5. The Toxic Avenger Musical If there's a less likely candidate for musical-theater adaptation than Troma's ridiculous superhero film The Toxic Avenger, it's hard to say what that would be — yet here we are. Perhaps even more surprising, the show is supposed to be pretty damn great! Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for best off-Broadway musical, The Toxic Avenger Musical takes the classic story of love, corruption and an underdog fighting to clean up his town even after he's been horrible mutated by toxic waste, throws in some loopy musical numbers, and somehow comes up with something greater than the sum of its very weird parts.
See The Toxic Avenger Musical at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from August 12 through September 3 at the Bug Theatre. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with group discounts available. For tickets and more info, visit the Equinox Theatre Company website.
4. Isolation Man world premiere
Local cartoonist and artist Daniel Crosier is finally unleashing his film Isolation Man on the world. The movie focuses on the plight of the Exquisite Vanishteer, a superhero with the power to make anyone disappear. When he accidentally causes the population of the Western Hemisphere to vanish, he's left alone to contemplate what he's done, while the United Nations moves to neutralize him before he can wreak even more havoc. Goofy, low-budget and full of eclectic Denver personalities, Isolation Man is a superhero film that will change the way you look at "heroes" — or at least the way you look at Crosier.
See Isolation Man at 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at the Alamo Drafthouse. Tickets are $10. For tickets and more info, including a free download of the comic that inspired the film, visit theIsolation Man website.
3. Nerd Nite Nerd Nite is a lecture series that takes fun, nerdy topics, adds booze and generates fun. This edition features lectures on comics and folklore, algorithms and the psychology of escape rooms, all in one evening of inebriated learning. Grab a drink, get ready to learn, then soak in the company of your fellow drunken, knowledge-hungry nerds.
2. RoboCop Forget the recent remake — the original 1987 RoboCop is still the only cyborg law-enforcement officer anyone needs. The dystopian classic about a future Detroit plagued by drugs, gangs and corporate malfeasance looks positively prophetic today, plus it's still one hell of a great action film. Director Paul Verhoeven is at his absolute best here, and the social satire of the film, which tackles everything from rampant consumerism to the militarization of the police, has never been more relevant. I'd buy that for a dollar!
See RoboCop (on 35mm) at 10 p.m. Friday, August 26, at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $11, or $8 for students/seniors and $7 for Denver Film Society members. For tickets and more info, visit the RoboCop event page.
1. The Graveyard Shift: A Cat in the Brain Lucio Fulci is the best, most original horror director you've (probably) never heard of. From his unsettling giallos to his seminal zombie films, Fulci pushed the boundaries of gore and good taste while consistently creating some of the most surreal and atmospheric horror of all time. In A Cat in the Brain, Fulci goes meta, playing a low-budget horror director who may be committing atrocious murders or losing his mind, if not both. This is Fulci at his Fulciest — that means lots of gore, and a whole lot of insanity — and while it may not be the best introduction to his peculiar charms, it's still an absolute must-see for horror fans of all stripes.
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