Science Fiction Pint and Pizza Night featuring Flash Gordon (1980)
6 PM to 10 PM
FREE with minimum $5 food or beverage purchase
Beer and Pizza specials all night long
The best in B science fictions movies, drive-in classics, psychotronic weirdness and more. We’ll also do raffle prizes throughout the evening so expect some very cool, very strange science fiction prizes including figurines, posters, books, cards, VHS movies and more for that inner science fiction enthusiast in us all. Sponsored by La Dolce Video, The Arcata Eye, Daisy Drygoods, Vintage Avenger, Tin Can Mailman, The Clothing Dock and more.
Pathetic earthlings… Who can save you now?
Flash Gordon (1980) is a British-American science fiction film directed by Mike Hodges and produced and presented by Dino De Laurentiis. Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip created by Alex Raymond. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming’s goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash’s story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy ’60s Batman television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Flash Gordon has developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film’s humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design.
Raygun fire, an army of humanoid robots and purple death!
Purple Death from Outer Space (1966) is an American feature length compilation of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe from 1940. Interstellar good guy Flash Gordon (Larry “Buster” Crabbe) and evil incarnate Ming the Merciless (Charles B. Middleton) do battle once again in this vintage science fiction epic. A strange new plague known as the Purple Death is sweeping the globe and Flash; his girlfriend, Dale Arden (Carol Hughes); and scientific genius Dr. Zarkov (Frank Shannon) head out into space in hopes of discovering the cause of the disease. It doesn’t take long for the intrepid crew to discover the Purple Death is the doing of Ming the Merciless, who is once again hoping to take over the world from his base on the planet Mongo. Flash leaps into battle against Ming and his minions, leading to a battle royale on the planet Frigia against a crew of battling robots impervious to cold.