When it all began so many years ago, no one would’ve dared to believe that the Trash Film Orgy’s particular brand of lunacy could last a decade. But, here we are, 10 years later and Sacramento’s TFO rages on, stronger and crazier than ever.
What began as a low-budget cable access TV show has developed into an ongoing explosion of midnight cult movie madness. And beginning July 10, it’s being fêted with a month-long celebration at the historic Crest Theatre, located at 1013 K Street in beautiful downtown Sacramento, where TFO will be presenting some of the “best” exploitation films ever made, in all their 35mm glory, with some truly-special special guests. Tickets are $9.50 ($8.50 if you come costumed). Shows start at midnight, but come early. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. for the Incredibly Interactive Trash-Action Sideshow, Sacramento’s trashiest deejays and the Retro-Trash Lounge, featuring nonstop trash shorts and trailers. Remember, the Trash Film Orgy is adult fun for trash fans ages 18 and over only.
I mentioned special guests, didn’t I? Check this out: On July 17, the legendary Sid Haig will appear at TFO’s showing of Roger Corman’s Galaxy of Terror, in which he portrayed Quuhod. Haig has appeared in too many cool films to mention, but modern audiences know him best as psycho clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. And on August 17, noted martial artist Bob Wall will appear at the showing of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. Wall was a close friend of Lee and appeared in three of his flicks. Come out and meet Wall and talk to him about his exciting life and career.
Now, if that was all TFO had planned, that certainly would be more than enough. But there’s more, if you can believe it. By now, everyone knows what a zombie walk is—but few people know that Trash Film Orgy is generally credited with creating this modern-day staple of horror culture. That’s right, it had to begin somewhere, and in June 2001, TFO staged the first Zombie Walk. In celebration of their tenth season, Trash Film Orgy is striving to host the biggest, baddest zombie walk ever. If you want to participate, assemble in the parking lot of Sacramento’s Sub-Q body piercing and tattoo shop (1715 I Street) at 7:00 p.m. on July 10. Anyone and everyone is invited, and all ages are welcome. Also, don’t forget your zombie dogs! There will be a limited amount of onsite makeup available on a first-come, first-served basis, but don’t depend on it. The walk will be followed by a live undead set by Zombie Children of the Grave at Sub-Q, followed by a Zombie Happy Hour at the Pyramid Alehouse (11th and K Street). And, yes, it all culminates in a midnight show of Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn at the Crest, accompanied by the usual patented insane live TFO theatrics.
Whew, just writing this up wore me out. Imagine the fun to be had by actually participating. Go to the Trash Film Orgy website for more details. I’ll close by presenting the list of flicks TFO will be showing over the next month. I mean, look at the choices here—trash film orgy indeed.
JULY 10 – EVIL DEAD 2 (1987)
Take a wild ride into a world where the dead walk in Sam Raimi’s Ultimate Cult Classic. Celebrate 10 years of Trash with Sacramento’s Biggest Ever ZOMBIE WALK and experience the Return of the Raper Tree…LIVE on stage!
JULY 17 – GALAXY OF TERROR (1981)
Roger Corman’s Tawdry Tale of Interstellar Horror, featuring the most notorious rape scene in Cult Film History! Special DVD Pre-Release Party featuring SID HAIG Live!
JULY 24 – CRY-BABY (1990)
John Waters’ Amazing Rockabilly Musical Extravaganza starring Johnny Depp, Traci Lords, Iggy Pop and all your Baltimore favorites! TFO presents a Special Sing-Along Show featuring oodles of audience participation opportunities!
JULY 31 – NIGHTMARE (1981)
The Most Controversial Slasher Movie of the 1980s! Never released on DVD, this often-banned film is a must-see on the big screen-UNCUT in all its blood-soaked glory! Presented for the first time ever in amazingly interactive PSYCHO-VISION!
AUGUST 7 – ENTER THE DRAGON (1973)
The Ultimate Martial Arts Motion Picture Experience! America’s first Kung-Fu Classic features the immortal Bruce Lee in his best and last film. Also starring Jim “Black Belt Jones” Kelly and John Saxon. Special guest, martial artist and co-star Bob Wall!
AUGUST 14 – TRASH TILL DAWN
The return of All-Night Action with BAD GIRLS gone wild on a wanton rampage of bloody violence! THREE Thrilling BAD GIRL features for the price of one! Featuring the NAUGHTY NIGHTIE KNIFE-FIGHT-Live on Stage! See it to believe it!
PLUS, be the first to see exciting new trailers for TFO Productions’ latest movie PLANET OF THE VAMPIRE WOMEN, premiering this fall at the Crest Theatre!