screened David Cronenberg masterpiece of horror. "Pray it doesn't happen to you!"
Black Christmas - The lovely Olivia Hussey, foul-mouthed Margot Kidder and 2001: A Space Odyssey's Keir Dullea star in this eerily effective thriller about sorority sisters who are terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders them one by one during Christmas break. This "slasher" progenitor is one of the original inspirations for John Carpenter's classic Halloween. Come see this original horror classic before the Glen Morgan directed remake to be released later this year!
From Dusk Till Dawn - Director Robert Rodriguez teams up with cinematic mastermind and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino for a film that's one half crime thriller, one half horror movie and all grindhouse, gonzo gorefest. Tarantino and George Clooney star as two criminals on the lam who grab hostages Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis and unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires... with chaotic results.
Other films that round out the festival include:
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage - The film that made Dario Argento (Suspiria) a groundbreaking, European sensation and presented this Italian auteur as the master of the Giallo. Tony Musante stars as Sam, an American writer in Rome, who witnesses a murder attempt on Julia (Suzy Kendall), the wife of the owner of an art gallery, by a sinister man in a raincoat and black leather gloves. But when the police let them down, Sam decides to investigate and find the killer on his own... but who is stalking who?
Burial Ground - There's more undead than you can shake a severed arm at in Andrea Bianchi's 1986 Italian classic about a professor that reanimates and unleashes a crypt-load of rotten zombies. They rise from the grave to commence attack on a jet-set-group of party-goers celebrating in a villa nearby. "When the moon turns red, the dead will rise!"
Plus a calvacade of vintage trailers and shorts! Coffinloads of prizes! The annual costume and scream contests! Goofy sleep deprived banter from your Masters of Scaremonies! And much more!
Tickets for the Marathon are $16 in advance and $20 at the door, and are now on sale at the Drexel Grandview (1247 Grandview Ave.), Drexel Theatre (2254 E. Main St.) and Laughing Ogre Comics (4258 N. High St. right next door to our dear departed Drexel North). You can also charge by phone at (614) 222-0947 Monday through Friday (a $1 service fee per ticket applies.) Tell a friend! Tell a fiend! The unstoppable horror juggernaut of The Incredible Two-Headed Marathon is prepared to rise from the grave once again!
For more information on The Incredible Two-Headed Marathon III: Horror Hosts Gone Wild! and to purchase tickets check out the official website at Horror Marathon.com and the Horror Marathon Thread in the Drexel's Film Forum.
You'll be too scared to sleep and too tired to scream! See you on Saturday night!
Also, this weekend on October 14th-15th, I'll be appearing at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan with Justin Chung (Star Wars sketch card artist and model for my Expanded Universe Jedi character Kai Justiss) of World Famous Comics.com. You can find us selling artwork, sketching for fans, and signing in Artist Alley. Be sure to stop by our table at the show and say hi.
Another Star Wars guest signing at the show will be our pal Doug Wangler, the model for Expanded Universe Jedi Quinlan Vos from the Star Wars Republic comics by Dark Horse Comics.
We hope to see you at the event in Novi this weekend!
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