Friday, April 5, 2013

Mega-Bad-Movie Night & The Academy of Natural Sciences


For all my geek and non-geek friends who are not familiar with the events hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, listen up! Besides offering the general public great exhibits, live animals, live butterflies, dioramas, science and research, the Academy offers an event for adults, called Mega-Bad-Movie Night.

If you remember Mystery Theater 3000, then you know where I’m going with this. For the small price of 15 dollars, you get food, drinks (wine and beer at the cash bar), and a chance to check out the museum before the start of the movie.
Last night’s show was Dinocroc vs. Supergator, a Roger Corman film starring John Carradine as Jason Drake, Corey Landis as Paul Beaumont, Amy Rasimus as Cassidy Swanson, John Callahan as Charlie Swanson, and Rib Hillis as the “Cajun.”
 This show was your typical Roger Corman film (I love this man) with your typical scantily clad bimbos, muscle men, evil scientists, heroes, lots of guns and bombs, and anatomically incorrect dinosaurs. By the middle of the show, the audience was cheering whenever the Dinocroc or Supergator snacked on one of the actors.
This was a bad, bad movie, but that’s the whole point of the event. What makes this a fun filled night is the commentary that takes place throughout the film. No, we don’t have Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot or Gypsy,

but Jason Poole, Dinosaur Hall Coordinator, and Paul Callomon, Collections Manager of Malacology, along with Mike Kaczmarcik, Teacher Naturalist and Outreach Manager did just as well if not better than MSt3K, at firing off comments to the audience, with one slight difference, with our commentators, we got some interesting scientific facts.  
This whole event is pull together by Jill Sybesma, Adults Program Manager. She and many of the Academy Staff entertain the guests before the movie begins by displaying some of the specimens from the Academy’s large research collection, and by showing off the animals from the Live Animal Unit. Last night we met an alligator and a snake.
The next Mega Bad Movie Night will be on June 27th and will feature Paul Callomon and Teri Scott, Senior Marketing Manager. The movie and the third commentator will be announced. Take my word on this, we all deserve a fun night out and with Mega-Bad-Movie Night, you won’t be disappointed.
Check out the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University's site for family events!!!

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