Join us on Friday, October 16th at 7:30 PM, as we team with RetroPop Live! to launch their new online virtual festival RetroPop Live! Halloween with a Double Feature of 80’s VHS horror classics Chopping Mall and Puppet Master!
RetroPop Live: Halloween can be seen online on October 17 at 1 p.m. PST by registering at www.RetroPopLive.com, and will also be available nationally and internationally free through various broadcast and live stream media partners — including The Frida Cinema! Festivities kick off on Friday, October 16th for those fans lucky enough to live in Southern California, with a special Drive-In Horror Movie Experience and cast reunion with two beloved cult classics!
Chopping Mall Director / Co-Writer Jim Wynarksi, Actress Kelli Maroney, Actor Russell Todd and Co-Writer Steve Mitchell will be at the venue for a live Q&A! A duplicate Killbot robot will also be on display for photo opportunities!
Tickets per car, regardless of number of riders, are $50 including service fee. To purchase, see the embedded checkout below or click here to be redirected to the ticketing page.
Producer Julie Corman (Saturday the 14th) and director Jim Wynorski (The Return of the Swamp Thing) put the pedal to the metal with 1986’s Chopping Mall, a joyous hybrid of Friday the 13th and Dawn of the Dead . . . with robots! A group of horny teens, including Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet), sneak into a mall. But they soon find themselves confronted with a team of blood-thirsty, high-tech Robo-killers. Packed with familiar faces from the Roger Corman stable (Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller), this movie crams more slit-throats, lasers, and exploding robots into 77 minutes than most filmmakers can muster in an entire career.
Producer Charles Band has inarguably built the world’s largest empire of tiny terror. And for all of his ghoulies and dangerous toys and gingerdead men, none of his miniature monstrosities have tapped into audiences’ minds like the Puppet Master franchise! Currently standing at thirteen (!!) sequels and running strong, the saga has become one of the most enduring in horror history. It all started in 1989 under the skilled command of writer/director David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap), who weaves a wicked world of perverse puppets doing the bloodthirsty bidding of their crackpot creator Andre Toulon (the great William Hickey). Each of his small-scale slaughterers has their own unique characteristics: microcephalic mangler Pinhead, vomitously vampiric Leech Woman, spectral slasher Blade and more, setting the foundation for the unstoppable undersized universe of Puppet Master.
RetroPop Media is the world’s first retro pop culture events, live stream productions, and media platform dedicated to celebrating all things “Classic” and “Old School”… from the “Groovy” 70’s to the “Totally Awesome” 80’s and the “OMG” 90’s. RetroPop Media produces both live and virtual events tailored to fans of nostalgia. The company’s founders have created and produced NostalgiaCon, DARKSIDE IN RIVERSIDE, Altísimo Live, and Hispanicize! RetroPop Media is also a leading 360 live stream production partner for other festivals, producers, and brands.
Our Drive-In event will take place at Mess Hall Market, a world-class chef-driven market food hall which offers a wide assortment of food and beverage options. Immediately adjacent to the new Tustin Legacy Park, filled with walking trails & open space, Mess Hall Market also offers abundant parking, convenient access, and a truly one-of-a kind dining experience through 10 eclectic concepts.
WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?
We cannot place any cars prior to 5:30PM, so please do not arrive any earlier than this. Guests who arrive earlier than 5:30PM will be asked to come back at 5:30PM, and it’s a difficult turn to make, so please help us avoid that by not trying to get on the lot earlier than 5:30PM. Cars will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis, one car at a time, and in sections based on size of car and desired style of viewing (i.e. open hatchbacks, etc. – more information below).
WHERE IS MESS HALL AT FLIGHT IN TUSTIN?
Mess Hall at FLIGHT is located at 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, CA 92782. The screening will take place on the 4-level Parking Structure between Flight Way and Airship. Click here for map and directions. Please note that due to the venue being a multi-level parking structure, the clearance level for vehicles is 8’2″ (8 feet and 2 inches) so plan your ride accordingly!
HOW DO I REDEEM MY TICKET?
Upon purchase, ticket will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment from Eventbrite. When you arrive to the event, please show the attendant the bar code on your ticket through your car window, either by holding up your printed version, or by displaying it on your phone or smart device. Attendant will scan it to check you in, and you’ll be good to go!
DO I NEED FM RADIO IN MY CAR?
YES! This is a “silent-style” Drive-In event, with no speakers. The film’s soundtrack will be accessible exclusively through your car’s FM Radio, for maximum social-distance safety. We will provide you with the FM station upon arrival. Make your your car has an FM radio so you can hear the film!
WILL THERE BE FOOD FOR SALE?
YES! Tustin’s Mess Hall will be open starting at 5:30PM so you can grab a bite before the show! The following restaurants will be participating:
– Big Parm
WILL YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?
Restrooms will be available at Mess Hall Market. As our approval of this event is based on our assurance of safety, we ask that folks wear protective masks when leaving your cars for any reason, including to use the restroom.
REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR ENGINE ON EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE…
As you will be running your battery non-stop so that you can listen to the film on FM, you run the risk of killing your battery. We are always ready to go with the jumper cables for those who need them!, but to eliminate the risk of your battery dying, remember to turn your car on every once in a while.
…BUT MIND YOUR HEADLIGHTS!
Some cars have headlights that automatically turn on when the engine is turned over. There’s generally a setting to eliminate that — please make an effort to switch that setting so that your headlights don’t beam on when you power on your car, as headlights wipe out the image on the screen. We will have cardboard and tablecloths on hand for cars that may need help with this — let an attendant know if you need materials to cover your headlights.
MIND YOUR DOME LIGHTS AND BRAKE PEDAL
We understand that sometimes you have to flick on the dome light to look for something in your car, but please don’t have your dome light on for a stretched period of time — and certainly, not through the entire film. Any light proves very distracting to the audience around you. And lastly — we understand that it sometimes feels instinctual to do so, but please make an effort to keep your foot off your brake pedal. In a dark environment, brake lights provide quite the surprising glow.
CAN I SIT IN MY TRUCK BED?
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CAN I PUT MY CONVERTIBLE’S TOP DOWN?
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CAN I THROW THE HATCH OF MY HATCHBACK UP AND SIT IN THE BACK TO WATCH THE SHOW?
– Please note that tall cars / SUV’s / trucks will be parked in parking areas to the sides of the middle area, or along the back rows, to minimize obstruction of rows behind you.
– Guests are allowed to sit in their truck beds, so long as they keep their protective masks on.
– Guests are allowed to put their tops down, so long as they keep their protective masks on.
– Raised hatches proved quite obstructive to rows of cars behind them in viewing the screen. If you’re absolutely set on sitting in your hatchback with your hatch up, you will be asked to park either to the sides of our car staging area, or along the back rows. And — like truckbeds and convertibles — if your hatch is open, we ask that you keep your masks on. Again, our approval of this event is based on our assurance of absolute safety, with folks keeping masks on when not inside their closed cars.
– For trucks: Please keep in mind that the soundtrack is coming in through FM radio. As such, either have a low-volume FM radio in your truck bed with you, or you can slide open the little window to your truck bed and play through your car stereo at a reasonable volume. Please note: The clearance level for the parking structure is 8 feet and 2 inches (8’2″). If your vehicle is taller than this, you will not be able to enter the parking structure.