The Daviess County Public Library’s Schlock-O-Rama: A Tribute to Cult Cinema has evolved! This year, thanks to a partnership with the Theater Workshop of Owensboro, the series will be better than ever.
Beginning in September, as part of the theatre’s new “TWO Tuesday” program, a different cult cinema classic will be screened the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at TWO’s Trinity Theater.
“Not all these movies are bad,” says Schlock-O-Rama event coordinator Wes Johnson. “Schlock is a movie term for low-budget or low-grade. Some are just really poor quality. Some are meant to be silly. But they all have a cult following.”
Take a look at the schedule and you’ll see what he means (Plot Synopses via IMDB):
September 1: Miami Connection (R) – “A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade.”
October 6: Mazes & Monsters (PG) – “Bound together by a desire to play “Mazes and Monsters,” Robbie and his four college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern. Robbie starts having visions for real, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing adventure.”
November 3: GymKata (R) – “Johnathan Cabot is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a “star wars” site. For the US to get this site, they must compete in the brutal “Game”. The government calls on Cabot, the son of a former operative, to win the game. Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form GYMKATA!”
December 1: Birdemic: Shock & Terror (NR) –“A platoon of eagles and vultures attacks the residents of a small town. Many people die. It’s not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Two people manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?”
January 5: Erik The Viking (PG-13) – “Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.” (Featuring an intro from Professor Court Lewis)
A hand-picked team of non-professional movie buffs will lovingly riff selected films from the stage, “similar to the show Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Johnson said.
Tickets for each installment of the series are $5.00, which covers administrative costs like licensing fees for the movies. There are five nights planned so far, but the series may continue depending on the turnout. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Workshop of Owensboro box office, by calling 270-683-5333 or visiting theatreworkshop.org.