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41st Science Fiction Marathon - Jan. 15-16, 2016

Important Details

Free parking is available in both Lot 01A) and Lot 44 Lot 1A is open for entry between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Friday, January 15th. Lot 44 will be available after 4:30 pm on Friday. If you arrive earlier than 4:30 pm, 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 Lot 44 or Lot 1A; we are not responsible for any parking tickets or loss of access to your vehicle. It is highly suggested that marathon attendees stick with the lot we suggest.

Early Arrivals

If you arrive before 6pm on Friday for the Marathon, there will be NO OFFICIAL SPACE for you to camp out. If you intend to arrive early, please anticipate making your own arrangements.

Admission Information

Admission information is subject to correction. Please check back before finalizing your plans.

Pricing for this year's science fiction marathon is $30 per person. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15 at 6pm in the lobby of Strosacker Auditorium. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision.

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 $4 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 remaining balance of the marathon upon your arrival if you do not wish to surrender an ID (maximum charge of $30.)

The increase in price corresponds to the increase in normal semesterly prices and is an attempt to maintain a level of sophistication that CWRU Film Society has come to know. We have also recently gained access to digital projection, a transfer we have been looking to make for a long time. We will continue to prefer print movies, but the addition of digital projection allows us access to a wider range of films that were not available before.


No alcohol. No glass bottles. No fire hazards. Bring deodorant. Bring a toothbrush. Don't forget your towel. Space for sleeping bags is available on a first-come first-served basis. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision. All bags are subject to inspection before admittance.

STAGE RULES: It is no longer possible to remove the classroom A/V equipment from the stage (stage left/house right side) for Marathon. Aside from losing precious mattress/sleeping bag real estate, we must prevail upon our audience to not fiddle with, place, store, or spill food & beverages on, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise in any way disturb that equipment.

Movies and times subject to change.

Terminator Genisys (2015)
Rated PG-13 (126 min.) Director: Alan Taylor
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...

Surprise I
Format: 35mm

Starship Troopers (1997)
Rated R (129 min.) Director: Paul Verhoeven
With Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity.

The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)
Unrated (103 min.) Director: Sean Branney
With Stephen Blackehart, Autumn Wendel, Annie Abrams
Read more about it at the IMDB

Celebrated author H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s. Professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the remote hills of Vermont. His inquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends. Filmed in the style of the classic 1930s films such as Frankenstein and King Kong, The Whisperer in Darkness is a thrilling adventure of supernatural horror.

Re-Animator (1985)
Rated R (104 min.) Director: Stuart Gordon
With Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Cramption
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty.

Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Approved Rating (84 min.) Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
With Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong
Read more about it at the IMDB

Jill Young has brought up her pet gorilla since she was a child. Twelve years later, when the gorilla is fully grown, Hollywood promoter Max O'Hara travels to Tanzania, Africa, and convinces Jill to bring her extraordinarily large gorilla, Joe, back to America. While in Hollywood, Joe is used in a stage production and is exploited to no end. It doesn't take long until Joe is sick of being mistreated and he escapes to run loose in civilization.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Rated PG (95 min.) Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
With voices of Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

Set in 1914, young linguist orphan named Milo Thatch buries himself in books trying to unlock the secret to the destruction of Atlantis. Althouth his theories are ridiculed by his colleagues he is persistent in his dreams of one day discovering the lost isle. His dreams are realized when he is given a spot in an expedition, financed by a friend of his grandfather, to go in search of Atlantis following Milo's guide: The Shepard's Journal. But the Guardians of Atlantis await the explorers putting them in danger at every turn. And the deadly truth about Atlantis's demise puts Milo, the royal family, and all of Atlantis in mortal jeopardy.

Surprise II
Rated PG
Format: 35mm

Time after Time (1979)
Rated PG (112 min.) Director: Nicholas Meyer
With Malcolm McDowell, Mary Stennburgen, David Warner
Read more about it at the IMDB

H.G. Wells has just invented a time machine but hasn't tried it out yet. When he discovers that one of his friends is actually Jack the Ripper, Jack makes his escape using the time machine. Herbert follows Jack into the late 1970's where he meets Amy, a bank clerk, who teaches Herbert about life in 70's while they pursue Jack, who is enjoying the more violent society in which he continues his murderous activities.

The Thing (1982)
Rated R (109 min.) Director: John Carpenter
With Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don't know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.

Surprise III
Format: 35mm

The Martian (2015) Rated PG-13 (144 min.) Director: Ridley Scott
With Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Read more about it at the IMDB

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Rated PG (105 min.) Director: Leonard Nimoy
With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

In the wake of Spock's ultimate deed of sacrifice, the Enterprise and crew are returning to Earth for some essential repairs to their ship. When they arrive in Spacedock, they are shocked to discover that the Enterprise is to be decommissioned. Dr. McCoy begins acting strangely and Scotty is being reassigned to another ship. Kirk is forced to steal back the Enterprise and fly across space to the Genesis planet to save Spock and bring him to Vulcan. However, the Klingons have also learned of Genesis and set out to intercept Kirk in a deadly confrontation.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Rated R (104 min.) Director: George Miller
With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Read more about it at the IMDB
Format: 35mm

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.