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The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Starship Troopers (97)

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Starship Troopers (97)

“The only good bug, is a dead bug.”

Inexplicably, Paul Verhoeven‘s 1997 work of futuretastic sci-fi fantasy, STARSHIP TROOPERS – a movie about humans in a fascistic, militaristic future doing battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival – has become a cult-favourite. This means that it is best appreciated on the big screen, among friends, mildly inebriated (probably), and with the Gentlemen Hecklers on hand to provide live, hilarious commentary.

Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Michael Ironside and Rue McLanahan (!) star in and  the distant future, the Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. But there was a time before the war… A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost…

Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, Gina Harms and K.C. Novak are Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing, making ‘so-bad-they’re-good’ movies even better by talking you through them – providing live, hilarious commentary – for the best bad movies!

Over the past six years, The Gentlemen Hecklers have built up a loyal cult following in Vancouver, and recently brought their talents to a wider audience thanks to the critically acclaimed Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode “Cry Wilderness” on Netflix.

Wednesday, June 12
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm
Tickets $12 advance HERE | $15 at the door

*Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.
**Minors permitted. (Language warning.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

STARSHIP TROOPERS (Paul Verhoeven, 1997 / 129 mins / 18A) Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an arachnoid species known as “the Bugs”.

High Life

High Life

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system.The crew death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely… Continue Reading

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This year’s Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature,  SPIDER-MAN: INTO SPIDERVERSE is a “marvel,” indeed! Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. SPIDER-MAN: INTO… Continue Reading

VBAFF Presents Space Babes from Outer Space

VBAFF Presents Space Babes from Outer Space

The Vancouver Badass Film Festival Presents SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE Three space women land on Earth in search of sexual energy to fuel their spaceship and get back home. They befriend a lonely farmboy who helps them on their plight, all while evading their mortal enemies, the Scrotes. “This sci-fi sex comedy is filled with… Continue Reading

Level 16

Level 16

Canadian filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy’s (BLACK FIELD, H&G) dystopian, feminist sci-fi fantasy LEVEL 16 has been blowing up genre fests around the world – and returns to the Rio Theatre for its theatrical premiere in March, just in time for Women’s History Month. The film follows sixteen year-old protagonist Vivien, who is trapped in The Vestalis… Continue Reading

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Monday Double Bill! We’re toasting writer-director Panos Cosmatos with a double double bill bill featuring both his feature debut, 2012’s hyper-stylish midnighter BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, and one of 2018’s most buzzed about titles, the punishing, blood-soaked hallucinogenic revenge odyssey MANDY. See one, or see them both for one sweet price! Set in the strange… Continue Reading

Barbarella

Barbarella

The Rio Theatre‘s Friday Late Night Movies series continues on January 18 with a big ol’ cheesy slice of unadulterated 60’s camp – with “Queen of the Galaxy” Jane Fonda in Roger Vadim’s out-of-this-world sci-fi sex romp cult-classic, BARBARELLA. “BARBARELLA is a gift-wrapped ‘X’ certificate bonbon for a space age nursery.” (The Spectator) “Roger Vadim’s… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: STAR TREK III The Search for Spock

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: STAR TREK III The Search for Spock

Let The Gentlemen Hecklers provide you with their unique brand of live, hilarious commentary – for the best cheesy movies! Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha and special guest star KC Novak are Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing, making so-bad-they’re-good movies even better… By talking you through them. At the end of what many Trekkies still consider… Continue Reading

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

“Pathetic earthlings… Who can save you now?” Remember that time your favourite band Queen laid down a killer soundtrack for one of the 80s most gloriously insane, over-the-top, inter-galactic superhero movies of ever (or maybe just the 80s)? Of course you do! Because that movie is FLASH GORDON, it’s gonna save every one of us,… Continue Reading

Overlord

Overlord

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But,… Continue Reading