We’ve heard of movie marathons that last all day…10-, 12-hour events, but this is ridiculous! The Boston Sci-Fi Festival runs from February 10-20, but the really cool thing for fans is The ‘Thon, the 24-hour film festival that caps off the event. Now that’s a lot of sci-fi!
Described as “the coolest sleepover you’ll ever attend,” The ‘Thon runs a dozen or more films and will completely inundate your brain with science fiction. Follow this link to get more info or purchase your tickets to The ‘Thon.
About The ‘Thon
The 37th Boston Science Fiction Festival, which is believed to be the world’s oldest genre festival, continues with a 10-day run which started February 10, 2012. The Gort, the annual award, is given out for Best Feature and Best Short. This year they’re adding a Steampunk category for Feature and Short as well.
The festival concludes with The ‘Thon, which started it all in 1976 at the late, lamented Orson Welles Cinemas. From noon until noon the following day, the ‘Thon highlights the best films of the Fest plus a retrospective of classic films. Think of it as the biggest sleepover you’ll ever go to, enjoying classic, premiere and schlocky sci-fi films with 600 other devoted fans. It is an amazing event. How else could it have survived for 37 years?
The ‘Thon usually has anywhere from 12 to 13 features films, plus cartoons, trailers, games and guests. The film slate includes vintage films, schlockers, premieres and everything in-between. Traditional events include the Tin-Foil Hat Contest and the Atomic Fireball Salute that begins The ‘Thon.
The ‘Thon Line-up
War of the Satellites (1958) Roger Corman’s eight-day-wonder starring Boston’s own tragic Susan Cabot.
Brainstorm (1983) Natalie Wood’s last film from sfx wizard Douglas Trumbull.
Frankenstein (1931) Rare studio archive print of the classic.
Mission Galactica: Cylon Attack (1979) Second of the Galactica movies.
Island of Lost Souls (1932) Archive print of H.G. Wells’ classic.
Paul (2011) Sci-fi comedy from the folks who gave us Shaun of the Dead.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Stirring re-imagining of the classic.
Scanners (1981) David Cronenberg’s brain-exploding groundbreaker.
Re-Animator (1985) H.P. Lovecraft as channeled by Stuart Gordon.
Attack the Block (2011) One of our faves for this year.
Cowboy Be-Bop (2001) Cult hit based on the TV show.
Boston Premiere! The Robot Enhidran It has ‘Thon written all over it. Bollywood, here we come.
North American Premiere Dimensions (2012) Think what if PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre” had a sci-fi edge? Part of The Fest.
Plus Duck Dodgers, Bambi Meets Godzilla, Fest shorts, trailers, guests and more!
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