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The SXSW / 15th Anniversary AICN SECRET SCREENING this Monday @ The Paramount!

Hey folks, Harry here...

I've been reading a lot of rumors about the AICN SECRET SCREENING this coming Monday at SXSW - and it seems places like HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, VARIETY, the Austin Chronicle - and a ton of blogs have all gotten the notion that I've gotten some giant Summer film.    

I just want to set everyone's expectations correctly.   When I was approached to do this screening for SXSW this year, I was told to either do a film opening after the first of JUNE or to pick a great fun vintage flick and just have a blast with it.   Well, the reality about SUMMER films - especially this summer's films - they require an awful lot of visual effects work, in most cases fx work up till 3 weeks prior to release.   Now I did have an October film for a bit of time and an August film for another bit of time, but the reality was - both those films were works in progress and eventually they decided they needed to at least get finished first.   

After that - I decided to just go vintage.   That doesn't mean I won't have a spectacular special guest - because I will.   And there will be an incredibly awesome Q&A discussion - but you should know that all these folks that claim to know something, know nothing.   There's only 1 person at SXSW that knows the title.  One.   There's only 1 person on the staff of AICN that knows the title.   And they're ecstatic - because this is a film you rarely get to see big.   

For those that are coming, know that you're in for an awesome trailer reel, a great film and a great guest...  oh - and all the makings of one of those nights that if you're there, you won't forget.   

I'm actually ecstatic at how things turned out.   I kind of didn't want the 15th Anniversary AICN screening to just be an act of promotion.   I wanted it to be about the love of a film that I dearly love.   Something that I can share with the great PARAMOUNT THEATER filled with fellow film lovers that are there, for whatever may play.   

This film does something better than this one thing has ever been down before or since.   There's hope that it could be overshadowed shortly - but in my heart, I believe it never will.   This is a film that is in fact COOL.   Very cool.   And I'm ecstatic to be presenting it with my guest this Monday evening at 10pm.

Also - earlier on Monday at the Austin Convention Center will be the 15th Anniversary AICN panel with a great deal of AICN luminaries from our past as well as our present.   I know I'm not being seen around town much this SXSW, the reason for that is I'm still recovering from my surgery.   Long hours in theaters is not really the best thing for me right now.   Continual exercise and rest is what the doctors have ordered, so I'm taking it easy.   Believe me when I say, I wish I could be watching 5-6 films a day, but I couldn't handle more than a couple right now, before lying down.

See y'all Monday


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  • March 12, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    post 0


    here's my post about the 15th Anniversary AICN SECRET SCREENING this Monday!

  • March 12, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    free new carla gugino movie on youtube

    by john girl walks into a bar

  • March 12, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Can't wait.

    by Nordling

    Crazy excited.

  • March 12, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    My guess

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Godzilla '98 :p

  • March 12, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by Noddy93

    the only film that matters this year... saw it this morning and am going again thursday.

  • March 12, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    too easy...

    by DrakeSavageBalls

    E.T. and the film that he thinks might overshadow it shortly- 8mm...

  • March 12, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by Lex Lybrand

    I was really hoping this post was gonna involve free tickets. :( Why couldn't SXSW be delayed by ONE WEEK so I'd have a damn paycheck??

  • March 12, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Super 8

    by DrakeSavageBalls

    meant super 8, not 8mm. two very different "kids" movies

  • March 12, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by DrakeSavageBalls

    The FP. ya' heard?

  • C'mon....Super 8 has been wrapped for quite a while know they're gonna have it ready :P

  • March 12, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    the Print Traffic Coordinator...

    by Kevin Bosch SXSW must know. That's 1 person. The director and programmers don't know? The management at the Paramount doesn't know? The projectionist or revisionist that's putting it together don't know. How about the filmmaker ang guest relations people, that fly in and book hotels for the "special guest"; they don't know? Cause print traffic must know.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I wish I had enough money to care.

    by Yelsaeb

  • March 12, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    It's clearly The Thing.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    He started making cold puns like fucking Schwarzenegger.

  • March 12, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Plus, the prequel is out this year.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    And he said "there's hope it could be overshadowed". Easy, people.

  • March 12, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by End_Of_Line

    Is it possible to get tix for thus without a badge?

  • March 12, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Wish I was there, guys!

    by John Maddening

    AICN, classic movie, The Paramount. Friggin' awesome.

  • March 12, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Yup--The Thing

    by Vorlagen

    I agree... all the cold comments, and he says he hopes it will be overshadowed shortly----the prequel is coming out and such.

  • March 13, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    The Thing with Carpenter in attendence

    by bullet3

    Calling it now. If that is what it will end up being, that would be one hell of a cool screening to be at.

  • March 13, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    It can't be THE THING

    by hardkoreth

    It has played several times at the Alamo. There's nothing special there (in playing it again, because I don't deny the movie is special). Now MADMAX with Mel Gibson in attendance, THAT would be a miracle.

  • March 13, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Random Cap Words = hints?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    JUNE SUMMER PARAMOUNT THEATER COOL ...didn't seem to be any reason to be capitalizing those. I'm sure it probably means nothing at all, but possibly... hints?

