There are lots of reasons to love the Astor Theatre. The sense of history when you walk inside, the enormous theatre space, teenage dates because you thought it was a classier option than the Village Cinema at Knox. Now there is another reason to love it: they play host to the awfully fantastic Cinema Fiasco!
Cinema Fiasco is made up of two separate but equally important parts: terrible movies and hilarious commentary. By terrible, I mean the kind of terrible only insomniacs into self punishment would normally be subjected to. Examples include a Danish version of Godzilla, Blacula Returns (a movie so bad that they made it twice) and a movie about a female prison where all the prisoners are either cat fighting, taking their gear off or are old and ugly.
All of that is good, but when combined with the commentary of Geoff Wallis and Janet A. Mcleod it turns into something special. Armed with a microphone, a laser pointer , a hotel bell and the kind of cutting wit I can only aspire to each movie is hilariously torn apart, mocked and left in a quivering pile.
The next Cinema Fiasco will be held on 14 December from 8pm at Astor Theatre Corner Chapel Street & Dandenong Road Prahran . They will screen the holiday horror classic “Silent Night, Deadly Night” about a serial killer in a Santa Claus suit. Can’t wait! You can keep track of upcoming screenings at their website here.