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Crested Beast

It came from Crested Butte, and it was absolutely awful. No, it wasn’t Heidi Montag; it was Snowbeast, a 1977 abomination that is a classic in no sense of that word, not even in a so-bad-it’s-good way. “There is absolutely zero, nothing to love in this movie,” says Matt Vogl — the brains, along with partner Harrison Rains, behind Mile High Sci-Fi. “I was like, slam dunk.”

Like the robots from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vogl and Rains make it their mission, on a monthly basis, to tear apart the worst of filmmaking with the best of comedy — though Vogl notes that there are differences between their act and MST3K’s. “We’re not unique, but we try to do our own thing,” he says. In the case of Snowbeast, which offers a rare local connection, the two went ahead and filmed their own version of the proceedings to run before the film, a little extra something Vogl says was afforded by the ease of making fun of the movie: “When you’re doing a movie like Snowbeast, that’s so awful it writes itself, you have a little bit more leisure time.”

The movie screens tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Show up in your best terrible ski wear and you could win a pair of two-day lodging and lift passes in Snowbeast’s home town of Crested Butte. Advance tickets are recommended, as screenings tend to sell out. To reserve yours ($12), visit; get more information at
Feb. 25-26, 8 p.m., 2011


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