24 Hours of Sci-Fi


By Caitlin Gardner

‘Tis the season for thrills and scares, especially at the movies.  Unfortunately, mainstream new releases that offer those movies are far and few between.

But not at Proctors, with a 24-hour movie marathon separated into three blocks, premiering this Saturday at noon in the GE Theater.



The cult animated film anthology Heavy Metal  embraces its magazine origins with a collection of stories and a 80s soundtrack.

After gaining notoriety as the director that went there with the J-horror film Audition, the prolific Takashi Miike gives us one of the best films of 2011.

13 Assassins has the familiar set-up of an old Kurosawa film, but features a nearly forty-five minute long action sequence that feels closer to a Sam Peckinpah Western, while rivaling any of the action films put out this past year.

Furthermore, David Bowie breaks through into the acting world as an extraterrestrial in the meditative Nicolas Roeg sci-fi film, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Lastly, the 1951 version of The Thing may have had major Cold War paranoia subtext but this thrilling B-movie has aged quite well.



John Carpenter’s version of The Thing is a remake done right, paying its audience with what was impossible for Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks in adapting John W. Campbell Jr.’s Who Goes There?

The film fleshes out (literally) the shape-shifting elements of The Thing, with visceral special effects.

Trollhunter is a goofy Norwegian mockumentary film that has more pay off than your average ‘found footage’ horror film, showing the troll immediately all the while being a nice refresher for its genre.

Hobo With a Shotgun plays its cheap, violent grindhouse trailer origins straight through with star Rutger Hauer playing a hybrid of Dirty Harry and Billy Jack.



Battle Royale is an all-out bloodbath among schoolchildren killing each other in a dystopian society that will more likely than not, make the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games look like Sesame Street.

Super should not get confused as a cheap version of Kick-Ass as it is really more of a dark farce on a real-life crime fighting superhero.

Jimmy Murakami is better known for other things, but Battle Beyond the Stars is a cheap ‘Seven Samurai meets Star Wars’ type of fun, brought to you by B-movie legend Roger Corman.

In addition to producer credits, a young James Cameron with visual effects credits, and Schenectady’s own John Sayles through writing credits.


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