Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are all bad, some more than others. But the secret that Transformers fans are eager to share with anyone who will listen is that the animated Transformers: The Movie from 1986 is actually really good. They might follow that with a few qualifiers, like “it’s bad in a good way,” or, “I liked it as a kid,” but true Transformers nerds know that the ‘86 version is legitimately the best movie ever made about toys that kill each other. For anyone who doesn’t know the beauty of lines like “I’ve got better things to do tonight than die” or who has yet to welcome the greatness of Orson Welles playing a robot that eats planets into their hearts, Fathom Events is bringing The Transformers: The Movie to theaters across the country for a one-night event on September 27.
A press release says the movie has been “meticulously remastered,” so this will most likely be the same HD version of the movie that was released on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory in 2016. The screenings will also feature a special look at the Bumblebee movie and a new interview with Stan Bush, the man behind the movie’s iconic theme song “The Touch.” (Again, a coward might say that “The Touch” is bad in a good way or that it has some kind of kitschy appeal, but no, it’s legitimately fucking great and everyone who disagrees is wrong.)
Tickets for the screenings go on sale on August 3, and you can find the participating locations at the Fathom events website.