  • March 13, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Ooh maybe its THE HANGOVER 2 with Charlie Sheen in attendance

    by zillabeast

  • March 13, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    The Thing with Robert Rodriguez

    by Smegmasaurus_Rex

    We know the dude is a massive fan.

  • March 13, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST

    ET overshadowed by Super8, hahahahahahaha

    by IndustryKiller!

    Holy shit, Delusions of grandeur much? What an absolutely absurd and impossible statement. So in other words there are people out there expecting Super 8, a JJ Abrams film, to not only completely destroy anything we've ever seen from Abrams thus far by margins measuring in the hundreds of percents, but be a bona fide instant classic ans masterpiece. That is's insanity is what it is. Just lunacy.

  • March 13, 2011, 4:16 a.m. CST

    From the Theater itself, but...

    by Jack Cash

    I found this from one of the theater's blogs. There's speculation, but it doesn't sound like they know what movie is gonna show. Possibly some playful hints tho. Eh, maybe I'm reading too much into it. m/4vzfmqo

  • March 13, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST


    by alan_poon

    With Drew Barrymore as guest.

  • March 13, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by reverendmontag

    Just moved to Austin, how do I get tickets for this or any screenings?

  • March 13, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Transformers 3 turned down?

    by jimbojones123

  • March 13, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Gotta be.

  • March 13, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Right on. Look at the filmmaking expertise in the opening 5 minutes of E.T. - an absolute masterclass in mood, suspense, style and excitement. Abrams is nowhere near on the same level as Spielberg, and by making Super 8 he's setting up expectations for himself he can't possibly meet. This whole "Abrams is the new Spielberg" internet meme is very, very strange.

  • March 13, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    ET - look at the animation today

    by catlettuce4

  • March 13, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I enjoy the guessing game, but we're rarely on target.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I agree with the other Talkback comments that the big film that may "overshadow" a classic could very well be "Super 8", which AICN seems more excited about than any other film this Summer. That means that it's likely the classic is a Steven Spielberg film. Maybe, just maybe, Harry actually got Spielberg to come and do a Q&A? Maybe "Super 8" was indeed the intended Secret Screening but it just wasn't quite ready yet. If this guess is accurate (and who knows?), then what film would play? "E.T." is a good guess. "Close Encounters" is a possibility. I think even "Empire of the Sun" could be in the running.

  • March 13, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    it will be some comic book or superhero crap movie

    by animas

    i'll bet anyone $20

  • March 13, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Oh crap. I just found out what it is. It's "Hook"!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Just kidding. It's actually "Batteries Not Included".

  • March 13, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    it's THOR

    by DarthBakpao

  • March 13, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    by Michael Indo

    I have also heard that it's Thor. Can somebody tell me if this screening is VIP only, if it's possible to purchase single admission tickets for this, and what time the special screening is supposed to show?

  • March 13, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I give you....EXCALIBUR!!!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    That would be COOL!

  • March 13, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    2 guesses

    by nobodylistenstodestro

    The thing from another world with Carpenter or Conan the barbarian with Conan Obrien.....maybe Ahnold makes more sense.

  • March 13, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Ahh, it's THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 5 with Michelle Rodriguez

    by zillabeast

  • War of the Worlds. That's the only Spielberg alien film that even has the slightest of possibilities of being actually overshadowed by Super 8. His other alien films (the horrid Indy 4 doesnt count) are classic films, titans of cinema. Abrams, who I by no means hate, by ANY realistic estimation of any of the work he's done this far, TV or film, just does not have that him him. Although I think him homaging Spielberg is kind neat, but wouldn't go further than that.

  • March 13, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    It's Conan The Barbarian!

    by Sometimes_My_Arms_Bend_Back

    To the talkbackers suggesting films opening this year you need to read the article again, as Harry states: "After that - I decided to just go vintage" and "And they're ecstatic - because this is a film you rarely get to see big" So it's not Super 8, Thor, X-Men First Class or any other upcoming films. My guess is Conan The Barbarian with John Milius or Schwarzenegger in attendence. The only doubt is that Harry states it's due to be overshadowed this year, and anyone who saw the teaser trailer is in no doubt the new version will completely fail to overshadow the original.

  • March 13, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by Dasinfogod

    It's "The Vikings" with a Kirk Douglas Q&A. Kirk is, of course, still in the middle of his Supporting Actress Oscar presentation...

  • March 13, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    God that last post....

    by IndustryKiller!

    Excuse the grammar, I had just rolled out of bed after a long long night.

  • March 13, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Im saying kill bill: the whole bloody affair

    by Six Demon Bag

    That's the only guess I could think of

  • March 13, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    That's my guess.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST



  • March 13, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    PACIFIC RIM with MOTHRA in attendance!

    by zillabeast

  • March 13, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Where Eagles Dare with Clint Eastwood in attendance?

    by Schnorbitz

    I can but dream... Whatever it is, Harry, enjoy it! I've had 11 years worth of pleasure, interest and fun wild speculation with this site, and I hope many other people feel the same.

