Event: Graveyard Shift: The Fly (1986)
Where: Alamo Drafthouse, West Oaks Mall #429, Houston, TX 77082
When: Saturday, July 16th 10:00 PM
Event Description: The Graveyard Shift is a new monthly event at the West Oaks Drafthouse where classic horror cinema is shown. This is not merely a screening of the movie however; it is accompanied by some great vintage trailers that fit into the theme of the night, as well as fun, games and prizes galore.
My Thoughts: This is the second installment of the Graveyard Shift, as they showed Creepshow last month. Sadly, I was traveling last month and had to miss that one. I made sure I was not going to miss this one, and I am sure glad I made the drive.
First off, Robert Saucedo, the organizer of this great idea, really strives to make this a fun time. His love of genre films oozes from his very pores and he puts a lot of time, energy and resources into the night, even going as far as to add prizes with his own money. To top it off, he was dressed up like Vincent Price from the original, complete with a latex Fly mask and hand and lab coat.
Upon entering the theatre, you can sign up for the door prizes and games and pick up your collectable fly swatter, which is really only for fun; I doubt this thing will be collectable. It made me laugh and seemed to be a hit with the crowd. It helped set the mood for the evening.
Vintage trailers were also playing on the big screen right away; I caught Patrick, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, and many other very obscure titles playing. After settling in and ordering myself a beer, Robert strolled to the front of the theatre to start the festivities.
Things kicked off with an arm wrestling match, where two random guests were chosen. It was over pretty quickly with the winner taking home a t-shirt from Rotten Cotton (I think that was the prize, working from memory here) and the loser getting an original Judy Moody poster, much to the amusement of the audience.
Next up was the Fly Concoction Chugging Contest. Four lucky individuals came up to see who could drink a blended mix of powdered donuts, Sugar Babies, Honey, Twinkies and Rock Star Energy Drink. It looked as horrid as it sounds, but the winner got to take home a Criterion copy of Videodrome. I would have drunk it for that little gem, that’s for sure. The other contestants also got Serbian Film shorts from Rotten Cotton. The winner did a great job, while the other three didn’t drink much at all. Still a blast though.
The final event was a trivia contest; with the winner getting a great little swag bag from Fear Net, complete with some apparel and an Alien Quadrilogy box set! The questions all revolved around The Fly, its sequel, the stars and David Cronenberg. They got progressively more difficult and I thought it was another great portion of the night.
After the games were done and the prizes awarded, it was time to start the screening of The Fly. While I won’t review the film here (look for it in the near future), I will say that the quality seemed to be in great condition and it never ceases to amaze me how seeing a movie on the big screen makes you sit up and take notice of the nuances that are present. The score really enhanced the movie for me, not that The Fly needs any help, it’s a great movie.
I’ll end this by saying that if you are a fan of horror movies and live in the Houston area, you need to make it out to some of these events. Attendance was great last night, but the more people that show interest, the more things like this can happen. It is very well done and run by people that have a love for the genre. I plan on making next month’s event, where the will be having a double feature of An American Werewolf in London and the original Fright Night. Hope to see you there!
Note: Next month I will be making sure I bring a camera to get some pictures of the festivities!