The 2013 movie lineup has been announced for B-Fest, the 24-hour marathon of b-movies held each January at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The annual endurance test presents one full day of films from the low-budget sci-fi, blaxploitation, kung fu, and giant monsters genres, with the audience yelling out jokes Mystery Science Theater-style. The fest also features a DVD raffle, which is included in the price of the ticket.
The festival is produced by Northwestern student club A&O Productions, with films chosen and sponsored by small teams of b-movie fans. As always, the lineup includes two traditional favorites, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Wizard of Speed and Time (played forwards, then backwards). Thirteen other movies also made the cut, including Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Black Belt Jones, and Sorority House Massacre. The movie with the lowest IMDB rating is the 1997 Steel, with an impressively bad 2.7 out of 10 stars, starring Shaquille O'Neal as a military weapons designer who resigns from his job and uses stuff from his Uncle Joe's junkyard to fight back against the baddie who's selling Shaq's weapons to street gangs. Yesss.
If you plan to stay the whole 24 hours, definitely bring a pillow and flashlight. Contribute to the mayhem by bringing paper plates for the traditional flinging during Plan 9. (Use the flimsy kind, not the thick Chinet style, and definitely not plastic. For extra fun, draw or write on them.) Food and drink are technically not allowed in the theater. The building has a cafeteria, which is open until 9 pm.
January 25th & 26th, 2013
Tickets are available online for $35 ($25 for Northwestern students). Tickets often sell out in advance.
Start time: 6 pm
Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium
1999 South Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2500
Free parking at the garage at the intersection of Campus Drive and Arts Circle.