Get ready to have your heart warmed, your spirits lifted, and your hope restored: MoPOP’s new film series, The Comeback, is all about lifting up the underdog, the Hail Mary, the impossible victory.
In our latest installment of Movies at MoPOP, we’ll be covering cult films from all over the genre map that exemplify the uphill battle, and eventual victory of the unlikely Comeback. Join MoPOP’s very own Kasi Gaarenstroom and a special guest every month to watch unlikely heroes achieve the impossible. All films will be screened virtually.
After over a year of isolation and untold hardship, we hope this series inspires viewers to reflect on their own Comebacks in the last 18 months. Whether you got a new job, began a new hobby, or just made it through the pandemic as best as you could, we wanna hear your comeback stories.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Online: Watch Your Own
PG | 98 mins | Dir. Colin Higgins | 1993
“Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time!”
A team of Jamaican bobsledders have their eyes set on the Winter Olympics — never mind that they’ve never sled in snow! With the help of a former champion with a tarnished reputation, they might just have a shot.
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Online: Watch Your Own
PG | 103 mins | Dir. Hayao Miyazaki | 1989
“I was feeling blue, but I'm better now.”
Kiki is 13, which means she must now leave home to become a full-fledged witch. With just her broom and her black cat Jiji, Kiki must learn to make it in a new town. When her witch powers start to falter, Kiki has a crisis of faith. Can she get over her mental block to become the witch she’s meant to be?
Every horror fan knows that in order to survive, you have to stay together.
That’s why we’re keeping horror lovers close with our monthly watchalong series, It’s Coming From Inside the House (ICFITH). ICFITH, MoPOP’s monthly horror watchalong series, is a place for the horror hounds, the horror curious, and even the horror averse to come together and talk about what scares us (even if it’s just an unsightly hairpiece from an 80s slasher flick).
The concept is simple: we invite a guest from the horror community to select a film they think deserves a spot on our list of 100+ Horror Films to See Before You Die (created for the Scared to Death exhibition). The special guest then makes a case for their film during a conversation with the program host and fans who are logged on for the watchalong. Throughout the program, we provide a space for horror fans to chat about the film and connect with the special guests and other horror lovers.
From January through October 2021, join us at 7pm PST every third Friday of the month for a fresh film. Take notes on your faves, because at the end of the series, you’ll be able to vote on two new films to be added to the list of 100+ Horror Films to See Before You Die.
Friday, October 22
Online Watchalong — View-Your-Own
Unrated • 95 mins • Dir. Steven Kostanski • 2020
After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.
MoPOP’s monthly horror watchalong series is wrapping up its second year with a bang! This series started as a way to keep horror fans connected at a time when it has been difficult to come together and feel that special connection that comes from sharing in our love for spooks, splatter, and suspense. We asked the Spooky Crew Discord server that rose from this program about how best to close out this year and they picked a horror film that is, at its bloody heart, a film about friendship: 2021 Canadian breakout hit Psycho Goreman!
Here’s a handful of program elements that you can expect to see:
- Pre-film introduction with MoPOP’s Robert Rutherford
- Costume Contest with sweet prizes! We’ll be judging costumes in three categories: Best Trash Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Overall Costume
- Chat with Robert and other fans during the film
- We’ll be announcing the two inductees onto MoPOP’s list of 100+ Horror Films to See Before You Die from the films selected by our 2021 guests and voted on by fans on social media
- Post-film discussion and more surprises in store!
If you happen to own a copy of the film, get it queued up at 7:00pm PT on Friday, October 22nd! Otherwise, here's where you can find Psycho Goreman online:
We’re also sharing that the Spooky Crew Discord server is hosting a meetup/Crazyball tournament in Jefferson Park in Seattle on Saturday, October 23rd at 2:00pm (no RSVP required!). This is a chance to meet other horror fans in a safe, socially distant setting and try your best to understand the labyrinthine rules of Psycho Goreman’s fictional dodgeball game. MoPOP will be there for some pre-Halloween merriment.
ICFITH Costume Contest!
To celebrate our last It’s Coming from Inside the House! watchalong of the year and the culmination of the spooky season, we’re hosting a costume contest!
Anyone who dresses up and wants to share their costume on-screen is invited to, and anyone who shares will be eligible for prizes.
We will be judging costumes in three categories, and we will ask folks to identify the category that they would like to be judged in. The categories are:
- Scariest Costume
- Best Trash Costume (using household objects/materials)
- Best Overall Costume
Prizes include MoPOP tickets, a copy of the Psycho Goreman blu-ray, a copy of the Psycho Goreman soundtrack on vinyl from Waxwork Records, a collectible glass featuring Pandora from Psycho Goreman, a private tour of MoPOP’s Scared to Death gallery with ICFITH host Robert Rutherford, and other goodies!
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