Film Series- Flash Gordon (1980)
FILM SERIES: 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Almost Midnight: Camp Cult Sci-Fi Classics
Directed by Mike Hodges. Starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow.
The Earth is under attack and Dr. Hans Zarkov kidnaps famous sports hero Flash Gordon and Dale Arden. "If memory serves, this is more or less the same beginning as in the original movie serialization of 'Flash Gordon,' back in 1936. Even if it's not, this new Dino De Laurentiis production is true to the tacky pop origins of the Flash Gordon comic strip and the serials starring Buster Crabbe. At a time when "Star Wars" and its spin-offs have inspired special effects men to bust a gut making their interplanetary adventures look real, Flash Gordon is cheerfully willing to look as phony as it is." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.
Our 10th Anniversary Film Series celebrates five Science Fiction gems. These films have a fan following and those elusive qualities that have moved them into cult status – suitable for a midnight film showing. Well, in our case, almost midnight. But what is it about these films that draw us back to them again and again? Is it the built in self-effacing humor of these movies – that they seem to be in on the joke? Is it the absurdity of the plot lines, or the over-the-top sets and costumes? Is it the broad, scene-stealing acting? Could it be that underneath their flash there is also substance? We think the answer is yes, all of the above – but join us and our host, film screenwriter and film professor, Darren Foster as he takes us where no man has ever gone before – at least not with a straight face anyway.