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31th Science Fiction Marathon Jan. 20 - 21, 2006

(Subject to Change!)
Free parking is ONLY available in lots 1A and 1B (see our map.) after 4:30 p.m. on Friday. If you arrive earlier than 4:30 you will have to pay for parking in the Veale Parking Tower (lot 53) at the posted rates. If you park at a location other than posted Lots 1A, 1B we are not responsible for any parking tickets or loss of access to your vehicle. Some lots will be closing for maintenence and it is highly suggested that marathon attendees stick with the lots we suggest.

Adelbert Rd. bridge is STILL closed
Adelbert Rd. bridge was closed effective Jan. 3, 2005 to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. If you park in lot 44, you will need to walk down Murray Hill Rd. to either Cornell Rd. or Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to cross the train tracks and get to the main campus area and Strosacker. A pedestrian bridge may be operational by the time marathon occurs, but we are as yet unsure.

If you arrive Thursday or before 2pm on Friday for the Marathon, you will NOT be allowed to camp out in Strosacker Auditorium. Case Western Reserve has allocated the space of Amasa Stone Chapel to us for anyone who arrives early (including overnights.) The univeristy has informed us that this is the only space avaliable to us and that we must send early arrivals there.

Movies and times subject to change. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 20 at 6pm in the lobby of Strosacker Auditorium. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision.

Admission Information
Pricing for this year's science fiction marathon will remain at $25 per person. However, we are now giving people the option of donating an extra $5 to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, bringing the total admission plus donations to $30. Donations can ONLY be made in the amount of $5, for bookkeeping purposes. These donations are in no way required from any of our patrons.

If you are unable to stay for the entire marathon, you may purchase tickets for movies individually. If you surrender a state or college ID to us, we will allow you to pay $3 per movie you wish to stay for. You are free to stay for more movies than you initially pay for, however you will be charged the balance before return of your ID. You may also simply purchase a wristband for the balance of the marathon upon your arrival if you do not wish to surrender an ID (maximum charge of $25.)

Special Disclaimer!
This year, we are fortunate enough that local filmmaker Frank Tarasco is making a documentary based on our very own science fiction marathon. If you attend our marathon this year, you are giving your permission for footage in which you may appear in the background to be used in the film.
If you have any questions regarding Sci-Fi the Movie, please contact Frank Tarasco at

The Island(2005)
Rated PG-13 (136 min.) Director: Michael Bay
With Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou

Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones. Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson). Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers.

The Tingler(1959)
No rating (82 min.) Director: William Castle
With Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman

After much hard work, a pathologist discovers and captures a creature that lives in every vertebrate and grows when fear grips its host. "Scream for your lives!"

Surprise I

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Rated G (132 min.) Director: Henry Levin
With Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl

Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the centre of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way.

The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
Rated R (108 min.) Director: John Sayles
With Joe Morton, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez

The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother's home planet arrive and try to capture him.

WarGames (1983)
Rated PG (114 min.) Director: John Badham
With Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy

A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing?

Surprise II

Mystery Science Theater: 3000 The Movie (1996)
Rated PG-13 (73 min.) Director: Jim Mallon
With Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon

This movie is basically a deluxe version of the popular cult-TV favorite 'Mystery Science Theater 3000.' In the movie, as in the TV-series, Dr. Clayton Forrester forces Mike Nelson and his two robots to watch bad B-Movies. As these movies are screened for them (and us), we see the theater seats and them silhouetted against the bottom of the screen. Their running commentary riffs off of the film and each other and their sophomoric jabs at humor form a continuous patter not unlike what might be heard among the audience, if these films were to be shown at a frat party. This particular episode features This Island Earth (1954).

THX 1138 (1971)
Rated R (86 min.) Director: George Lucas
With Robert Duvall, Doanld Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley

George Lucas adapted this, his first film, from a short he made at University. THX 1138, LUH 3417, and SEN 5241 attempt to escape from a futuristic society located beneath the surface of the Earth. The society has outlawed sex, with drugs used to control the people. THX 1138 stops taking the drugs, and gets LUH 3417 pregnant. They are both thrown in jail where they meet SEN 5241 and start to plan their escape.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Rated PG (119 min.) Director: Leonard Nimoy
With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

It's the 23rd Century, and a mysterious alien power is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. In their frantic attempt to save mankind, Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza, and exact-change buses that are as alien to them as anything they've ever encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy.

Surprise III

King Kong (1933)
No rating (100 min.) Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
With Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Master showman Carl Denham has fallen on hard times due to the depression, and mounts an expedition to the mysterious Skull Island to find another showpiece. He takes along adventurer Jack Driscoll and the down-on-her-luck gorgeous blonde Ann Darrow with him to spice up the show. Arriving on the island, they discover it is home to gigantic beasts like dinosaurs, and ruling over all is Kong, a 30 foot tall gorilla. The natives kidnap Ann as a sacrifice for Kong, and the other crew members head into the dangerous island interior to rescue her.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Rated PG (106 min.) Director: Kerry Conran
With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Giovanni Ribisi

In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she's covering-- of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend, the captain of a mercenary legion of pilots. The two are investigating the case when the robots attack the city again, though in a stroke of luck, Sky Captain's right hand man is able to locate their source. They then set off on an adventure in search of the evil mastermind behind these schemes, who is bent on creating a utopia and destroying the current world.

The Dark Crystal (1982)
Rated PG (93 min.) Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
With voices of Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz

Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began. Now the time of the great conjunction of the three suns is near. If the crystal is not healed now the control of the evil Skekses will last forever. Jen the last of the Gelfings nearly exterminated by monsters controlled by the Skekses starts his dangerous journey to find the missing shard of the crystal. Will he be able to heal the crystal and restore order on the planet?

The Incredibles (2004)
Rated PG (115 min.) Director: Brad Bird
With voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson

Mr. Incredible is a superhero; or he used to be, until a surge of lawsuits against superheroes submitted by the people they've saved forced the government to hide them in witness protection programs so they could lead normal, anonymous lives. Now known exclusively by his secret identity, Bob Parr, he lives with his wife Helen, formerly Elastigirl, and their three children Violet, Dash, and Jack Jack. He works as an insurance claims specialist, and he's fed up with his pushy boss and his immoral profession, but his wife's worked too hard to build a normal life for her family to abide his nostalgia for heroism. When Mr. Incredible's offered the chance to play the role of hero again by a mysterious informant, he jumps at the opportunity, but when it turns out to be a trap set by an old nemesis he had a hand in corrupting, the whole family must reveal themselves to save Mr. Incredible and countless innocents.