saturday, june 22 at 7:00pm | admission: $17 general; $15 loft cinema members
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES FOR THIS EVENT
Buckle up for 12 straight hours of intergalactic excitement at The Loft Cinema’s Sci-Fi Slumber Party!, a non-stop excursion into the outer limits of space age cinema, featuring more aliens, robots and apocalyptic insanity than you can shake a light saber at! With 6 sci-fi classics, vintage movie trailers, trivia games and out-of-this-world prizes, this is an overnight space odyssey of truly epic proportions! Thanks to our community partner Zia Records.
The Substance Coffee Diner food truck will be here from 9pm to 2am!
Tucson VHS Bazaar on the patio from 5:00pm – 7:00pm! Find your fave genre films on glorious VHS, along with other cool goodies, at this local vendor extravaganza!
*All start times are approximate*
7:00pm: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
“Easily the best of the ‘50s sci-fi thrillers … subtle but still scary and suspenseful.” – Dennis Hunt, Los Angeles Times
The “pod people” are coming to get you, and the trouble is, they look exactly like you, in this creepy, frightening and extremely paranoid sci-fi classic from the extremely paranoid 1950s that combines anti-conformity angst with extraterrestrial terror, and has influenced several decades’ worth of genre classics, including, most recently, Jordan Peele’s Us! (Dir. by Don Siegel, 1956, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated)
“Superb … intense … a hair-raising carnival ride that never stops. Aliens will frighten you as few movies have.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Sigourney Weaver returns to stomp some major alien booty in James Cameron’s relentless, guns-blazing, feminist-tinged sequel to Alien, in the process redefining the cinematic action hero, throwing down in one of the greatest mother vs. mother battles in movie history, and proving that when it comes to working with the Marines to wipe out vicious alien hordes, the right man for the job is definitely a woman! Co-starring Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, and Bill “Game Over, Man!” Paxton. (Dir. by James Cameron, 1986, USA, 137 mins., Rated R)
“An outrageously enjoyable romp! Barbarella is a pure goof, and Fonda seems to have reveled in every sexy, campy moment.” – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Jane Fonda blasts off into the cosmos as Barbarella, The Queen of the Galaxy, and our 41st Century heroine is going to have to face every conceivable danger – from killer baby dolls to vicious parakeets, whip-wielding leathermen and the dreaded “Excessive Machine” which can kill with an overload of pleasure – as she races from planet to planet to stop the evil scientist Durand-Durand and his destructive Positronic Ray! Based on a naughty French comic strip, Barbarella is a groovy ’60 Pop Art camp classic with wild costumes, psychedelic shenanigans and the one-and-only Jane Fonda bringing peace and love to the entire universe! (Dir. by Roger Vadim, 1968, France/Italy, in English, 98 mins., Rated PG)
“Upgrade, an irresistibly gory science fiction melodrama, is B-movie schlock done right.” – Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
Crazed CyberPunk from Down Under is the name of the gloriously gruesome game in Upgrade, in which a man (left paralyzed by a brutal mugging that also killed his wife) is given an “upgrade” in the form of an experimental Artificial Intelligence implant supplied by a strange billionaire inventor, clearing the way for him to seek gory, Robocop-esque vengeance on those responsible for his misfortune. But wouldn’t you know it, things don’t go quite according to plan, leading to some truly insane twists and turns in this wild Australian sci-fi action flick that really delivers the goods! (Dir. by Leigh Whannell, 2018, Australia, 100 mins., Rated R)
2:40am: Galaxy Quest
“Galaxy Quest manages to poke wicked fun at Star Trek while at the same time serving up a sincere homage to the beloved sci-fi franchise.” – Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
The cast of a beloved, long-since-canceled ‘70s sci-fi TV series called Galaxy Quest, now making their living through re-run residuals and convention appearances, are mistaken for actual outer space adventurers by an alien race who needs their help to defeat an evil reptilian warlord in this fun, goofy and clever spoof/affectionate homage to the original Star Trek, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell and Tony Shaloub. “Never Give Up, Never Surrender!” (Dir. by Dean Parisot, 1999, USA, 102 mins., Rated PG)
4:30am: Event Horizon / 35mm Print!
“A hell of a good time! One of the most underrated space/horror flicks ever.” – Cheryl Eddy, IO9
A haunted spaceship called the Event Horizon that disappeared into a black hole and mysteriously returned years later with someone – or some thing – new on board causes a “hell” of a lot of problems for an increasingly freaked-out rescue crew, whose own worst fears are used to kill them off in various horrible ways as the ship’s new, and very nasty, identity is revealed, in this bloody, Cronenbergian body horror-meets-astrophysics sci-fi freakshow set aboard a steampunk slaughterhouse spaceship! Starring Sam Neil, Laurence Fishburne and Kathleen Quinlan. (Dir. by Paul Anderson, 1997, UK/USA, 96 mins., Rated R)