What better way to celebrate Tiki Culture and Monster Mania this Halloween season than attending the World-Famous Polynesian Pop Palace, The Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a drive-in screening of the Tiki jungle creature feature, Beast of Blood?
True to its roots as a mid-century icon, the historic Mai-Kai restaurant will reanimate its parking lot as a drive-in theater, complete with a screening of Beast of Blood, the fourth film in the Blood Island Monster franchise. Made in the Philippines in 1970 for the U.S. Drive-In market by Hemisphere Pictures, Beast of Blood features a lush jungle-island setting with former Rockabilly singer and Beach Party star, John Ashley, alongside Star Trek alum and former Elvis Presley co-star, Celeste Yarnall (“Live A Little, Love A Little”), as two Americans who encounter a mad doctor whose experiments with chlorophyll serum have turned a man into an undying, green-blooded zombie beast. A new chapter in the Blood Island film franchise is currently in development with Drive-In Sanity Films. A major horror film director is now attached to the project and will be announced at the upcoming American Film Market.
The Mai-Kai’s socially-distanced drive-in theater event, complete with a B-movie Tiki Creature Feature, is sure to please anyone seeking a safe but scary “Big Scream” thrill for Halloween. Vehicles will fill most of the The Mai-Kai’s expansive back lot, but parking will be staggered and spaced out to allow for a comfortable viewing experience. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will be providing a 33-foot screen along with staffing and technical assistance that will include streaming the movie’s soundtrack) to the FM radio airwaves in one’s car.
In addition to the 50th anniversary drive-in screening of Beast of Blood, Drive-In-Sanity Films, in association with TikiBauer Pottery of California will unleash the first in a series of Beast of Blood Tiki Mugs at The Mai-Kai Hulaween event on October 30th. The Beast of Blood Tiki Mug was designed and sculpted by Tiki Fantasy artist Thom “Thom Thordarson and is actually two mugs in one.
When stacked, The Beast of Blood Tiki mug is approximately 8″ tall. Separated, the Beast’s disembodied head holds approximately 4 ounces of fluid while the Beast’s headless body holds approximately 8 ounces of liquid refreshment. More Beast of Blood Tiki mugs will be coming soon to mix and mash up with their fellow Blood Islander and other Monster characters of Jungle Fantasy and Drive-in Horror fame.
In addition to the Hulaween Drive-In Movie screening of Beast of Blood, there will be a costume contest, prizes, food and drink specials, plus free Beast of Blood swizzle sticks, while supplies last during the evening of October 30th at The Mai-Kai. Event starts at 6:30pm. Movie at 8:00pm. Cost: $30 per vehicle. Advance reservations required. Buy tickets: Click here to order, get more info.