  • March 14, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    only one "good enough, for you, good enough, for me...

    by korkie70


  • March 14, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    TPM in 3d with lucas hosting

    by snookibaconmuffpie

    Sreening and print confirmed.

  • March 14, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Close Encounters of The Thrid Kind...

    by KGB3317

    that's my guess!

  • March 14, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Vintage doesn't necessarily mean older ......

    by calcifer

    Sorry Harry overheard some late night talk at the paramount tonight ... But your secret is safe with me sir

  • March 14, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    THE AICN animations tells it all :P

    by evilnik

    *WINK * WINK *

  • I'm going to Hell but I could not resist...

  • March 14, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    THE HUMANOID followed by a Q&A with Barbara Bach

    by Gorgomel

    and Richard Kiel

  • March 14, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    by chicgoods71

    Wonderful. Share a website with you , put this url in google sirch ( ) Believe you will love it. We accept any form of payment.

  • March 14, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Hmm....Terry Malick's TREE OF LIFE?

    by zillabeast

  • March 14, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Raimi's "Spider-Man"

    by Blanket-Man

    With Steve Ditko in attendance, griping all night long about Stan. Should be fun! Honestly, in today's digital age (where movies can be watched at home with near-theater quality), even if I was in the area, I wouldn't be too worked up about seeing a movie I've already seen (probably a million times) on the "big screen." It would have to be one of my 5 or 10 all-time favorites for me to give a shit, and what are the odds of that?

  • March 14, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I agree The Thing w/Kurt Russell..ooorrr..Tron w/The Dude

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Jeff Bridges...that....would.....rock. And Jeff could bring his band along.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    ...could be Tron in 70mm...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    do they have the capabililty?

  • March 14, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Come on now. We all know it's A Serbian Film.


    Presented in 3-D Rape-O-Vision.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    wrong choppah..its TEMPLE OF DOOM

    by Six Demon Bag

  • March 14, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Special guest star will be:


    Chris Hansen and a camera crew. He's gonna have nice little chat with all of you before the cops get there.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    dick semen rag


    Shaddup, will ya?

  • March 14, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Chris Hansen: "Now sir, why would attend a screening

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    with baby powder and Vasoline?"

  • March 14, 2011, noon CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    with **fingers crossed** kathleen turner she still makes me moist

  • March 14, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    AICN 15th red carpet...

    by flynnofilm

    You guys should totally have planned a red carpet event; you know over at I'd host you the video for free, so you could embed it here. Going to video some of the panel and/or Q&A if you'd like that! :)

  • March 14, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Re: Kathleen Turner...really? She's as big as a house!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Along with Beverly DeAngelo and Denise Crosby (Kirstie Ally always goes without saying), once hot ladies, to whom the years have not just been unkind...they've been brutal.

  • March 14, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Going to premiere the Captain America trailer first?

    by Chewtoy

    "know that you're in for an awesome trailer reel, a great film and a great guest" C'mon... there have been reports of a full-length Cap trailer being ready since March began. Even if the film itself is vintage, there's no reason there can't be some awesome footage showed as well, especially if the "special guest" is the director of one of this summer's big entries.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    It'll be Two Girls, One Cup.


    Special guest: The Cup.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen spotted in San Antonio! Print of "The Wraith" at the Alamo!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Actually, that would be pretty damn cool.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Love bites followed by a Q&A with Traci Lords

    by Gorgomel

  • March 14, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Fukk! The suspense is killing me!


    Come on, Harold, spit it out already! And I don't mean that chili dog.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    It's SUPER 8 with JJ in attendance

    by palimpsest

    Just thank your lucky stars it's not Joel Schumacher with the unawaited director's cut of 8MM.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    its HOOK!

    by Six Demon Bag


  • March 14, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Its Goonies - god damn it, Goonies i tell ya

    by korkie70

    Come on, just the fact i watched it on DVD this weekend should be enough for you get you heads around. GOONIES and then Super8

  • March 14, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Seriously! What DEƒUCK® is this?


    Harold, you ginger-tufted dick tease ... Naughty, naughty boy, you.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    i dont understand the reasoning that since you watched it this weekend on TV makes you think they are playing it on the big screen. do you have a magic DVD player that shows what you watch to hundreds of people in the dark?

  • March 14, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    "AICN Presents ... A TalkBack Production ...


    ... Of a CHOPPAH Film ... 'BAG OF DICKS: THE MOTION PICTURE' Coming soon to a cornhole near you ... "

  • March 14, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Rufio, dick semen rag?


    Did you know that "Rufio" also happened to be the nickname of a certain petulant, control-freak, 10-minute-rape-scene-loving blackboxer back in college?

  • March 14, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    you can blast beaks all you want but fuck off for associating that troll ass bitch with HOOK. best williams score ever.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    semen rag: What are you smoking?


    Johnny Williams did his best work for NBC's Olympic coverage. Everyone with an ear that only barely works knows that. Anyway, why DEƒUCK® am I talking to you, anyway? Children should be seen and not heard. CHOPPED.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    olympics over the NBC nighly news??? you crazy! but nothing can beat williams TV work for AMAZING STORIES. nothing.

