The Nights of the Living Drexel (1988-1994 and 2000)

The Time Before Time, when sacrifices and unholy rituals were held at the blood shrine known as the Drexel North. This ghostly apparition, now but a mere ruinous husk of a memory. The birthplace of the terror we now crave.

The Rites of Shocktoberfest (1997-1998)

Whereupon the cursed and the damned alike were drawn into the den of sorrow known as the Drexel Grandview.

The Nightmares at Studio 35 (1999-2003)

Whereupon all who dared to wander fell prey to unholy nightmares and the devastation of their psyche in the festering pit that is Studio 35.

The Incredible Two Headed Marathons (2004-2008)

The tale of the triumphant return to that gateway of the Abyss, the Drexel Grandview. Led by a two-headed horror from beyond the void, ravenous for the flesh of its victims.

Shocking Around the Clock (2009-Present)

The inglorious resurrection of the lair of ultimate evil, the Grandview Theatre (complete with a fiendishly undead new overlord.) Shocking Around the Clock and feasting on the souls of the damned.

The Lunatic Fringe (Various)

A random series of events, all culminating in a chillingly insidious orchestration of terror. Not all of these events are part of the Marathon Canon ... some may never have even happened at all.

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Flier for 2002 Marathon274 views*So yes, this was the year that we took the plunge and briefly entered the Bruce Campbell business. After the strong showing from Joe Bob Briggs the year before, we had our first sold out Marathon (tickets were gone a month before the event) with the EVIL DEAD star, who was touring the country to promote his autobiography IF CHINS COULD KILL: CONFESSIONS OF A B-MOVIE ACTOR. It wasn't always easy.
We contacted Bruce's booking agent six months before the event, and everything seemed to be going swimingly. Then, a few weeks before the Marathon, several local press outlets began asking us why they couldn't get in touch with the booking agent to arrange an interview. Then we couldn't in touch with the booking agent. Turns out that she and Bruce had experienced a falling out, and he was temporarily handling his own bookings. We learned this from one of the local papers, who had contacted St. Martin's Press (who published IF CHINS COULD KILL and were handling the book end of the tour.) Finally, less than a week before the event, I spoke with Bruce on the phone, and we set everything up.
*In our search for premieres, we came upon DOG SOLDIERS, a well-received hit on the festival circuit. I contacted the production company to request a screening, and they immediately replied that we could do so and that producer David Allen would also attend. I sheepishly told them that we couldn't afford to pay for another guest (the Bruce Campbell business being a bit...expensive), but she reassured me that David and his co-producer Brian O'Toole would pay their own way.
Cut to the Marathon. David and Brian arrived early, intent on staying for much of the event. When Bruce arrived, David tried to give him a DOG SOLDIERS flashlight as a souvenir, but the esteemed Mr. Campbell basically blew him off. Nice. I was slightly mortified that our B-movie icon was pulling rank on an independent filmmaker, especially one who was a genuinely nice guy. After the incident, I profusely apologized to David. He was a great sport about the whole thing, and it thrilled me to no ends to see DOG SOLDIERS resonate with the audience. Hours after Mr. Campbell had departed for his hotel room, David and Brian regaled the crowd with a 45-minute Q+A and prize session, and they ended up staying until near the end of the Marathon. In their own way, they stole the show from Bruce.
*The Costume Contest was won (once again) by Geoff and Jeremy Glass, who dressed as ROAD WARRIOR's Lord Humongous and his toady. (Neff)