Movies you love to hate: everybody’s got ‘em. They’re the cinematic junk food that feeds our souls, tickles our funnybone, and rolls our eyes. That’s why they’re the focus of our next film series: So Bad It’s Good.
FILMS IN THIS SERIES
1/9 — Wild Wild West
2/13 — Con Air
3/13 — Anaconda
4/10 — Battlefield Earth
5/8 — Troll 2
6/12 — Catwoman
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).
FILMS IN THIS SERIES
1/15 — Sleepaway Camp
2/19 — Shivers
3/19 — Mimic: The Director's Cut
4/16 — TBD
Movies you love to hate: everybody’s got ‘em.
They’re the cinematic junk food that feeds our souls, tickles our funnybone, and rolls our eyes. That’s why they’re the focus of our next film series: So Bad It’s Good.
Hosted by MoPOP’s very own Kasi Gaarenstroom, this all-virtual series will take place every second Saturday at 6:00pm. Each screening will feature a special guest who will fight for the legitimacy of their favorite flop. Audience participation is highly encouraged — attendees can sound off in the chat and heckle (or praise!) the current movie.
So grab some popcorn, fire up the ol’ internet, and get ready to cringe.
January 9, 2021
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
An alternate history romp set in the American West with not one, but TWO characters played by Kevin Kline?? That’s a wild wild YES from me! If two Kevin Kline’s aren’t enough to entice you, just remember back to the hit song from the original soundtrack that was inescapable in 1999...
February 13, 2021
Directed by Simon West
Nicolas Cage, doing his Nicolest Cagiest, stars as Cameron Poe, a former convict traveling home on...you guessed it...a flight full of convicts. Some, like Poe, are being transported home, and others are being transferred to a supermax prison for their heinous deeds. I think this is gonna be a turbulent flight...
March 13, 2021
Directed by Luis Llosa
J.Lo plays Terri Flores, a filmmaker traveling deep into the amazon jungle searching for a forgotten tribe. When she and her crew run into a creepy older guy, Paul (Join Voigt), who promises to help them find the tribe, they sense something’s amiss. The title says it all. This movie has a gloriously computer-rendered GIANT SNAKE.
April 10, 2021
Directed by Roger Christian
Ok. The first thing you should know about this movie is that it was based on a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of scientology. The star of the film and fellow Scientologist, John Travolta, fought for YEARS to get it made, but studios were hesitant due to the script's connection to Scientology. Well, it eventually did get made, and guess what? It was a huge commercial and critical failure. Which is why we’re so enthused about it! Quick summary: It’s the year 3000 and earth is a wasteland. Mankind is on the verge of extinction. John Travolta has to save them.
May 8, 2021
Directed by Claudio Fragasso
When young Joshua learns that he will be going on vacation with his family to a small town called Nilbog, he protests adamantly. He is warned by the spirit of his deceased grandfather that goblins populate the town. The town’s name is Goblin spelled backwards, afterall…Somehow, despite all the obvious warning signs, nobody believes Joshua. Guided by the specter of ‘ol grandpa, Joshua’s gotta find a way to save the fam from getting goblin-ed up.
June 12, 2021
Directed by Pitof
Sometimes a love story is inspiring for it’s relatability and tenderness. Sometimes it induces awe for the opposite reason. Catwoman, played by Halle Berry, and her love interest Tom (Benjamin Brat), fall into the latter category. Their chemistry feels as uncomfortable and forced as I imagine Halle Berry does in her little leather outfit.
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.
Mimic: The Director's Cut
March 19, 2021
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
1997 & 2011
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.
Registration opens soon.
MoPOP’s monthly horror watchalong series is back in March, and we’ve invited Dr. Michael Wall, Vice President of Science and Conservation at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where he also serves as the curator of entomology and the director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, to choose a film that he feels deserves a place on our list of 100+ Horror Films to See Before You Die. Dr. Wall chose Mimic: The Director’s Cut, Guillermo Del Toro’s reclamation of his 1997 film about insect evolution run amok.
Here’s a handful of program elements that you can expect to see:
- Pre-film introduction with MoPOP’s Robert Rutherford and Dr. Michael Wall, curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
- Cheap-as-heck quarantine cosplay
- Chat with Robert, Michael, and other fans during the film
- Post-film discussion and Q&A with Robert and Michael – be a part of the conversation!
If you happen to own a copy of the film, get it queued up at 7:00pm PT on Friday, March 19th! Otherwise, here's where you can find Mimic: The Director’s Cut online:
More info about our Special Guest!
Dr. Michael Wall is the Vice President of Science and Conservation at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where he also serves as curator of entomology and director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias. An award-winning educator and science communicator, Dr. Wall contributes to the Reel Science Film Series at The Nat and is a frequent guest of Film Geeks San Diego, where he contextualizes the science behind the fiction in genre films.
PAST FILMS IN THIS SERIES