  • March 14, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    choppah--->you've been bagged!

    by Six Demon Bag

    ha! two can play that game bitch

  • March 14, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Amazing Stories? You're a fukkwit if I ever knew one.


    The Sunday Night Football theme kicks Amazing Stories in the balls.

  • March 14, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST



    @headgeek666 Harry Knowles Stuck in elevator by stage at 15th Anniversary 10 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

  • March 14, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    In all seriousness, my guess is "E.T." with Henry Thomas.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    However, Harry said the guest in question may not actually have anything to do with the film shown. It might be just a celebrity fan of the film. Calcifer, who apparently heard Harry gabbing the other night, got me thinking. He said "vintage doesn't necessarily mean older." Maybe he's showing "True Grit" with Haillee Steinfled. Jeff Bridges would be a major score with either "True Grit" or "Tron: Legacy". Or maybe he called Sly Stallone and got him to come down and show "The Expendables". It's impossible to guess. It's almost sometimes a bad thing to do. Sometimes geek speculation sets the bar so high that disappointment is inevitable. I know. I've been to many of these screenings before. Before long everyone turns into raving, drooling maniacs and everyone has heard it's "Captain America" and Stan Lee is in the house. Then it turns out to be something much less with someone much less well known and we're told we suck unless we think this is awesome, but usually we turn our frowns upside down when it turns to indeed be awesome. Case and point: One year I thought I was seeing "Spider-man 2" six months early with Sam Raimi or something like that when it turned out to be "Night Warning" with Bo Svenson. In retrospect, that was more awesome an experience than any glossy, modern, star studded flick could ever deliver.

  • March 14, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Another good guess: "The Iron Giant" with Vin Diesel!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Actually, that may be my best guess yet that fits all the criteria Harry describes. Diesel was an early BNAT guest, he's not REALLY in the film since he was voice actor, but he can certainly talk about it. Harry loves the movie. I do too. It might be "topped soon" by "Super 8", but it fits well into that genre. It's vintage, but not old.

  • March 14, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Pffft. It's SUCKER PUNCH

    by zillabeast

  • March 14, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    My guess keep coming: "Fire and Ice" with guest William Stout!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The best example of Frazetta characters moving on film? Hmmm. That's a shot in dark that just jumped into my brain.

  • March 14, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    So - um - do you need a fucking badge or not?

    by Ben Addiction

    Damn Austin sucks during SXSW - anyone with a job can't afford to go part time with the crazy badge prices. So we get shut out by a bunch of hipster douchebag tourists who tie up traffic and go on and on about how they think Austin is sooooo awesome and how they really want to move here and grace us with their bullshit year-round. I guess it's ok if you are in the restaurant/bar business. But I'm not so fuck those people and fuck their awesome SXSW events. Ok, back to my shitty job....

  • March 14, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, it's not "E.T.", it's "Mac and Me" with free McDonalds for everyone!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The secret guest is Ronald McDonald. He's bringing Mayor McCheese, Grimace and the Hamburgler, so keep your eyes on your free big macs. That son of a bitch, Hamburgler, was only recently released from prison and the word is he hasn't reformed at all.

  • March 14, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    It cant be Super 8

    by TheJudger

    Half of that movies pull is not knowing what happens in the movie. Showing it would ruin that mystery way too soon. JJ likes surprises. So I highly doubt it is the movie.

  • March 14, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    reluctant austinite made me do a lol

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Mac and me is a crime against humanity but all that have endured it have an innate kinship.

  • March 14, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    @thejudger - What about Abrams' Trek screening??

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    They showed Abrams' new Trek movie early under the guise of it being a Trek II screening. So nothing's impossible

  • March 14, 2011, 6 p.m. CST


    by klytusnotdead

    You leave Jack Burton alone. Lu Pang was seen driving in from San Antonio.End of line.

  • March 14, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    It's E.T. 2

    by TheJudger G43gI You might be right shifty. Still as someone who is dying to see Super 8. 50% of the reason for this is not knowing what it's about.

  • March 14, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    by Will

    Just saw Roger Ebert headed into the State theater. Could it be Beyond the Valley of the Dolls?

  • March 14, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Oh shit! John Carpenter himself!


    No ... wait ... that's just the janitor.

  • March 14, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Anthony hopkins

    by Richard

    silence Of the lambs.

  • March 14, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Well?!? We're WAITING!!!

    by Blanket-Man

    Judge Smails must know!

  • March 14, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Holy cow it's THE GREAT KHALI!!!!

    by zillabeast

  • March 14, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by tomandshell

    Somebody spill the beans.

  • March 14, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Drew has one.

    by Uga

  • March 14, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by Uga

    I'd be pissed.

  • March 14, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Del Toro introduces DRAGONSLAYER (1981)

    by bubbatwo420


  • March 14, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Never seen it...

    by Nacho

    And I was a kid in the 80's.... Maybe is because it wasn't big outside the US?

  • March 14, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST


    by Nacho

    I saw the trailer on IMDB and I think the theatrical release was Paramount's and the video release was Disney's....

