The 2000 AD Science Fiction Allnighter
The Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
Saturday October 26th (From 10pm)
It's a well known fact that 2000 AD readers are partial to the odd
sci-fi flick, and even the really odd sci-fi flick, so with this in
mind, the Galaxy's Greatest Comic has linked up with the Phoenix Cinema
in Oxford to offer 2000 AD readers and sci-fi film buffs the chance to
spend the entire night from 10pm on Saturday 26 October watching some of
the best science fiction ever committed to celluloid. Apart from a host
of science fiction classics, the event will also include film
introductions from 2000 AD editors and other industry luminaries, free
beer and chocolate, a movie quiz plus plenty more.
The event kicks off with the local premiere of Danny Boyle's latest
film, the apocalyptic 28 Days Later, which is a chilling depiction of
London in the aftermath of a devastating viral outbreak. Clearly
influenced by some of the all time classics of dark British science
fiction film and television, such as Quatermass, Threads and Doomwatch,
28 Days Later combines suspense with terror in a frighteningly plausible
visualisation of a familiar city laid waste.
From this point the pace never lets up, with a selection of films that
represent everything that's great about movie science fiction. Blade
Runner, depicting one of the most visually stunning future cities seen
this side of the pages of Judge Dredd is joined on the bill by the
Cursed Earth-like post-apocalypse classic Mad Max 2.
Paranoid sci-fi horror comes doesn't come any better than the original
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, though if there ever was a movie to rival
it, then John Carpenter's visceral shocker The Thing would be the one.
The replicant Leon says in Blade Runner, "Painful to live in fear, isn't
it?", and the casts of two more of the night's movies would be happy to
confirm that, as Arnie's elite special forces unit is hunted down by the
deadly Predator, and Yul Brynner's merciless android cowboy stalks the
visitors to the Westworld theme park.
For sheer originality, incredible visuals and twisted humour, it would
be very difficult to find a better film than Terry Gilliam's Time
Bandits, in which a young boy joins a band of time-travelling dwarves
who have stolen a map of the universe's time holes. The film features a
cast of legendary British actors, including David Rappaport, Sean
Connery and Ralph Richardson, and is also one of 2000 AD editorial droid
Cyber-Matt's favourite films. Matt says,"Terry Gilliam's most coherent
and satisfying film alongside 'Brazil', this is outstandingly inventive
and brilliantly acted by a cast of fantastic British character actors.
David Warner as Evil? Ralph Richardson as the Creator? Ian Holm as
Napoleon? John Cleese as Robin Hood? Bring it on! With scenes every kid
loves to see in any movie (giants, monsters, tanks coming through walls)
and enough knowing wit and darkness to appeal to adults, this is
imaginative cinema at its best."
And for those people who like a bit of animated giant robot action, we
will be showing Manga films' latest release, Evangelion: Death &
Rebirth, one of the most well regarded films in the illustrious history
of anime carnage. But that's not all, for the televisions in the bar
will be showing episodes of the sci-fi savvy Channel 4 comedy series
Spaced, and the 1995 Judge Dredd movie, starring Sylvester Stallone.
The 2000 AD Science Fiction Allnighter
Saturday October 26th
£15 Full Price. £10 Concessions
The Phoenix Picturehouse
57 Walton Street
Oxford OX2 6AE
01865 512 526
Visit www.phoenix-sf.net for details.
A stellar line-up of films to warp your very being, including:
28 Days Later - regional premiere of Danny Boyle's apocalyptic epidemic
Evangelion - Death and Rebirth
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
Mad Max 2
Special guests including Brian Aldiss, Matt Smith (2000 AD Editor), Alan
Barnes (Judge Dredd Megazine Editor, Jonathan Clements (Anime
Encyclopedia/Big Finish), Guy Haley (SFX Deputy Editor), and Jason
Kingsley (2000 AD/Rebellion CEO), who will be introducing some of their
favourite science fiction films.
Late bar with free beer
Bar screenings of Spaced
SF quiz from 8pm
Fuel your way through the night with free Divine chocolate
2000 AD artwork on display