June 23, 2017

July's Mystery Movie!

It's no secret that the Trylon microcinema is expanding into a slightly larger microcinema this summer, and that means we're taking our show on the road for our July and August screenings! (We did run into a small snag with our first screening, but our solution to that problem is that our July's movie will screen on the first Thursday.)

With the (temporary) location change, we've got a whole slew of extra nonsense planned, including a theme that extends from our blog into the real world! Keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page for more information, and mark your calendars for Thursday the 6th!


Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie, Thursday, July 6th @7pm in the Carleton Artist Lofts community room, suggested donation $5



June 7, 2017

Roger Corman: Forbidden World

Tape Freaks has another guest writer! Thank you to Izzi Xiques for a great piece on Forbidden World:

Forbidden World (aka Mutant) is a sci-fi horror flick. But don’t let the poster fool you, this film is NOT about giant bugs.


The plot goes a little like this: An intergalactic troubleshooter is called to duty to a remote planet called Xarbia where a group of scientists are running genetic experiments to produce an endless food supply. In stead though, they accidentally create an unrestrainable murderous mutant. As the mutant grows, the scientist begin endlessly expositioning, fornicating, and dying!


Sort of like Prometheus?: The theatrical release is presented as a deadly serious drama, but the tone doesn't really make a lot of sense. Apparently, around 6 minutes of humor in the directors edit were cut by Corman because he didn’t appreciate audience members laughing during the first test screening. He actually slapped the back of an audience member's head during the screening because he was so upset! The director, to this day, is disappointed the humor was cut because he feels it's a much weaker as a drama.

Totally not stormtroopers: Even though the futuristic robots look more like off-brand stormtroopers, Forbidden World has some serious production value going for it. Though, that's mostly because almost every set piece and costume was recycled from other films with higher budgets, credit needs to go to the FX team because there's some seriously gnarly imagery throughout the film, including dozens of actually dead and disemboweled animals. (But don’t fret! No animals were harmed for the making of this film, they were all animals that had been euthanized for unrelated reasons at local veterinary clinics.) The FX team also put themselves at risk (though unwittingly) while filming a scene where insanely cool pink goo spews out of the mutant. In reality this was a substance that produces EXTREMELY toxic fumes and burns skin on contact! The FX team did put up a bunch of trash bags between the mutant and the film crew so they weren't totally reckless...

But the score though: The true standout in this film is the score, composed by Susan Justin. After watching the movie I had to listen to the score a few times through. It's truly a moody and epic ode to 80’s space horror!

















Third Clue: June's Mystery Movie

Clue #3: The director of this month's film chose directing this film over editing a film for a well known director. (That film would go on to become the biggest film of that year, though the director of this month's film has no regrets!)

>>>HEADS UP!! This is our last screening at the Trylon before they start their remodel, so come have fun with us at the Trylon one last time in it's tiny state! Soon that little 50 seat theater will be all grown up... 100 seats, here we come!<<<


Tape Freaks Presents: June's Mystery Movie at the Trylon microcinema, Wednesday, June 7th @ 7:00pm, only $5!

****Purchase advance ticket here****

June 6, 2017

Roger Corman: MST3K

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 series reboot has features a pleasant amount of Corman productions, we'd be ashamed of ourselves if we didn't give them a nod for this theme!

Starcrash (released by New World Pictures, Roger Corman's production company): We've talked about the spectacle of this film before, and we were excited to see the riffing of it, but it's sadly one of the weaker of reboot episodes. The jokes aren't bad or anything, Starcrash just doesn't need a running commentary to be enjoyable. But if this film seems like it's too weird for you to sit through in it's entirety (or your friends aren't the sort to watch a movie of this caliber with you) this might be a pretty good option for you to experience all that is Starcrash!

Avalanche (produced by Corman and released by New World Pictures): Now, if I told you we were going to watch a movie called Avalanche you'd expect the movie would feature an avalanche and most of the movie would be about the drama during/after the avalanche right? Same. But that's what sets Avalanche apart from other disaster movies! They spend SO much of the movie building up to the titular avalanche that the actual event seems like an after thought. This is a movie that lends itself excellently to the MST3K formula, on it's own it would be a pretty big letdown.

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (produced by Corman and released by Concorde Pictures (another Corman production company)): A humdrum kid's story featuring a boozed up hero, a boy magician and his strange furry companion team up to save their kingdom from an evil sorcerer. It's not my cup of tea on it's own, but that usually makes for the best MST3K episodes and this one is no different! They're pretty merciless in their riffing, and it's all well deserved.

