Campy Classics Highlight Summer Midnight Movies by Kevin M. Thomas

Peaches Christ

After a decade of bringing joy, camp and horror to legions of moviegoers, Peaches Christ’s Midnight Mass movie series will come to a close at the end of August.

But don’t fret yet as we still have a whole two months of wonderful productions that are mostly followed by less than stellar films.

And according to Joshua Grannell, Peaches Christ’s alter-ego, this is not the end of the midnight movie series, it’s just the end of the summer tradition that has taken place at the Bridge theatre for the passed 12 years. “This will allow us to put on bigger shows throughout the year,” says Grannell, who is excited by the new possibilities.

Perhaps one of the future Midnight Mass that Grannell will put on will include his writing and directorial debut of the camp horror film “All About Evil,” which won’t be completed before this summer’s midnight movie series is over but a preview is promised during the final weekend, which also screens “Elvira Mistress of the Dark” with star Cassandra Peterson on hand (who is also in “All About Evil.”) Buzz is this film is original, hilarious, gory and bawdy – just the type of movie that attracts Peaches Christ fans.

But before looking ahead and midnight movie’s future, let’s take a look at Midnight Mass past.

Elvira

Elvira

One film that has shown every summer is the critically lambasted, multiple Razzie Award winner for worst film and acting is “Showgirls.”  This year the pre-show will include Peaches usual dance number but she adds, “we’re throwing in something new to the mix, making it even more exciting for her fans that have seen the production every year.”

Other highpoints from Midnight Mass past include Peaches drag interpretation of “Mommie Dearest” called Tranny Dearest. And “Purple Rain” always proves to be a hit – complete with sexy bathtub dance to “When Doves Cry” as well – just like in the music video. There’s been even a decent cover band performing the songs from “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”

And almost every season brings a John Waters classic – and on more than one occasion, John Waters himself sat down and talked with Peaches about his films and career or sat in the audience just enjoying the show.

This year – nothing is being held back. The series begins with a Linda Blair tribute weekend starting July 10 with the screening of her cult classic “Roller Boogie” followed by “The Exorcist” on July 11. Even Blair will be on hand and be part of the pre-show.

Linda Blair

Linda Blair

In addition, the film summer series will include a usual Waters camp classic and “Showgirls,” and will include return appearances of “Poltergeist,” which Peaches own version “Polter Christ.”

Of all of the movies that Peaches wishes she could have screened include “Sleepaway Camp” and “Frankenhooker” but she never got the rights to them. “I’d love to have had Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) as a guest,” says Peaches, “as he was such an inspiration to me as a child.”  But alas that never happened either. Perhaps it’s meant for Midnight Mass future.

Some of Midnight Mass fans come for the pre-show and leave before the movie even screens. A lot of hard work is put into these shows but one of them stands out the most in Peaches’ memory – the 10th anniversary celebration in which they created a best of Midnight Mass Variety show, with a bunch of songs and performances from the history of the midnight movie series. And it was especially memorable as several of the series passed guests including Waters, Mink Stole and Tura Santana were present in the audience, watching the performance. “It was beyond incredible and I’ll never forget that night,” says Peaches.

As the summer midnight movies series begins its final season, Peaches will still be bringing her love for theatre and performance to other venues in the years to come.

To check out the summer series, go to www.peacheschrist.com.

To purchase tickets, go to the Landmark Theatre website or click
https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com.

The Hotel Mark Twain also has a special midnight movie package forthcoming. Check out the specials page at www.hotelmarktwain.com.