The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in October
Long live the new flesh.
The best month to be a geek is here at last. October brings a heady selection of horror movies, costume opportunities and other top-notch opportunities to get our geek on. Between now and Halloween, our city is offering up everything from a literary sci-fi convention to a visit from the Internet's favorite cartoonist, not to mention all the horror. So much horror... Here are October's ten best geek events, presented in chronological order for easy planning purposes.
See also: Halloween: Geekdom's Official Holiday10) Cruel Autumn: The Fly
The bizarre blend of sex, romance and stomach-churning horror at the heart of David Cronenberg's remake ofThe Fly
make the film a perfect selection for Theresa Mercado's Killer Couples-themed Cruel Autumn series. Watching Jeff Goldblum turn into a goopy human/fly hybrid wouldn't be half as disturbing if not for the real chemistry and emotion he and real-life (at the time) wife Geena Davis share onscreen as it happens. That, plus Cronenberg's signature take on body horror, makes for an unforgettable take on science gone horribly, tragically, disgustingly wrong. As usual, Mercado will have some movie-themed souvenirs on hand, so get there early to get your hands on some and grab a good seat.
Denver's very own horror film festival is heading into its fifth year, and this one promises to be its best year yet. Not only are there plenty of new films likeDead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
-- just to name a few -- to get the hardcore horror fans out, but this year a plethora of classics will offer old-school thrills for those who feel they don't make them like they used to. How does a fortieth anniversary showing ofThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre
, with Leatherface himself (Gunnar Hansen) in attendance sound? Or a sixty-year anniversary showing ofCreature from the Black Lagoon
with creature designer Julie Adams on hand? Then there's a fifteen-year celebration ofThe Blair Witch Project
with directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez in person and a ninety-year old silent horror film,The Hands of Orlac
, with a live score. From the very beginning to the current cutting edge, no matter what era of horror holds your fascination, the festival will offer something to terrify your fancy.
The festival runs from Thursday, October 9 through Sunday, October 12 at the Alamo Drafthouse. Single tickets start at just $11 and a variety of passes and packages are available. For tickets and additional info, including a full schedule, visit the Mile High Horror Festival website.
8) Collectors Supershow Being a geek comes with a lot of accessories. Board games, action figures, lunch boxes bearing images of our favorite shows ... we'll collect all kinds of nonsense with the same obsessive fervor we discuss the meaning and importance of our favorite books, movies and TV shows. If your collection needs a few more items to complete its perfect majesty -- and whose doesn't? -- the Collectors Supershow is the place to seek them out. Everything from action figures to film posters, from every era, will be offered from dozens of collectors and vendors, so plan on treasure-hunting and spending way, way too much money on that last, impossible to find piece for your collection.
The Supershow runs from 11 am to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12 at the Ramada Plaza Convention Center. Admission is $5, but dress as a zombie and you can get in for free. For more info, visit the Collectors Supershow webpage.
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