Grindfest Returns with ‘Retromathon’
Published: Monday, November 5, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 17:11
That series of horrifyingly horrible grindhouse raunchiness that is Grindfest returns with “Grindfest 3: Retromathon.”
If you aren’t familiar with the show, “Grindfest” is a one night only event held in Fargo showcasing the very best in the very worst grindhouse (usually terrible films that utilize an abundance of boundary-pushing content) cinema trailers and features from throughout film history.
This year’s aptly named “Retromathon” presentation will specifically bring forth trailers from exploitation films of the ‘40s and ‘50s, or as the show’s press release calls it “The Golden Age of Grindhouse.”
Some examples of films from that era include the appropriately inappropriate titles “Jailbait”, “Marihuana: Assassin of Youth” and “I Passed for White.” The show will also feature a trailer for Glen or Glenda, a film from legendarily terrible B-movie director and transvestite Ed Wood.
After the trailers, Fargo’s Bad Weather Burlesque troupe will take the stage. In keeping with the show’s retro-grindhouse theme, this is meant to hearken back to a time before the term was actually synonymous with just film. The term Grindhouse actually comes from the long-gone burlesque theatres of 42 Street in New York City which featured “bump n’ grind” dancing and stripteases.
The show will close out with the “Exploitation Explosion,” a feature length presentation of multiple exploitation films of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The show will start at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 for one night only at the Fargo Theatre on Broadway. Doors will open at 6:30 that evening. The Bad Weather Burlesque show will commence at 8 p.m., with the feature length presentation is slated to begin at 9:15 p.m.
Tickets will be $8 and only be available to those 18 years of age and up. Attendees must have a valid form of identification on hand to see the show.