Throughout the month of October BanterFlix will be celebrating the work of horror maestro John Carpenter. Our aim is to showcase some of the films within the director’s impressive back-catalogue that often don’t get shown, after all there’s more to Carpenter than just The Thing and Halloween!
We’ll kick things off on Wednesday 5th October when we screen his 1986 feature Big Trouble in Little China, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. The film stars Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong, with Russel playing Jack Burton, a lorry driver who’s roped into helping his friend save his green-eyed fiancée who’s been kidnapped by an ancient sorcerer named David Lo Pan.Then on Wednesday 19th October we’ll screen Carpenter’s Sci-Fi classic They Live. Based on Ray Nelson’s short-story Eight O’clock in the Morning, Carpenter’s film stars Roddy Piper as an unnamed drifter who discovers that humanity is being ruled by aliens who are manipulating us into accepting the status quo with subliminal messages through the mass media.
Both of these screenings will take place in the Hudson’s Loft Bar and all tickets booked through Visit Belfast will receive a free beer courtesy of Clearsky Brewing Company. Each screening starts at 8pm and tickets cost £6.
On Friday 28th October, we’ll be screening a third Carpenter classic, one voted for by the public. This screening will take place at the Strand Arts Centre, the film starts at 7.30pm and will be followed by a short discussion as members of the BanterFlix team talk about some of their favourite films by the director.
Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased through Visit Belfast or The Strand’s box-office.Our Carpenter month comes to a conclusion on Halloween itself with our most ambitious screening to date. We’ll be serving up a fantastically foggy atmosphere on board the Belfast Barge as we screen The Fog.
This screening will be preceded by Photobomb, a fantastic short made by local filmmaker and huge Carpenter fan Jim McMorrow. After the screening our very own DJ Mickey Myers will be serving up some tunes into the early hours.
This screening starts at 8pm; tickets cost £9 and can be purchased through Visit Belfast.
Although this is a BYOB event, the first beer is on us when you book your ticket through Visit Belfast and the first 50 tickets booked also receive a free gift from the Comic Book Guys.
We look forward to seeing you at our events throughout October, for more information check out our Facebook page.