Thursday, July 31, 2014

Escape Artists: July 2014

Greetings, Hatchlings!

Every month we round up all the stories we can find about fun movie events like marathons, special screenings, and conventions and miscellaneous stuff like food and games. Let’s see what went down in the world of escapism and pop culture shenanigans in July 2014!

Our Escapist of the Month is Sun-Ray Cinema and all the lovely folks that turned out for their screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Gunnar Hansen!

Sun-Ray Cinema

I attended the screening and it was another one of Sun-Ray's really fun events. Leatherface himself (as in, a guy dressed as Leatherface, not Gunnar Hansen) greeted patrons at the door. The theater cooked up some really delicious Texas BBQ sliders, pictured below. Gunnar eventually introduced the film. It was the first time I'd heard him talk and he's somewhat soft-spoken. One of the funnier anecdotes he shared about the film was that the house that they filmed at had two acres of pot growing out back. He recounted being stoned out of his head one day after eating some pot brownies. Someone apparently found him on the house's porch muttering "Time has no meaning." When they started the film, Gunnar briefly sat next to me for a few minutes (there were a few empty seats in between us but, whatevs), which was kind of cool.

The film looks really great in all of its restored glory. Those Texas skies are so blue and really contrast with the ugly acts in the film. I ended up rewatching the Michael Bay produced remake recently and they got it really wrong. Gone are the blue skies, replaced with foggy woods (even in the daytime, for some reason). Jessica Biel is still as bouncy as I recall her, however, so it's not all bad.

I bought one of the posters that Sun-Ray produced for the screening. I already had the creepy candles.

After the screening Gunar stayed for a Q&A. I asked him if he preferred writing or acting, and he said he preferred the former because "acting is social". The only thing that kind of dampened the evening was the fact that Gunnar wanted $30 for autographs, which I think sort of miffed everyone involved. But it was still a fun experience!

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Speaking of Sun-Ray, they're set for their Twin Peaks marathon (yes, they're screening the entire series) on August 22nd! Ticket revenue will be going to the Hubbard House too.


LAMB Meetup

Earlier this month, the LAMB descended on Chicago, Illinois for the 3rd annual meetup. I couldn't go (FROWNY FACE) but quite a few folks turned out for the shindig. If you went to the meetup and did a write up, feel free to share it in the comments! I've already included a few just below.

Other Links

  • Last month it was the Money Pit house, now Lara Palmer's house from Twin Peaks is up for grabs. - via The AV Club
  • There are some pretty cool Jaws easter eggs in the new Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios Orlando! - via Nerdist
  • The birth locations of various Marvel characters mapped out. - via The AV Club
  • Someone stole a bench from The Fault in our Stars. - via The AV Club
  • Marty McFly's hoverboard is up for sale! - via BuzzFeed
  • Speaking of Back to the Future, you can charge your phone in your car with a Flux Capacitor now! - via Geek Tyrant
  • The French Toast Sunday crew went to a fun looking Wayne's World screening.

  • The 4th Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel, a celebration of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, went down on Saturday the 26th! Regular readers here should be familiar with this event, as we've been reporting on it ever since the motel was in danger of closing back in 2011. I'm hoping to report more on this year's soiree in next month's Escape Artists.

  • Better Call Saul billboard with working phone number pops up in Albuquerque. - via The AV Club
  • Chicagoland event coverage: Terror in the Aisles presents Short Cuts. - via The Nightmare Gallery
  • Last month we reported that Robert Englund will be wearing the Freddy makeup one last time at Flashback Weekend. It still hasn't happened yet, but now you can see them prepping his makeup. - via Bloody Disgusting
  • Justin Gott from Man I Love Films went to Comic-Con! Check out his photo essay here.
  • There's a Firefly online game coming and there's a trailer for it! - via The AV Club

Escape via Food 

  • A model named Christine McConnell bakes stuff like the facehugger cookie below. - via BuzzFeed

  • They're building an actual Krusty Palestine. - via BuzzFeed
  • Do you want to eat BBQ ribs with Kevin Spacey on the set of House of Cards? Sure ya do. - via The AV Club
  • Game of Thrones wine! - via Nerdist

  • The beer from Jaws has made a return! - via Nerdist

Special shout-out to Lindsay from French Toast Sunday for making our sweet new Escapist of the Month graphic pictured above!!! Thanks for reading, everyone!

Do you go to fun escapist events like movie marathons, festivals, movie-themed parties, or concerts? Are you planning on checking out any fun movie fan destinations? Have you seen any cool pop culture themed games or food anywhere? Let us know in the comments or by emailing us at totheescapehatch(at)gmail(dot)com.


  1. The entire Twin Peaks show in one sitting? Wow, that's a long marathon. I'm curious about the new boxset, which apparently includes new deleted scenes and special features.

  2. Yeah it's sure to be a bladder buster. I'm out of town that weekend but if I wasn't I would definitely check out a few episodes. The theater is doing a pretty awesome menu for the marathon. I would love to have the boxset. Thanks for the great comments!

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