October 2001 Movie Previews by David Marsh

imageThe American Astronaut
Official Web Page  Release: 09/21 NYC

Is this amazing or what? The only Sci-Fi film scheduled to come out in October is  The American Astronaut, and that's only a limited release of a Sundance film. If you're not in NYC or LA, good luck.

Sure there are scores of slasher flicks in the offing, but you know what? I just don't feel like pushing horror just at the moment. So there.

I do feel like going to Chiller Con next month and checking out scream queens, goth babes and glamour gals...so call me hypocritical.

Hey - I am large, I contain multitudes. 

Get over it. - DM

The American Astronaut is shot in black and white to evoke a 1950s sense of film, it's bad space SF done to bad retro-rockabilly, and I'm looking forward to it.

The film's official website provides the following synopsis - "THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT Distributed by Artistic License Films Written, directed, and starring Cory McAbee of The Billy Nayer Show, this space western musical uses flinty black-and-white photography, rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier to bring the film, set in the dirty, isolated vastness of outer space, to life. The film also stars Rocco Sisto and Gregory Russell Cook. THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT follows the adventures of an interplanetary trader (McAbee) through his Homeric intergalactic journey to provide the all-female population of Venus with a suitable singular male, all the while being pursued by the cold-blooded and childish killer, Professor Hess (Sisto), an enigmatic figure from his past. The film features an original soundtrack by the The Billy Nayer Show."

A "Homeric space western musical in flinty black and white with an all-female Venutian population! Holy Cow! Could this be bad enough to be good? Probably not, but I don't care. Well, maybe I care a little,  but I'm desperate.

Eric Snyder who has done a number of odd things and was somehow connected to at The Daily Herald wrote  a nicely scathing review of the film which you might want to check out.  

I'll be checking it out at it's Theatrical Release: 

The Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston St. (corner of Houston & Mercer)
New York, NY
Opening Sept. 21st

You can also check the official web page for other locations.