On Thursday, April 16th at 7PM, join the Academy of Natural Sciences after hours for a special off-site edition of Mega-Bad Movie Night featuring Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. It’s the same live commentary you love about Mega-Bad Movie Night except held down the road at award-winning art/screening space PhilaMOCA!
Tthe Academy is on location with its famous Thursday-night event complete with quippy scientists, witty commentary, live animals, specimens, snacks, and, of course, a terrible “science” movie.
Enjoy refreshments and complimentary snacks, then take a seat to watch the film and take in the hilarious commentary on the movie’s many scientific absurdities, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style.
Cinedelphia writer Dan Scilly is hosting Mega-Bad Movie Night, AND if you stick around after the event for a FREE “killer animal” themed installment of MOVIE MOVIE LIVE!, a movie-themed, trivia-based, high-octane, interactive, comedy game show that is based on the podcast I Like to Movie Movie which Dan co-hosts with Garrett Smith.
Event info and ticket sales here.
We took the opportunity to chat with Dan about the event's theme.
Cinedelphia: Are you a fan of "killer animal" movies in general? It's kind of a varied genre. Any particular favorites? Weirdest animal?
I am a HUGE fan of killer animal movies. There's something so primally terrifying about becoming food. All my hopes and dreams gone just so I can provide nutrition to an animal. I get chills just thinking about it. It's why I'm afraid of the ocean - just by stepping in, I'm no longer at the top of the food chain.
I guess my favorite killer animal movie would have to be Jaws, but for the sake of shaking it up, I'll say Monkey Shines. Yeah, it has its sillier moments, but something about it just haunts me. Rather than being an all out bloodbath like other movies of the genre, the animal here is smart and calculative ... and adorable.
As for weirdest animal, I'll give that to the giant squid in the made for TV miniseries "The Beast". A lot of close-ups of squid beaks in that one. Ugh.
C: I know you are someone who loves to love movies, but what do you think makes watching a bad one so much fun?
I think what makes watching a bad movie so fun is the air of "because we can" that permeates the film. Is there really any kind of statement to be made with Sharknado? I think not. It exists because it can exist. I love that. Even better is when you get a cluelessly bad movie. Frogs really thinks it's a smart eco-horror film, but it's not. It's god-awful and earnest as hell. Cheers!
C: Are you counting "killer plant" movies?
After much deliberation, we decided not to include killer plant movies. While Little Shop of Horrors, The Ruins, even The Happening all fit into the genre conceptually, there is already an overabundance of literal "killer animal" flicks, so we figured it better not to dilute the pool (we also heartbreakingly left out Tremors for the same reason). Maybe a future event will be devoted solely to killer plants!
C: The Academy of Natural Sciences' Mega-Bad Movie Night is quickly becoming a local tradition. Are you looking forward to a scientific takedown of Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus?
My favorite episodes of "Mythbusters" are when the hosts tackle movie myths. I'm hoping for a similar vibe at Mega-Bad movie night. It's an opportunity for someone in the crowd to yell "FAAAAAAAAKE" and actually have the facts to back it up. Me? I'm rooting for the Giant Octopus. I saw a video on YouTube where a regular sized octopus kills a regular sized shark, and I'd imagine the results are the same even when the beasts are scaled up. Then again, I'm no Steve Zissou, so it'll be nice to have men and women of science to add some analysis to the carnage.