OK, April 6th it's going to have to be (sorry Angela!) If I don't do it then I won't have another weekend free until MAY! But the weather should hopefully be much better!
They terrorized us, made us dance to death and tried to conquer the world... all in 4/4 time! The next Old School Movie Night is all about scary musicals!
First up is Brian DePalma's glitter/glam disco rock mash-up of The Phantom of the Opera and Faust... PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974)
William Finley is the tormented songwriter whose music is stolen by none other than Paul Williams. After selling his soul to Williams, our disfigured hero is forced to complete his massive rock opera but he agrees only if the beautiful Jessica Harper (in her first film role!) sings the lead. Filled with wild 1970's glitter costumes, make-up and funky music, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE has gone on to become an enduring cult film, beloved by many. This was originally the top half of a double feature 20th Century Fox released in hopes of recouping some of the money they were losing on the other movie in the double feature, a "dud" called THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
Next up, we'll make a quick stop in Sunnydale, California to see how Buffy and the Scoobies are doing in the hands down most popular episode ever in the greatest television series of all time (ok, I may be biased)... ONCE MORE WITH FEELING! (in color!)
Buffy, Willow, Tara, Xander, Giles and Dawn battle THE. GREATEST. VILLIAN. EVER. in Mr. Sweet, the smooth talkin' soft shoein' demon out to take Dawn back to his kingdom below unless the Slayer can do something about it. Oh, and Spike sings too. :)
Our final stop on our musical tour is skid row, where we'll visit the brand new Director's Cut of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.
Seymour Krelborn finds a strange and interesting plant which not only becomes a huge promotional gimmick for his job, but also becomes a bigger and bigger problem as it demands (in song) the only thing it feeds on... BLOOD!!
This is the finally released Director's Cut that matches the ending of the original film and the Off Broadway musical. This isn't just a little change at the end; the entire last act is a gigantic, special effects filled extravaganza that really has to be seen to be believed.
Showtime is 2pm. I'll have food and drinks and I'll post what they are closer to the event. Feel free to bring something to share with everyone but don't feel obligated. If you rsvp and can't make it, PLEASE change your rsvp as soon as possible to allow others to attend. Hope to see you all in March!