When Bad Films Attack!

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It came from out of the swamp where it mutated into something slimy and awful…it’s the Bad Film Festival!  It’s back with a new theme and a new round of awesomely bad movies.  This year’s theme is “When Animals Attack!” but these aren’t just any animals.  We’ve got mutated killer rabbits, evil frogs, hoards of tarantulas, and killer bees!  Keep an eye out for some famous actors who made appearances in these terrible (so bad they’re good?) films, too!  These horrendous films will show Wednesdays in November at 6:00 at the Main Library.  Call 913-551-3280 for more information.

Here’s the lineup for this year’s festival:

Night of the Lepus (1972) — Showing 11/7
“How many eyes does horror have?  How many times will terror strike?”
A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning ranch-lands instead turns them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters.  Janet Leigh, maybe most well known for her shower scene role in Psycho, makes an appearance here as the wife of a zoologist.  DeForest Kelley, Dr. McCoy of Star Trek fame, is also present as college president Elgin Clark.

Frogs (1972) — Showing 11/14
“Cold green skin against soft warm flesh…a croak…a scream!”
Jason Crockett (Ray Milland) invites his family to his island estate to celebrate his birthday.  Crockett has poisoned anything that crawls on his island.  Nature pays him back on the night of his celebration when thousands of frogs and every bug and slimy thing go into a toxic frenzy and try to kill every human on the island.  Look for Sam Elliott as freelance photographer Pickett Smith.

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) — Showing 11/21
“A living, crawling, hell on earth!”
A veterinarian and an entomologist must save a town from a horde of arachnids that have launched a massive attack on the residents!  Who else but William Shatner could play a veterinarian fighting spiders and trying to save the town!

The Swarm (1978) — Showing 11/28
“The swarm…is here!”
Killer bees migrate to the United States from Africa via South America in this disaster film.  Haughty entomologist Brad Crane (Michael Caine) shows up at a secret military base full of dead soldiers, shocking the attendant General Slater (Richard Widmark).  Crane announces that the soldiers are the victims of killer bees with amazingly potent venom; he’s been tracking huge swarms of the things and fears they’ll kill millions before they’re through.  Eventually, the president asks Crane to lead the battle against the killer insects and he assembles a team of crack scientists.  To round out this cast, you also have Katharine Ross, Jose Ferrer, Henry Fonda, Ben Johnson, Olivia de Havilland, and several other familiar faces.

Again, these horrendously bad films will show at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in November at the Main Library, which is located at 625 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kansas.  Call 913-551-3280 for more information or check out our website: http://www.kckpl.org/locations.aspx?id=1

-Alice, West

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