Thursday, June 10, 2010
Mark Your Calendar: Monster Bash 2010, June 25-27 in Butler, PA
If you live in or near the Pittsburgh area and love classic movie monsters, you're in luck--Monster Bash 2010 is coming your way for the last weekend in June. The admission prices are reasonable (kids under 12 get in free), the guest list is amazing (featuring Julie Adams, Jimmy Hunt, Ann Robinson, and Tom Savini), and the schedule is full of fun must-see events.
Of particular note is the late-night showing of The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963), a low-budget sci-fi creeper that never got its due on DVD. While it was clearly influenced by Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this single-location narrative nevertheless gets under your skin--the final scene alone is a memorable shocker, proof once again that you don't need a big budget to make a great movie. (For a similarly effective use of eerie doppelgangers, see Nacho Cerdà's 2007 movie The Abandoned.)