  • March 14, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Love Dragonslayer!!

    by RedeyeJedi

    One of my favorite 80s films. Can't beat Emperor Palpatine getting scorched by one of the best-looking film dragons. And Ralph Richardson going mano-a-mano with the dragon, still an epic ending.

  • March 14, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    It was a Paramount release...

    by Chewtoy

    ...though apparently Buena Vista did the overseas release for it. I'm still more interested in the trailers they showed. Shame it wasn't the rumored Joss Whedon appearance with Avengers Pre-Vis materials.

  • March 14, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Matthew Robbins and del toro worked on ITMM

    by Six Demon Bag

    So it makes sense. Robbins directed dragonslayer.

  • March 14, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Little baby dragons eat her, I think.

    by Chewtoy

  • March 14, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    No word on the trailers yet...

    by Nacho

    At least on twitter.... I would have hoped for Harry Potter, and Captain America at least. *No worries, misterman...

  • March 14, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Traumatic experience

    by Nacho

    Hahaha, I still remember my uncle taking me and my little cousin (7 yr old girl) to see Jurassic Park. Since the theatre was packed, we got front row seats!!! Way better than 3D, but way too shocking for my cousin....

  • March 14, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    @six demon bag - I sure do.

    by korkie70

    showed it to my 5 year old, its amazing 26 years on. everyone should watch it again now goonies never die

  • March 14, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Well, that didn't go so well ...

    by Cerpin

    I couldn't sit through Dragonslayer. I don't have anything at all against the movie and I love that Del Toro showed up to help Harry present it, but it's announcement took all the energy out of the room, and it only got worse when people all over the theater started leaving. Hard to watch a cult 80s flick (especially such a beat up print) when the mood just screams disappointment. On the bright side, those that were elated when Dragonslayer was announced are probably having the time of their lives. PS - For those wondering, the trailers were all vintage. Off the top of my head: Sword And The Sorcerer, Dungeons And Dragons, Krull, 7 Faces of Mr. Lao.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    People started leaving?

    by MooseMalloy

    What a bunch of fake-ass hipsters.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Anyone who knows Harry knows to expect anything.

    by John Maddening

    Even if you don't like it, it's going to be something special. Wish I could have been there. Happy 15th, guys!

  • March 15, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    DRAGONSLAYER introduced 'go-motion'...

    by justmyluck

    ...which was an animation method where the broad animation model's movements were computer-controlled, and the finer details were animated by hand. This created a 'natural' motion blur, as the animation camera shutter was left open for the computer-controlled moves of the dragon's head, wings, etc. DRAGONSLAYER was a super-concentrated ILM effects effort (circa the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK's VFX work), with Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, Phil Tippet and Peter Kuran (VCE animation) all working on it. Kuran's effects animation was somewhat of a breakthrough, with details like animated fire and spark 'reflections' in the camera lens all animated by hand. It also pushed the PG rating at the time, with the baby dragons munching on a sacrificial victm's foot. The problem with the movie is that the leads were just plain dull, and the overall pacing of the film was insert. Of course, it was an effects movie first and foremost, and for ILM's sequences, it came to life.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    re: walk-outs

    by justmyluck

    When I saw it in '81, I'm pretty sure I was only one of a few people in the theater. At least on DVD, you can skip to the dragon stuff.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    It's The Thing with guests John Carpenter or Kurt Russell.

    by Griefo

    Maybe leading into a screening of the new remake.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Oops. I didn't notice the date.

    by Griefo

    but Dragonslayer?! lame!

  • March 15, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by john

    harry fucked you all

  • March 15, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    dragonwhatnow ?

    by Richard

    i wasnt there, but if i would have been there, fuck knows what i would have done. If del toro was there a directors cut of pans labyrinth would have been pretty good ? or maybe i'm just missing the point of this whole event.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach


  • March 15, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Great Choice, Harry!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Would've loved to have been there! I saw Dragonslayer twice in the theater when it came out. Blown away by the story and the effects - which were like nothing Harryhausen had done to that point. I have great respect and admiration for Harryhausen, but this was the beginning of the end for his style of animation.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    I would've been fun

    by Jakester

    to see Dragonslayer on the big screen again. I watched it with my 8-year old daughter two weeks ago, and she thought it was pretty good.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    HA ha!

    by Blanket-Man

    It's liked Harry punk'd everyone. Dragonslayer? Really? Geez, what's next year's selection, "Q"? I certainly would've left, but I'm rude like that.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    to all those bitches who left early...

    by Six Demon Bag

    you dont know film. and you sure as hell dont appreciate film and its past. you thought you were seeing a summer film and all you wanted was bragging rights of seeing it early. not every screening can be SCOTT PILGRIM or KICK ASS or STAR TREK... though i might not agree with harrys pick, it was his choice and for ANYONE who has visited this site in the past, knows that harry has the attention span of a six year old hopped up on goofballs, so his pick could be something he truly wants to share with you, something hes been thinking about screening for a year, or more likely, something that popped up in a conversation, and harry thought, that would be cool to see on the big screen, which arguably it wouldve been. it is always great to see older films on the big screen in a good crowd and these fake ass posers walking out just wanted to see something new--something that can be easily replicated in the next couple months. and finally you fake ass wannabes who walked out of the screening, fuck you for making me defend harry. shit

  • March 15, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    blanket man

    by Six Demon Bag

    "Q?" i hope thats not a slam on Q? if only i could dream to see larry cohen's epic film on the big screen. you sir, are suspect! im watching you.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    It wasn't actually Dragonslayer.


