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33rd Science Fiction Marathon Jan. 18 - 19, 2008

(Subject to Change!)
Free parking is ONLY available in lots 1A and 1B (see our Location map) after 4:30 p.m. on Friday. If you arrive earlier than 4:30pm, 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, or 53; 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.

If you arrive before 5pm on Friday for the Marathon, there will be NO OFFICIAL SPACE for you to camp out. CWRU has not allocated any space to us for people who arrive early, citing the very small turnout of early arrivers in the past couple of years along with a general crunch for space on campus. We are currently in the process of evaluating alternatives, but if you intend to arrive early, please anticipate making your own arrangements.

Construction Information
The Adelbert Road Bridge is open. The Cornell Road Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. It is the section above the railroad tracks between Murray Hill and Circle Drive. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the Cornell Road Bridge.

Admission Information
Pricing for this year's science fiction marathon will remain at $25 per person.

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.)

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

Grindhouse: Planet Terror (2007)
Rated R (95 min.) Director: Robert Rodriguez
With Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin

After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill. An assortment of various people who include stripper Cherry, her shady mechanic ex-boyfriend Wray, a strong-willed doctor, the local sheriff, and an assortment of various people must join forces to survive the night as the so-called "sickos" threaten to take over the whole town and the world.

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Unrated (112 min.) Director: Francois Truffaut
With Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack

When fireman of the future, Montag, comes home from a hard day of book burning, his wife is totally engrossed in a screen that fills a wall of the living room. Here she gets her entertainment and all the information the people in charge want anyone to know. A few days later Montag is intrigued by a woman he sees on the monorail who looks very much like his wife. But this woman's eyes suggest that she has an active mind. She is a subversive, hoarding books. And he learns from her why books are so dangerous they have to be burned. People will want to think for themselves.

12 midnight
The Omega Man (1971)
Rated PG (98 min.) Director: Boris Sagal
With Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash

Robert Neville, a doctor,due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic. They believe science and technology to be the cause of the war and their punishment, and Neville, as the last symbol of science, the old world, and a "user of the wheel", must die. Neville, using electricty, machinery, and science attempts to hold them at bay.

Surprise I

Fido (2006)
Rated R (91 min.) Director: Andrew Currie
With Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker

Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, "FIDO" will rip your heart out.

The Walking Dead (1936)
No rating (66 min.) Director: Michael Curtiz
With Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn

A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Elman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable?

Sunshine (2007)
Rated R (107 min.) Director: Danny Boyle
With Cliff Curtis, Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh

The Sun is being destroyed from inside out by a type of highly stable form of matter that renders nuclear fusion impossible, by turning common matter on its own kind. The only hope is to send a team of astronauts to detonate a massive, highly energetic bomb, able to destroy this strange matter and restore Sun's natural state.

Lifeforce (1985)
Rated R (116 min.) Director: Tobe Hooper
With Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay

A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful alien woman who appears responsible.

Young Frankenstein (1974)
Rated PG (106 min.) Director: Mel Brooks
With Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman

The grandson of Victor Frankenstein is a teaching surgeon who has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When the diary of his grandfather is brought to him, he takes a leave of absence to examine the family castle. Then things get a little silly. Due to a switch, he implants an abnormal brain in his creation which causes problems, but things really get out of hand when the young Frankenstein's bride to be shows up at the castle.

Surprise II

The Return of Dr. X (1939)
No rating (62 min.) Director: Vincent Sherman
With Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane, Humphrey Bogart

New York newspaper reporter Walter Barnett finds himself out of a job after he claims to have found actress Angela Merrova dead in her apartment - only the next day she showed up alive and threatened to sue the paper. Determined to investigate he discovers her involvement with a strange doctor who is an expert on human blood. Barnett then finds a connection to a series of gruesome murders where the victims were all found drained of blood.

28 Days Later (2002)
Rated R (113 min.) Director: Danny Boyle
With Alex Palmer, Bindu De Stoppani, Jukka Hiltunen

It has been twenty-eight days since Jim, a young bicycle courier, was knocked off his bike and injured in a car accident. When he wakes up from his coma, the world has changed. London is deserted, litter-strewn and grim, and it seems the entire world has disappeared. The truth, however, is even more horrifying - a devestating psychological virus has been unleashed on the world, turning the population into blood-crazed psychopaths driven only to kill and destroy the uninfected. A bitter struggle to get out of the city with fellow survivors to a military encampment at Manchester follows - but there, their troubles are just beginning...

Surprise III

Black Sheep (2006)
No rating (87 min.) Director: Jonathan King
With Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney

An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
No rating (96 min.) Director: George A. Romero
With Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman

The radiation from a fallen satellite might have caused the recently deceased to rise from the grave and seek the living to use as food. This is the situation that a group of people penned up in an old farmhouse must deal with.

V for Vendetta (2005)
Rated R (132 min.) Director: James McTeigue
With Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea

The futuristic tale unfolds in a Great Britain that's a fascist state. A freedom fighter known as V uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. He rescues a young woman from the secret police, and she becomes his unlikely ally.