Howdy! Senior writer Jason Heller here. Just wanted to let you know that Fantastique, The A.V. Club’s monthly fantasy film series, continues tonight at Alamo Drafthouse Denver with Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord Of The Rings. Released in 1978, this animated adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic is a feast for the senses, full of haunting, eye-popping rotoscoped scenes and imaginative reinventions of Tolkien’s epic creation. It’s a groundbreaking and underappreciated vision of the most beloved fantasy tale of all time.
Like Science Friction (Fantastique’s sister series at Alamo that focuses on science fiction), Fantastique is curated and hosted by yours truly. I’ll be there tonight to introduce The Lord Of The Rings and pick the winners of this month’s giveaway: five pairs of tickets to see Blind Guardian (the German fantasy-metal band that’s been known to sing a song or two about Tolkien) at Summit Music Hall in Denver on November 11, courtesy of Soda Jerk Presents.
As with all Fantastique and Science Friction screenings, this event is sponsored by The A.V. Club. Tickets for The Lord Of The Rings are on sale now.
December 3: Pan’s Labyrinth
January 14: Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Science Friction schedule
November 18: Naked Lunch
December 16: Attack The Block