    That's what they paid everyone in attendance $300 a pop to say. It was indeed actually a work print of Super 8. I was there. I know. And now I'm off to Japan.

  • Austin is the place to be.

  • Dragonslayer, ain't it cool? Hell yeah, it's cool!

  • March 15, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    six demon bag...

    by Blanket-Man

    Yeah, I saw "Q" on the big screen back in the day, and was bitterly disappointed. I know its taken on a bit of a cult following since then, but as a teen-ager I thought it sucked. I figure it's similar to Dragonslayer in that a small minority remember it fondly and love it, but the vast majority would be like, "wha...?!" (Q more so than DS.)

  • March 15, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    You Roll the dice and take your chances when it's a secret screening like that. That's the point. Sure it's not the first thing that pops up that I want to see in the big screen which is the give underappreciated and maybe unseen films a new life. Sure I wouldve been temporarily let down by the choice but then I wouldve said why not and watched it since it's been quite some time. What I wouldn't have done is cried sour grapes and walked like a pussy who didn't get what he wanted.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Blanket-Man

    So, getting up and leaving instead of wasting two hours watching a movie he/she has no interest in seeing again somehow would make one a "pussy"? Considering how little info was provided about what movie was to be shown, I agree that patrons were "rolling the dice." But Harry was also rolling the dice, playing a movie that has a following of sorts but certainly wouldn't be high on most movie fans' lists of "flicks I gotta see on the big screen!" A unique choice, and I'm happy for those who enjoyed it, but I've gotta assume there were a lot of disappointed fans there last night. And I disagree that everyone who left did so because they were expecting THOR or SUPER 8 or some other "new" movie. Had John Landis (or David Naughton!) popped out for a showing of "American Werewolf in London," the place probably would've gone nuts.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    What does Dragonslayer do better than any other film before/since??

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    and what is it that might overshadow it soon??

  • March 15, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    blanket-man is right

    by Cerpin

    I didn't leave out of spite or because I was expecting a summer blockbuster. I just wasn't interested in watching an ugly print of Dragonslayer with a crowd that didn't seem overly interested in it.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    blanket man

    by Six Demon Bag

    i disagree..those people who walked out already "wasted" hours getting there and waiting in line and buying tickets and whatnot.. to wholly dismiss a film and walk out because its not SUPER 8 and what they initially wanted--oh well. do these people walk out of films regularly? do they walk out of RANGO cause they thought it was going to be something other than they thought or do they have the conviction to stick with the whole film and give it a chance. this commonplace notion that a film has to be what i want right away and everyone around me should enjoy what i enjoy is retarded. as a film fan, i have NEVER walked out on a film, regardless of its quality. each and every one of those patrons last night had a differing opinion of what they wanted to hell yes the chances were slim that they were going to see what they wanted. the people who walked out are nothing but spoiled little brats. and considering all the shit that is going down in the world, a little fantasy is nice for a change of pace.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    you are as much at fault for not being overtly interested in the film. suck it up and watch the fucking film since you took the time to leave your abode and travel through a tourist congested city to see "a secret screening" my wife,who hates shit like dragonslayer, after all that, wouldve stayed.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by End_Of_Line

    Just my opinion, but I would agree with Harry that Dragonslayer got the dragon right better than any film since. The design of the dragon is MY favorite in any movie since. Though How To Train Your Dragon was damn good, I prefer the realism of the dragon in Dragonslayer. Other dragons that I had hopes for, but didn't quite deliver - Harry Potter 4, Beowulf, Dragonheart. I enjoyed them all, but the FX work on Dragonslayer was spot on for what I always pictured in my head The possibility to overshadow comes from in the form of Smaug - a dragon that would have been partly designed by Del Toro for The Hobbit.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Disagree SDB

    by konkrete590

    I walked out of Ultraviolet. Hated it from the first frame and only made 30 minutes in and had to leave. Sometimes you just don't like a movie. I like Dragonslayer, but know a lot of people that hat it.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by End_Of_Line

    The humans in Dragonslayer weren't as compelling.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Two very different things

    by Blanket-Man

    Walking out of RANGO before it ends is quite different than walking out at the beginning of a "secret screening" of a movie that EVERYONE IN THE ROOM HAS PROBABLY SEEN ALREADY. They knew what was coming, and weren't interested. I don't see the crime. My initial post said it would be rude to do so, but considering what goes on in movie theaters these days, walking out is near the bottom of the list of common rude behaviors at the cineplex. Were I a fan of the movie, I'd rather sit in a half-full theater with other Dragonslayer fanatics than a packed house of shifting, snoring, disinterested movie-goers, anyway.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    What a fucking joke Harry, your power is waning...

    by coconutgroves

    It's SXSW, not Fantastic Fest of BTAN. This shows you are losing the pull you once had.

