So I reacently learned about a new type of event that has been going on with movies for a few years now, one that seems very odd yet intriguing. Apparently for cult classic movies such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, a group of people put on what’s called a shadowcast. They perform the movie on stage, while the actual movie plays in the background. An interesting premise indeed, and after scouring You Tube for a few hours, I found some clips that show how good it can be, and sadly, how bad.
There have been shadowcasts all over the country, and during a two day event in New York, a new movie will be added to that list, as the Minions of Gozer will be performing a shadowcast of Ghostbusters! On Friday November 18th, and Saturday the 19th, the Minions will take over the IFC Center in New York City. The IFC Theater, formally the Waverly Theater, has been a indie hub of art and movies, and has helped to pioneer the shadowcast movement, starting back in 1976 with the Rocky Horror Picture Show. They’ve continued the tradition throughout the years with performances of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now they set their sites on the blockbuster film Ghostbusters. A movie that has already spawned a sequel, with a third in the works, multiple cartoon shows, a series of comic books, and a slew of video games, including this awesome version from Activision.
The Minions of Gozer, a group of rabid Ghostbusters fans, plan to bring a new twist to the art of shadowcast, as they plan to show moments in the film you’ve never seen before. Moments like when Egon tried to drill a hole through his head or the the undersea, unexplained mass sponge migration witnessed by Dr. Ray Stantz. It will be a thrilling show for fans, by fans, as they encourage audience participation. You’ll be able to throw candy hearts at Ray Stantz, the heart of Ghostbusters, toss Crunch bars at Dr. Egon Spengler, or fling index cards in the air during the opening scene.
A very cool idea, one I wish I was in New York to check out. This Friday and Saturday, if you’ve got the time, go have yourself a blast reliving one of the best horror/comedies ever. Make sure to pack a raincoat, you might just get slimed!