Friday, March 16, 2012

Phil attends the Cult Movie screenig of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES at the Camera 3-March 15, 2012

Hello my fellow cult fanatics and welcome to Month Two of the Cult Movie Series here at the Camera 3 in Downtown San Jose. So for tonight's cult film they screened that beloved children's classic, 1990's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! My inner child was so very enthusiastic that I couldn't hold it back! Now you can't watch this movie without chowing down on some pizza, and our good friends at Pizza My Heart donated four large and very yummy pizzas for the audience to enjoy during the screening. Also tonight's prizes were donated by our sponsors at Streetlight Records and Time Tunnel Toys here in San Jose!

Theatrical Movie Poster (1990)
Based on the 1984 black and white independent comic book created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, the film's about four turtles named Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and their master rat named Splinter who come into contact with a radioactive substance called the Ooze that mutates them all into walking and talking and ninja fighting creatures! Our heroes are put to the test when New York City becomes overrun with a series of mysterious crimes. Ace TV reporter April O'Neil (Judith Hoag) uncovers that a secret gang of ninjas called The Foot, lead by their leader The Shredder (James Saito), are responsible for these crimes. Soon they kidnapped Splinter and our heroes in a half shell, along with their ally Casey Jones (Elias Koteas), must find and rescue him while defeating the Shredder once and for all.

The film was released by New Line Cinema on March 30, 1990. The reason I know this was because when I was 16 years old, my first job was working at the now defunct Syufy Century Alamden Movie Theater. My first day was Friday, April 6, 1990. We had it on screens 3 (which was our main theater), 4, and 5. It was hilarious to see these 5-10 year old kids coming out of the theaters and kicking the hell out of each other. Awww......the innocence of youth. The movie was made looooong before CGI so the animatronics were made courtesy of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The film's budget was only $13.5 million but it ended up grossing $135,270,000!! Very impressive indeed!! Two sequels followed and in 2007 the turtles made their return to the big screen in the computer animated film TMNT.

Tonight was a blast! We had a great crowd tonight, considering it was a Thursday night! The film will be shown again this Saturday night, March 17th at midnight! We'll have more prizes to hand out, maybe some more pizza, and we'll also be having a TMNT van outside for all to take pictures in! So don't miss out on all the fun! Also, to view this season's Cult Movie Series schedule, visit the Camera Cinemas website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVED THIS FILM!!!! In fact, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies was one of the first series I bought on DVD : ) Got to love Raphael. Glad you had fun : )