B-fest 2014 line-up (spoilers)

Annual mid-B-fest attraction

Annual mid-B-fest attraction

We are proud to represent the Psychotronic Film Society (original Chicago chapter) at the annual B-fest 24-hour schlockarama again this year.

Go to www.b-fest.com for more details.

We have the latest line-up right here under the break: Continue reading

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Creature’s girlfriend coming to Patio in 3-D!

From our friends at Sci-Fi Spectacular:

JULIE ADAMS, the star of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is coming to Chicago for her first ever Chicago appearance with Creature From The Black Lagoon (Sept.28, Patio Theater) in 35mm with 3D glasses.

Julie will be signing copies of her autobiography,”The Lucky Southern Star, Reflections From The Black Lagoon,” at the screenings.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS FOR THE 2 SHOWS:

Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D (35mm Print!) screening with star Julie Adams in Person.

Saturday, September 28

Patio Theater
6008 Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634
1.773.685.4291

Meet Julie Adams star of Creature From The Black Lagoon in Person!

2 SHOWS TO CHOOSE FROM:

2 pm – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D (35mm print) screening with star JULIE ADAMS in Person!

Doors open at 1 pm

1 pm – Autographs/Book Signing/Picture Taking with Julie Adams.

2 pm – Creature from the Black Lagoon (on 35mm in 3D)

3:30 pm – Q & A with Julie

4 pm – Autographs/Book Signing/Picture Taking with Julie Adams.

EVENING SHOW:

7 pm – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D (35mm print) screening with JULIE ADAMS in Person!

6 pm – Doors open. Autographs/Book Signing/Picture Taking
with Julie Adams.

7 pm – Creature from the Black Lagoon (on 35mm in 3D)

8:30 pm – Q & A with Julie

9:15 pm – Autographs/Book Signing/Picture Taking with Julie Adams. Julie will be signing copies of her book (co-written with Mitchell Danton),
“The Lucky Southern Star, Reflections From The Black Lagoon” as well as pictures in the lobby before and after the screening.

Interviews will be conducted by noted film historian and author, Foster Hirsch (The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir) and Julie Adams biographer, Mitchell Danton.

Tickets are $12 pre-sale at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/446020
$15 at the door, day of show.

For more info go to:
facebook.com/scifispectacular
patiotheater.net

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Nov. 24 at the Portage Theater

This Saturday, the Portage Theater (4050 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) presents another great monster movie marathon!

  • Doors open at 11 a.m.
  • 1st movie at 12 noon – Godzilla vs Biollante
  • 2nd movie at 2.15 p.m. - King Kong
  • 3rd movie at 4.30 p.m. – The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • 4th movie at 6.30 p.m. – Aliens
  • 5th movie at 9 p.m. – Kolchak the Night Stalker

Kids, bring in a colored picture of a monster turkey for a chance of some cool prizes!

Plus, a cash prize for 1st place. Judging will take place at end of 2nd movie. All day fun with a lobby full of cool items for sale.

So see you there!

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We moved the Psychotronic Store!

Foe Sale!

Those of you that know that the Psychotronic Film Society has had a store on ebay for years may have been wondering where it went the past few months.

Well, to put it briefly, we went on ‘vacation’ and never came back. Our apologies go out to any of you who have been annoyed or inconvenienced in our absence. While we were moving we took the store down because it might have become difficult (very) to find items sold among the boxes. But when the time came to reopen the store we found that we have been more and more dissatisfied with ebay and their policies.

And after some experimentation, we decided that the pastures are much greener over on Amazon. We’ll miss some things about ebay and paypal, but we’ve found that our test listing have sold more quickly and painlessly on Amazon.

And so, to find Psychotronic merchandise at low, low prices, head on over to our Psychotronic Amazon storefront by following this link!

And don’t forget to tell us that we sent ya!

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Universal Monsters go Blu Oct. 2

Anticipating a pre-Halloween rush, Universal is releasing UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION on Blu-ray October 2.

The 8-disc set includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon in deluxe editions.

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From a Shout to a Scream

Shout Factory announces new label

Psychotronic films have been well served by the Shout! Factory DVD label, from their respectful treatment of their Roger Corman titles to their Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets. Today the label announced a new specialty offshoot called Scream Factory, under which they will be releasing a series of horror titles they’ve acquired the rights to. Continue reading

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GODZILLA Blu-ray awesome!

While working this morning I’m eating some sushi and watching the Criterion Blu-ray disc of Ishiro Honda’s original GODZILLA. Picture and soundtrack of this restoration are far better than the one released to US theaters and on DVD by Classic Media a few years back (also now available on Blu-ray). That restoration was a big disappointment – every shot looked and sounded like it was raining on the set.

Criterion’s disc features a meticulous digital polish on every frame of both the Japanese original and the US revision. I’ve seen this movie maybe 50 times and I’m seeing stuff I’ve never been able to before, from the impact of tank shells on the monster to the squeals of caged birds as the beast prowls by. The only exceptions are in stock footage where it seems they chose to retain the original dirt and scratches.

Also included: commentraks on both films by David Kalat, interviews with cast and crew members, featurettes and trailers. Even if you’ve already purchased this film on home video before, this edition is worth the upgrade.

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Help the Portage Theater

For the past few years, the Portage Theater has served as one of the main meeting places for the Psychotronic Film Society, hosting a variety of sci-fi marathons, Saturday monster kids programming, and other events of interest to members.

After years of hard work went into renovating and maintaining one of Chicago’s few remaining neighborhood theaters, the Portage is in now in danger of being converted into a church.

f you’d like to help preserve this psychotronic institution, go here to sign a petition and make your voice heard.

There are no guarantees, but maybe if there is a big enough outcry we can save the Portage – and help a great neighborhood, too.

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New Monster show at the Portage!

Here’s an announcement from PFS member Monster John about this weekend’s monster movie marathon at Chicago’s Portage Theater:

“”"” Were Back “”"”
Welcome Monsters to Portage Theater.
Sat. November 26th – Nature’s Rampage !!
Doors open at 12 Noon…4 Cool Movies!
Free parking at Sears all day..
1st Movie at 1 pm - Abbott Costello Meet The Invisible Man..
2nd Movie at 3 pm – Godzilla  - the Original……..
Color Contest Kids Godzilla This Month Cash Prize!
3rd Movie at 5 pm –  Jaws……Don’t Go In The Water..
7 pm – Willard – A Boy And His Rats……..
*all this and a lobby filled with cool items to see and buy!
Books, Monsters, Dvds, Model Kits, Comic Books, Figures, Etc., Etc.
So come on in after all the turkey. And enjoy a cool time!
At The Portage Theater At 4050 N Milwaukee Ave In Chicago.
Popcorn, Mike Duds, Coke… Priceless

 

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[REC] 2 – Trailer

Sequel coming to US DVD on July 12. Here’s the trailer:

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