INVADERS FROM MARS (1986)
Starring: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman, James Karen, Bud Cort, Louise Fletcher
Director: Tobe Hooper
When a small town is invaded by Martians a little kid and his schoolteacher try to stop them before they take over the world using mind-controlling neck implants. Serious cinema goers find little of merit in this overblown remake of the 1953 sci-fi of the same name but for camp connoisseurs it’s a laugh and a half. The Martian designs are glorious and the big name cast has a field day. Karen Black does some of her best screaming and you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher eating a rubber frog. Directed by Tobe Hooper who made Cinema Fiasco’s other favourite sci-fi movie “Lifeforce”.
WHEN: Friday 2nd December 2016 7pm WHERE: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon St Carlton
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988)
Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Royal Dano
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Earth is under attack yet again when intergalactic bozos invade a small town and cocoon the inhabitants in fairy floss for food. This glorious hit-and-miss comedy plays like one of Frankie and Annette’s beach party movies (nothing wrong with that) and features scary latex clowns arriving on Earth in a flying circus tent and using all sorts of clown shtick to subdue their victims. I’m not sure if my favourite is the shadow puppet dinosaur that eats its audience or the killer balloon animal dog. There are heaps of bad jokes and the acting is very camp with the great John Vernon turning in a performance of suitable gravitas as the town sheriff. The title song by “The Dickies” is awesome.
WHEN: Friday 6th January 2017 7pm WHERE: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon St Carlton
KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS (1977)
Starring: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode, Lieux Dressler, Altovise Davis
Director: John ‘Bud’ Cardos
It just isn’t safe to live in Small Town America. If you’re not being invaded by aliens from outer space you can bet your boots something else is on its way and in this movie it’s hordes of toxic tarantulas. When cows start dropping dead heroic veterinarian William Shatner and sexy scientist Tiffany Bolling attempt to stop the horrible hairy menace from biting people and cocooning the entire town in sticky webs. A great fun movie with dialogue to die for (“This is our home and no damn spiders are gonna run us out!”) and Shatner delivering the goods as only he can.
WHEN: Friday 3rd February 2017 7pm WHERE: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon St Carlton