In what could be construed as a cry for help, John Travolta made it his mission to bring Scientology leader L Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi novel to the screen. He succeeded only too well. The movie was a big budget disaster, one of the most embarrassing flops of the new millennium.
Battlefield Earth, of course, is set in the next millennium, the year 3000, and Travolta stars as a 9 foot tall alien (a Psychlos) lording it over the humans in a Rasta wig and KISS boots. Fortunately Vancouver’s own Barry Pepper is on hand to win the world back for mankind.
Ranked by critics somewhere between Showgirls and Plan 9 from Outer Space, Battlefield Earth swept the Razzies, with wins across the board for worst film, actor, director, you name it. Screenwriter JS Shapiro commented (with a degree of pride), ""Out of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest."
Copresented with Northwest Comedy, this screening will be shown in Hecklevision: allowing you, the audience, to text your running commentary, barbs, put downs and snark up there on the screen.
Vancity Theatre is licensed for the sale of alcohol.
How does it work?
Best if you download the free iOS MuVChat texting app from your iPhone’s App Store. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can simply send standard text messages.
When you arrive at Battlefield Earth, you’ll be given a screening-specific access code to enter into the app or text to MuVChat. Once you receive a confirmation, your heckles appear on the big-screen for the duration of the event.
"Pretty much the Showgirls of sci-fi shoot-em-ups" Dennis Harvey,Variety
A million monkeys with a million crayons would be hard-pressed in a million years to create anything as cretinous as Battlefield Earth." Washington Post
"Bad enough to make audiences ashamed to be part of the same species as the people who made it." Nathan Rabin, AV Club