  • Now, there's still the question of whether it's a presentation that *you'd* be interested in, so there's a gamble. I mean, they could have had footage of the next "Twilight" film and still pissed off a lot of people, but there's little doubt that they could have filled a theater and then some with people who would have killed to see that stuff. I'm sure some people had a blast. I'm sure some people didn't get a chance to read Harry's post trying to dial back expectations as well, and so were sorely disappointed.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed the film, but

    by Glen Hall

    I think it was a poor choice for this kind ofi screening. It's got killer effects for it's time and del Toro wasn't joking when he said the Dragon is one of the best in film, but I think they should have gone with something WAY more classic. Super 8 or Thor certainly would have been cool, but personally I was hoping for the Thing. It's a classic, it's likely to be new to a lot of people in that audience, and most importantly it's really fucking good on all levels. I'm sorry, but after it's effects, Dragonslayer does NOT have much to offer, the story is boring and the acting is barely above mediocre. I waited three hours in line for a ticket to get into this, and while I don't regret it, I could see why someone else would. This would have been a perfect flick for an Alamo secret screening on some random weekend, but not for a huge event like this. Harry needed to wheel out a crowd pleaser, and this just didn't cut it. THAT's why people were leaving, as rude as they might be for doing so.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    i'd feel dumb for wasting time in line..only to walk out

    by Six Demon Bag

    3 hours in line to ensure a seat and THEN to walk out?!?! at least make it worth it..stick around and watch the film you just wasted all afternoon and night to have an opportunity to see. whats two more hours and a film's worth of entertainment to lose? harrys not about pleasing people, only himself. he shows films that people havent seen before (or on the big screen) and nothing makes him more happy than to introduce something new to someone. THE THING (to harry) comes and goes all the time, but as i stated earlier, im sure dragonslayer was mentioned and that got harry all moist and he ran with it. he wasnt trying to dupe anyone or pull a banksy, but only to share a film that at the moment he is in love with. fuck him and fuck you for making me defend him.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I jealous of those who got to see Dragonslayer on the big screen. Art divides.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Dragonslayer is art. 30 years on and film has not seen a better dragon.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by TallanDagwood

    I truly love this movie. I think it is outstanding across the board. From the story to the acting to the effects. I thought the interaction between Galen and Valerian was fantastic, and I usually do not like peter MacNicol - he is too mannered. I fell in love a bit with Caitlin Clarke, and was very saddened to hear of her death at such a relativley young age. All of that being said, I have never waited in line for more than an hour for a movie in my entire life - midnight showing of Burton's Batman in '89 was first and last time. I suppose I can understand though why some would be disappointed given the history of the event and the time they had to wait for what they expected to be a blockbuster. I do think Harry should have floored those expectations moreso than he did, but I actually have no problem with people leaving a screening who did not want to be there.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Damn predictive text. Sorry about the typos.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 15, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Dragonslayer aside...

    by End_Of_Line

    It's worth waiting to hear a Q&A with Del Toro ANYTIME! That guy is entertaining as hell, and even if I wasn't excited by the film, to hear Del Toro speak of his recent problems within the studio system would have been worth it. I saw him last time he came to Austin with Hellboy 2 and that screening was epic. They even paid for all of our food at The Alamo.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    You think people wouldn't have walked out if "The Thing" played?

    by D Ropaela

    Or "E.T." for that matter? These are movies people have seen many times and can watch at any fucking moment. Sure, people go to revivals of movies like this all the time, but that's because they know what they're getting. There is no "surprise," outside of, say, BNAT, but everyone who goes to that one KNOWS that kind of shit is in store. You also have to consider that the crowd in Austin for SXSW isn't comprised of just geeks who think a surprise screening of "Dragonslayer" would be a great way to spend a chunk of a night in Austin, a city that happens to be teeming with music, booze and pussy this week. There are hipsters, pseudo-hipsters, douchebags, hippies, flakes, journalists, hipster journalists, pseudo-hipster journalists, douchebag journalists, etc. crawling all over the place for stories. And what better story than a fucking "surprise" screening by Harry Knowles, who has been known to pull big-time bait and switches before (See: STINO). "Gee, should I stick around and watch 'Dragonslayer,' which I've seen twice before, or should I go out, grab some nachos and liquor up some co-eds?"

  • March 15, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    exactly CHICKEN

    by Six Demon Bag

    buncha fake ass bitches walking out had no business being there in the first place, think they were going to see GREEN LANTERN or SUCKER PUNCH

  • March 15, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Again: Stay in with a bunch of sweaty nerds to watch "Dragonslayer"?

    by D Ropaela

    Or go out and party with some drunk girls down to fuck?

