The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Fortress on 35mm!

When: February 28, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

This is a 25th anniversary screening because it didn’t get released in North America until 1993!

FORTRESS (1992)
Dir. Stuart Gordon
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith, Loryn Locklin, Clifton Collins Jr., Lincoln Kilpatrick, Jeffery Combs
Runtime: 95 min
Country: Australia, USA
Format: A 35mm print generously provided by the University of Toronto Media Commons Archive.

FORTRESS WILL ALSO BE PRECEDED BY A FEB.MO.VID PRE-SHOW CELEBRATING FMV VIDEO GAMES PRODUCED IN PART WITH HAND EYE SOCIETY!

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Poster Artist: Andrew Barr

“FORTRESS has an unusually energetic imagination. At its best, it blends ROBOCOP, THE HANDMAID’S TALE and BRAVE NEW into something scary, original and grimly amusing.” – The New York Freakin’ Times

“Stuart Gordon’s hugely underappreciated sci-fi effort… utilizes Lambert’s bland appeal to dazzling effect.” – VHS Revival

It’s the future (2017), and a reformed fascistic American government has given way to a frightening dystopia! (Timely ain’t it?)

Chief among the nation’s concerns is population control, and so when HIGHLANDER’s Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin risk having a second child after a miscarriage, they’re both whisked to a maximum security prison ruled by Kurtwood ‘ROBOCOP’ Smith who tyrannically maintains order via pumping the inmates guts full of “Intestinators” – bombs that go off whenever they step out of line – literally.

What follows is a meat and potatoes prison break flick, but executed with all the wit, ingenuity and rock-solid filmmaking that its director – the great Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR) is known for.

As far as THE LASER BLAST FILM SOCIETY is concerned, Stuart Gordon has never, ever made a bad movie, and FORTRESS is no outlier.

While Lambert admittedly makes for a banal leading man Kurtwood Smith (Eric’s Dad Red from THAT 70’s SHOW) is a firecracker, and the rest of the cast is charismatic cavalcade, with a fresh-faced Clifton Colins Jr., an unhinged Vernon Wells (Wez from THE ROAD WARRIOR) and Gordon’s muse Jeffrey Combs all but eating the spectacular and enormous sets.

Complete with gross-out gore gags, slick-looking cyborgs, and magnificent (and sparkly) pyro-laden action, all effortlessly conducted in harmony by Mr. Gordon, FORTRESS is yet another stellar example that for the director of FROM BEYOND, ROBOT JOX and STUCK.

There’s no reason why a B-Movie can’t be A+ entertainment!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!

The Laser Blast Film Society is thrilled to once again partner with The Hand Eye Society to make this screening of FORTRESS another edition of FEB.MO.VID., an annual celebration of the compressed, scan-line ridden era of FULL MOTION VIDEO (FMV) games!

While FORTRESS doesn't have a clear connection to FMV gaming, the futuristic-prison-breakout film was certainly drinking from the same aesthetic well as many video games of the era. Before the film, we'll be screening a brand-new mash-up of outrageous FMV games and particular their commercials, to explore the various means the film and video game industry was desperate to convince consumers that the lines between virtual and reality had finally been shattered!

PLUS TICKETS TO FORTRESS WILL BE DISCOUNTED AT THE DOOR FOR CARD-CARRYING MEMBERS OF THE HAND EYE SOCIETY!

AND THERE'S EVEN MORE! Prior to the screening, on Feb. 25th, we'll be co-presenting a full-blown pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested) workshop with Hand Eye Society at Brandscape (1136 Dupont St.) where you'll learn (possibly outdated) tips on how to make your own FMV games in Unity! The workshop will also conclude with a collective live-play of the infamous Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair (1996)!

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.