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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.

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6/12 Catwoman

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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

6/18  Candyman

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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.

* To attend, register in advance and on event day you'll receive an e-mail with a link to join the virtual event. Make sure to have a copy of the film available to watch on your end, and we'll all hit play together at the same time!

Troll 2

Event date  May 8, 2021
Event time  6:00pm PST
Event location  View-your-own

Rated PG-13
95 mins
Directed by Claudio Fragasso
1990

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.


Catwoman

Event date  June 12, 2021
Event time  6:00pm PST
Event location  View-your-own

Rated PG-13
104 mins
Directed by Pitof
2004

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.

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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.


Candyman

Event date  June 18, 2021
Event time  7:00pm PT
Event location  Online: View-your-own.

Rated R
99 mins
Directed by Bernard Rose
1992

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Isis Asare

Isis Asare

MoPOP’s monthly horror watchalong series is back in June and we’re partnering with The Queer Afrofuturism Mini Book Festival, a futuristic queerness mini book festival discussing books featuring queer people of color protagonists to celebrate Pride & Juneteenth. We’ve invited Isis Asare, host of the festival and the owner of Sistah Scifi, to choose a film that she feels deserves a place on our list of 100+ Horror Films to See Before You Die. Isis chose Candyman (1992), Bernard Rose’s adaptation of a Clive Barker short story that stands as a classic of contemporary horror cinema that explores race and class and trauma strengthened by Tony Todd’s iconic portrayal of the titular character.

Here’s a handful of program elements that you can expect to see:

  • Pre-film introduction with MoPOP’s Robert Rutherford, Kwapi Vengesayi, and Sistah Scifi’s Isis Asare
  • Cheap-as-heck cosplay
  • Chat with Robert, Kwapi, Isis and other fans during the film
  • Post-film discussion and Q&A with Robert, Kwapi, and Isis – be a part of the conversation!

If you happen to own a copy of the film, get it queued up at 7 p.m. PDT on Friday, May 21st! Otherwise, here's where you can find Jacob’s Ladder online:



More info about our Special Guest!

Isis Asare is a serial cultural entrepreneur with over a decade of finance and business development experience at Fortune 500 companies such as T-Mobile, Microsoft, Shutterfly, and Amazon. One of her earliest ventures was Sistah Sinema.

Asare officially launched Sistah Scifi February 2, 2019 with a celebration of Jewelle Gomez's 25th Anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories. Between 2019 and 2020, Sistah Scifi sales increased tenfold through expanding physical book selection;  launching private label shirts, sweatshirts, and bags; and offering audiobooks and ebooks. Sistah Scifi is on-track to see 10X sales growth again in 2021.

Isis Asare earned her BA in Psychology and African American Studies from Stanford University, Master's In Public Policy from Harvard University, and MBA, International Finance from Columbia Business School.

Connect with Sistah Scifi online at:



More info about the Queer Afrofuturism Mini Book Festival!

The Queer Afrofuturism Mini Book Festival, taking place virtually on Saturday, June 19th from 4:00-7:00pm, is a futuristic queerness mini book festival discussing books featuring queer people of color protagonists to celebrate Pride & Juneteenth.

We will have break out rooms discussing each of the following books:

    • Dread Nation/Deathless Divide,
    • An Unkindness of Ghosts,
    • How Long Til Black Future Month (The Effluent Engine), and
    • Black Sun

More information about the festival and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queer-afrofuturism-mini-book-festival-tickets-157541331363


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Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
Sleepaway Camp
The Lost Boys
28 Weeks Later
The Return of The Living Dead
Night of The Demons
Ginger Snaps
Ravenous
The Thing
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Tremors
The Blair Witch Project
Shivers
Mimic: The Director's Cut
Diary of the Dead
Alien
Jacob's Ladder

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