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Gentlemen Hecklers present Battle Beyond the Stars

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance

October 2, 2017

There was a science fiction movie that came out in the late seventies that changed cinema forever.

That movie was Star Wars, and it inspired a host of copy-cats that couldn’t quite get the grandeur of scope of the original. This is one of those failed attempts, but its failure is spectacular – psychic aliens, cowboys in space, an evil empire, re-used shots, and drawing as much from Seven Samurai as Star Wars and somehow managing to miss the point of both. It’s awesomely terrible, one of the best worst movies you’ll ever see, made all the better for the earnest effort that went into its creation.

Check out the trailer:

It’s… it’s beautiful. And three Gentlemen gifted with comedic brilliance are bringing it to the HR Macmillan Space Centre on October 27th.

Oh, yes, it’s true – three of the minds behind the rise of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot are bringing this must-see disaster to a planetarium’s massive dome screen. On Friday, October the 27th, you will have the chance to see Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the HR Macmillan Space Centre with one of the greatest sci-fi failures to ever exist.

So come bask in the cold glow of flickering fiction if you happen to be in Vancouver, British Columbia. You can get your tickets for $15 ahead of time by clicking here or simply grab ’em at the door.

Doors open at seven. The movie and laughs begin shortly thereafter.

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The Gentlemen Hecklers – Ghost

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance

September 25, 2017

Ghost. Ghost was a movie that happened. For reasons.

It came out in 1990 and was a huge hit among bored suburbanites and soccer moms. It’s a supernatural thriller with very few thrills – man is murdered and stays behind as a ghost to warn his girlfriend that there’s a killer on the loose, but he can’t talk to her. Instead, Whoopi Goldberg takes a spin as a magical negro who can talk to dead people and wants nothing to do with either Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore, and who can blame her? This is not a movie that has aged well, but it does have that one scene. You know the one.

Anyways, if you want to see the trailer, it’s here:

Looking at that, is it any wonder that a certain trio of Gentlemen what are known to Heckle cackled with glee when announcing that they were going to tackle this film?

Just in time for Halloween, three of the necromancers behind the rise of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot bring another horrifying spooktacular to the big screen. On Monday, October the 16th, you will have the chance to see Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater and finally lay this ghost to rest.

So come bask in the cold glow of flickering fiction if you happen to be in Vancouver, British Columbia. Head to that temple of cinema we call the Rio, located by the intersection of Broadway and Commercial. You can get your tickets ahead of time by clicking here or pay $14 at the door.

The temple opens at eight. The laughs, well, they begin about nine.

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Gentlemen Hecklers: Anaconda

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August 21, 2017

Your Anaconda don’t? I wouldn’t worry about it. The Anaconda movie didn’t do too well in theaters, either, and with good reason. It’s a glorious mess of a film that tries to add malignancy to a giant snake in the fashion of Jaws. It fails, with actors that can’t quite carry awe of the monster and a location that’s more frightening than the monster itself. It’s kinda not good, but don’t take our word for it.

Check the trailer:

Also, that cast: Ice Cube as he’s transitioning into acting, halfway between Ghosts of Mars and XXX2: State of the Union. Jennifer Lopez struggling to remain relevant before the world moved past her and South Park finally ended her career. Jon Voight looking vaguely confused and still acting his way around the rest of the cast, seemingly out of spite. Owen Wilson, genuinely confused because it’s Owen Wilson and he’s always just a little confused.

You know who isn’t confused? The Gentlemen Hecklers. They’ve found a movie that is just asking for the treatment only they can give it.

Three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot head on Safari, bringing one of the worst monster movies ever back to the big screen. On September 12, Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to give one of cinema’s true horrors the audience it deserves.

You can see for yourself if you happen to be in Vancouver, British Columbia and go to the intersection at Broadway and Commercial and buy your ticket to take the ride. You can do that by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. There is nothing better you can do with your September 12th evening than this.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. See you there.

 

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Gentlemen Hecklers: Krull

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance

August 2, 2017

Oh, gods. Krull. Where does one even begin?

Krull is a science fantasy masterpiece of a film that is everything that the early eighties had to offer: confusing decisions about story, theme, character, and clothing. A weird underlying philosophy about the power of prophecy and wedding vows that result in the power to shoot fire. And an evil army that travels through space in a giant mountain fortress that teleports every day.

