29th Annual Ohio 24 Hour Sci Fi Marathon
May 24, 2012
The 29th Annual Ohio 24 Hour Science Fiction Marathon (May 19-20) was a great success with over 200 sci-fi fans enjoying 11 features, rarely seen short films (including Marathon favorites "Gravity" and "Space Boy"), and hundreds of vintage sci-fi trailers. Where else can you see trailers for such masterpieces as The Horror of Party Beach (1964), The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965), Beast from the Haunted Cave (1959), Night of the Blood Beast (1958) and my favorite trailer shown this year, Yog, Monster from Space (1970). Beware the Yog!
Feature films that most attendees were talking about included Attack the Block, Source Code, Battle Royale, Manborg and The Last Push. One of the highlights of the event was a phone visit with The Last Push writer/director Eric Hayden, who tweeted with several members of the audience after his film premiered. Reached via phone at his home in Los Angeles during an intermission, Eric was thrilled to be able to talk directly to the Marathon audience and hear a rousing applause for his film. Star Trek fans gave The Captains, directed by William Shatner high marks for its humor and insights into one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all-time. And most in attendance are still mystified by the rare showing of Daft Punk's Electroma. Another highlight was director Kinji Fukasaku's Italian-Japanese-MGM production, The Green Slime featuring starlet Luciana Paluzzi and Wagon Train's Robert Horton. And who can forget the theme song, "What can it be? What is the reason? Is this the end to all that's breathin'? Something screamin' cross your mind ... Green Sliiiime!!!"
Live events included a Christopher Walken impersonation contest after Walken's appearance in Brainstorm and the Annual Costume Contest which was won by Liam Carr (age 10) for his interpretation of Party Robot. Liam won a movie themed bag filled with prizes from upcoming action and sci-fi films. The runner-up was James Bard's costume from The Fly with attached spider.
A special Klaatu salute to everyone who attended and help make it one of the best Marathons. I'd like to especially thank Kenny Grimm of Flatwoods, KY who took time to write about his experience. "I just wanted to thank you for being so passionate about the Marathon(s). There's a lot of hard work that goes into it and it's obviously a labor of love. I felt like I was part of that community as soon as I was able to talk to some of the people there." Kenny related that he and his girlfriend Ashley hadn't planned on staying the entire 24 hours, however, half way through Kenny was off to Target to purchase pillows and a blanket, and two new Marathoners were born! Thanks Kenny and see you next year!
-Jeff Frank, Artistic Director Drexel Theatre