It Came from the Neo-Futurarium VIII: Legend of the Neo-Futurarium | Neo-Futurarium | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

It Came from the Neo-Futurarium VIII: Legend of the Neo-Futurarium Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays. Continues through July 30 2009

Before the blockbuster industry took over, summer meant killing a couple hours watching honest crapola in a movie theater cooled to meat-locker temps and sniggering at the no-name talents. (Maxwell Caulfield, anyone?) The Neo-Futurists are keeping the B-movie faith alive with this affectionately goofy festival of six terrible scripts, presented in a series of one-night-only staged readings. It Came From the Neo-Futurarium VIII kicks off June 25 with Dina Connolly directing herself as Vanilla Ice in Cool as Ice. (The original tagline for the 1991 film: “When a girl has a heart of stone, there’s only one way to melt it. Just add ice.”) The other offerings: Al Pacino's leather-bar-serial-killer flick Cruising (7/2), which has been offending gays--and anyone else with taste--since its 1980 release; the 1958 Anita Ekberg vehicle Screaming Mimi (7/9); The Naked Killer (7/16), a 1992 Hong Kong actioner complete with bad English translation; Equinox (7/23) from 1970, about demonic park rangers and hapless teens; and Ridley Scott’s 1985 unicorns-and-elves fantasy Legend (7/30), starring Tom Cruise, which reigned as worst film to feature a prominent Scientologist until John Travolta unleashed Battlefield Earth. --Kerry Reid

Price: $8-$10


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