I mean, what?

This sounds like an early Dungeons & Dragons adventure module that someone with more cocaine than sense decided needed to be made into a film – and the cocaine was right. Krull did need to be turned into a film, and the film we got… well, look at the trailer:

This is the perfect fodder for people like the Gentlemen Hecklers, and certainly the perfect film for them to celebrate their five year anniversary.

Come witness three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot as they return to the Rio Theater. Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to five years of laughs and bad movies brought to the big screen.

On August 9th, these three plucky heroes will confront the Beast in the heart of the Black fortress that some call the Rio Theater, a place which does not teleport so much as loom over the intersection of Commerical and Broadway in Vancouver, British California, Canada. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. If you are a Vancouver native or are simply passing through, this is the best thing you could do with your time come August 9th.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. See you there.

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Gentlemen Hecklers present Moonraker

Comedy, Events

July 4, 2017

Moonraker had to seem pretty far-fetched when it came out all the way back in 1979, but this was the year where American democracy gave way to the Oligarchy, bringing us to the nightmare dystopia we find ourselves living in today. It’s the fourth Roger Moore Bond film and not the first to feature Jaws, a massive and mostly silent killer who cannot be stopped or reasoned with, but that’s not the most fantastic part about it.

The villains are environmentalists who believe in eugenics and plan to kill the whole human species while maintaining breeding pairs of genetically perfect people, whatever that means. They’re effectively corporations who are dead set on genocide to create a new master race. Even their environmentalism is a sham, meant only to provide a world for their new master race to rule.

And here’s the thing – as the oligarchy in America sinks to ever greater lows in their selfishness and dehumanization of people in order to make themselves richer, they’re on the verge of destroying the biosphere we all rely on for life. Could their way out involve leaving the planet? Could science fiction be moving ever closer to science fact?

I don’t know. This is not the best of the Bond films by a long shot, but it is a fun one and that makes it perfect fodder for the Gentlemen Hecklers.

Come witness three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot as they return to the Rio Theater. Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to rake James Bond across the moon.

On July 12th these three will gather to blast us all off into an atmosphere of funny, where laughter will echo across sticky floors. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. If you are a Vancouver native or are simply passing through, this is the best thing you could do with your time come July 12th.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. See you there.

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Gentlemen Hecklers present Hackers

Comedy, Events, film

June 14, 2017

Throughout the dark decade we know call the nineties, Hollywood seemed mystified by this weird piece of technology called computers. They weren’t sure what computers could do, but they were sure old people were scared of them and young people seemed to love them. The result was a mixed bag of movies that tried to capture the essence of those fears: thrillers like the Net, Antitrust, and Enemy of the State showed conservatives their fears of big government and crime, making those conservatives push an agenda that resulted in big government and crime.

At the same time, Hollywood also festered titles like Harry Met Sally on the general public because America Online was a thing once upon a time and had a studio that could afford to make a movie that was basically a giant commercial. Hey, it worked for Nintendo, and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are infinitely better than Fred Savage.

Never content to rest on their laurels, though, Hollywood also wanted to appeal to the kids who liked the whole computer thing. This resulted in the single most accurate piece of media regarding computers and the capabilities of the internet ever made, a little movie called Hackers.

Forget the thought-provoking questions asked by media like Person of Interest or the dedication to craft evidenced by Mr. Robot – Hackers embodied that sense of wonder we all had about what computers and internet meant. Computers and internet were going to save us from the forces of old and evil. We would Hack The Planet. We would rollerblade to victory to an awesome soundtrack and have confusing dreams about Angelina Jolie.

We would do everything in our power to end the evil that is Wall Street.

More interestingly, we knew that the forces of old would join the forces of evil in blaming us for trying to save them, so… culturally, this movie got it. It captures the essence of what being a kid in the nineties was, that neon sense of black-lit adventure and hope that would later be crushed and ground into nothing by a decaying world.

No wonder, then, that the Gentlemen Hecklers have decided to turn their attention to this film.

Fresh off their stint of writing for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 relaunch, Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to crack down on one of the best worst movies ever made. For one night only, June 14th in the year 2017, the three of them will heckle greatness and we will all love them for it.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. The choice is yours, but if you live in Vancouver? This is what you should be doing tonight.

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