  • March 15, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by D Ropaela

    It really does cut both ways. I don't pity those assholes for waiting in line to see it only to walk out later. It's Harry fucking Knowles. They should know better. Still, even though Harry's post scaled back expectations somewhat, he needs to understand that he can't hype geek shit that appeals to him and his coterie of pimple-faced sycophants and expect everyone else to come along for the ride.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    i say watch DRAGONSLAYER and then ravage town with a little of the old in-out with the co-eds... i would also go by BOOK PEOPLE too and pick up some great books. is WATERLOO still there?

  • March 15, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    General usage question to any and all

    by TallanDagwood

    Is there a way to refresh the page view/replies without having to click on the story header itself?

  • March 15, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I can't really follow your logic, SDB...

    by Chewtoy

    "Spend 3 hours + $x to walk out on a movie you don't want to see again" strikes me as a better proposition than "Spend 5 hours + $x to sit through a movie you don't want to see again." I mean, sure, they both sound like lousy evenings... but once the film was revealed, there was no changing the investment of time or money they audience had already made. The question from that point forward was whether they made the further investment of the next 2 hours watching a film they didn't want to watch, or whether they did something more enjoyable with that time.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Book People?

    by D Ropaela

    They sell porn magazines there?

  • March 15, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by TallanDagwood

    I think you hit the nail on the head. For those who were bitterly disappointed, why compound that by staying? I have no doubt though that the long wait fueled that disappointment more than would have been the case if it was just the usual wait for a movie. The longer the wait, the higher the expectations, the greater the disappointment.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    3 hours and money and walk out with nothing? or 5 hours and money and walk out with a film experience and a Q&A with del toro? keep in mind, most people who walked were probably idiots who hadnt even seen the film but were just pissed that it wasnt a sneak preview they were hoping. had i stood in line for 3 hours and paid good money to see a mystery film, id be damned if i was gonna stay and watch that film. i couldve been beautician and the beast and i wouldve stayed. these people who initially walked into the theater to see a mystery film shouldve know approximately what to expect from the mind of harry. love him or hate him, he does what he does. i could tell by the way he was writing up there that this was a film that would come out of left field, like he was trying to sell it to ya and take his word for it. he was trying hard to pimp it. he prolly knew some people would be disappointed that the hype didnt deliver, but i relly dont think that was the point. it was to show a lost gem that rarely gets to shine these days.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    porn mags? new and used

  • March 15, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by D Ropaela

    I'm gonna hafta avoid that sticky situation, then.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Dragonslayer? Starring that guy from Ghostbusters II and Ally McBeal?


    I have zero familiarity with the movie, but given this was a SXSW-related event, that's a pretty underwhelming choice.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Why DE£UCK™ do I even come here??


    You geeks never stop whining, do you? Here, have yourself a shiny new iPad. That outta keep you distracted for five minutes. CHOPPED.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    You tell em steve-Dave

  • March 15, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    six demon bag

    by Cerpin

    My badge is through the company I work for, so admission for me was free. I stood in line for roughly 40-45 minutes. I live in Austin, and I was already downtown for the trade show and the screening of Win Win. So, in other words, it wasn't as though I went through some crazy, expensive ordeal to be there. It was really minimal effort on my part. I think everything in regards to this screening would have been fine had Harry just come out and said "I'm bringing in Del Toro, and we're picking an old movie that we both love."

  • March 15, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Lemme get this straight:


    Bloated manchild with reputation of hyping things to extreme levels hypes another event to extreme levels. Bloated manchild followers of bloated manchild go right along with it, like the millennial suckers they are. Bloated manchild disappoints bloated manchild followers en masse, and bloated manchildren leave feeling butt hurt and ripped off. And I'm supposed to give a fukk? Um, no.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

  • March 15, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    ok well,thats not that bad. but to be fair: harry did basically spell it out that this was not your typical film, it was vintage, and that it was a special guest, who wasnt associated with the film. which roughly translates in spazzspeak to: me and my friend have a film we REALLY like and would like to show it to you

  • March 15, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    one more thing cerpin--

    by Six Demon Bag

    how was WIN WIN?

  • March 15, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    One thing I've learned, SDB

    by Blanket-Man

    Just let people do what they want to do, as long as it ain't impeding on anyone else. So some people felt like getting up and leaving? So what. As long as it didn't interfere with others' enjoyment of the show, why ya care? Assuming that "most people who walked were probably idiots" is a mistake, IMO. There may have been as many different reasons for leaving as there were people who left. Lumping them all together as unappreciative morons doesn't help your argument at all. They showed up for something, not at all sure what it might be, but hopeful for an enjoyable evening. When it turned out to be something they weren't interested in, they left. BFD. And choppah, I realize you're too hip for this talkback, but if you REALLY didn't give a fukk, you wouldn't have bothered to write such a clever response.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    sdb - win win

    by Cerpin

    Pretty much your standard indie drama, but it had a lot of charm and slew of good laughs. I wouldn't of been disappointed had I payed for it.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST



    It seems you have this thread covered. OHHHHHHHH!!!! Be sure to tip your waitress.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by Blanket-Man

    It was a slow day at work; what can I tell ya?

  • March 15, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST



    If I were your boss, and I saw you fucking off on AICN, I'd send you out get an eight-ball and some Chinese hookers.