Crack Fox Double Feature: Sch Lock And Disco Featuring 'Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park' And 'Xanadu'

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Our monthly movie event where we present a double (or more) feature of cult and classic films (suggested by YOU!).

On March 24, we present SCHLOCK and DISCO, featuring two pre-MTV rock and disco cult classics:
XANADU (1980)
plus Klassic music videos after the films!

NO COVER - 21+

10pm - XANADU (1980)(Musical, fantasy, romance)(96 minutes)
Director: Robert Greenwald
Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck

A muse (Olivia Newton-John) comes to earth to inspire a talented dreamer (Michael Beck) and a has-been big band orchestra leader (Gene Kelly) to realize their dreams and open a nightclub.

Featuring the music of pop songstress Olivia Newton-John and 1970s progressive pop rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), XANADU represents the passing of a bygone era (the 1940s Hollywood musical) and a look into the 1980s through 70s disco ball-tinted glasses. The film was initially a flop with its box office total of $22.8 million vs. its $20 million budget, and inspired the creation of the Razzie Awards, which recognize the "worst achievements" in film. The soundtrack, however, was a huge success, being certified double platinum in the U.S.

Midnight - KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK (European title: KISS: ATTACK OF THE PHANTOMS)(1978)(Music, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror)(Remastered European version)(96 minutes)
Director: Gordon Hessler
Starring: Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Anthony Zerbe, Deborah Ryan, Terry Lester

When a demented genius inventor is fired from an amusement park and swears revenge, it's up to the rock group KISS to thwart his evil plans!

Originally aired on October 28, 1978 on NBC (at the height of KISS' 1970s popularity), KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM was a joint production between animation studio HANNA BARBERA and KISS' management, AUCOIN PRODUCTIONS. (Manager Bill Aucoin felt that KISS had reached their height as a music group and were due to move on to other mediums, the first being a record-breaking Marvel comic book in 1977.) The film was pitched to the band as a cross between The Beatles' A HARD DAYS NIGHT and STAR WARS, and is anything but. The band were given a crash course in acting, and reportedly were fed their lines off camera due to a script that was constantly being rewritten and a rushed production. Tensions ensued between band, cast, and crew (mainly due to Criss and Frehley's increasing substance abuse. Criss' dialogue was over-dubbed by voice actor Michael Bell, and Frehley's lines were reduced to awkward squawks), and the end result went down in history as an example of a band in excess. However, the film is still enjoyed by fans and appreciated as a camp classic and time capsule to the late 1970s (even if embarassingly so by members of KISS).
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