Cleveland Cinemas has announced the titles for the first half of its 2015 Melt Bar & Grilled Late Shift Series. Late Shift, Northeast Ohio's zenith in nostalgic cult and camp cinema programming, has been a fixture at the Cedar Lee since 2006 (over and above the monthly screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which invented the 'midnight movie' as a genre, and The Room, which perpetuated it).
All 2015 films will screen at the Cedar Lee the first Saturday of every month at 9:30 p.m. and midnight, and at the Capitol Theatre on the third Saturday of the month at midnight. The series will also welcome a new event in May: "12 Hours of Terrible," a marathon of God-awful movies.
"It started as just a joke idea in my head," says Dave Huffman, Cleveland Cinemas' director of marketing. "We've been doing '12 Hours of Terror' for five years and a sci-fi marathon in June and those are always very well-attended. I thought it'd be fun to mix it up a little bit."
"Twelve Hours of Terrible" will include Plan 9 from Outer Space, The Baby, Drive Angry 3-D, Miami Connection, Masters of the Universe, Over the Top, and M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening. (Sweet merciful Christ.)
"I guess we'll see if people want to spend their hard-earned money and time watching terrible movies," say Huffman. "I know I do. The good news is, people who stay through the marathon from beginning to end will get a $5 refund on their [$25] ticket. I thought it'd be a nice treat to give them a reward." Otherwise, expect classics and box-office hits (and duds) from "the recent and distant past." All films are only $5. Here's a partial Late Shift schedule:
Goodfellas Jan. 3, Cedar Lee.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut Jan. 17, Capitol.
Stand By Me Feb. 7, Cedar Lee.
Reservoir Dogs Feb. 21, Capitol. ("We haven't shown Reservoir Dogs in, like, a bajillion years," reports Huffman.)
Bring It On March 7, Cedar Lee.
Big Trouble in Little China March 21, Capitol.
UHF April 4, Cedar Lee. (That '80s flick with Weird Al about a radio station that somehow becomes rabidly popular.)
Alien April 18, Capitol.
12 Hours of Terrible May 2, Cedar Lee.
Huffman says he's not sure what promotions Cleveland Cinemas will have up its sleeve for many of the films, but attendees can expect, at the very least, a popcorn giveaway for the seminal cheerleading flick Bring It On and a blueberry pie eating contest for Stand by Me, a film positively bursting with '80s heartthrobs.