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (produced by Corman and released by Concorde Pictures): A has-been wizard and his hapless apprentice are the only ones who can stop a power hungry band of villains from taking over a trio of kingdoms. This one features Sid Haig and Robert Jayne with the asinineness ramped up appropriately from the first installment. This might be the more enjoyable of the two though because the film is extremely dated, but also takes place in medieval times, and it's a pretty amazing balance to behold.






June 2, 2017

Second Clue: June's Mystery Movie

Clue #2: The effective and enjoyable music for this month's film was composed by the director's very inexperienced brother.

>>>HEADS UP!! This is our last screening at the Trylon before they start their remodel, so come have fun with us at the Trylon one last time in it's tiny state! Soon that little 50 seat theater will be all grown up... 100 seats, here we come!<<<


Tape Freaks Presents: June's Mystery Movie at the Trylon microcinema, Wednesday, June 7th @ 7:00pm, only $5!

****Purchase advance ticket here****

June 1, 2017

First Clue: June's Mystery Movie

Clue #1: The theme for June's screening is Roger Corman films!

>>>HEADS UP!! This is our last screening at the Trylon before they start their remodel, so come have fun with us at the Trylon one last time in it's tiny state! Soon that little 50 seat theater will be all grown up... 100 seats, here we come!<<<


Tape Freaks Presents: June's Mystery Movie at the Trylon microcinema, Wednesday, June 7th @ 7:00pm, only $5!

****Purchase advance ticket here****

May 3, 2017

Theresa is Rad: The Interview

We've never interviewed anyone over at Tape Freaks, so we recruited our silent partner Chris Grap for the task! We think he did pretty well, maybe we'll have to make him less silent more often...


When young Theresa took her first steps towards becoming a VHS kid, only one warning came from her mother: you can watch whatever movie you want, except Last House On the Left, Blue Velvet, or Pink Flamingos. So that weekend Theresa rented Last House On the Left, Blue Velvet, and Pink Flamingos, and a lifelong love of trash film was born!

Creative, witty, and relentless in her pursuit of the best movie and venue combos she can find, Theresa has curated the longest running roadshow of cinematic awesomeness in the Twin Cities. Her hopes for the community that's sprung up around her is for it to grow exponentially. As an only child, discovering oddities through USA's Up All Night or sweeping the video store shelves for the best VHS box art as a solo mission quickly made her realize watching these beauties alone wasn't nearly as fun as sharing them. The best part of spending two hours in the dark watching some under-appreciated, overlooked, really fun, or overblown movies, is doing so with the biggest group of people possible. So when Theresa screens a film, it doesn't matter if the movie's trash or if it's good, what matters most is finding like minded audience members to enjoy it with.

From grabbing a stack of VHS tapes and heading to a friends for movie-marathon sleepover to Trash Film Debauchery celebrating 14 years this October, the world is a better place because of Theres'a love of cinema and her undying urge to share it with everyone around her. Who knows where one of her screening will pop up next, but you can rest assured the next ragged gem is never too far away.


And now, for your reading entertainment, Theresa answers James Lipton's 10 questions:

What is your favorite word?
Really, it's "shit" 'cause I just say shit. It's just so good and means so many things!

What is your least favorite word?
Copacetic.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
It's boring but, a good sense of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself more specifically.

What turns you off?
Know-it-alls.

What's your favorite curse word?
Shit.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of the inside of a bee hive. Which is a weird answer but, I'm a bee keeper and its one of the most beautiful noises when you take the cover off and hear the–makes a noise which I can only assume is the exact noise one hears when opening a bee hive–and it's also one of the most beautiful smells ever. If I could live in a room that had the heat, the smell, and the sound of a bee hive, there's nothing I can think of that would be more relaxing.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of people eating. Specifically, the sound of people eating apples because it has that wet but like crunch and mouth open thing going on.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I do want to win a demolition derby, I don't know if that's an occupation but I would love to be in a demolition derby. I would also like to drive a monster truck. That would be fucking awesome! I've had this plan for most of my life, because in Caledonia (Minnesota) demolition derbies were a big thing, I've always wanted to enter, and win, a demolition derby in a hearse. It's the perfect demolition derby vehicle! It's all back-ended, you could soup it up and then you're unbeatable! You just have to get one of the old, steel frame Munster's looking cars.

What profession would you not like to do?
I would never like to be a project manager at a digital marketing agency again. Fuck that! Anything "agency life" where you have to schmooze with assholes, fuck that.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?Gotcha!